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Seiko "Frecce Tricolori"

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August 14, 2012 04:39PM
I have always been a fan of one watch built by Seiko for their pilots of the Japanese Ailrines. I don't know the model number but I have always known it as the Seiko ANA. This is a pilot type watch with the 7s movement, 39mm case with a coin edge bezel. It is a limited production item but it comes up once in a while on the Watch sales forums.

This has been affordably priced but still a little over my budget. At 39mm it is also a little small for my wrist, at least being a pilot type watch. So I decided to make my own, similar in overall design but denitely different and one of a kind. This could be a watch dedicated to The Frecce Tricolori, (Italian, literally Tricolour Arrows), officially known as the 313° Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico, is the aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Aeronautica Militare based by my original home town.

For the base watch I chose the Seiko SARZ005 because it is about 42 mm and larger then most regular Seiko watches. It also has a nice large crown which was important to me in terms of the overall look and function. The movement is the new 4R36 24 jewels which handwinds and hacks, yes just like a regular ETA movement.

The dial is the one of the Seiko SNKF011 or BFS (Big Freaking Seiko) and as a matter of fact I had used a similar dial a few years ago in earlier attempt to make a pilot watch, but since then I had to sell it. The hour and minute hands are from a Seiko SRP043 (SPORK) Diver watch. The seconds hand is from a Seiko Stargate.

So all original Seiko parts. Lugs are 20mm. The watch originally comes with a solid links bracelet which tapers a bit, it is nothing special.

Personally I would have preferred 22mm lugs also because I don't have 20mm straps. What I ended up doing is use a Leather band that I had which is 22mm but has the ends shaved a bit to fit into 20mm lugs. This is a nice vintage tobacco leather from Debaufre with rivets. I am not particularly happy with it but it will do for the time being.

One nice thing is that I did not have to shake this to get it started, just wind the crown and it started ticking away...

Here are a few crappy photos including the usual dust specs...

Lume is of course excellent, bright and lasts all night, I know I tried it last night. Awesome Seiko lume. See photos to have an idea.

Here is a photo of the case back, it still has the clear plastic sticker on it so the photo is not the clearest but it does show the nice movement, a little better finished that regular run of the mill movements on other Seikos.

I hope you enjoy.

Seiko "Frecce Tricolori" Jpeg Attachments

carlopmwf1543August 14, 2012 04:39PM

Ottimo Lavoro, Carlo! Thumbs up! Envious (n/t)

PN198August 16, 2012 09:42PM

Great job Carlo, it's terrific! (n/t)

RussMurray89August 15, 2012 05:28PM

Thank you very much Russ! (n/t)

carlopmwf80August 16, 2012 04:05AM

A great result. Thumbs Up (n/t)

Dave M82August 15, 2012 02:55PM

Thank you Dave! (n/t)

carlopmwf80August 15, 2012 04:11PM

Fantastic job clapping clapping clapping (n/t)

Reto94August 15, 2012 07:30AM

Thank you Reto! (n/t)

carlopmwf95August 15, 2012 04:12PM

Cheers! One of the coolest Seikos ever Thumbs up! (n/t)

Ethan_Mack100August 15, 2012 04:43AM

Thanks a lot Ethan! (n/t)

carlopmwf93August 15, 2012 04:12PM

Great work. Thumbs up! (n/t)

DanB83August 14, 2012 10:08PM

Thanks man! (n/t)

carlopmwf89August 15, 2012 03:51AM

cool! Thumbs Up (n/t)

JHustwit116August 14, 2012 09:09PM

Thank you. (n/t)

carlopmwf92August 15, 2012 03:51AM

Nice! (n/t)

Micha100August 14, 2012 07:53PM

Thank you Micha, (n/t)

carlopmwf117August 14, 2012 08:41PM

Fantastic job! It came out great, but then yours always do. Thumbs up! (n/t)

Timemiser99August 14, 2012 07:21PM

Thank you for the kind words. (n/t)

carlopmwf97August 14, 2012 08:41PM


James T. Kirk©68August 14, 2012 07:04PM

Thank you Johan! (n/t)

carlopmwf116August 14, 2012 08:42PM

Nice work Thumbs Up (n/t)

wodo72August 14, 2012 05:25PM

Thank you. (n/t)

carlopmwf107August 14, 2012 08:42PM

That watch is absolutely stunning, Carlo...

carlos x98August 14, 2012 04:44PM

Thanks my friend. (n/t)

carlopmwf95August 14, 2012 08:42PM

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