Alpinist Ascending:
Seiko Revives the Fan Favorite with a new Dial for 2019

Article By: Logan Hannen


Seiko has reintroduced fan favorite model, nicknamed the Alpinist, for 2019 with an exclusive, US Limited Edition in blue.

Fans of Seiko will no doubt recall early in 2018 when the brand discontinued the previous Alpinist reference, the SARB017, a watch featuring an internal compass bezel, 38mm case, and metallic green dial. Just under one year later, however, the brand has revived the model with a new reference number, the SPB089, and an entirely new dial color, this time a matte blue.

The Seiko Alpinist US Edition

Seiko Alpinist SPB089
Source: Timezone

Many of the original features of the Alpinist remain in tact. The internal rotating compass bezel, the piece’s standout feature, is retained, along with its respective crown at the 4 o’clock position. Also retained is the use of cathedral-style hour and minute hands, both lumed along with plots outboard the hour indices (featuring Seiko’s iconic Lumibrite luminescent paint).

The Alpinist US Edition’s Case Flank

Also unchanged is the Alpinist’s case, a signature point of attraction to many enthusiasts. In diameter, the case comes in at 39.5mm, and 13mm thick. The Alpinist’s lugs (see above) are dramatically curved downwards, helping to achieve an overall compact impression on the wrist.

Powering the new Alpinist is the Seiko caliber 6R15, the same caliber found in the previous generation, and a workhorse member of the Seiko family. It’s a 23 jewel automatic movement with a 50 hour power reserve, along with a Diashock shock absorption system.

The New Alpinist’s Blue Dial

Of course, the big difference comes in the form of the US Edition Alpinist’s blue dial, a departure from the iconic green of the previous reference, and one that offers not only a twist on the classic design, but also a different aesthetic. Being a matte blue, rather than the glossy, sunburst green offers a more intentional, rugged look that matches perfectly the exploration themes of the watch. The US Edition Alpinist comes on a navy calfskin strap with contrasting stitching at the lugs.

The Damage
The Seiko SPB089 US Limited Edition Alpinist retailed for $600, though it is now sold out.