This week, Fratello On Air returns with an episode featuring a hypothetical question. This is a recurring series, and this time, we ask what would make us buy a new Seiko. We’ll cover more than just sports watches and settle on a few key asks to one of our favorite brands. Enjoy the show!

What would make us buy a new Seiko watch? It’s a good question and one that has many different answers. You’ll be able to predict some of them, but others may surprise you! We hope you enjoy the show, and please feel free to comment if you have other suggestions for the Japanese powerhouse!

Handgelenks Kontrolle

Before getting into our new Seiko topic, we kick the show off with some very light banter. This time, it’s a fairly short preamble. Mike has just returned from Dublin, Ireland, and talks about a nice visit to a vintage watch shop. As far as the Handgelenks Kontrolle, Balazs is sporting his vintage Angelus 210 with a white dial and stick lugs. This generates some discussion about the watch, its variants, and its history. Mike is wearing a new acquisition. It’s a ’30s rectangular Cyma Watersport with a clamshell case. Yes, non-round watches are back in business!

What would make us buy a new Seiko?

Let’s be clear: both of us like current Seiko models. There’s a huge catalog and plenty to enjoy for all. Still, we’re picky and are always pushing for more from our favorite watch brands. Plus, it’s probably been four years since either of us has purchased a new Seiko. So, what is it that would have us grabbing our wallets? We discuss the need for a true killer diver at the high end that isn’t a reissue. Then, we join the bandwagon and continue to mourn the passing of the once-mighty SKX. King Seiko has been a nice surprise, but we’re looking for more variety there and better movements. As for chronographs, we feel that Seiko is missing a huge opportunity to recreate a unique 6139-like movement to help bring down the thickness and separate itself from the crowd. Of course, we have plenty of other suggestions, ranging from case finishing to strap quality.

We hope you enjoy today’s episode, and thanks for listening! As always, feel free to let us know if you have any ideas for a future show topic.