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Seiko SARB033 vs Fila 38-827-004

Seiko SARB033 vs Fila 38-827-004

 

When you are looking to upgrade an outfit and look elegant or even just look like you care about your appearance, there is nothing better than a stainless steel watch. You might think that all “elegant” watches have to cost upwards of $200 to be high quality and beautiful but you would be wrong. There are many affordable watch brands out there. And there are a lot of affordable watch brands that have some great watches. Some of our favorite watches, other than Fila Watches of course, are made by Seiko. 


Seiko is a well known Japanese brand that is known for affordable mens watches and reliable quality. They have very casual mens watches and they have some elegant stainless steel watches. The one we want to focus on in this post is the Seiko SARB033. In this post we will give you the detailed specs of the SARB033 and also provide you with a great alternative Fila Watch. 


The Seiko SARB033 is a beautifully designed stainless steel watch that has a round face while also having the illusion of having a more square case surrounding it. With a 38mm case, it is a little smaller than you would typically see for a men’s dress watch. At the same time, the sleek dark grey face with silver-colored accents on the face really ooze class. There are other colors, or variants, that are available such as the SARB035 but the classic to me is the SARB033. Because of the dark gray and silver color combination, it really makes it simple to blend with any outfit. You could definitely wear this watch with a suit, but you could also use it casually to feel more confident. The specs for the SARB033 are as follows:


SARB033 Specifications

 

Movement

    • Type: Automatic
    • Caliber: 6R15
    • Beats per second: 6bps
    • Manual Winding: Yes

Case

    • Width: 38mm
    • Material: Stainless Steel
    • Crystal Material: Sapphire
    • Water Resistance: 100 Meters | 10 ATM | 338 ft (baths and shallow diving)
    • Screw down crown: No

Complications

    • Second Hand: Yes
    • Minute Hand: Yes
    • Hour Hand: Yes
    • Date Tracker: Yes

Band

    • Band Width: 20mm
    • Replaceable Band: Yes
    • Band Type: Bracelet
    • Color: Silver

 Dial

    • Dial Color: Blue, Light Blue, and Silver
    • Dial Markings: Bars

Bezel

    • Bezel Color: Silver
    • Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
    • Bezel Function: Fixed

Hand Colors

    • Hour Hand: Silver
    • Minute Hand: Silver
    • Second Hand: Red

As you can tell by the specs, the SARB003 is a thoughtfully crafted watch that would really bring a great touch to any outfit. That being said, we tried to find the Seiko SARB003 on the Seiko site and they do not seem to sell it anymore. Upon more research, you can find this watch sold by independent sellers on different sites but the prices vary anywhere from $500-$1,500. This can sometimes happen when a watch becomes discontinued. 


On the bright side there are many other watches out there that are great alternatives if you cannot find the SARB003 or if it is out of your price range. We really do love our Fila Watches at OG Watches. They are just so well made and reasonably priced that we believe they should be on everyone’s wrist. We believe that if you are looking for an elegant watch that can also be used in a more casual situation you do not need to look further than the Fila 38-827-004. Much like the SARB003, the silver and blue color combination makes this watch really easy to pair with any outfit. However, the 38-827-004, differs in the sense that it has additional elements on the face and some additional colors that add a nice pop. Even in functionality, there is a difference. Fila’s watch has a stopwatch and is a Japanese quartz automatic watch. There is no need to manually wind this watch or have it on a winder. The specifications for the FILA 38-827-004 are below:


38-827-004 Specifications


Movement

    • Type: Automatic
    • Manual Winding: No

Case

    • Width: 42mm
    • Material: Stainless Steel
    • Water Resistance: 100 Meters | 10 ATM | 338 ft (baths and shallow diving)
    • Screw down crown: No

Complications

    • Second Hand: Yes
    • Minute Hand: Yes
    • Hour Hand: Yes
    • Date Tracker: Yes
    • Chronograph: Yes

Band

    • Replaceable Band: Yes
    • Band Type: Bracelet
    • Color: Silver

Dial

    • Dial Color: Gray, Silver
    • Dial Markings: Sticks

Bezel

    • Bezel Color: Silver
    • Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
    • Bezel Function: Fixed

Hand Colors

    • Hour Hand: Blue and Light Blue
    • Minute Hand: Blue and Light Blue
    • Second Hand: Light Blue

There is something to say about having a stainless steel watch on your wrist and the level of confidence that it makes you feel. The whole point is to make you feel and look good. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself to a discontinued and more expensive watch. However, you should at least also look at other options before taking the plunge. That is the point of this exercise and we believe that in the end, whatever watch you go with, the purpose is to be happy with your purchase and really know your options.