I have been so impressed by the SEIKO Galante that I posted earlier, that despite the odds, I persisted in getting another.
This one, the sbla061 is even MORE rare.
I will not write, because the beauty of the watch is something.
I used to say, and I will stick to my word...that a relevant design breakthru has to have ONE powerful ingredient:
70% must like/love it and 30% must hate it...no one must find it "acceptable".
I am sure it is now easier to find the 30% who will hate it.
ALL market's good finds begin this way...or else, how can anyone buy low, sell high?
Note that BOTH have a flower on the dial.
One is in white with fine lines...the other is BLOOD RED, almost black, with the same fine etched lines. Only a better camera can convey.
The finish of the hands and the polish, is, at least to me...superior or on par with the best of the swiss.
This is trouble on the horizon...and with these reasonable prices, and rare numbers...30 to 50 a year...BIG trouble.
But exciting for collectors who are not seekers of status, but seek the very best.
Understanding spring drive will be the BIGGEST hurdle...I can accept it.
But enough speculation: