Post by dasher on Nov 5, 2014 15:08:44 GMT -8
I've been thinking about doing a review of the Seiko Spork for some time now. There seem to be quite a few reviews on the internet, but I thought one more review wouldn't hurt, so here goes!
The Seiko "Spork" is also known as the SRP043, the SRP043K, the SRP043K1, and the SRP043K2. At least that's how many versions I have seen in various selling listings. The nickname "Spork" has a few origins I am aware of: one is that it is a combination of a Diver watch case and a Pilot watch dial, making it similar to a combination Spoon and Fork Spork that one uses when camping. The other origin of the nickname is through a rearranging of the letters "SRP043K" to come up with Spork.
The Seiko Spork was in production to the best of my knowledge from 2009 into 2011. I have been making an effort to track serial numbers of Sporks and the earliest one I have is May 2009 (95xxxx) and the latest one I have is February 2011 (12xxxx). Unless additional information is provided, I will say the Spork was made for 22 months - a very short run!
One of, if not the most appealing aspect of the Spork, is the wonderfully easy to read dial. As I get older, my eyesight has begun to fail me. The Seiko Spork dial is very easy to read - the absence of subdials, inner rotating rings, and dial text make focusing on the time a simpler task. Just take a look at the dial:
The nice large Arabic numbers surrounded by the decent-sized minute track make reading the time very quick work. The 120-click unidirectional bezel clicks with the confident sound made similarly in Craftsman and Snap-On socket wrenches. You just know this is good quality work!
In addition to being one of the easiest to read watches, the Seiko Spork is built very tough! The case measures a whopping 43 - 44 mm across and a comfortable 12 - 13 mm thick. Here is a nice side view of the Spork:
As you can see, the back of the watch is recessed a bit, making for a more snug fit on the wrist and under the shirt sleeve cuff.
The clasp of the metal bracelet is a thing of pure comfort and security. The 20 mm drilled lugs make sure that whatever solid spring bars you have in place, your strap or bracelet (or even band!) will be secure. Once properly fitted, the only way you will know the Spork is on your wrist is by its formidable mass of 6.9 ounces and the realization that you keep checking the time only to look at that beautiful dial. Let's take a look at that excellent clasp on the bracelet:
All physical attributes aside, one of the best features of the Seiko Spork is the 4R15 movement with the wonderful 50 HOUR Power Reserve. Yes, you can take this watch off on Friday evening after work and pick it up Monday morning and it will be keeping perfect time (if not, get it serviced!).
I had a hard time warming up to the Seiko Spork. I truly thought it was a fad watch that only a select few were prone to appreciate. Good luck came my way and I was able to purchase a Spork. I have nearly decided that this will be one of my "permanent" watches. That is, my heirs and/or my wife will be selling it, not me.
I close this review with one last photo of the Seiko Spork:
If you find yourself in a position to purchase a Spork, do so. You won't regret it.
Thanks for reading!
edit: one last picture with some of the finer details of this beautiful watch: