Here’s something I didn’t see coming: an entry-level automatic GMT watch from Seiko has just dropped, and it’s packing some serious GMT-Master vibes. The three colourways remind me of the modding community from the SKX message boards back in the day, where home tinkerers would modify their Seiko divers with aftermarket two-tone bezel inserts and handsets. It appears that Seiko is listening to enthusiasts after all this time, because the new Seiko 5 SKX Sports Style GMT is a great bit of fan service, and a budget-friendly way to add an automatic GMT to your collection.
With its take on classic GMT style, added travel watch functionality, and rather good value, the new Seiko 5 SKX Sports Style GMT is as close to a sure thing as it gets. All three colourways are tasty, but my preference is for the non-flashy black/grey, although I suspect the blue-on-blue Batman version will be the runaway hit. The case’s wearability recalls why we all loved the SKX, and the GMT movement makes it the perfect travel companion. The Seiko 5 SKX Sports Style GMT will be available in July of 2022.
Since reviving its classic Seiko 5 Sports model back in 2019, watchmaker Seiko continues to tap into five styles: Sports, Suits, Specialist, Sense, and Street. This season, the brand unveils its latest SKX Sports Style GMT range inspired by the lifestyle of the modern jet setter.
With each iteration referencing a different situation an explorer might encounter, the collection arrives in three colorways to suit any setting: a flat black dial and matching black bezel, a navy blue dial and two-tone bezel as well as an orange dial with a dark silver bezel and muted yellow accents.
Comprised of a 46mm diameter and 13.6mm thick construction, it’s powered by a 24-jewel 4R36 caliber automatic movement enclosed in a see-through screw case back and contrasting GMT indicator. Each watch boasts a stainless steel case with a matching stainless steel bracelet that features a three-fold clasp, secure lock and push-button release.
The Seiko 5 Sports SKX Sports Style GMT collection is set for release in July 2022. For more information check out the brand’s website.