Today’s review promises to be a super interesting one and you can probably already tell from the names of the watches on review. Our review today is on the Seiko Samurai vs Turtle. Pretty interesting names, aren’t they?
Now, these two watches are quite eye-catching, attractive and super functional. They also belong to Seiko’s line of diver’s watches just like the SKX007, SKX009, and SKX013.
By the way, we have reviews on the SKX007 vs SKX009 and the SKX007 vs SKX013. These are lower priced diver’s watches. So, if the Samurai and Turtle are a little out of reach, you could check out those ones.
So get ready to take a deep dive with us as we check out the similarities and differences between these two watches. We’re confident you’d find the better choice for you in the end.
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Comparison Overview
The Seiko Samurai and Turtle are an upgrade to the SKX line. And of course, with an upgrade to the watch line also comes an upgrade in price as well. While the SKX watches sell for only about a couple of hundred bucks, the Samurai and Turtle sell for about twice that price.
Is this price increase justified? We will get to that in a bit but first, our overall opinion of the features of these watches.
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Overall Rating Of Features
One thing we have come to know and respect Seiko for is their ability to produce quality even at a really low price. They did that with the SKX watches and they have done it again with the Samurai and Turtle watches.
These watches come with an automatic movement which, of course, is expected at this price. They both meet up to all the ISO 6425 standards. Plus, they look really good too.
We also appreciate the fact that these watches come hackable. This was something we didn’t find in the SKX watches. But then again, they are not exactly the same price as these watches so that much is forgivable.
Overall, these are great watches with great features, our only but would be the crystal which isn’t as scratch-resistant as we’d have liked. But then again, for the price? Seiko gets a huge thumbs up from us. Once again, they’ve knocked the ball right out of the park.
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Our Opinion On The Price/Performance Ratio
Seiko has always given us quality at a real small price. They didn’t fail to do so again with both of these watches. The movement is great and hackable. Compared to the workhorse 7s26 movement that was on the SKX watches, this is a much improved movement.
Accuracy is also another thing. You’re getting watches with accuracies of less than 10 seconds daily. That’s not something you see every day at this price range, is it?
The only gripes with these watches would be their crystal and maybe their size. Every other thing on these watches are high quality. So, if the question is whether these watches are worth the money, the answer is a resounding yes!
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Comparison Of Major Specs And Features
|Movement||Seiko 4R15 Automatic||Seiko Automatic 4R36|
|Case||Stainless steel||Stainless steel|
|Case Diameter||43.8 millimeters||45 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||12 millimeters||13.4 millimeters|
|Strap||Stainless steel||Stainless steel|
|Strap Thickness||20 millimeters||22 millimeters|
|Clasp||Deployant with safety||Deployant with safety|
|Bezel||120 click One Way Rotating Elapsed Timing Bezel||120 click One Way Rotating Elapsed Timing Bezel|
|Water Resistance||200 meters / 656 feet / 20 Atmospheres||200 meters / 656 feet / 20 Atmospheres|
|Power Reserve||50 hours||45 millimeters|
|Get the Seiko Samurai here!||Get the Seiko Turtle here!|
Seko Samurai Vs Turtle – What Situation Is Each Watch Best For?
| So who’s the Seiko Samurai for? Well, this watch would suit anyone at all looking for something stylish and cool to rock for all occasions. The design of the watch looks really modern and those sharp edges also add to the looks of the watch as well. |
But it’s not just about the looks right? There are other more important factors we should be looking out for if we’re recommending this watch. That’s true and that’s why we are excited to tell you that this watch passes the ISO 6425 standards. It’s a true dive watch. Water-resistant at 200 meters and is also, in fact, ISO rated.
And this isn’t just a beauty. It’s got brains too. Plus, to make the watch even more available to more people, you find this watch in several other kinds of models. One of them is sure to suit your personal tastes.
Now, because of how this watch looks, it makes a better choice for casual wear. You can wear this to your everyday job. However, if you have a super formal meeting, then the Seiko Samurai might not be the watch to reach for.
| The Seiko Turtle comes in a retro style which makes it a great option if you’re looking to add to your collection of watches. It makes a beautiful collector’s item as much as it makes a great watch. |
That said, just like the Seiko Samurai, the Seiko Turtle also has this casual, sporty feel to it. It’s not really a “formal” “formal” watch. It’s something that looks better for a night out in town kinda shindig.
Now, especially for the Turtle, we can understand if certain people find the watch sort of bulky. It is quite large. For that reason, therefore, we won’t recommend this watch to people with slender wrists.
That said, the Seiko Turtle comes in several models which would definitely appeal to all kinds of people.
Also, just like its sibling, the Seiko Samurai, the Seiko Turtle is ISO rated which makes it a quality dive watch. We recommend it for any professional diver that needs a great dive watch.
|Get the Seiko Samurai here!||Get the Seiko Turtle here!|
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Which Features Do They Have In Common?
The dials of the Seiko Samurai vs Turtle are pretty similar even at face value alone. These are watches truly designed to be dive watches and you can tell. You’ll better be able to appreciate this when you check through the ISO 6425 standards. These watches meet every one of the specifications.
| The Seiko Samurai comes in different models and variations. These models each have their own unique dial color as you can find below. |
The Seiko Samurai Blue Lagoon has a blue dial.
The Seiko Samurai PADI has a black dial.
The Seiko SRB49 and 52 both have blue dials. There is a slight difference in shade but basically, they are blue dials.
The SRBP51 and 55 also have black dials.
Away from the colors and on to the markings on them. Previously, all markers were the same for all the hours on the Seiko Samurai. However, the brand obviously made some changes to the hour markings and we like that. Same makers for all the hours only make the time more difficult to read, especially in the dark when dive watches are mostly used.
However, now there are different markers and these markers come in a modern design. These markers may vary from model to model but one thing is sure. The 12, 3, 6, and 9 markers are all different.
Also, there’s a generous application of Lumibrite lume all over the markers which means that the watch will be a lot easy to read in the dark.
| There are many variations of the Seiko Turtle as well. The Seiko Turtle has 7 models and here are their dial colors. |
The Seiko Turtle SRP777 and SRPC44 both have black/white dials.
The Seiko Turtle SRP773 and SRP779 both have navy/white dials.
The Seiko SRP775 comes in black/gold/white.
The Seiko SRP PADI edition comes in Blue sunburst/white/red.
Finally, the Seiko Turtle SRPC95 comes in orange/white.
Now that we’ve settled that, let’s get to other aspects of the dial like the markers.
Just like on the Seiko Samurai, the markers on the 12-, 3-, 6-, and 9 O’ clock positions are different from other hour markers on the dial.
The dial also displays the day/date complication written in black text for weekdays, blue for Saturday, and red for Sunday.
Below the 12 O’clock position, you find the Seiko logo, with “Prospex,” “Automatic,” “DIVER’S 200m,” printed on the 6 O’clock position one after another in descending order.
Most of these little details mentioned under the Seiko Turtle also apply to the Seiko Samurai as well.
Unidirectional Rotating Bezels
As a standard, dive watches always come with unidirectional bezels and the same applies in the case of the Seiko Samurai and Turtle. They both come with bi-colored unidirectional bezels that are both attractive and functional.
The bezel can only rotate in a counter-clockwise direction and just so you’re sure, it always gives a click for each rotation.
The bezels on the Seiko Samurai and Turtle are quite easy to use and they help you easily keep track of how much time you’ve been underwater. However, is the bezel useless to you if you’re not a diver? Definitely not. The bezel can still be used to keep track of time spent doing other things like chores or similar activity.
The bezels of the Seiko Samurai and Turtle are bi-colored. So, typically, they have a different color for the 12 to 3 O’clock section while the rest of the bezel comes in a different color. We like this for the aesthetic appeal they give.
Furthermore, the bezel which is made of stainless steel comes polished with a ribbed outer surface that improves your grip. Its surface is also flat in the Seiko Samurai vs Turtle and lies level and parallel to the crystal.
As for the markers, there’s a large arrow on the bezel which serves as the main marker. Then there are tick lines which mark the minutes and seconds in fives while the small dots count the seconds from 1 to 60. You’ll also find the Arabic numerals which count the seconds/minutes in tens.
|The Seiko Samurai Blue Lagoon comes with a light blue/dark blue bezel.||The Seiko Turtle SRP773 comes with a navy/white bezel.|
|The Seiko Samurai PADI has a pepsi bezel (i.e. red and blue).||The Seiko Turtle SRP775 comes with a black/gold bezel.|
|The Seiko Samurai SRPB53 has a Pepsi bezel (i.e. red and blue).||The Seiko Turtle SRP777 comes with a black/white bezel.|
|The Seiko Samurai SRPB49 comes with a blue/black bezel.||The Seiko Turtle SRP779 comes with a navy/white bezel.|
|The Seiko Samurai SRPB51 comes with a black/gray bezel.||The Seiko Turtle SRPA21 PADI edition features the pepsi bezel.|
|The Seiko Samurai SRPB55 comes with a black/gold bezel.||The Seiko Turtle SRPC44 comes with a black/gold bezel.|
|The Seiko Turtle SRPC95 features a blue/orange bezel.|
Shatter-Proof Hardlex Crystal
Just like you have it on the lower-priced Seiko dive watches, the SKX watches, the Seiko Samurai vs Turtle both feature Seiko’s scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal. We will be upfront with you, this is not going to be the absolute best crystal you’ve ever seen in your life.
Understandably, you might be wondering why you don’t get a better crystal than the SKX seeing as the difference in price is quite significant. Well, the truth is yes there is a price difference. A significant one but Seiko seemed to have put all that money into making better bracelets and giving you a better movement.
Now that you think of it, it’s not so bad, right? But what are the implications of this “not-so-good” crystal? The implications aren’t so much of a big whoop. Yes, you’d have to wipe off the face of your watch constantly because the crystal smudges easily but that’s about it.
The scratch-resistant surface part is also true to some extent. This watch can take a decent level of impact on the crystal without giving away too much which is a good thing. So, except you have a plan to actually test what the manufacturers have said, your watch will still be fine regardless of incidental impacts.
Another difference you notice when comparing the Seiko Samurai vs Turtle is the position of their crowns. Now, essentially, their crowns are the same. The only difference as we said is in their positioning. But before we get to that, a little examination of the crown first, shall we?
The crowns on the Samurai and Turtle are pretty large. However, with the crown guards beside them acting as a case, they don’t feel so overwhelming.
The outer surface of the crown is polished and by the sides, you have fine teeth to support your grip.
Altogether, the crown is definitely large in our opinion but did Seiko deliver a perfect execution? Also yes.
|This comes with its crown at the 3 o’clock position.||This comes with its crown at the 4 o’clock position.|
Two Strap Options
Still on our Seiko Samurai vs Turtle faceoff, we now take a look at the band options. Again, in this aspect of the watches, we see a similarity. Both watches have two options for their straps. There’s the bracelet and there’s the rubber option as well.
Stainless Steel Bracelet
First, the stainless steel bracelet. This one looks the same as the bracelets of other Prospex watches within this price range and it’s got everything you need in a dive watch.
There’s the deployment clasp which forms the closure of the watch. The claps are easy to use and work perfectly. Also, on the safety flap, you find the “Seiko” label which also adds to the beauty of the watch.
In addition to these features, the bracelets on these two watches also feature a micro-adjustment. Micro adjustments are quite important as they render the watch useful for practically any wearer with any sized wrist. All you have to do is to make the necessary adjustments and you’re golden.
The push button also adds to the ease of use of the watchmaking the clasp fast and easy to open.
Silicone Rubber Strap
Now, the rubber strap.
Seiko has always had complaints from its customers when it comes to its rubber straps and we’re seriously praying the same is not the case in the Seiko Samurai and Turtle. Anyway, to see if this was complained about, check out our section on the “General Opinion Among Customers.”
The rubber seems to be of good quality. However, it seems to depict a more casual feel which is why most prefer it for diving activity strictly. With the bracelet, on the other hand, the watches immediately transform to less sporty watches and can be used for more serious functions.
|The Seiko Samurai Blue Lagoon comes with a stainless steel bracelet.||The Seiko Turtle SRP773 comes with a stainless steel bracelet.|
|The Seiko Samurai PADI has a stainless steel bracelet.||The Seiko Turtle SRP775 comes with a stainless steel bracelet.|
|The Seiko Samurai SRPB53 has a silicone rubber strap.||The Seiko Turtle SRP777 comes with a silicone rubber strap.|
|The Seiko Samurai SRPB49 comes with a stainless steel bracelet.||The Seiko Turtle SRP779 comes with a silicone rubber strap.|
|The Seiko Samurai SRPB51 comes with a stainless steel bracelet.||The Seiko Turtle SRPA21 PADI edition features the stainless steel bracelet.|
|The Seiko Samurai SRPB55 comes with a silicone rubber strap.||The Seiko Turtle SRPC44 comes with a silicone rubber strap.|
|The Seiko Turtle SRPC65 features a stainless steel bracelet.|
The Seiko Samurai and Turtle both use similar movements although a little different. Both movements are excellent but before we go into the differences between them, let’s check out how they work.
There are so many benefits of the movements in the Seiko Samurai and Turtle and we will highlight them one after the other.
These movements both beat at 21,600 beats per hour which means that they beat at 6 beats per second. In essence, the second hand moves 6 times every second which makes the sweep smooth and accurate.
Next, they both have a 41-hour power reserve. This means that when the watch is fully charged, it can stay for up to 41 hours in your drawer without needing a recharge. While this is a big advantage, you want to keep in mind that the lower the charge on the watch, the more inaccurate the timekeeping becomes.
Again, this movement is quite easy to regulate either you do it yourself or you do it at your local watch shop. To ensure that you don’t tamper with the ISO certification on your watch, it’s always best to have a professional regulate your watch for you. You don’t want your watch to lose its water resistance due to a fault of yours.
Furthermore, hacking is one issue we’ve had with lower priced Seiko models. However, the movements of the Samurai and Turtle are both hackable. This means when you pull the crown full out, the second hand stops ticking and you can set the time precisely down to the second.
There’s also manual winding available with both movements.
| The Seiko Samurai uses the 4R35 which we have established bears a strong resemblance to the Turtle’s 4R36. |
The main differences between both movements are these: One, the 4R35 only has a date display while the 4R36 has both the day/date complication.
Also, the 4R35 has 23 jewels which help to reduce friction thereby ensuring accurate movements of all hands in the watch.
We weren’t able to get Seiko’s publication on the accuracy of the 4R35. However, we were able to get that of the 4R36. Check the next column.
| The Seiko Turtle is the 4R36 movement and we have seen the areas where it differs from the 4R35. |
First off, it comes with both the day and date complication. And then another difference is that it comes with 24 jewels which is one jewel more than those of the Seiko Samurai.
As for the accuracy of the 4R36, Seiko publishes it at -35/+45 seconds per day. However, from what we’ve heard from users, this was truly humble from Seiko. Apparently, this watch has an accuracy of less then 10 seconds!
That’s how reliable the 4R36 movement is.
The Seiko Samurai vs Turtle both score equal points when it comes to their water-resistant abilities. They are both water-resistant down to 200 meters underwater. In fact, the “DIVER’S 200 m” written on the watches is only reserved for watches that meet the ISO 6425 standards.
So, seeing this lettering on both of these watches should give you the peace of your mind that you’re investing your money in a real diver’s watch.
Dive Ready Watches
Dive ready watches are those that meet all the ISO 6425 standards. To find out what those standards are, you can check out this review we did before that contains the information here.
However, here are some points.
For one, both watches have stainless steel backs which come screwed down.
Screwing the back down to lock the back of the watch is very important to maintain your watch’s water-resistant abilities. It is also important in ensuring that your watch meets up to the ISO standards. This is why we advise that you get your watch to a professional for regulation when the need arises.
Other features which make these watches dive ready are their easy-to-read, unidirectional bezels; as well as their luminescent hands. As per ISO standards, these hands should be visible from 25 centimeters away in pitch blackness.
These watches fulfill all of these conditions and more.
Seiko Samurai vs Turtle – Features Unique To Each Watch
Seiko Samurai vs Turtle – Features Unique To The Seiko Samurai
43.8 Millimeter Case
The case of the Seiko Samurai, although large, is still somewhat smaller than that of the Seiko Turtle. The difference, though, is just roughly 1 millimeter. Bottom line is there is a difference. Now, let’s see just how this wears.
At roughly 44 millimeters, like we said, this watch is pretty large and will probably not work for people with smaller wrists. However, to compensate for this, Seiko made the lugs come out steeply tapered and thin. By doing this, the watch thereby feels relatively thinner and less chunky on the wrist, at least for a dive watch.
One thing you need to keep in mind is that Seiko is not known for making slim dive watches. From its Seiko SKX007, SKX009, you find that Seiko dive watches are known for their chunkiness.
However, even though this watch is pretty large, it still does good in the weight department. It’s not too large to become an inconvenience. Plus, and we especially love this, the watch doesn’t slide off to the side of your wrist like most divers with bracelets typically behave (very annoying).
Alright, a little bit about aesthetics now. This case comes carefully brushed except for the part opposite the crown which comes polished.
We will discuss the bezel next but for so far, the Seiko Samurai is looking really good.
Before we go, we have to discuss the back of the watch as well. The Seiko Samurai and Turtle are both the same in this regard. The back is also stainless steel, of course, and seals in a screw-down fashion as well.
The hands on the current Seiko Samurai is a slight upgrade from the previous models we used to see. Those ones featured thick sword-like hands for the hour and minute. That sounds cool and all but we think the current handset in this watch is also really cool as well.
The hands complement the looks of the watch nicely and give the watch a more modern look. Looking at the minute hand, it looks like a narrow rod with a slightly tapering tip. The hour hand also looks like an oversized arrow.
It’s not a consensus what users feel about the new handset on the Seiko Samurai watches. Some prefer the older look, the others prefer the new look. Whichever you choose though, they both work.
Even more importantly, the hands on this watch are also highly luminescent. So, in the dark, the hands shine really bright and make the watch super easy to read.
Seiko Samurai vs Turtle – Features Unique To The Seiko Turtle
45 Millimeter Case
The case of the Seiko Turtle resembles that of the Seiko Samurai in that it is made from stainless steel. It also has the brushed effect that the Seiko Samurai has with polished sides. However, there are other features it has that makes it somewhat different from the Samurai.
This case is a cushion style case which forms a defining part of its retro theme. In fact, it is called the Seiko Turtle because of how the case reminds you of a turtle’s shell. Pretty creative, right?
Anyway, the case measures at 45 millimeters in diameter. This makes the watch a pretty large one. This definitely isn’t something that people with smaller wrists want to be sporting. It’s a big watch for people with big hands. The thickness of 13.3 millimeters also lends further credence to our assertion.
But then again, like we said, it is rather difficult to find a Seiko dive watch that isn’t burly. The only example that comes to mind is the Seiko SKX013. Besides that, most Seiko dive watches typically wear large.
And now to the back of the case. Of course, to improve water resistance, it’s a screw-down lock. Plus, it is also made of stainless steel. As usual, the back also carries the Seiko tsunami insignia inscribed there for obvious reasons. We love the interesting detail it adds to the already lovely watch.
To the lugs, these are 22 millimeters in width and they blend right into the cushion shape of the case. These lugs also carry holes on them through which the pins that hold the bracelet together pass. This makes it super convenient to swap out the bracelet for another kind of strap altogether.
The Seiko Turtle Hands
The hands on the Seiko Samurai and Turtle are quite different from one another, although they also have their similarities. For instance, all the hands on the Seiko Turtle differ from one another just as you have it on the Seiko Samurai. However, the main difference in the hands of these two watches lies in the shape of the hands.
The hour hand comes in the shape of a syringe with the accompanying needle-like tip at the end of the syringe. This is different from the Seiko Samurai’s oversized arrow.
The minute hand also looks like an arrow with a needle pointer at the tip.
Lastly, the second hand. This looks like a lollipop and often comes in different colors for the pointer and the counterbalance.
In some models, you could even also find a gold or silver applique which further adds some flare to the watch.
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Unique Pros
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Unique Pros To The Seiko Samurai
- The case is slightly smaller than that of the Seiko Turtle.
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Unique Pros To The Seiko Turtle
- 4R36 automatic movement is slightly more advanced than the 4R35. It comes with the day/date complication unlike the 4R35 that only comes with the date display.
- The Seiko Turtle has more variations than the Seiko Samurai thereby giving the buyer more options.
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Unique Cons
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Cons Unique To The Seiko Samurai
- The 4R35 only comes with a date display unlike the Seiko Samurai’s 4R36 that comes with a day/date complication.
- Has fewer variations when compared to the Seiko Turtle.
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Cons Unique To The Seiko Turtle
- The Turtle has a larger case than the Seiko Samurai.
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Common Pros
|The Seiko Samurai may be a large watch but we’re really glad about the adjustment feature. With this, you’ll be able to make the watch wearable by more wearers.||Also applies.|
|Although a dive watch, this watch is actually quite versatile||With even more models to explore, this statement also holds true for the Seiko Turtle. Also, the Turtle has more daring colors than the Seiko Samurai. For instance, there’s one model with the orange dial. For people who like to do life boldly, the Seiko Turtle is the better choice.|
|There are several dial colors to pick from.||Also applies here.|
|An automatic movement is always an advantage, although this only comes with a date display. Nevertheless, since it’s automatic, you won’t have to wind the watch yourself.||The automatic movement of the Seiko Turtle comes with the day/date complication which makes it a tad bit better than that of the Seiko Samurai.|
|41 hours of power reserve is truly impressive. This means your watch can be in your drawer for more than a day without needing a recharge. NB though: The watch’s reading will get more inaccurate as the charge reduces.||This also applies to the Seiko Turtle.|
|This passes the ISO 6425 standards as a dive ready watch. It is water resistant down to 200 meters underwater.||Same goes for the Seiko Turtle.|
|This is a hackable watch which means you’re able to nail down the accuracy of your time setting to the t.||Same here.|
|Its luminescent hands are really bright. So, it’s super easy to see them in the dark. In fact, in this price range, this is one of the brightest lumes you can get.||Also applies.|
|Get the Seiko Samurai here!||Get the Seiko Turtle here!|
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Common Cons
|The hardlex crystal is not the best you can possibly get. Although advertised as scratch-resistant, in real life, the crystal is still somewhat prone to scratching.||Same here.|
|This is not a watch for slender wrists even with the adjustment feature.||Same here.|
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – General Feeling Among Users
| The majority of customers had some issues with the bracelet of this watch. It was such a serious issue for most we had to mention it first. The alignment especially was the main issue most had with the watch. We would have written that off as a few exceptions of poor quality control but there were too many complaints to overlook. |
Anyway, that out of the way, we think many customers were impressed by the functionality of the watch. The automatic movement, hacking, and manual winding especially for the price really appealed to most buyers.
Plus, it might interest you to know that a lot of people still felt the watch looked good despite chaptering misalignment and all.
Finally, we got a good number of comments on the size as well. This is a large and thick watch and you want to keep that in mind when checking out the watch. If you have slender wrists, maybe you should check something else out.
| The Seiko Turtle was received almost the same way as the Seiko Samurai. A lot of people loved the watch obviously. And the price wasn’t too bad either for most people. |
There was also the problem of chapter realignment. However, it’s obviously not as bad as others had it with the Seiko Samurai.
We got testimonies from customers who just never wanted to take their watches off. It became a daily staple for most and they thoroughly enjoyed their watches.
Furthermore, watch enthusiasts consider this watch to be an icon. Great lume, fantastic feel on the wrist, all in all, great watch.
We’re somewhat surprised that we didn’t get as many complaints about size like with the Seiko Samurai. But hey, to each man his own.
|Get the Seiko Samurai here!||Get the Seiko Turtle here!|
Seiko Samurai Vs Turtle – Parting Thoughts
We love these two watches and we feel they are pretty similar except for a few areas which might or might not be a big deal to different people.
For instance, if the day/date complication thing matters to you, the Seiko Turtle might be your go-to. Also, the Seiko Turtle is larger than the Seiko Samurai which might make it more attractive to some kinds of customers over others.