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any Alpinist fans here? they have a keen following amongst some Seiko enthusiasts, but I think most folk here are more interested in Seiko diving watches.
i have the SARB017 [as per post below]
 
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the crown at three is date and time, as usual.
the crown at four turns the internal bezel. it works as a compass..
the Alpinist was created for yamaotoko, ‘the mountain men’. it’s a very cool watch imo, but i don’t necessarily feel the need to add another model. having looked closely at others, this is the one to have in my view.
above is the original strap. i need to get round to buying an alternative strap and start to wear this watch.
 
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Beautiful model. I’ve never had the opportunity to see one in the flesh or try one.
 

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there's a current range available SF, including a dark green nod to the SARB017. it's not as nice, but should be easy to check out with an AD to give you a feel for what the Alpinists are like.
 

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In your opinion what would be a good first watch to start my collection, im new to the watch game but have taken a big liking and interest into this, any advice would be great.
 

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is it an Alpinist that you're interested in Masonprice? if so, i would initially go to a Seiko authorised dealer to have a look at the current models available [see post below] to get a general feel for them. and then, if you like them, check out vintage options online and take your pick from current and vintage models available.

the one i have is the SARB017, from 2007. i prefer this design to the current ones, which have a date cyclops. they produced the SARB013, which is a cream dial alternative to the 017. there is also a limited edition blue one, with silver rather than gold markers, the SBP089. they're both cool watches in my view. if i saw either of those in really good condition at what feels like fair money, i'd be tempted to add a second Alpinist.
 
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I have seen the one on the top right on Ebay. Nice watch and a little out there on price for me since i retired i am more limited. Most of my collecting was done when i was working 70 hrs a week. Taking care of debt and paying off the house was top priority but i still managed a nice collection sadly not a single Seiko. So glad to have one now.
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For awhile, I really pined after a vintage "cream" SCVF007 red alpinist model. The styling of the dial font really appealed to me over the modern "X" versions. They also have a green and black version in the red alpinist series. Model numbers are SCVF005 Black SCVF007 Cream and SCVF009 Green.

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For awhile, I really pined after a vintage "cream" SCVF007 red alpinist model. The styling of the dial font really appealed to me over the modern "X" versions. They also have a green a black version in the red alpinist series. Model numbers are SCVF005 Black SCVF007 Cream and SCVF009 Green.

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I’ve got to say the hands on this watch are incredible, i also like the little pearl like balls on the hour markings a great touch. What is the model of this one i would like to have a look at a piece like this. Thanks in advance.
 

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yes the Alpinist Red hands are more distinctive than those on the SARB Alpinists, though the part-skeleton ‘Cathedral’ hands on the SARB models are still cool

if there was a cream Alpinist SARB or cream Alpinist Red knocking around I’d be interested.
 

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Ive got to say the hands on this watch are incredible, i also like the little pearl like balls on the hour markings a great touch. What is the model of this one i would like to have a look at a piece like this. Thanks in advance.
I provided all of the model numbers in my post. The cream one is SCVF007.
 

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it was SF. limited to 1959. it’s nice, i put this, along with the SARB017, ahead of the ‘reds’ and ahead of all of the new ‘cyclops’ models. the blue’s limited run matters in terms of value, but i think the green&gold is more distinctive and iconic than the blue&silver.
 
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