Seiko SARB033 vs SARB035: Are They The Same?

Seiko Men's Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel Casual Watch, Color:Silver-Toned (Model: SARB033)

Seiko SARB033 with Jubliee Band

Seiko Men's Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel Casual Watch, Color:Silver-Toned (Model: SARB035)

Seiko SARB035 with Jubliee Band

The Seiko SARB is a simple, yet elegant dress watch that shines through with it’s all stainless steel look.

The most common version people tend to wear is the SARB033 with the black face and the large silver bar markers and accompanying black date window at 3 o’clock.

However, the SARB035 is a worthy alternative with the identical look, but with a cream white face and matching darker rail minute markers on the border.

For the rest, there is very little separating these two watches, as they both feature:

  • An Automatic movement with 50 hours power reserve (Seiko’s 6R15 movement)
  • Sapphire glass
  • 38.4mm x 11.2mm Stainless steel case
  • Stainless steel bracelet with push-down safety (20mm)
  • Date complication at 3 o’clock
  • All stainless steel, including fold down clasp with safety (unless you get the rubber strap)
  • Water-resistance 100m (330ft)

This watch is a mid-range Seiko and as you can see by the spec above, you get a lot for your money including the sapphire scratch-resistance crystal, an automatic movement and all stainless steel for the rest.

The Differences Between Two

So, taking a closer look at the difference between the SARB033 and SARB035 it’s all about the dial and the colors there.

Size is the main one.

Sizes & Weight

The case of the SKX007 is 42mm x 13mm, whereas the SKX013 is 38mm x 13mm making it a far smaller looking watch.

The lugs on the SKX007 are 22mm, so easy to change the strap. Likewise, the SKX013 is 20mm, smaller, but still easy to find a replacement strap online.

Weight-wise, they are very similar, especially when you consider that there is only 4mm case difference and the rest is pretty much the same. The best weight measure I could get is 135g (4.76oz) for the SKX007 vs 124g (4.37oz) for the SKX013. So not a huge difference.

With the jubilee band it is a heavy watch for some.

The Jubilee Band

Because the SKX013 is smaller, with 2mm less on the strap, you will see a small difference in the link size on that too.

This could really suit a smaller wrist as the smaller links are more likely to wrap nicely around your wrist, and the adjustments are also finer when you have to take links out (as each one is smaller).

Of course, when we are talking about the rubber strap version, there is almost no difference worth talking about.

The Dial/Face

There is almost nothing to note here as these watches are truly identical. However, there has been 4mm removed somewhere, and I am guessing (without actually measuring) that most of it is on the dial.

What does that mean?

The hands are probably smaller, the markers on the outside more crowded and the dial has an overall feel of being a little more cramped.

Which Should You Choose

The real difference comes down to size.

So, if you have a smaller wrist, I would go for the SKX013. If you are on the border of medium or have a larger wrist, unless your wrist is very weak or you hate carrying anything of heft/weight, I would go for the classic SKX007 with the jubilee band.

You can always reduce the weight with a Seiko rubber strap or Nato/Perlon strap. Unless you need it to look more dress-watch style that is.

I recommend you take a look at both of them on Amazon below and see what you think.

SKX0013 - Image Courtesy of Wiki Commons
seiko skx007
SKX007 - Image Courtesy of Pari Ouk

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