For sale is my Seiko Prospex Sky Professional SBDM009:
Seems not available on the manufacturer’s Web site anymore so here’s the specs: Features: retrograde day, date, dual time, world time (24 cities), full auto calendar, power saving, slide-rule
Movement: cal. 8B53 (solar-powered quartz; R/C in US, Europe and Japan)
Crystal: sapphire with AR
Case: TiHC, black
Dimensions: 42 mm (case width w/o crown), ~46 mm (case width w/crown), ~44 mm (bezel dia), 12.7 mm (height)
Caseback: screw-in, Hardlex
Dial: black, diamond-patterned, with high-polished SS accents
Bracelet: black TiHC, 22 mm, solid end links
WR: 100 meters
Bought new in October 2011 -- turned out to wear a little bit too big and shiny for me, so after 6-12 months of the initial euphoria landed in a drawer. Solar-charged occasionally.
Condition: 9/10 (minimal signs of wear: 2 or 3 minor abrasions on the very edge of the bezel ring, and desk-diving micro scratches on the clasp)
Box/papers: yes/yes Asking price: €565 shipped in EU (PayPal or bank transfer; if the buyer feels more comfortable buying through eBay, I can put it up there but the price will increase to reflect the eBay’s cut)
Questions very welcome if you have any, but no price negotiations and no trades, thanks.
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