The Seiko Solar SNJ025P1 “Arnie”, was another surprising re-issue model that was introduced earlier this year at Baselworld 2019. The SNJ025P1 Digi Arnie was conceived from the original classic Seiko H558, which was initially released back in 1982.
Seiko Arnie SNJ025 on 22mm on Rivet Military watch strap
The Solar Hybrid Arnie was not only considered the world’s first hybrid divers watch , but it was known for being worn by one of the most famous body building legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger, that’s where the nick name “Arnie” came from, which he wore in various 80’s classic action movies like “Commando” and “Predator”.
On Seiko Arnie SNJ027 PADI : German made 22mm Black Leather Watch Strap
Paired with German made 22mm Sturdy Semi-gloss Black Saddle Leather with Rivet Watch Band. This military style Saddle leather strap with rivet is made in Germany, using a meticulous 50 step process. Sturdy semi-gloss rivet leather watch strap is ideal for sports, aviator or chronograph watches.
Seiko Prospex Arnie SNJ028 - the crown detail
Seiko Prospex Arnie SNJ025
Another noticeable differences between the Hybrid Arnie and the original H558, are the two crowns on the left side of the watch case at 8 &10 o’clock positions. The top crown at the 10 o’clock position when pressed down provides an indigo light for about 3 seconds. For the crown at the 8 o’clock position, its where you can choose the various option settings the Solar Hybrid has to offer ie: chronograph, alarm, calendar, as well as dual-time. Last but not least, the famous Prospex “X” and “Solar” are shown at lower center of the dial.
Seiko Prospex Arnie SNJ025 - the 'X' Prospex Logo close-up
Seiko Prospex Arnie SNJ027 - the PADI Logo detail
Seiko Prospex Arnie SNJ028 - the analog display
The new Seiko Solar Arnie divers are available in three different color models/options.
The price tag for the Solar Hybrid Arnie is roughly at about 500.00 USD. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the three models even though they were supposed to release sometime in September.
We are used to seeing models like this, or re-releases of classics come in at huge prices closer to the thousands.
Seiko Prospex Arnie SNJ025 on Genuine Carbon Fiber Watch Band
This time, Seiko have stayed true to the original and kept it at a reasonable price, making it much more accessible for people without worrying too much about the price. Left on SNJ027P1 Padi :Hexad Bracelet and Right on SNJ025P1 : Super Engineer II BraceletLuckily, the Solar Hybrid Arnie divers watch is not a limited edition, meaning you don’t have to worry about not being able to purchase one, or purchasing one at a much higher price as scarce goods
Written by Sam , image by Toni
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