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Too flashy for my liking
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As you say, that was a year ago. $287 does seem like a very good price in the current retail market. I was able to find it from one online vendor for $260, but I have no experience with that seller. Caveat emptor and all that.
https://www.bonanza.com/listings/New-Seiko-Presage-Automatic-Sunray-Dial-Leather-Strap-Mens-Watch-SR... [bonanza.com]

Didn't the Cocktail Time used to be smaller, or am I just remembering that wrong? 40.5mm is starting to get pretty large for a dedicated dress watch.
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As you say, that was a year ago. $287 does seem like a very good price in the current retail market. I was able to find it from one online vendor for $260, but I have no experience with that seller. Caveat emptor and all that.
https://www.bonanza.com/listings/New-Seiko-Presage-Automatic-Sunray-Dial-Leather-Strap-Mens-Watch-SR... [bonanza.com]

Didn't the Cocktail Time used to be smaller, or am I just remembering that wrong? 40.5mm is starting to get pretty large for a dedicated dress watch.
I just acquired the 'big brother' to this watch.
First off, this is a good price. It can be made better by using the Macy's program (forget what it's called but it costs $25 each calendar year and returns 10% to the Macy's card (which you must use as well) in February the following year. Any Macy's store associate would be happy to sign you up (no I don't work for Macys).

My watch has the small dial for the date and a power meter.
https://www.macys.com/shop/produc...ryID=23930

Pros: The watch is very attractive and to my mind lends a flair to the usual flattish (visually I mean, as in the face itself) looking standard of the 'normal' dress watch. In other words, it is a bit fancy and not conventional dress but works for me as I don't do much in the way of suits etc. The light play with this color is unique and the biggest selling point for me.

Cons:
1. Crap strap. Nearly all the reviews note this and it is so true. Expect to spend whatever ($30-$50 at least) on an upgrade.
2. A bit thick at 14mm, but this becomes a taste thing. I think I can get used to it.
3. Uses 'hardlex', not sapphire crystal.

Neither pro nor con: While automatic, it is not solar or battery powered. This means you must wear or wind it regularly or it stops. No big deal to me; I like that I don't have to change a stupid battery every 2 years.

40.5mm is not too large IMO, just right for a dress watch. There is a 42 in this line
https://www.macys.com/shop/produc...isDlp=true
that is distinctly large but also very attractive, perhaps nicer than mine. More $ though.

I've read in a couple of places that Seiko as a brand is on the upswing in terms of reputation, with price increases following this. So, not yet an 'investment' in the traditional sense of the term, but if the trend continues and you want a Seiko to begin with, they ain't gonna be getting any cheaper.

I would wait till Black Friday though or Christmas for sales. I got mine for less than shown in the link - substantially less after stacking the two sales they had and the cash back program.
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As you say, that was a year ago. $287 does seem like a very good price in the current retail market. I was able to find it from one online vendor for $260, but I have no experience with that seller. Caveat emptor and all that.
https://www.bonanza.com/listings/New-Seiko-Presage-Automatic-Sunray-Dial-Leather-Strap-Mens-Watch-SR... [bonanza.com]

Didn't the Cocktail Time used to be smaller, or am I just remembering that wrong? 40.5mm is starting to get pretty large for a dedicated dress watch.
You're perhaps thinking of the original "Cocktail Time" for the Japanese market, model# SARB065 [longislandwatch.com]. It's 40mm, so not much of a difference.

This model is a reissue of sorts, for the American market, model# SRPB43 [longislandwatch.com]. It is a smidge bigger, however, it's also thinner; which may or may not be a good thing.
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Price was closer to $250 when the 25% off friends of family discount was going couple weeks ago. I'd wait at least for BF or for a better sale.

Strap is fine. People just don't like how it looks so they usually switch it out. Its a fine looking dress watch for $250, but you can find Seiko Cocktail Times under $300 all the time.
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They aren't as huge as everyone makes them out. I have small 6.5 in wrists and the bigger power reserve versions fit fine, though a bit thick for a true dress watch..
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