Dress SSA017

Published on April 3rd, 2013 | by TS

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SSA017J vs SSA083J

I’ve decided my next watch will be a dress watch. I’ve bought plenty of tool watches lately (SRP043, SNDA65, SNAB67) to hold me over for a while. I recently came across the SSA017J and the SSA083 on eBay.

SSA017 SSA083

 

The SSA017J (pictured left) features a 4R38 automatic movement.  This hacking and winding movement features 24 jewels.  This is the first of the Presage line of watches that I came across and I think it is still my favorite of the dress watches in this range.  I’ve just started to warm up to the rounded bezel look and I really like it on this.  Another feature that I was not particularly fond of in the past is the spherical crown.  I think it matches the bezel perfectly.  The biggest draw for this watch was the open escapement on the dial.

  • Movement : 4R38 Automatic
  • Case [excluding crown] : 40 mm x 11 mm
  • Lug Width: 20 mm
  • Crystal:  Sapphire
  • Water Resistance:  100 m

The SSA083J (pictured right) uses the same 4R38 movement.  The dauphine hour and second hands look similar, if not the same.  The second hand on the 017 is much longer and extends from the edge of the dial all the way back to the hour markers.  I love the look of super thin second hand on the 017.  On the 083, Seiko used Roman numerals on the chapter ring which appears to be angled.  On the 017, Arabic numerals are used on what seems to be a flat chapter ring.  Another styling difference I have noticed is the squared crown.  The lyre-shaped lugs on the 083 extend from the case nicely, whereas the lugs on the 017 are more abrupt.

  • Movement : 4R38 Automatic
  • Case [excluding crown] : 41 mm x 12 mm
  • Lug Width: 20 mm
  • Crystal:  Sapphire
  • Water Resistance:  100 m

Both were sold as a Japan only market, so my only option seems to be eBay.  I believe the SSA017J will probably be my next dress watch purchase.  I know I said I’ve bought enough tool watches for the time being but you never know.  I do wish it had the clear display case back that the 083 has though.

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