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Seiko Automatic Prospex Gold Turtle Dive Watch SRPC44P9 for $299 Delivered @ Starbuy (RRP $799)

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Seiko Automatic Prospex Gold Turtle Dive Watch SRPC44P9 for $299 delivered @ Starbuy (RRP $799).

May not be everyone's cup of tea, but I think it's a pretty good deal.

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  • +1 vote

    Any chance you could polish the gold "off"? Nice deal for the watch but yeah, not everyone's cup of tea.

    • +6 votes

      Don't polish the turtle.
      And don't 'polish the turtle' either.

    • +5 votes

      Doubtful, the anodising or PVD layer on watch cases/bezels is done to prevent cosmetic wear and scratching and would require a lot more than polishing to remove.

      Doing so would just give it an extremely tarnished/scratched look as you would actually remove some of the material under the oxidisation layer as well, as you would have to sand blast it off or use lacquer thinner or something. It would also likely throw the tolerances of the fittings out of whack so parts would rattle and/or not fit together properly again.

      Watches are not end-user customisable to that degree. Swapping bands, bezels and even buttons/crowns is doable, but actually removing the finish on the metals used is not something even the most hard-core watch nerds on Watchuseek.com mess around with.

      You'd be better off buying one of the other Seiko Automatic Prospex models with different colouring:
      https://www.starbuy.com.au/seiko-analogue-prospex-turtle-gre...
      https://www.starbuy.com.au/seiko-analogue-prospex-turtle-ser...
      https://www.starbuy.com.au/seiko-prospex-divers-200m-pepsi-t...

      • +1 vote

        It was semi-sarcastic but appreciate the heads up on the alternatives :-)

    • +1 vote

      This will be so cool if it was bronze

      • +7 votes

        Why would you want to be third, when you can be first?

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          If you ain't first you're last.

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    Solid watch nonetheless.

  • +1 vote

    This with a gold metal band?

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    I ordered one for my collection. I think I can get used to the gold. Amazing price. Thanks OP!

  • +2 votes

    Amazing price for a great watch. I have one and it's a solid, fun piece to wear. You can dress it up with leather straps, or there's several quality bracelets available (Google - strapcode gold jubilee)

  • +5 votes

    Great price for this watch.

    Only thing holding me back is how expensive the Strapcode gold jubilee is.

    Just added the strap to cart and went through the checkout steps. With taxes + shipping to Melbourne, the total is $185.89 USD/~$260+AUD. Would be hard to pull the trigger on a $260 bracelet for a $299 watch. Especially knowing from personal experience that Strapcode end links for the turtle can be hit or miss.

    Still, haven't seen a better price for this watch before.

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      What sort of taxes are they charging? It's not the Australian GST, and they should not charge any local taxes on an international sale.

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        It's not specified, they just add it when you go to check out.

        I will add though, I noticed it's free shipping for orders over $150USD, so you could add something small (e.g. spring bar container) and save a few bucks.

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      Might as well buy the complete watch with bracelet, unless you have to have the Gold colour

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      yep, they ain't cheap!!

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      I don't know how you go that price? i did the same as you to an address in Melbourne and get $162.52 usd, still expensive but less than what you got. They are still charging too much tax though, 15% instead of the 10% it should be. I have emailed their customer service to find out why.

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        This was their reply to my enquiry about them charging 15% tax instead of 10% tax:

        Hello ******,

        Thanks for the email.

        Please note the changes were made since the launch of our new website back in October 2018, and tax duty fees was one of the things that was updated. Many of our parcels that we ship overseas are often charged for tax duties in which we have to pay since customers were not aware of it and would file disputes and so on for unexpected charges.

        As a company that is based out of Hong Kong, we should not be responsible for customer’s tax duty fees. As such, we have now included those charges into our purchases so customers will not be surprise about the fees. To confirm the price you pay upon checkout includes any import duties, VAT, customs fees that are charged for the parcel.

        With that being said, should you decide to place an order with us, we would be glad to process your order immediately.
        We hope to hear from you again. Please let us know if further assistance is needed. Please feel free to let us know if you need any further assist.

        Many thanks,

        Strapcode Team, Katrina

  • +1 vote

    Nice watch.

  • +1 vote

    Well you won't need glasses to read the dial….45mm.case size.

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    not sure if that plastic band goes with a gold watch face

    • +1 vote

      it's silicone, and it goes really well with the black dial, which has a gloss sunburst effect. One of my favourite watches

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      Rubber/silicone watch straps are meant for dive watches. If you wanna see a high end dive watch example check out Panerai worn by Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
      Precious metals are most often associated with fancy dress watches not utilitarian watches. It's just yellow metal on this watch really. Silly that we humans love gold so much.

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    Anyone thought of sandblasting or bead blasting?

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    Would switching the band out to a metal one be easy?
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    Yes, it's quite easily done. As per some suggestions above, 'Strapcode Jubilee Gold' is exactly what I was after.

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      Yes, provided you've done your research regarding fitment. If you're going 3rd party and wanting the bracelet endlink to sit flush with the case, i'd suggest a bracelet that is advertised to fit the trutle. Turtle's have a 'holes' case, meaning there's a hole in each side of the lugs where you can get a pin and push on the spring-bar to remove it instead of trying to pry it off from the back. They look great on a nato strap too! :)

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        Drilled lugs is the term you're looking for.

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          The phrases are synonymous, for example; "My Rolex Submariner has a holes case".

  • +2 votes

    I've spent $3800 this month on shoes and watches already omg.

    • +1 vote

      i thought i was bad haha, what pickups did you get??!

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      Jobseeker payments been good?

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        Spent my tax return like it was a stimulus check

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    4R36 movement… aka the worst seiko movement

  • +1 vote

    The price is no longer $299. It's now showing $429

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    Price shows $429 when i go to deal