Seiko 5 Sports: The Kamen Rider Reborn

Seiko has introduced two new models that promise to catch the attention of enthusiasts: the Seiko 5 Sports Heritage Design Re-creation SRPL03 and SRPL05 (SBSA269 and SBSA271 for the Japanese market).

SRPL03/SBSA269 (left), SRPL05/SBSA271 (right).

The two models, which will be available from July 6 2024, are limited to 9,999 pieces each worldwide and are inspired by the legendary Seiko 5126-8090, known as “Kamen Rider” for its appearance in the famous Japanese TV series.

Seiko 5 Sports “Kamen Rider” 5126-8090.

The stainless steel case measures 38.5 mm in diameter, 12.4 mm in thickness, and has a lug-to-lug length of 44.8 mm, with a curved Hardlex crystal and a rotating bezel with a silver metal insert.

Seiko 5 Sports SRPL03/SBSA269.

Both models come with a single-link stainless steel bracelet, brushed on the top and equipped with a triple-folding clasp with a button. Additionally, each watch comes with an extra black leather rally strap, adding a sporty and retro touch.

Black leather rally strap.

Each watch is individually numbered and comes in a special box that pays homage to the original model from the ’60s.

Watch caseback.
Seiko 5 Sports SRPL03/SBSA269.
Seiko 5 Sports SRPL05/SBSA271.

Technical Specifications

CaseStainless steel, 38.5 mm in diameter, 12.4 mm in thickness, 44.8 mm in length
CrystalCurved Hardlex
DialBrushed silver (SRPL03) or matte black (SRPL05) with LumiBrite on hands and indices
MovementAutomatic caliber 4R36, 24 jewels, 21,600 vibrations/hour, 41-hour power reserve, manual winding and hacking functions
BraceletSingle-link brushed steel with triple-folding clasp with button, additional black leather rally strap
Water Resistance10 bar (100 m)
Weight142 g
Price460 euros / 400 pounds / 59,400 yen
AvailabilityJuly 2024 (Limited Edition of 9,999 pieces worldwide, 999 for the Japanese market)

The Original Seiko 5 Sports from 1968

The 5126-8090 “Kamen Rider” was one of the first models of the Seiko 5 Sports series introduced in 1968. In this image, taken from Seiko Sales of June 1968, you can see the two models with case code 5126-8090 in their original configuration.

Seiko 5 Sports 5126-8090 from Seiko Sales of June 1968.

The following images are from the second volume of the 1968 Seiko catalog.

Seiko 5 Sports 5126-8090 from the 1968 Seiko catalog.

The nickname “Kamen Rider” originates from the Seiko 5126-8090 worn by Takeshi Hongo in the Japanese TV series Kamen Rider in 1971.

Seiko 5 Sports 5126-8090 on Takeshi Hongo’s wrist in the Kamen Rider TV series.

Another famous Seiko 5126-8090 appears on Colonel Goro Gondo’s wrist in the 1989 film “Godzilla vs. Biollante”.

Seiko 5 Sports 5126-8090 in the 1989 film Godzilla vs. Biollante.