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Today, we’ll be taking a look at a brand I hadn’t run across until I was informed of a sale going on at Touch Of Modern – J. Springs.

Fret not – J. Springs is not a new brand (established in 2001), nor is it a wild-card when it comes to quality, as they’re actually a subsidiary of Seiko.  As such, it’s not surprising that we’ve got Seiko movements powering the watches.  Basically, I see this as a way for Seiko to try out different styling exercises without impacting their core lineups.

They have a mix of automatic and quartz models (full lineup here).  Within the automatic lineup, I think my favorite is the Modern Classic line.  This is powered by a Seiko automatic movement (I can’t determine the specific caliber), and has a hardened mineral crystal up front, mineral crystal display back, and 100m water resistance rating.

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Astute readers will have noted the second crown on the 43mm stainless steel case.  This is controlling the inner bezel, which interestingly is giving you a perpetual calendar of sorts.  If you look closely at the chapter ring, you’ll see that the days of the month (1-31) are aligned with the days of the week (Sun-Sat).  This gives you a quick (and handy) reference if you want to look up one value based off of the other.  Perhaps not something you use every day, but it’s a neat trick that adds value to the watch without increasing cost too much.

And when it comes to cost, the automatic lineup comes in around the $300 – $350 in terms of MSRP.  The astute web surfer can easily find them for well under $300 (depending on your model of preference), including over on Amazon.  Or, if you hurry, you can catch Touch Of Modern’s sale (here) before it ends later today.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the J. Springs lineup.  We’re looking into getting some review samples in, so you can tell us if there’s a specific model you’d like us to take a closer look at.

By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

5 thoughts on “Taking A Look At J. Springs”
  1. I’ve got two and they are both robust and reliable. The BEB024 does have a faint haze of dirt under the crystal but the BEB041 seems perfect. Both run around 15 seconds/day slow.

    But when did the price double? I bought both of mine in meatspace for the going rate a year or two ago, which half of what is now being charged. It’s the end of a bargain, I suppose; even at modern prices they represent good value.

    P B

  2. I purchased one online, and eventually returned it. I was excited by the Calendar feature you described. but 1. it was too big for me at 43mm. 2. I could not set the movable bezel, which meant it could slip and give me a wrong day and date, which for me, defeats the purpose.

    M hunt for a watch that serves that purpose continues. I hope Seiko continues to develop the line and carry the feature – maybe on a Diver with screw down crowns????

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