The Seiko SARB033, or its white dial variant SARB035, are frequently touted by collectors as some of the best entry-level watches you can buy. Originally released in 2008, this watch was announced to be discontinued in 2018, though it was still widely available for purchase new through 2019 and the beginning of 2020.
However, secondary market prices began climbing as new supply for this watch began to dry up. Prices climbed steadily throughout 2020 and just recently shot up again in 2021. The watch now trades way above retail and its value has doubled over the past three years.
Is the SARB033 worth the price? What other watches would you recommend at this price point?