Oct 8, 2019

Will the Seiko Alpinist Go Up in Value?

by Zac Vineyard

Since the announced discontinuation of the Seiko Alpinist in 2018, prices have risen well past the MSRP. But prices have normalized on the used market for the Seiko Alpinist SARB017, averaging $406.38. It appears that prices have peaked for the Seiko Alpinist SARB017 and, in the short term, will no longer go up.

Price Over Time

When Seiko announced that the Alpinist would be discontinued in 2018, speculation about the availability of the Alpinist into the future gave rise to an increase in prices. Originally found online with a price between $300 and $350, the Alpinist has, at times, traded with a price over $500. When the price for the Alpinist if above $400, its often because the watch is being sold with extra accessories. Prices on Chrono24 for the Seiko Alpinist SARB017 are about 25% higher than on other used watch markets.

Here is a short-term picture of price over time for used Seiko SARB017 Alpinist watches.

Watch Reference Price Price Published Date Location
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $460 Oct 03, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $420 Oct 03, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $366 Sep 26, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $390 Sep 26, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $450 Sep 24, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $335 Sep 18, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $385 Sep 17, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $480 Sep 17, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $370 Sep 08, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $410 Aug 09, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $400 Aug 05, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $350 Aug 05, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $400 Aug 04, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $400 Aug 02, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $450 Aug 02, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $375 Jul 31, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $400 Jul 29, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $480 Jul 29, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $310 Jul 27, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $430 Jul 26, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $515 Jul 26, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $395 Jul 24, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $375 Jul 24, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $420 Jul 17, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $400 Jul 16, 2019 See Price
Seiko Alpinist SARB017 $400 Jul 11, 2019 See Price

Is the Seiko Alpinist Worth It?

Seiko collectors will still tell you that purchasing a Seiko SARB017 is still worth it, even with elevated prices. Older, more rare models of the Seiko Alpinist sell for far more than their original asking price. This 2004 Seiko SBCJ021 Alpinist Perpetual Calendar, for example, is listed for $1,400 on eBay.

Generally speaking, the Seiko Alpinist is revered by watch enthusiasts and sought after by horological collectors. At the moment, all models (over 7/8 generations of products) of the Seiko Alpinist have been discontinued, making them more desired than ever.

Prices data is collected on various used watch markets including eBay, Reddit Watch Exchange, and Chrono24. Photo courtesy of Michael Pollak.

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Zac Vineyard

Zac is a watch enthusiast, writer, and web developer. He's interested in telling the story of watches and the people who wear them, with particular interest in how watches have been part of the adventure in the lives of others.