10 Best Seiko Watches in 2019 – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

10 Best Seiko Watches in 2019 - Buyer's Guide & Reviews 2

In 1881, at the age of 22, Entrepreneur, Kintaro Hattori, opened a shop selling and repairing watches and clocks in central Tokyo. This marked the beginning of the Seiko story. Since then, driven by his vision : “Always one step ahead of the rest”; technology and innovation have been at the helm of everything he undertook and achieved.

Throughout its rich heritage, Seiko has churned out many watch world firsts. Among their spectrum of firsts are the world’s first quartz watch in 1969 (“Seiko Quartz Astron“) and the world’s first GPS Solar watch in 2012 (“Seiko Astron GPS Solar”), with over a dozen other remarkable firsts in between.

Watchmakers ‘Seiko’ weren’t kidding when back in 2004 their ad slogan read out: “It’s your watch that tells most about who you are” !

Whether you’re a masculine tattooed biker, an adventurous diver, or a suite clad entrepreneur,  Seiko quite literally makes something for everyone. It is for this reason, Seiko’s famous 2004 ad slogan was aptly in-line with their over century old history and mind-blowing collections.

Which Seiko watch is best suited for you? Seiko watches come in a variety of collections. You can streamline your choice based on a broader Seiko watch category like movement type, function, or purpose.

Seiko watches come in movement calibers like Seiko quartz, Seiko automatic, and Seiko mechanical (kinetic). Your choice will further be bound by your personal style or functional purpose. For instance, you may seek a dressy watch, a vintage timepiece, a Seiko Solar model, a Seiko dive watch, or the Seiko chronograph style among others.

All given and taken, there are still a plethora of Seiko watches in the market to confuse you enough.  This is where we come into the picture.

In this guide we’ve listed and reviewed the 10 best Seiko watches on the market in 2019.

Selection of the top Seiko watches is based on our first-hand experience, hundreds of online reviews and customer forums, and of course, in-depth analysis of each brilliant model’s amazing aesthetic and technological features.

Ready to be inspired? Here they are:

Comparison Table

Product

Rank Basis

Type

Band

Price

seiko ssc139

“Editors Choice”

Type:Dress/Casual

Dress/Casual

Band: Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

seiko mens skx007k

“Best Dive Watch”

Type: Dive

Dive

Band: Rubber

Rubber

seiko sne102

“Best Watch Under $200”

Type: Dress

Dress

Band: Leather

Leather

seiko sgf206

Type: Dress

Dress

Band: Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

seiko men's ska366

“Best Kinetic Watch”

Type: Dress

Dress

Band: Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

seiko ssc667

Type: Casual

Casual

Band: Nylon

Nylon

seiko sarb065

“Best Premium Dress Watch Under $1,000”

Type: Dress

Dress

Band: Leather

Leather

seiko sna411

“Best Value Aviator Chronograph”

Type: Aviator/Sporty

Aviator/Sporty

Band: Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

seiko sarb033

Type: Dress/Casual

Dress/Casual

Band: Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

seiko snzf17

Type: Sport/Dress

Sport/Dress

Band: Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

The 10 Best Seiko Watches in 2019

Seiko SSC139 Excelsior Ion Finish Solar Chronograph Watch

‘Editors Choice’

seiko ssc139

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 43mm
Case Thickness: 12mm
Dial Window Material Type: Hardlex
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Stainless Steel
Band Width: 22mm
Band Color/Dial Colour: Two-Tone/Black
Movement: Seiko Solar Powered Japanese Quartz V172
Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

If looks could kill, the makers of ‘Terminator’ would’ve definitely considered equipping Arnold Shwartzeneger with the Seiko SSC139 Excelsior, for his role! It’s also a great watch to adorn if you’re planning on getting lucky anytime soon!

This handsome watch has everything going for itself. It’s loved for both its killer great looks and its capabilities. In addition to its looks, it’s got everyone on the internet raving about its durability and overall quality. Needless to say, it complements most fashion styles.

The Excelsior is a manly timepiece. On the other hand, its distinctive look may turn you off completely if you can’t associate with such intense boldness at the moment. While the styling is gladiatorial, it requires almost no maintenance. Being a solar powered Japanese quartz (caliber V172) movement watch, it doesn’t require winding or battery changes. When fully charged it can go on for up to 6 months. Its eco-friendly in its truest sense.

One of the most eccentric attributes of this watch is its unique two-tone and snake like bracelet. Overall, the silver-gunmetal color combination of the case, dial, and bracelet, makes for a classic yet contemporary timepiece. If you want a watch that’s a few steps apart from traditional styling, then this one’s for you.

The SSC139 Excelsior has a chronograph (stopwatch) that times up to an hour. It also has an alarm. It has a water resistance rating of 100 meters (330 feet), making it unsuitable for deep-water activities like scuba diving. Such features are bountiful, given that it’s a mid-range Seiko watch.

There’s more from where that’s coming! Here’s the low-down on the incredible case, dial (Hardlex window material), and everything associated with the stunner. The 43mm case has a stunning silver half-moon design on either corner of the gunmetal bezel. The chronograph is controllable through the two silver buttons (one above and the other below the crown) on the right side.

The black main dial has three sub-dials within, for the alarm, seconds counter, and the chronograph. The watch hands and the silver hour markings are all fluorescent. Viewing the watch time and subdials is a breeze when in darkness. The only noticeable drawback with this watch is the easily overlooked silver on black date display at the 3 o’clock position.

Excelsior means, “Ever upward,” which is where you’re headed in life if you adorn this exquisite timepiece.

PROS

  • Overall distinctive silver-gunmetal color combination and macho look is sure to turn heads
  • Most flamboyant bracelet design
  • Solar powered, thus requires no maintenance

CONS

  • Some find the design too daring to carry off
  • The date display is easily overlooked

Seiko SKX007K Men's Automatic Analogue Dive Watch

‘Best Seiko Dive Watch’

seiko mens skx007k

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Dial Window Material Type: Hardlex
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Rubber
Band Width: 26mm
Band Color/Dial Colour: Black/ Black
Movement: Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance: 200 meters (660 feet)

Number two on our list is the deserving Seiko SKX007K dive watch.  This is the dive watch that should be on every passionate diver’s  ‘must have’ list.

Its the quintessential modern dive watch that is also affordable. This is the first watch you’d want when you progress from a quartz to mechanicals. This value for money timepiece is our pick for the best Seiko dive watch.

The SKA007K’s budget friendliness is not to be misunderstood!  In line with Seiko’s rich reputation, this timepiece is crafted with a robust build and good looks, an ISO-rated 42 mm case, and grand night time LumiBrite luminosity.

The automatic caliber 7s26 movement is one of the simplest automatic systems around. It’s accurate, cheap, and reliable. An automatic watch energizes when it detects arm movements. But, that doesn’t mean you have to keep swinging your arms all the time! It can detect even normal basic movements.

It has an impressive iso-rated case with incredible water resistance of 200 meters (660 feet), making it an ideal watch for water activities like scuba diving.

The large crown, featured with coin edging and crown guard protection, is positioned at 4 o’clock. The dial window is made with Seiko’s proprietary Hardlex material, which offers greater resistance against shattering. The sturdy, unidirectional, 120-click bezel, is well executed. It’s designed with a two-tiered groove pattern, resulting in a great grip. This is a perfect example of the kind of additional features found  in much more expensive watches.

This watch is an all round beauty. Even the back panel has design aesthetics contributing to its appeal;   it’s a screw down solid case back that has a Seiko stamped Tsunami medallion. 

Adding to the charm is the matte black dial base with rounded white hour markers. The markers are quite large and legible, which is essential for a dive watch. That hands and markers are well packed with Seiko’s signature LumiBrite solution. Adding to the charm is the stylishly placed bilingual day-and-date display.

If you’re looking for the best Seiko dive watch at an affordable budget range, you can’t go wrong with Seiko SKX007K.

If you’re in search of a perfect companion to dive into unexplored worlds, then a Seiko dive watch is your perfect partner. For more on Seiko dive watches, check out our guide titled “Best Seiko dive watches in 2019 – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews“.

PROS

  • An 'iconic' dive watch, hugely popular worldwide
  • Easy to read time and date at a glance
  • Nice and bright, long lasting lume
  • Classy design with hefty construction, yet comfortable on the wrist
  • Great value for money
  • Equipped with Seiko 7s26 automatic movement feature

CONS

  • The rubber strap can be uncomfortable after hours of wear underwater
  • Due to the height of the crown guards it can be somewhat difficult to operate the crown with gloves on

Seiko SNE102 Stainless Steel Solar Watch with Leather Band

‘Best Seiko Watch Under $200’

seiko sne102

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 39mm
Case Thickness; 10mm
Dial Window Material Type: Hardlex
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20mm
Band Color/Dial Colour: Brown/Blue
Movement: V158 Solar Powered Japanese Quartz Movement
Water Resistance: 100 metres (330 feet)

Next on our elite list is a reliable and classic timepiece by Seiko; the SNE102 solar watch. This is the best Seiko watch you can buy under $200. It’s not too flashy, but for the value it offers to the wearer, it’s easily worth a lot more.

By the sheer looks of it, this watch tells it as it is! By that, we aren’t just referring to the accuracy with which its V158 solar powered Japanese quartz movement maintains time. This classy and handsome no-nonsense piece is also not pretending to be an expensive luxury watch. This Seiko watch is crafted to be solely for business and dress attire.

This watch is rated water resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet), making it suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports. Scuba diving isn’t recommended.

The handsome tint of the dark blue (almost black looking) dial makes the watch stand out. The dial looks sophisticated and classy with its gold baton markers. The black on white day-and-date display at the 3 o’clock position packs quite a punch.

The silver finished stainless steel case looks spellbound, whilst being contrasted with the gold finish on the stainless steel bezel. This type of superior finish is unimaginable, at this price point, with most other brands.

The case at 39 mm is neither large nor small. It’s suitable for most wrist sizes. The slender hands as well as the numerals are luminous, allowing for visibility in the dark. At first sight, the chic 20 mm calfskin leather band embossed with crocodile skin pattern, will leave your jaw-dropped with amazement.

The Seiko SNE102 is solar powered. It gains a charge from any type of light that hits the dial (be it the sun or artificial light). It has a power reserve of up to 10-months. So, don’t be bothered if the sun doesn’t shine enough in your city!

Overall, the Seiko SNE102 may lack the glitz, but it represents an extremely solid choice for a dress watch. As a major bonus, it offers an ageless appeal. You can’t go wrong with this simple yet timeless watch!

PROS

  • Incredibly stylish and reliable, yet not too flashy
  • Quality timepiece at low cost
  • Solar power movement (no battery changes required)
  • Supple and comfortable band

CONS

  • The shine on the leather band can be a turn off to some

Seiko SGF206 Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Dress Watch

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 36mm
Case Thickness: 8mm
Dial Window Material Type: Hardlex
Bezel Material: Gold-Tone Stainless Steel
Band Material: Stainless Steel
Band Width: 17mm
Band Color/Dial Colour: Gold/Gold
Movement: Japanese Quartz
Water Resistance: 30 meters (99 feet)

Someone: “Is that a Rolex you’re wearing?”
You: ” No, it’s the Seiko SGF206!”
Someone: “You’re kidding?!”

If you think you’ll get annoyed having a conversation identical to the one above, on a daily basis, then don’t buy this watch! This is not to say that the Seiko SGF206 is anything but worth it. The quality and looks of this classic Seiko legend are impeccable; nothing short, in comparison, to luxury counterparts. Also, its inexpensive price is too good to be true.

Its gold-toned stainless steel case and bracelet (not made of real gold) are crafted to a great finish. The overall case size and jubilee bracelet are light and comfortable on the wrist.

Further, this watch has a coin edge bezel. It’s rated water resistant to 30 meters. You’re not buying a gold-tone watch for any water activities anyway, except, at most, showering or washing hands while it’s on. Also featured are the luminous black hands and markers, an English/Spanish day-date window at the three o’clock position, and Seiko’s Japan quartz caliber 7N43 movement. To top it all off, there’s the scratch resistant hardlex crystal mineral.

Overall, you will not be disappointed with Seiko Men’s SGF206 dress gold-tone watch. Besides the glitzy looks of this classy and elegant timepiece, you get the quality Seiko rightfully boasts about. Affordability is also one of Seikos prides, and with this watch you get that benefit too.

So go ahead to your business meetings and late night dates, in timeless style!

PROS

  • Timeless gold-tone design sure to get you compliments
  • Looks like a luxury watch brand, but it's at a fraction of the cost and has the renowned
  • Seiko reliability
  • Lightweight, comfortable, and durable
  • LumiBrite hands and markers

CONS

  • The 36mm case may look small on some wrists
  • Only 30 metres (99 feet) water resistance, not suitable for swimming

Seiko SKA366 Two-Tone Kinetic Dress Watch

‘Best Seiko Kinetic Watch’

seiko men's ska366

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 39.5 mm
Case Thickness: 11.2 mm
Dial Window Material Type: Hardlex
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Stainless Steel
Band Width: 20.5 mm
Band Color/Dial Colour: Black/Black
Movement: Japanese Quartz
Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

Next, we have a very special Seiko watch on our list. The SKA366 is a bold, yet subtle, Seiko kinetic watch, that ranks high in the good looks department. We’ve also ranked it as the best Seiko kinetic watch of 2019.

It’s a stunning, glossy finish, two-tone (gold and black), kinetic dress watch. The glamorous and magnificent design of the SKA366 is sure to fetch you compliments in the office, and otherwise.

It made it in our list for its unique attractiveness, amazing online reviews, and of course, for its superior Seiko quality and quartz timekeeping technology.

Typically, dress watches have silver cases and bands, that make them stand out. With the SKA 366, Seiko designers have selected a magnificent black and gold combination with the correct dose of subtlety. They’ve created a dress watch that can be worn all the time.

It’s not the elegant design alone that make the SKA366 a great timepiece. It’s kinetic features, durability, and versatility, and other design features, make it an exceptional watch.

Kinetic movement is the most advanced movement technology today. Kinetic watches are low-maintenance and environmentally friendly timepieces that don’t require periodic battery changes or winding. Instead, kinetic watches are powered by the energy received from human movement.

As a kinetic timepiece, it’s powered by Seiko’s 5M62 caliber. It has a 39.5 mm case diameter with 11.2 mm thickness, that fits comfortably. There is a calendar placed on the 4 o’clock mark instead of the usual 3 o’clock mark, giving the watch a subtle feel. It’s also waterproof, so you can wear it while swimming.

Overall, the Seiko Men’s SKA366 Kinetic watch is a perfect watch for discerning men who are looking for a high-end, elegant, classic and functional watch at an exceptional value. Beyond all that it’s also reasonably priced. This watch will never disappoint you.

Being the original inventor, Seiko makes the best kinetic watches in the world! For more on Seiko kinetic watches, check out our guide titled Best Seiko Kinetic Watches of 2019 – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews!

PROS

  • Classy yet subtle design, with a stunning two-tone color scheme
  • Suitable for all occasions formal to casual (especially formal) and sure to get you compliments
  • Great value for money for a high-quality classy dress watch
  • The 100 m (330 feet) water resistance is quite high for a dress watch

CONS

  • Some elders find the date window too small to read

Seiko SSC667 RECRAFT Series Solar Watch with Nylon Strap

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 44.7 mm
Case Thickness: 12.3 mm
Dial Window Material Type: Stainless Steel
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Nylon
Band Width: 21.65 mm
Band Color/Dial Colour: Sky Blue, Orange, and Black/Blue
Movement: Seiko Solar Powered Japanese Quartz V175
Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

This one tells a tale of splendid colors. It personifies sheer boldness and brilliance. It features a comfortable NATO band designed in sky blue, orange, and black. The dial is a fantastic ice blue dial that appears a tad different shade under varying lighting conditions. Given its cool looks, how can we leave this watch off our list!

The Seiko Recraft Series is a collection of Japanese Seiko watches inspired by the brand’s own vintage models, fused with an eclectic mix of modern style. In the Seiko SSC667 Recraft Series, we can’t say enough about the attractive radiant blue dial giving off a sunburst effect as the watch moves.

It’s mechanized with a Seiko solar powered Japanese quartz caliber V175 movement. The silver and radiant blue dial absorbs energy from the sun and artificial light to energize the watch. Once fully charged, it has a 6 month power reserve.

It’s crafted with a very solid 44.7 mm stainless steel case, which is typical of Seiko watches. The case has a solid screw-in back. The watch is a quartz chronograph with stopwatch and 24-hour subdials.

One small drawback of this timepiece is that the date in the window between 4 & 5 o’clock is difficult to see, but that is a minor detail which can easily be overlooked. The lume is alright, but could’ve been better if the hands weren’t shorter than usual. Also, this watch is rated 100 meters (330 feet) water resistant. This means it’s suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving.

All in all, it’s a beautiful and timeless timepiece that should be part of every man’s wardrobe.

PROS

  • Stunning colorful design
  • Great vintage timepiece design without breaking the bank
  • Solar powered, so no need to worry about winding or battery changes

CONS

  • The date window is slightly hard to see
  • The lume could've been brighter

Seiko SARB065 Shinobu Ishigaki

‘Best Seiko Premium Dress Watch Under $1000’

seiko sarb065

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 40 mm
Case Thickness: 13.1 mm
Dial Window Material Type: Hardlex
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20 mm
Band Color/Dial Colour: Black/Silver
Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 6R15 Automatic
Water Resistance: 50 meters (165 feet)

The Seiko SARB065 Shinobu Ishigaki (nicknamed “Cocktail Time” ) might be the most expensive watch on our list, but a fair comparison of its masterpiece design with other luxury counterparts, will reveal it’s anything but expensive.

Seiko is known for it quality, reliability, and value for money watches. This one is no exception. For just under $1000, you’re getting yourself luxury at a fraction of the cost!

So what makes this such a legendary timepiece?

Upon receiving your package (in countries outside Japan), you’ll come across a label on the package mentioning “Japan Import-No Warranty”. No need to fret, chances are you’ll never really see the watch failing your expectations anytime soon. Such watches are made for the Japan market only, but that’s exactly why any watch enthusiast would want it so bad.

“Cocktail Time” is one of the most spectacular dress watches available. The stand out factor is it’s incredible guilloche sunburst dial. The spectacular silver with radial sunburst pattern resembling waves is another marvel in itself. The spectacular dial will radiate in any amount of light.

It has a caliber 6R15 Automatic movement, which is so superior that it ticks away at an incredible 6 beats per second and has an impressive 50-hour power reserve. There’s also the option to hand wind it. This option is useful if you wear your watch infrequently, thus losing charge. Such features are typical of luxury watches that you get at much higher prices.

The understated case ensures attention is not drawn away from the luxurious dial. The band is an incredibly soft and well fitting leather strap.

This watch looks so incredibly luxurious that you can wear it on any social occasion. Fetching compliments will be part and parcel of adorning this elegant watch on your wrist.

Furthermore, the radiant dial has silver-tone hands and hour markers. There’s a subtle date display at the 3 o’clock position. It’s equipped with a scratch resistant Hardlex crystal, and has an exhibition back panel so that you can view the internal mechanism at work. The water resistance rating is 50 meters (165 feet), but that shouldn’t be a problem. You weren’t thinking of swimming with a $1000 watch, were you?

Just by viewing this watch and knowing about its features, we were immediately hard sold towards it. The Seiko SARB065 Shinobu Ishigaki (nicknamed “Cocktail Time” ) is a Seiko masterpiece!

PROS

  • Spectacular guilloche sunburst dial
  • Value for money
  • The Seiko 23-jewel 6R15 Automatic movement is a real work-horse
  • Suitable for any social event, hence the nickname " Seiko Cocktail Time"

CONS

  • The thickness of the 13.1mm case is a bit high for a traditional dress watch
  • This watch doesn't carry a warranty as it's made for Japan, it can be purchased online from other countries

Seiko Flightmaster SNA411 Alarm Chronograph Watch

‘Best Seiko Flight Chronograph Watch’

seiko sna411

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Dial Window Material Type: Hardlex
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Stainless Steel
Band Width: 20.6mm
Band Color/Dial Colour: Silver/Black
Movement: Calibre 7T62 Quartz
Water Resistance: 200 meters (660 feet)

Seiko makes some of the world’s best dive watches, but not everyone who wears them is a diver. Similarly, Seiko makes some of the best chronograph pilot timepieces, which are bought by pilots, engineers, and everyone else.

If you’re a pilot, or just crazy about aviation, you’ll love the Seiko SNA411 Flightmaster. For all others, this is a visual and functional delight worth owning. It’s a very advanced watch in terms of capabilities and quality, but as with Seiko watches in general, its budget-friendly.

Its unique capabilities include a built-in 60-minute chronograph, rotary slide-rule, and the analog alarm function. The slide-rule is particularly neat!

The slide-rule is a mathematical apparatus of great use to engineers and scientists. Once learned, it’s easily used to solve basic math problems and unit conversions. It can do things like fuel consumption and flight climb calculations. It has cool techymeter function.

This quartz movement watch is rated water resistant to an impressive 200 meters (660 feet). Its safe to use in scuba diving. Although it’s more of a pilot watch. Moreover, it has great lume on the dial hands and hour markers. This makes it easy to read the dial in the dark.

In summary, It’s big, it’s heavy, and it’s tough, but all in all it’s a well thought out professional tool. It’s a very impressive choice if you’re searching for a multi-function and low-maintenance watch for traveling and flying.

PROS

  • Inexpensive pilot chronograph watch that looks absolutely great and luxurious
  • Domed crystal gives a luxury feel
  • Incredible water resistance
  • The alarm dial can be used as a second time zone

CONS

  • The dial is very busy looking (though many find it highly attractive)

Seiko SARB033 Stainless Steel Automatic Watch

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 38.4mm
Case Thickness: 11.2mm
Dial Window Material Type: Synthetic Sapphire
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Stainless Steel
Band Width: 20mm
Band Color/Dial Colour: Silver/Black
Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 6R15 Automatic
Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

This watch is a rare chameleon, in that it fits the bill no matter what the occasion or attire. Slip on your most expensive business suit or your sports attire, and it’ll be good to go with either. The secret lies in its designing.

The Seiko SARB033 is a simple and lightweight watch, yet it’s perfectly durable. It’s also delicately designed and is elegant and precise. It is sure to last you a long time, and it will never go out of style.

It’s got a nice brush finished case. It’s exhibition back panel allows for viewing of the inside mechanism. The somewhat glossy black dial has luminous hands and silver tone hour markers. The stylishly framed date window is at the three o’clock position, and has a black date wheel to match the dial.

The classic bracelet in stainless steel compliments the dial and case magnificently. The dial window is synthetic sapphire crystal, which straight away implies better scratch resistance than Hardlex mineral.

Its water resistant rating stands at 100 meters (660 feet), suitable for recreational swimming but not diving.

Another reason this watch is a steal for the money is the Seiko caliber 6R15 movement that powers it. It has a power reserve of 50-hours. The superior mechanics of this watch also allow for the features of hacking (the ability to stop the second hand while the crown is in the time setting position) and hand winding (the ability to add power by winding the crown manually).

The SARB033 is an affordable dress watch that is also sporty. It’s one of Seiko’s best and classiest timeless pieces you should own.

PROS

  • Elegant yet subtle, suitable as dress or casual watch
  • The modest sized case is ideal for those with small wrists
  • Excellent quality, precision, and durability
  • Value for money

CONS

  • None

Seiko SNZF17 Sea Urchin Watch

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Dial Window Material Type: Hardlex
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
Band Material: Stainless Steel
Band Width: 22mm
Band Color/Dial Colour: Silver/Black
Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 7S36 Automatic
Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

Why pay several thousand dollars for a swanky Rolex diver, when you can get an equally good looking watch from Seiko for just a few hundred?

The Seiko SNZF17 “Sea Urchin” closely resembles the Rolex “Submariner”. Of course, there are some functional and material differences than meets the eye. Nevertheless, the “Sea Urchin” is a robust, reliable, and affordable timepiece that looks amazingly similar to the way more expensive “Submariner”.

First off, the “Sea Urchin” should not be mistaken by its name. Although It’s rated at 100 meters (330 feet) water resistant, this does not make the watch suitable for scuba diving. It’s suitable for swimming and other recreational water sports.

The Seiko “Sea Urchin” features a Seiko 7S36 23-jewel automatic movement with a 41-hr power reserve. The 42-millimeter stainless steel case has the classic dive watch barrel shape. The crafty 120-click unidirectional rotating bezel adds style and sportyness to the overall watch. The round dial window is made of Hardlex crystal. The reverse of the watch has a smart exhibition panel. There’s a day-and-date window at the 3 o’clock position.

With the “Sea Urchin” you can’t go wrong. Besides being amazing at fetching compliments, you’re getting something mechanical, durable, and sporty for very little money.

PROS

  • Stunning look resembles the Rolex "Submariner", but this one is a fraction of that cost, and gets the compliments too
  • Durable
  • Excellent LumiBrite featured on hands and markers for excellent legibility

CONS

  • No hand winding or hacking
  • Only 100m water resistance

Final Thoughts!

As you saw, all of the timepieces listed are remarkable in their own unique way. Seiko’s diversity ensures there’s more than a handful of watch models that may be suitable for you. It’s no wonder there are avid Seiko watch collectors all over the world. Pertinent to advise here is that there are a few qualities that tie all Seiko watches together.

Value: Whether you’re buying the low cost Seiko SNE102 or a solid gold handmade Grand Seiko, you’ll be getting an equally admirable value.

Quality:  Even the lowest priced Seikos will far outperform their market counterparts.

In-House Manufacturing: Seiko manufactures all of their movements themselves. There are very few watch brands that do that.

Credibility: Seiko is a top notch brand. Its history, innovations, and high-quality are world renowned. Everyone recognizes a Seiko when they see one. Needless to say, the wearer gains credibility for being respectfully styled. When you wear a Seiko, you’re ” always one step ahead of the rest.”


Marilyn

Marilyn

Marilyn Chase writes fashion articles for luxury power houses that want to see their brands surge. Her articles have appeared in various North American and Western European websites. She contributes articles about design, craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques in fashion. Her articles focus on trends and research supported by first hand interviews and pictures. She is qualified by extensive experience and a degree in fashion from New York.

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