5 Best Seiko Watches Reviewed & Rated
A Japanese pioneer, Seiko produces great examples of dependable wristwatches. They are also innovators of watch technology, producing the first Kinetic watch which combines the power of automatic technology with the accuracy of a quartz movement.
Known in watch circles as a stellar workhorse, Seiko watches are the epitome of Japanese-made quality timepieces. We here at Gracious Watch would like to acknowledge that and present to you some great examples that our family have curated just for you. Going beyond great solar-powered examples, here are some pieces that may catch your eye.
|1.||Seiko Sportura SNAE65||$$||5/5||Buy Now|
|2.||Seiko Classic Automatic Dive||$$||5/5||Buy Now|
|3.||Seiko SKX007K2 Diver’s Automatic Watch||$$||4.5/5||Buy Now|
|4.||Adventure Seiko Solar Classic||$$||4/5||Buy Now|
|5.||Seiko Astron Satellite Solar||$$$||4/5||Buy Now|
Below we will be talking about the individual Seiko dive watches, listing the pros as well as the cons and why it deserves the overall rating given above. Of course the high rating across the board is due to the company’s unfailing overall excellence, even down to how good Seiko watch bands are.
Seiko Sportura Review
Seiko has always been known to mix classic and modern tastes to create a perfect balance – this is exactly the mindset that allowed them to build the very first quartz watch.
The Seiko Sportura is a watch which at first glance you likely wouldn’t be able to make out as either sports or luxury. It seems more like an amalgamation of both because it is not only sleek and modern in design – it has those telling qualities of a luxury timepiece as well.
One of the first things that were immediately brought to our attention is the fact that the price range of the Sportura is disproportionate to the overall quality of its make.
For example, you will be very hard-pressed to find another watch in its price range that offers a sapphire crystal window – in fact it is almost unheard of. Not to mention the fact that the Seiko Sportura chronograph is of the highest quality and the stopwatch feature works incredibly well alongside the solid subdials and the tachymeter bezel.
Being a sports watch it is incredibly water-resistant, which makes it suitable to all kinds of water sports. However, there is a depth limit of 100 meters (or 330 feet) so while it might be suitable for hobbies such as snorkeling; diving is out of the picture.
Aside from the sleek stainless steel design it is also lightweight and fits well on both large and small wrists alike. Overall, it is a very comfortable and effective quartz watch and it easily earns its 5/5 rating.
When compared to any other watch in its price range, you will not find any other sporting timepiece that does the job quite as well. The Sportura is most definitely the go-to Seiko sporting watch for just about everyone. If you like this particular watch but find it is a little out of your budget, you may try the Stuhrling Concorso as a more affordable alternative.
‘Automatic Dive’ Seiko Classic Watch Review
Automatic watches generally are not as popular as watches made from vibrating quartz but there is something very fun and quirky about an automatic watch, and this Seiko Classic Watch definitely proves it.
Armed to the teeth with materials and features you could’ve sworn you saw on an automatic watch worth twice as much, Seiko’s Automatic Dive is both bold and conservative with its design choice.
The orange face alone might seem a little too much but anyone who has purchased this beautiful watch can see just how well its overall look clicks. It has the classic analog display one has come to expect from these types of automatic watches and is a confident choice for anyone who wants to stand out just enough.
Being specifically a Seiko watches divers design, this orange faced timepiece is at its best when used in recreational diving. It can handle the intense water pressure all the way to 200 meters (that would be 660 feet), which is crazy when you consider the watch’s meager asking price. With the sturdy Hardlex window protecting it you can rest assured that the durability of this Classic Watch can’t be underestimated.
Of course, being an automatic watch it does not keep the time as well as a quartz-built watch can but with only a minimal amount of effort necessary to keep the watch pin-point accurate you will barely notice the difference.
These features when put together give the other vintage Seiko dive watches a run for their money.
Just like the Sportura, it is not difficult to giver the Automatic Dive Classic Watch it’s 5/5 rating.
It is the perfect companion timepiece for just about anyone who is looking to not only do some recreational diving, but to look great while doing it.
Seiko SKX007K2 Diver’s Automatic Review
For those who find the likes of the Seiko Classic a little too overbearing, there is another choice – namely, the Seiko SKX007K2 Diver’s Automatic.
Compared to the bold color of the Classic, this diver’s watch is both very clean and attractive thanks in part to its plain but formal design. Similar to the review above, this watch functions with no battery and its stainless steel case has a shiny finish that harkens back to the prestigious watches of old.
The same quirky fun can be had with this automatic watch, though there are some problems with the watch’s band. Compared to the rest of the watch which is of stellar quality, the quality of the band simply doesn’t hold up to the rest.