5 Best Seiko Watches Reviewed & Rated
Anyone who is familiar with the pioneering world of wristwatches would have to have been living under a rock not to know the name Seiko. Known the world over for their so-called quiet revolution, it all started with Kintaro Hattori and his vision of excellence. With quality watches spanning a whopping one hundred and twenty-five years and known as the manufacturers of the very first quartz wrist-watch, Seiko continues to make its mark on history with every step forward.
Here we have some of the very best Seiko automatic watches and quartz watches, as well as our in-depth reviews of them. First and foremost is the list as well as the individual ratings:
|1.||Seiko Sportura SNAE65||$$||5/5|
|2.||Seiko Classic Automatic Dive||$$||5/5|
|3.||Seiko SKX007K2 Diver's Automatic Watch||$$||4.5/5|
|4.||Adventure Seiko Solar Classic||$$||4/5|
|5.||Seiko Astron Satellite Solar||$$$||4/5|
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 stop watch 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.
However, that is the watch’s only real fault. Its greatest strength comes not from the design of the watch (though that comes close), but its overall durability. Even for a Seiko automatic dive watch the SKX007K2 packs quite the rugged punch and is one of the most durable diving watches around. Just like the other Seiko automatic watches focused on diving, the Diver’s Automatic can handle the water’s depth up to 200 meters (660 feet) and will definitely not break on you anytime soon – if at all.
All in all, this watch is a dream to have for anyone who wishes to dive with class. As a matter of fact, it has such a classy design that you can even use it for formal events and no-one would notice – and if ever they did it would be to admire your timepiece. However, because of the slightly inferior band when compared to the rest it manages to snag a respectable 4.5/5 rating. It is definitely worth a purchase and won’t disappoint.
‘Adventure’ Seiko Solar Watch Review
So far, that’s three reviews catering toward Seiko’s watches specifically designed for water sports. In this review we will be taking look at one of Seiko’s best casual watches known as the ‘Adventure’ Solar Watch. At first glance, you can already tell that this watch is catered toward the casual audience because of its classical leather band. The bright brown color is pleasing to look at and overall it is a very relaxing design – and thankfully it is just as comfortable to wear. The quartz-based design of this watch is similar to other solar powered watches, which pretty much guarantees that you are going to have pitch-perfect accuracy as far as telling time is concerned.
Of course, since Seiko is so heavily devoted to overall excellence this Seiko Solar Watch Review wouldn’t be complete without a rundown of its features. Aside from the most obvious feature (solar-powered), the Adventure has both an alarm chronograph as well as a compass dial. As far as usefulness is concerned however, both features fall just short of greatness. The alarm for example can be confusing to operate – to the point where some people resort to not tinkering with it at all because the instructions provide no means of deactivation. Not to mention the fact that the sound of the alarm itself is quite soft.
The compass on the other hand is not completely necessary and once again falls short because many of the people who purchase this watch don’t even bother with the compass feature. However, the fact that it does have a compass feature to begin with is still a positive note which is why the rating remains quite high at 4/5. Ultimately, the Adventure does a lot right and while it does fall short, it still doesn’t disappoint.
Seiko Astron Satellite Solar
Last but certainly not the least we have a Seiko watch that is among the most prestigious – and that is due to the fact that the Seiko Astron Satellite Solar is a mechanical watch. The superior craftsmanship is in full view here, and the price compared to the rest of the watches reviewed has shot up multiple times to reflect that. Whereas the quartz watches of Seiko are often powered by a battery, the Astron utilizes a mix of classic and modern technology to set the time – it basically uses a satellite to set its time and will continue to do so as long as there is a clear sky available. It is also built as a mechanical watch and so even the act of owning the Astron is already an accomplishment of its own.
Check out this cool Japanese advert for the watch.
Unlike other mechanical watches however, the Astron does not break the bank because it is a mix of old and new. Generally, the classical way of building a mechanical watch merits the extreme asking price, but thanks to the technology the Astron uses the price is noticeably lower than its mechanical peers. Without a doubt however, it is a beautiful watch with an extremely high quality sapphire glass crystal.
However, it isn’t without its issues. Sometimes while on a plane it will be unable to set the time for no discernable reason. Also, the silicon band that it comes with – while beautiful in its own right – is an unorthodox design for mechanical watches that some collectors simply don’t agree with. Also, because it is directly built into the Astron’s case replacing the band is too difficult. All in all, despite these hiccups the watch is both classical and revolutionary at the same time, which is why it deserves its 4/5 rating.