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A Closer Look at the Seiko SKX013 Dive Watch

Watch enthusiast and experts alike are calling the SKX013 a smaller version of one of the most affordable quality watches of all time. That is saying a lot, but it is by no means a stretch. There are some experts who are saying that this watch is the best value-based watch in history. I am not sure that I would go that far, but at the same time, I am not will to debate any of them on it.

With all of its precision and durability, you can get this watch for less than $200, and the history and style that comes along with it. What stands out about this watch is that the width of the wristband is not as wide as the SKX007, which is its predecessor. Personally, I like the wider bands, but I have the wrists to support it. For people with smaller wrists, the band on the 007 model is too bulky. Not only does it feel out of place, but it also tends to look awkward as well. The design of the 013 model takes all of this into consideration and does a great job of accommodating individuals with smaller wrists.

To the fans of the original design, at first glance, the watches appear to be the same — until you see on someone’s wrists and then it becomes obvious that it is a different watch. The case of the watch is also smaller than the larger version, measuring 13mm from bottom to top and 37 mm across. When compared to the original version, there is a full 5mm difference in the diameter of the watch. If you are familiar with watches, then you know that the size difference is significant.

The proportions of the watches are not identical; however, it would be difficult for the average person to detect the differences with the necked eye. The smaller size of the SKX013 means that it has a thicker appearance when reading it and it does not have as much negative space as the original version — making it appear busier. The day and date display are a lot closer to the edge of the dial than on the SKX007. Now, while this would be a major issue on a more expensive model, the affordability of the 013 allows for few acceptions on the demand for excellence in the way of design. Most people who will buy the watch will gladly make a few concessions for the affordability and practicality of the watch.

When it comes to similarities, the build quality of the watches is identical. Bother of these dive watches are water resistant up to 200 meters. Both watches have crown guards mounted on both sides. The crystal on both watches is made from Seiko's proprietary material, Hardlex. Finally, the bezel produces even clicks. When it comes to durability, the SKX013 more than holds its own.

Another difference worth noting between the 007 and the 013 is the fact that the bracelets are different. While the 007 was on a stainless steel bracelet, the 013 comes with either a leather or nylon bracelet. The nylon is great for diving and high-activity situations. The leather version is more stylish. While the dive strap is practical, it will not suffice for someone who is looking for something a bit more stylish. Fortunately, you can always order a new band to suit your taste. You have a choice between black or brown leather and even a stainless steel bracelet.

I personally like thicker watches, and at 13mm, the 013 does not possess that quality. It falls somewhere in between an Invicta and Mavado. It all boils down to taste. It sits nicely on top of the wrist and it provides a high level of comfort, which is always important for an everyday watch.

If there is a complaint, the watch has a tendency to snag on sweaters and jackets a little more than most people are comfortable with. If snagging is a deal breaker for you, then you will have to consider it when determining if the SKX013 is for you. If you are a fan of the SKX007 and you are looking to add an affordable dive watch to your collection, don’t sleep on the SKX013. While it does not have the bold profile of the 007, but it is still very stylish and practical. It will make a great everyday watch.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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