Seiko is a company that has been in the business of crafting timepieces for 130 years, and dive watches since the 1960s. While the quality brand has not received the attention that some of the larger luxury brands have, they are well worth consideration. If you're not yet familiar with Seiko, they offer excellence in craftsmanship, quality materials and reasonable, yet not cheap, pricing, which puts them in the budget range for a larger segment of the population. Their movements are reliable and they take an innovative approach to watch design, implementing the newest technologies. Here are the top five Seiko diving watches on the market today.
Seiko Prospex SSC017
The Prospex is an elegant diving watch that captures the essence of sportiness and elegance in one versatile timepiece. The watch is solar powered and only requires a charge in full sunlight to run for six months at a time. This green nod to the environment is crafted of stainless steel materials for the 44mm case and matching bracelet. It is suitable for both formal and casual dress. The case is a 14mm thickness, which is thicker than the average quartz watch, but it offers a comfortable fit.
The bezel is black with a splash of blue at the 12 and 3 marks to give it a sporty element. A unique trapezoid is located at the 12 o' clock position, placed on a black dial with circles representing the numbers. Three sub-dials display the chronograph functions with an aesthetically pleasing theme that catches the eye. It is powered a V175 solar powered quartz caliber that provides reliable time keeping. It is encased with a Hardlex crystal for protection from scratches and shocks.
Seiko SKX007 Automatic Dive Watch
The SKX007 is the best seller of the brand and is their most reasonably priced dive watch, but they don't skimp on quality or performance. The 40mm case is made from stainless steel with a unidirectional bezel of the same material. The dial is matte black with white numerals for ease of reading under water. The indications are treated with a luminescent coating that charge in sunlight to provide a glow in low light environments for exceptional legibility. The watch has a rugged appearance with a sporty tone, making it a good choice for casual and casual dressy wear.
The movement is a 21 jewel automatic caliber Seiko 7S26 that relies on arm movement for proper functioning. Once charged the power is good for up to 48 hours without being worn. The band is 22 mm and this timepiece is water resistant for up to 660 feet.
Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic Dive Watch
This watch features a simple design that is rugged and sporty making it best suited for casual dress. The case is made of stainless steel with a 44mm diameter. This model is a revival of an earlier dive watch model from the 1970s and '80s era. It's a bulky looking watch with large lugs for a masculine appearance. The bezel is crafted of stainless steel and the dial is black with brushed metal lugs. The movement is a Seiko 4R36 24 jewel automatic caliber. This watch is water resistant up to 660 feet and isn't recommended for small wrists.
Seiko SBDC031 Prospex Sumo Automatic Dive Watch
This watch is a classy and attractive example with an excellent design with contrasting colors that make it suitable for use with most attire. The case is made of steel material in a 44mm diameter. Thee bezel has a striking design that adds a masculine tone. The dial is black with large numerals for easy reading under water. White dots surround the numbers for exceptional readability. The movement is a Seiko self winding 6R15 23-jewel Automatic caliber with a power reserve up to 50 hours. The Sumo is water resistant up to 660 feet.
Seiko SKA371 Kinetic Dive Watch
This dive watch is a solid and classic watch suitable for formal or informal dress. The 42mm case is made of stainless steel material with a matching 24mm band and an extra thick case of 14.8mm. The dial is black with white numerals treated with Lumibrite for a stronger lume in low light situations. The movement is a Seiko 5M62 Kinetic, and is one of the brand's most recent innovations. The Kinetic Dive watch is water resistant up to 660 feet.
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