Seiko is a watch company that has a rich history of watchmaking, producing some of the world's most beloved models throughout the years. The skilled craftsmen have produced dozens of different watches starting with their first produced in 1924.
The first watches were made with imported movements but as the company grew and advanced in their technology and innovation, the first in-house movement was used in the 1956 Seiko Marvel edition.
Their first chronograph was the Seiko Crown. These are just a few notable milestones. Although we could name dozens of special Seiko watches, we've chosen the top 20 models of all-time for your consideration and enjoyment.
20. Seiko Marvel 1956
The Seiko Marvel was created in 1956. This is one of the best Seiko's ever made because it marked a very special era in the history of the brand. It was the first-ever Seiko watch to be made with an in-house movement, as previously mentioned.
This was a big event for the brand and it signaled a new era in watchmaking and much greater self-sufficiency for the brand, with greater control over the overall quality of the end products.
19. The 1964 Seiko Chronograph Hand Winding Tokyo Olympic
This is a model that is known as the Seiko Crown which was the first chronograph watch that was ever made by the company. This special edition was created to honor the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and registered as a caliber 5719. The approximate going price for this vintage watch is around $6,000 to the right collector.
18. Seiko Presage SARY055
The Presage was launched with a variety of models but one of the most impressive was the Presage SARY055. This is an entry-level watch that became one of its best-sellers. The aesthetics and display are elegant yet the price is affordable.
The fine brush stainless steel finish in a 41mm case. The dial is a silver and white coloring with blue hands and hour markers which make it lovely in appearance and easy to read.
This watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters and is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The case is a bit on the thick side as is the bracelet which gives it a masculine appearance in a dressier watch, however, the strap can easily be replaced if a lighter version of the watch is preferred.
17. Seiko 5
The Seiko 5 is a men's watch is a fine stainless steel case for both casual and dress occasions. Its versatility is part of the attraction to this model. The case measures 44mm in diameter and it features a highly attractive skeleton case back, along with a black dial on the front.
Although not a diver, this watch is resistant to water up to 100 meters so it can be worn while swimming in the shallows. A few cool features are the uni-directional rotating bezel and the attractive price tag. It's a great watch for low light situations because it's wonderfully bright.
16. Seiko Men's Excelsior Chronograph
The Excelsior Chronograph is one of the brand's larger watches. The case measures 43mm and is crafted of stainless steel. It's an attractive dress watch designed for larger men.
The three subdials include a 60-minute chronograph timer, a second counter, and an alarm, with a date window placed at the 3 o'clock position. The hands are luminous as are the markers. The bracelet is made of stainless steel to match the case and it features an attractive sculpted design.
15. Seiko SUP880
The SUP880 was popular from the time of its launch because of its rectangular shape, which offered a different aesthetic. It's based on an analog solar-powered platform offering a plain aesthetic for those who are into the geometrics over fancy designs.
The bigger part of its charm is in the simplicity. The case measures 28.5 mm and it's made of stainless steel materials. This is a simple dress watch that can also be worn with casual attire.
14. Seiko Prospex Mechanical Dive Watch
The Seiko Prospex is a men's diver watch that is made for larger men. The case measures 44.5 mm in diameter. It's a masculine diver watch in a mechanical self-winding format.
The display is bright and highly legible with easy to read markers and numerals. It is treated with lume on the markers and hands for ease of viewing in low light environments.
The watch is waterproof for up to 200 meters, making it an ideal watch for divers, swimmers, or those who simply enjoy water sports. Although it's not an inexpensive model, it's certainly been popular as it is versatile enough to wear for casual, sporting activities or as a dress watch.
13. Seiko Men's SKX007K
This is an automatic dive watch that is priced affordably. Those who are looking for a functional watch that offers both sportiness and luxury find it to be appealing. It's one of the few reasonably priced diver watches that offers so much for the cost.
The dial is laid out simply with easy to read numerals and markers with a black background and white markers for a lovely contrast. It's water-resistant for up to 200 meters. A day and date window are located at the 3 o'clock position and the bezel is a unidirectional type.
The case measures 42 mm in diameter making it medium in size and suitable for men of all sizes. The rubber strap is quite durable but it is also available in a range of strap styles for swapping out to change the appearance to match almost any occasion. There are rubber straps, Nato style, and stainless steel versions when you want a dressier look.
12. Seiko Flightmaster Chronograph
The Flightmaster Chronograph is one of Seiko's specialty watches. Just as indicated by the name, this model is designated a pilot's watch. The functions are advanced beyond that of a standard wristwatch.
While the average guy may feel overwhelmed at all of the functions, a pilot could make good use of them. It's made in a 41 mm case crafted of stainless steel material and bezel.
The dial is blue color and the functions include a stopwatch, a slide rule for calculating flight data, a bidirectional bezel and water-resistance up to 100 meters.
This model isn't among the easiest to read, because of the positioning of the inner numbers behind the glass and the outer numbers in the front, but it's created for a special purpose that is truly appreciated by those who make full use of this functionality.
11. Seiko Men's Prospex X Padi Diver
The Prospex X Padi Diver is another popular Seiko model. This model is identified as SRPA21. It's one of the most colorful automatic watches made by the brand. The bright blue dial with red indications makes a powerful statement.
The case measures 44mm in diameter and is crafted of stainless steel material which contrasts nicely against the blue dial. It's quite easy to read in low light situations because of the Lumibrite treatment on the markers and hands.
It is water-resistant up to 200 meters. This is a model that Seiko made for a partnership with the world's leading scuba diver's training school, yet they kept the price affordable.
10. Grand Seiko 9R Spring Drive Chronograph Limited Edition
We would be remiss to not include this very special limited edition model, although it's one of the more expensive watches and it is a collaborative effort with a specialty parent company, it's still every bit a Seiko.
This model was launched in 1960 under the Grand Seiko brand name. It was their answer to Swiss-made watches and it was a timely event in the history of Seiko. It's a large watch with a case diameter that measures 46 inches and a width of 4mm.
It's by far among the most luxurious with a ceramic case, a power reserve indicator, a date window, and a GMT hand. The hand-polished ceramic case gives it the ambiance of total and extreme luxury.
9. Seiko Premier Novak Djokovic Special Edition
This is by far one of the most aesthetically pleasing Seiko designs ever released. It's one of the special limited edition watches created through a partnership with Novak Djokovic, the former tennis star.
What makes the watch so stunning is the amazing contrast achieved through the use of a black dial for the background and the use of rose gold tones for the case and the contrasting elements. attractive Roman numerals are applied and the addition of a perpetual calendar that runs through the year 2100 was a nice touch. It also features the signature of Djokovic on the back of the watch.
8. Seiko Men's Stainless Steel Solar Watch
This model is also among the most popular with the model number SNE042. It's a two-tone watch that features an elegant design which is also simple. It's a smaller watch measuring just 37 mm in diameter.
The case is made of stainless steel with a silver band and a gray dial for a subtle yet noticeable variation in color. Greater contrast is achieved by the gold accents which makes it a watch that is suitable for wear for both casual and more dressy occasions.
The watch is solar powered but as a word of caution, it was not made for water resistance and is not rated for anything more than 30 meters, so it's a good idea to take it off before you go swimming or take a shower.
7. Seiko Shinobu Ishigaki SARB065
This is one of the most attractive Seiko watches priced under $500. It's elegant with a sunburst dial laid out in a minimalist design. This model features a round case measuring 40mm in diameter and crafted of stainless steel material. The movement is an automatic 6R15 with 23 jewels.
6. Seiko Classic Automatic Watch
This is another classic Seiko watch offering a minimalist classic design. The SARB033 features a 38.4 mm case which is ideal for smaller wrists. The movement is an in-house Seiko 6R15 automatic with 23 jewels.
5. Seiko Alpinist Field Watch
The Alpinist Field Watch is one of the most popular choices for those who love the outdoors because this is precisely what the design puts one in mind of. It's a unique watch that features a round stainless steel case that measures 39.5 mm in diameter with a brushed finish.
The dial is a lovely lighter version of forest green with attractive gold applied hour markers and numerals. The hands are chunky with a gold metallic outline and painted white centers for high legibility. The date/day window is located at the 3 o'clock position. The movement is a Seiko 23 jewel 6R15 automatic in-house type.
4. Seiko Shogun Prospex Dive Watch
This Divers watch is a number SBDC029. It's one of the most popular dive watches under $1,000. Although not an inexpensive watch, it is highly desired for its attractive aesthetic and high degree of functionality.
The case measures 43.5 mm in diameter with highly legible markers in brilliant white against a black background. The watch is powered by an in-house 6R15 automatic Seiko movement with 23 jewels.
3. Seiko 5 SNK805 Automatic Watch
This is another of the Seiko brand series with a focus on sportiness. Although it's not a water-resistant watch, it is a popular model. It's one of the more affordable field watches offered by teh brand.
The case is made of durable stainless steel and it comes with a nylon strap that is made for comfort. This is one of the more reasonably priced Seiko's with an automatic in-house movement.
2. Seiko Prospex SRPC91 Save The Ocean Dive Watch
The Save The Ocean Dive watch is one of the most highly prized of Seiko's limited edition watches. The case is shell-shaped which has earned the watch the nickname of "the turtle."
It's water-resistant up to 200 meters and features a unidirectional bezel. It's one of the more stylish looking divers watches with a stainless steel case and matched with a durable silicone band. The movement is a 24 jewel automatic type.
1. Seiko Prospex Black Ion Automatic Dive Watch
The top Seiko watch of all time is the lovely Black Ion Automatic Dive Watch. It offers a highly attractive silhouette in classic tyling with teh application of gold accent that is eye-catching as well as being aesthetically pleasing. This watch is water-resistant up to 200 meters and it features a unidirectional dive time bezel, a 41-hour power reserve, and a stainless steel case that has been PVD coated to make it more durable.
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