Originally Posted by kentyman
Wow, you and I are in the exact same market. Good news is I've been doing some research and I have a list of candidates that I think might be 20mm. Bad news is I'm not done with my research, and pro'ly won't be able to complete it until next week. I'll be sure to let you know what I come up with, but until that please keep us informed on what you find!
Well that blew up way out of proportion! I set out to catalog all the Seiko 5s with the following characteristics:
- simple, dressy style (not sports models)
- light dial (white, silver, etc.)
- no gold (just my preference)
- standard lugs that can support a leather strap (no small integrated bracelets)
The idea was to find something I liked with a 20mm lug width so I could share straps between all of my watches. Unfortunately, it's very hard to get reliable lug width information. Most models I have searched have conflicting information. Sometimes they list "band width", which doesn't necessarily indicate how big a leather strap it would take. You can see the data I have found so far by checking out this Google Spreadsheet:
Yep, that's over 50 watches. Most are SNK or SNX models, though there are a couple SNZ models. I only included one sports model as that's not really what I'm looking for.
If you're in the market for a Seiko 5, please keep in mind that even though I only put in light, gold-free watches, you can easily find black/blue/gold versions of most of these by searching for adjacent model numbers (likely within plus or minus 10). Also, know that for any SN**** watch, you may find it listed as SN****K/K1/J/J1 depending upon whether it was made outside or inside Japan.
If anyone owns any of these watches and can confirm the lug width or give any other relevant information on them, please let me know. If you have a model in a different color but otherwise identical, its lug width would be helpful as well.