Originally Posted by Sander
@Kai: band looks really, really nice. I'm a bit torn on Seiko in general though - great movements and quality, but the designs... Don't get me wrong, I have a Seiko 5 that I have worn more than any other watch in my life but somehow the dial designs are always a bit off. Leagues behind the quality of the hardware at least.
I hear you on the complaint of the designs. There are some Seiko lines that I really love (Alpinist, Sumo, Tuna, MarineMaster, 007) but the hideous designs are basically too numerous to mention. Just go look at 90% of what is offered on the Macy's website.
FWIW though, I think some of the Grand Seiko watches are some of the most beautiful, understated watches out there. I think the problem with Seiko is that they try to be all things to all people and have licensed their name out for a bunch of crap in the process. You can get a watch for serious diving or an elegant night at dinner and the theatre both from the same brand that I would buy a $10 Hello Kitty watch from for my 3-year-old.