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Seiko Watches - Underrated?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GQBaller, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. IBJanky

    IBJanky Senior member

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    I recently bought an orange face Seiko monster as a beater watch for work:

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    So far so good [​IMG]

    myke
     
  2. IBJanky

    IBJanky Senior member

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    I've also got this one from last year: [​IMG] myke
     
  3. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Check out the first picture.

    ^ Fvcked up! Now maybe aportnoy should do a group shot of his shoe collection.
     
  4. Wes Bourne

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    I understand that sub-$200 Seikos (such as the 5 series) are essentially disposable watches one throws away once they stop functioning, but what about the medium-to-high priced Japanese domestic market Seiko mechanicals?

    When a watch that costs, say $500, requires service (e.g. movement overhaul), what does the buyer do? Service it locally with a watchmaker, send to Seiko's US service center or send back to Japan?
     
  6. Lagrangian

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    I recently bought an orange face Seiko monster as a beater watch for work:

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    So far so good [​IMG]

    myke


    Nice looking watch bro - been thinking of procuring an OM too, my current beater is a Seiko Black Monster. A lot of watch for the money.
     
  7. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    Here's one that's almost identical. The shape is a bit different and It doesn't have a see through back.

    Thanks for this. I will consider getting it.
     
  8. Hartmann

    Hartmann Senior member

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    I understand that sub-$200 Seikos (such as the 5 series) are essentially disposable watches one throws away once they stop functioning, but what about the medium-to-high priced Japanese domestic market Seiko mechanicals?

    When a watch that costs, say $500, requires service (e.g. movement overhaul), what does the buyer do? Service it locally with a watchmaker, send to Seiko's US service center or send back to Japan?


    Hopefully someone can give me some advice, my situation is similar to the hypothetical one here.

    I have the Seiko 5 military, same one as in Wes Bourne's pic above. After about year, it's starting to run a little fast... about 12 seconds fast per minute, actually. I took it to a local watch repair place in Toronto and was quoted $50 to service it. Since this is essentially the price of the watch, I declined. Is this a fair price to service my watch? On one hand I could use the money towards another Seiko (looking at the monster diver), on the other it seems wasteful to let the current one just sit there. Thoughts?
     
  9. WorkingClassDude

    WorkingClassDude Senior member

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    I'm gonna be the proud pa of a Seiko (my first), hopefully by the weekend. Nothing fancy, just the chrono with the big black face, orange hands, brushed case (I suppose I could get a pic going after I get it). I wanted the one with the nylon strap, but it doesn't seem to be available, so I had to settle for one with a metal bracelet, which is basically a non-issue anyway since I was going to take off the stock strap anyway and alternate Zulus/NATOs on it.

    EDIT: Dang, I might be a little pissed, as my impatience comes back to fuck me in the mouth. I guess the one with the bracelet is NOT a matte finish watch, so I have to assume its stainless. Who knows, maybe I'll really like it, but I think I really wanted the matte. Worst thing is, the dealer I initially ordered it for accepted the order before telling me it was out of stock. I assumed since this an older model seiko, it could be weeks, if EVER they get it into stock (you know, like it got phased out and the dealer still had it on the site?) So I cancelled that order and ordered the bracelet model off amazon, only to find out the original dealer got the new stock on RIGHT AFTER I PLACED MY ORDER. So, goddammit, haha.

    Ultimately I guess this isn't a big deal, I can always return the one I get and re-order the other one... just adds a whole week or two to the process.
     
  10. IBJanky

    IBJanky Senior member

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    Tempted to get this one next: [​IMG] myke
     
  11. unjung

    unjung Senior member

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    If it's not clear already, mine don't get enough use.

    I wouldn't mind a Tuna.

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  12. shanker

    shanker Well-Known Member

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    Personally I find the styles pedestrian and monotone, but as long as you like 'em, rock 'em.
     
  13. Augustus Davies

    Augustus Davies Senior member

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    Check out the first picture.
    This picture reminds me of the original owner of Watchnet, he owned 350 Rolex Submariners.
     
  14. Augustus Davies

    Augustus Davies Senior member

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    I recently bought an orange face Seiko monster as a beater watch for work:

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    So far so good [​IMG]

    myke




    My Baby Monster.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. wesailtheoceanblue

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    The Seiko/Bond models from Moonraker and Octopussy command good prices on the vintage market.

    One Seiko line that may still be underrated and underpriced is the UK MOD-Royal Air Force issue chronograph line--the Generation 1 model from the 1980s/90s in particular.

    The solid gold vintage Seiko Lassale ultrathin quartz models are also interesting, but not likely to go much higher than they are now.
     
  16. Twotone

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    Yes, highly under rated including this SNXF01F for about $65.

    Twotone

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  17. cioni2k

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    I got this Seiko 5 for Christmas and put a shell cordovan band on it. It's my main watch and I dig it. Feel free to laugh at the fact that the band costs twice as much as the watch, ha.

    [​IMG]


    What Model 5 is this? Love it. Also, what width band can fit on it? Are all Seiko 5's 18mm? The Cordovan looks great. Everything about it works.
     
  18. Twotone

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    Looks like a Seiko SNK381K. Some Seiko 5's have 19mm lugs.

    Twotone

    What Model 5 is this? Love it. Also, what width band can fit on it? Are all Seiko 5's 18mm? The Cordovan looks great. Everything about it works.
     
  19. YOUgNeek

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    Darn right Seiko Watches are underrated. Wearing the Grand Seiko leaves you with the feeling of being well dressed and comfortable to hop public transportation late at night without being worried about being jumped. Of course you might get jumped for the other stylish accessories you might also have on!

    Like the colors?
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