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Seiko Watches - Underrated?

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

  1. caz

    caz Member

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    The Grand Seiko's have replaced my Omega's and Rolex's.
     


  2. agent86a

    agent86a Well-Known Member

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    I have one of the Japan market seiko spirit watches (SCVS001). It's a beautifully made watch with a 6R15 movement that compares very well to the swiss ETA.

    I couldn't be happier for less than $300. I think the japanese market seikos are often an extraordinary value. With the strength of the yen currently, however, they are a bit more expensive than usual!
     


  3. Biggskip

    Biggskip Distinguished Member

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    Couldn't agree more with the OP. I own five watches and three are Seiko. For 90% less than Omega and 93% less than Rolex you cannot beat the value play.
     


  4. cs1

    cs1 Active Member

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    Yes, particularly the high end stuff you can only find in Asia. The Grand Seiko's are on par with the automatics that come out of Geneva. The problem is a lot of what they normally sell in the US is pure junk, so the brand is not well-perceived here.

    I like this site for Asian watches:

    http://www.seiyajapan.com/category/1_grand_seiko/


    Do they ship stateside?
     


  5. acidboy

    acidboy Stylish Dinosaur

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    The recent Seiko Design Project models for me shows how much the brand strives to better themselves. And the models aren't bad at all:

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    and here's one from last year's Design Project:

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  6. spertia

    spertia Distinguished Member

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    The recent Seiko Design Project models for me shows how much the brand strives to better themselves.

    Are these watches available for purchase or just prototypes?
     


  7. Jack2000

    Jack2000 Senior Member

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    Seiko= some of the best value in watches today. My Seiko Monster diver kicks the shit out of my Brietling Chronomat for time keeping ability for a 10th of the price.
     


  8. Twotone

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    One of my favorite $300 Seiko Spirits -- a bit of a "poor man's" Grand Seiko for a fraction of the price.

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    Twotone
     


  9. Flambeur

    Flambeur Distinguished Member

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    Here's my casual wear Seiko 5 mod with new dial and hands:

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    Twotone


    I love that, how did you get that dial? Put on yourself or someone else?
     


  10. East Oakland

    East Oakland Senior Member

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    The recent Seiko Design Project models for me shows how much the brand strives to better themselves. And the models aren't bad at all:

    Yes, it's nice to see that someone is working on new movements and designs in the high-end market. I, haven't seen it in person, but the new Seiko Springdirve movement seems pretty cool.

    Compare that to Rolex which hasn't changed anything in, what, 40 years? ETA/Omega isn't much better. With their stranglehold on the high-end Swiss watch market, not much reason for them to try to improve, I guess.
     


  11. Chouse

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    I love Seikos! Great value for the price and they offer some very subtle/ plain designs.
     


  12. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    I like my Spirit quite a bit. I normally wear it with a grosgrain band:

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    - B
     


  13. romafan

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    I like mine. Going on 28 years. I imagine it's a cheapie - what does 'Quartz' mean (it's on the dial under 'Seiko')?
     


  14. Steven Aver

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    I like mine. Going on 28 years. I imagine it's a cheapie - what does 'Quartz' mean (it's on the dial under 'Seiko')?

    Means it has a quartz movement. It takes a battery
     


  15. 0b5cur1ty

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    Yes, Seiko is generally criminally underrated - outside of Japan and WIS/collector circles, that is.
     


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