Seiko Watches - Underrated?

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  1. whacked

    whacked 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:

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    I want this. [​IMG]
     


  2. Steve Smith

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    I am especially partial to the Seiko divers, but they have something for everybody. No watchmaker provides more bang for the buck than Seiko. Certain models (SKX007 for example) are icons. The range of different models available is mind boggling when you also look at the Seiko 5 line and the Asia-only lines.
     


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    Means it has a quartz movement. It takes a battery

    This is true. I've replaced the battery several times (and the crystal once), and gone through a bunch of bands. Is a quartz movement any more/less desireable than a mechanical movement (if that's the right word - the kind you need to wind)? What about the one that winds itself when you move your wrist (self-winding?)?
     


  5. East Oakland

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    This is true. I've replaced the battery several times (and the crystal once), and gone through a bunch of bands. Is a quartz movement any more/less desireable than a mechanical movement (if that's the right word - the kind you need to wind)? What about the one that winds itself when you move your wrist (self-winding?)?

    All depends on what you want. Mechanical movements are generally preferred by watch aficionados for aesthetic reasons, and most people who collect watches collect watches with mechanical movements. But they don't keep time as well as quartz. In fact, the introduction of the quartz movement drove most of the Swiss watchmakers into bankruptcy in late 70's & early 80's.

    If you are even asking this question, you probably aren't a watch aficionado, so no real reason for you to move away from quartz. A functioning mechanical watch will cost you at least $500 new, and a good one will cost you at least $1500 new. An Omega or Rolex will gnerally cost much, much more.

    That said, there are big differences in quartz movements. When most people think of quartz movements they think of the cheap ones in low-end Chinese watches (Fossil) that have gears made of plastic. There are high-end quart movements as well--good Japanese ones (that you generally can't buy in the US) have an accuracy of -/+ 20 seconds a year, cheaper ones -/+ 20 seconds a month or worse. A top-notch mechanical movement (new/in good repair) will generally have an accuracy of -/+ 3 seconds a day at best, but usually worse. There now also a lot of quartz watches with radio control as well, meaning they are set automatically each day by a radio signal.
     


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    I'm interested in a thin cheap formal watch -- simple face, silver case, no second hand, black leather band... and I keep coming back to the sub-$100 Seikos I find on eBay as an alternative to a run-of-the-mill Skagens. Are there any particular models to keep an eye out for from a wicked-thin standpoint?
     


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    Not a fan of the styling generally, but I do like a few that are seen in this thread. I tend to prefer slimmer, more simple designs.
     


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    Those Grand Seikos are nice!!

    What do they run normally?
     


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  13. East Oakland

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    Those Grand Seikos are nice!!

    What do they run normally?


    $3500 and up. The dollar is not doing well again the yen right now, though.
     


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    I am planning to get this: http://www.seiyajapan.com/product/S-...5_SARB030.html

    any feedback is appreciated.


    I like that watch a lot, somewhat similar to the SCVS001 that I own, but a bit more elegant. It's a fairly dressy watch and not something I would wear every day. I have been thinking about picking up another Japan model seiko, but the US$ is just too weak against the yen. On the other hand, it's a great time to check out European watches priced in Euros, or British watches priced in pounds.
     


  15. East Oakland

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    I am planning to get this: http://www.seiyajapan.com/product/S-...5_SARB030.html

    any feedback is appreciated.


    An accuracy of +25/-15 sec/day would drive me nuts, but you won't find a better automatic movement at this price. And it's good that it has a hack function.

    The Hardex crystal may seem like BS, but it's much harder than mineral glass (7+ on the Mohs scale vs 9 for sapphire).

    I wouldn't get too worked up about the exchange rate for something at this price. Might as well go for it.
     


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