Seiko makes some of the best diving watches in the world. At the top of their line is the Marinemaster:
It is an amazing looking watch. It also costs $2,200. Well, I do love a nice watch, but I like eating as well. For about $550, you can get this one:
As you can see, a very close match, but still over $500, which is my psychological limit. The Sumo is a pretty watch.
Finally, you have this guy:
Finally we have the SNZF17K1. A Seiko 5 sports. Overall, very similar looking to its more expensive cousins. The second hand is different along with the bezel. It is not a true diver, just 100M water resistance. On a solid, steel bracelet, it is a little over 150. On rubber, it is about $120. Quite a steal compared to the real thing.
When I was a little boy, I wore a watch like this:
It’s a cute, boys, mechanical watch. Swiss made by Bradley. I spotted this at an antique store and had to pick it up. It has some cracks in the crystal, but it does not effect the watch operation. It is a handwind and keeps great time so far. No claim on jewel count, so it is probably a pin lever watch. Nothing wrong with that, it makes them very shock resistant, which is great for kids. I just couldn’t say no to it.
Eventually, when Glenn respects things, I will let him wear it. It is on a 16mm band (the plastic original) but that can easily be swapped for leather or nylon. Every time I look it it makes me smile. I wish it photographed better, it looks nicer in real life.
Here are some Seiko watches that I like, but are a little out of my desired price point. They are all between $300 to $600. Peanuts compared to luxury watches, but more than I like paying.
The SEIKO Prospex 200M Diver 6R15 Automatic SBDC001. Also known as the Sumo. $540 of fun. Large 44mm diameter case, solid link bracelet with solid end links. It also has the new 6R15 movement, which hacks and handwinds. Looks a hell of a lot like a Marine Master at 1/4 the price. Reviews from owners say that it is just as nice or better build quality as an Omega Seamaster or Rolex Submariner. It also comes in blue.
The SBPP001. A brand new chronograph by Seiko’s power design division. 40mm diameter and looks as good or better than a Speedmaster. This is the quartz version, there is also an Automatic version. $450 for the quartz, $2382 for the Automatic.
Been seeing how accurate my watches are on the wrist. So far I have:
Orient, -1 second after 6 hours, so about -4 seconds a day.
Seiko Green Military, +4 seconds after 6 hours, +16 seconds a day.
Seiko 5 Black PVD, 0 after 6 hours, dead on.
Seiko Kinetic, 0 after 6 hours, dead on.
Seiko 5 Blue, +2 seconds after 6 hours, +8 seconds a day.
As I accumulate more, I will add what the accuracy is. I am using a digital stopwatch over 6 hours to see how far each watch is drifting under normal wearing.
All of the mechanicals are well withing their rated specifications, which are +30/-15 a day.