Seiko SNZH40 Rose Gold Automatic
At long last, here is my review of my Seiko SNZH40 Rose Gold dress watch. I received this watch as a birthday gift (6 months ago!) but with health issues, I just have not found the time to do a proper review for this stunning watch.
As you can see, it is a bold, modern dress watch. The case is rose gold plated stainless steel, 39mm across. The plating is top notch and all the gold on the watch matches. The dial is a radial sunburst black. It is a true black, not charcoal or anything like that. It has roman numerals markers at 12, 6, and 9. The remaining markers are triangular. The watch also has a chapter ring for minutes, in white, five minute intervals. The hands are Dauphine style and are gold plated. The minute hand is full length, and reaches all the way to the chapter ring, which is a nice touch. The watch has day and date and minimal writing on the dial; just SEIKO and Automatic. The crystal is flat sapphire, my second watch with this material. I wish they put some anti-reflective coating on there, but at least I never have to worry about scratching it. It is a nice feature at the price point and a big step up from mineral glass. The crown is fluted and easy to use when setting the watch.
Powering the watch is a a reliable 7S36B, 23 jewel automatic. It is plainly finished, but is visible through the transparent caseback. The caseback is mineral crystal, which is just fine. No use making it sapphire where it can’t get scratched. The movement is a pure automatic, no hand wind or hacking. The watch, interestingly, is water resistant to 100 meters. I did not expect that level of water resistance for a dress watch.
Finally, we have the band and buckle. The leather is SEIKO genuine calf and very pliable. It has a crocodile pattern embossed and is tanned to a patent leather shine. It ends in an easy to replace 20mm. The buckle is embossed with SEIKO and gold plated over stainless.
I really enjoy this watch, it is modern, with a diameter of 39mm, but unmistakably a dress watch. It has no luminous marking, which would detract from what is supposed to be. It has the look and most of the features of a watch that costs 20X more. The sapphire crystal is a real bonus and puts this watch in the ‘SEIKO Superior’ line, instead of a 5. The impressive water resistance adds confidence in wearing this watch daily, since rain will not bother it. I have worn this watch quite a bit over the last six months, and it still looks brand new.
Case: 39 mm diameter, 12mm thick, Rose Gold over Stainless Steel. 100M water resistance.
Back: Hardlex exhibition case back, screw down.
Crystal: Sapphire, flat, no anti-reflective coating.
Movement: SEIKO 7S36B, 23 jewel automatic, no hand wind or hacking.
Complications: Day and Date
Other: On calfskin strap, crock pattern.