Military Style Seiko Automatic
This is my first automatic watch, and my wife bought it for me, so it holds a special place in my collection. (Incidentally, my wife, Tiffany, bought me my first ‘real’ watch years ago, a Seiko Kinetic.)
Case: 35mm diameter, stainless steel, 30m water resistance.
Back: Hardlex exhibition back, screw down.
Crystal: Hardlex, flat.
Movement: Automatic, 7S26B, Seiko in-house design. No handwind or hacking.
Complications: Day of week, Date
Other: Luminous hands and markers, Lumibrite.
As stated before, this is a mechanical watch, and as such will never require batteries. Initial accuracy is about +12 seconds/day. This is to be expected for this movement; it should slow down within the first 2 months.
This watch is keeping excellent time now, less than +4 seconds/day! The only time it needs adjustment is if it runs down. I wear this watch almost every day, still, so it rarely stops. It now rivals my blue Seiko 5 in terms of mechanical accuracy.
This is a very wearable and light watch. The nylon strap is comfortable and forms to the wrist well. Readability in all lighting is excellent. The luminous material works very well and glows for hours. The military hand design is very easy to read. This is my first watch with a day of the week feature, and I do use it. During a hectic day, you really can forget what day it is. The military look is very reminiscent of World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era watches. The face is olive green and the strap matches almost perfectly. The overall fit and finish is almost perfect. So perfect, I have not found a flaw in any of the build quality of this watch, even under 10x magnification. Seiko must have very repeatable robots or crazy good quality control. Even my co-worker’s $2000 Omega has some misapplications on the dial this $80 Seiko does not exhibit.
I would highly recommend Seiko 5 watches to anyone who wants a finely crafted, reliable watch. If this watch is indicative of the Seiko 5 line, I think I will be buying more of these in the future!