|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Seiko|
|Item weight||104 grams|
Seiko Divers Automatic SKX007J1 Type: Divers Movement: Automatic (SKX007) Calibre: 7S26 (21 Jewels) Crystal: Hardlex crystal Dial: Black Bezel: Unidirectional Water resistance: 200m Bracelet width: 22mm Bracelet/Strap: Rubber Made in Japan
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-Feels solid and well constructed.
-Classic Seiko Diver's Watch design (takes me back to the 80's).
-The rotating bezel aligns perfectly with markers.
-Screw down crown.
-Luminescence is excellent.
-Nice second hand movement.
-Keeps accurate time (for an automatic watch).
-The SKX007J is made in Japan.
-It is a Seiko!
The unidirectional bezel clicks with quiet reliability. The bezel is easy to use underwater, by the way, and the hands and hour markers are easily read in all light conditions, both on land and underwater. They glow in the dark for between about four and five hours, in my experience, after coming in out of the sun.
This is not a pretentious or ostentatious watch in any way, and it's not a 'big' watch by current standards. It comes on a simple stainless band. Personally I wear mine on a nylon strap, or on a stainless 'mesh' style strap that I personally find more comfortable than the factory band. But if you like a metal band, this one is attractive, durable, not overly heavy, and it does the job.
These are famously durable. I've had mine about four years now, I wear it frequently outdoors in ll kinds of activities, I never baby it or worry about it, and it still looks 99% new--only a determined jeweler's search with a strong magnifier would show up the tiny, almost invisible wear marks on the case and crystal.
These are rated to 200 meters, which is deeper than any human diver is ever going to go. I've taken mine to 120 feet with no problem. I trust this watch completely. It's tough, and can take it.
This particular listing is the version 'made in Japan'. Other than the model number, there's no functional or quality difference (in my opinion) between the Japanese factory's output and the Seiko's made anywhere else. That's my opinion. Some others disagree, and perhaps for that reason there is usually a price premium on the Japanese models over non-Japanese. It's up to you whether it's worth a premium to you to have an added 'J' on the watch in fine print.
If you're debating a 'first' dive watch, I would say go with this Seiko. As a real diver, I have acquired a number of real dive watches over the years, and this Seiko is my favorite, for all the reasons above. It just works, it does the job, and it does it well.
It's also very reasonably priced. I found my (authentic Seiko but non-Japanese) online shipped for around $180, and I continue to see them at around that price today. It definitely pays to shop around. Expect to pay $20-30 more for the Japanese factory 'J'. That's really the only difference.
You may or may not ever decide to 'trade up' to a more expensive dive watch, but I wouldn't be surprised if you decide to keep your original Seiko and continue to wear it. This watch really grows on you.
Lots of great info and user threads on this watch on the various online watch forums. Google them and see. There's a whole subculture/cottage industry of DIY modifications with this watch as well.
When you are comparison shopping, make sure you are getting a genuine Seiko from a genuine Seiko dealer, not what is called a 'grey market' Seiko sold (or re-sold) by unauthorized third parties. Those 'grey market' watches may be OK, or they may be seconds, refurbished (without Seiko's involvement), counterfeits, or who knows what. Either way, they probably won't come with any warranty that Seiko will recognize. So definitely make sure you are dealing with a licensed Seiko dealer (you can verify with Seiko on Seiko's website).
Interestingly, these watches hold their resale value really well. If you buy your Seiko around the price I suggest, you can usually resell it for a good price. Some people keep all their box and documentation to increase their resale. Definitely register your watch with Seiko for warranty coverage.
Summary: Great dive watch. Solid, reliable, well designed. Available around $180 (non-"J", $200 or so if "J"), shipped, through genuine Seiko dealers.
Hope this is helpful. Dive safe, everybody.
My dad had this watches ancestor, the 6309. It definitly left a lasting impression on me because this is the only style of watch I ever wanted to wear. Built like a tank with rugged good looks. Its simplicity is what makes it so great.
It is ISO certified to be a real diver and has held up well to my rough life style wether at work or play.
It loves the outdoors as much as I do and the ocean even more. I take it swimming/diving with me every day in the summer as I live on an island and am a beach bum. I have since put it on a black, 5 ring NATO nylon strap which is comfrtable and accents the watch nicely. The rubber strap was great but I preferred the look and feel of the more expensive NATO.
This watch comes in two versions, the "J" and the "K". The K, to my knowledge is assembled in Malaysia, has the day in English and Spanish and does not have the words: "21 JEWELS" written on the dail. The J is supposedly assembled in Japan, has the day in English and Arabic with the "21 Jewels" and "Made in Japan" written on the dail. Being fluent in Arabic, I found this a nice touch.
They both use the same 7S26 movement with either the more refined B or C version. Accuracy is within 4 minutes a month which is very acceptable. The Hardlex crystal has proven to be tough as nails. I would of liked this to be a winding/hacking movement but its not a big deal, esepcially at this price point.
In conclusion this watch brings back great memories of my childhood. Its design has held up well to the test of time and in the past year, has proven to be the ultimate watch for the active, marine lifestyle. 6 out of 5 stars!