Watchuseek Men cannot live by 7 Seikos alone.
So to follow up with our two previous posts on Seiko watches, namely 7 Essential Seiko Watches and Top 7 Must-Have Seiko Watches, we are indebted to Watchuseek reader Mark Barcant for a selection of 7 Seiko’s he believes have been sorely missing from our choices. Mark’s Seiko watches are at the other end of the spectrum from Joe Kirks’ gorgeous but credit card draining offerings, but nonetheless they do reflect a long held Watchuseek tenet: Watches should not only look good enough to make you want to purr as they sit on your wrist, they should also offer superb value for money.
Without further ado, we present Mark’s choices for your admiration, cruel and cynical derision, or violent disagreement.
SEIKO SARG 009
And Mark’s off to a great start with this classic dress watch. The exquisite Seiko SARG009 is powered by the premium Seiko 6R15 caliber self-winding movement that can also be hand wound and hacked. It is the same caliber that powers many of the Seiko Prospex line of watches. The movement has a generous 50-hour power reserve. The case has a fine brushed finish and the black dial sports highly luminous hands and hour markers. A date display is shown at the 3 o’clock position. The stainless-steel bracelet has a deployant clasp with a dual push-button release. It’s a stylish and sensible 40.3mm watch. From $978 on Amazon
ORANGE MONSTER (FIRST GENERATION)
Once again, Mark is right on the money with the Orange Monster. It’s compulsory that every Watchuseek reader has one of these in his collection. It has everything going for it; good looks, lots of heft, a secure fold-over clasp bracelet and built-in Seiko reliability from an excellent SEIKO caliber 7S26 non-hacking automatic movement. With 200 meters of water resistance and sufficient lume to read your seat number in the gloom of the cinema when you arrive late and everyone is tutting at you. Whether diving or fine dining, this watch always looks the part. However, as the equally impressive second generation is now bedded in they’re becoming harder to buy online. Expect to pay around $250.
SEIKO SNK 809
This is pure entry level SEIKO, but it’s still got everything you could want from a watch including day/date at 3’ o’ clock, a Seiko Caliber 7S26 automatic movement with about 40 hours of power reserve, bright luminosity pitched against a black dial, sweeping second hand, canvas band. Yours for $54.85 on Amazon
SEIKO SEA URCHIN SNZF17K1
An entry level choice again, but a hugely popular desk diver type watch from SEIKO. You can snorkel on the surface or shallow dive with it, but at 100 meters’ water resistance you wouldn’t want to do much more. The watch measures 41.5mm and runs on the reliable 7s36 movement, said to be almost identical to the 7s26, but don’t knock it, it starts first time every time and keeps accurate time for up to 40 hours after taking it off. You can buy this handy dress/diver on Amazon for just $137.93.
SEIKO ALPINIST SARB 017
It looks great in pictures, but delighted owners say it looks even better on the wrist. It’s another bestseller from SEIKO. Watchuseek member Flawless wrote of his Alpinist in 2009: ‘The most striking feature of the SARB017 Alpinist is the sunburst green dial. The shade of green seems to change depending on the angle, and the applied gold numerals are very reflective and easy to read. On top of each numeral, there is a highly luminous sphere of quality Seiko lume. The cathedral hands uniquely suit the Alpinist and aid with the overall old-world-explorer look to it. ‘ The watch comes with an internal rotating bezel compass turned by the crown at 4:00. Again, this watch runs on the Seiko 6R15 caliber self-winding movement that can also be hand wound and hacked. From $428 on Amazon
SEIKO SKX 007
Described as possibly the best value watch at any price point considering it’s a low cost diver’s watch with a quality automatic movement that conforms with ISO 6425 for all requirements to qualify as a bona vide diver’s watch. But there is no need to intellectualize this bestselling diver from SEIKO. Just buy this 42mm beater and dive with it and it will serve you faithfully for year after year. Water resistant to 200 meters, you can happily scuba dive with this watch, and it offers everything you could want; great lume, day date, crown at 4 o’clock. You can buy it on Amazon for $199
This time a Pepsi dial style Seiko Diver with a rugged and stylish design. The 22mm wide bracelet with a fold-over safety clasp transitions smoothly into the classic round 42mm case, both of which are constructed of stainless steel with a bright, polished silver finish. Encased safely inside a scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal, the deep-blue dial accentuates the light-catching, LumiBrite hands and hour markers, and is bordered by a two-tone, blue and red stainless-steel, rotating bezel with markers to measure elapsed time. This automatic watch also sports a handy day date window at 3 o’clock. Water resistant to 660 feet. $208.95 on Amazon.
Main picture courtesy of Watchuseek member TroyNVie