Sporting oodles of day/date retro charm, the Seiko SKX007 is one of the most beloved automatic dive watches of a generation. First launched in 1996, this 42.5mm diver quickly became a best seller for Seiko. It has everything; good looks, timeless styling, no-nonsense reliability, and a bargain price, often being attainable for under $200.
But now, in true secretive Seiko style, the SKX has fallen off the map as far as the brand’s PR/communications efforts are concerned. Officially per Seiko USA staff, the piece is not officially discontinued at this time, but they are not putting in any efforts to communicate on the piece at this time, instead focusing their attention on the Turtle and other Prospex divers. What that means in the long run is TBD, but there’s definitely some fear that the piece will be killed off before long. Fear not though, with the hundreds of thousands of examples that are out there, you should still be able to pick one up for a bargain on eBay or other auction sites for years to come.
So many watch guys have a tale or two to tell about good times spent wearing their SKX007. It comes on a standard Seiko Z 22, a black rubber strap with a stainless-steel buckle designed to fit many of its most famous dive watches. It’s a utilitarian 22mm strap, but there are cheap plastic copies of it everywhere.
If you want to treat your SKX007 to a new watch strap or replace an existing one, and you most probably do, don’t fall for cheap imitations. Try instead a few of these recommendations designed by genuine Seiko SKX007 watch obsessives. Your watch is an expression of your personal style and individuality. Never settle for a band you don’t absolutely love. Please note, we know, not all the pictures show an SKX 007 but the exact same strap does fit.
BARTON ELITE SILICON WATCH BANDS
Based in Austin Texas, BARTON Watch Bands was born out of one man’s recurring frustration over poorly designed watch straps. So being a mechanical engineer he started designing them himself, and the beauty of their bands is that they are all designed to be swapped in and out in a few seconds and without the need of tools. Our Editor-in-Chief swears by them, having quite the assortment in his personal collection (both the Elite Silicone, and several Barton canvas straps as well). They represent outstanding value for money too. US$20.00
In 2014, Hong Kong brand Crafter Blue discovered much to their surprise that no one was interested in developing high-quality straps for Seiko watches. Undeterred, they started to develop rubber straps for professional divers favoring Seiko watches. This NBR vulcanized rubber watch band with a curved end lug perfectly fits Seiko models SKX007, SKX009, and SKX011 models. NBR rubber has superior strength and resistance than natural rubber to oils and acids. The strap meets RoHS requirements and features a sturdy stainless-steel buckle with a no messing keeper. This strap also comes with a pair of custom made 1.78mm spring bars for easy and secure installation. US$65.00
STRAPCODE VINTAGE KNITTED SUPERFINE WIRE MESH BAND
Founded in 2005, STRAPCODE is a Hong Kong-based supplier offering a huge collection of high-quality watch bands from brands such as MiLTAT, Taikonaut, Crafter Blue and many more. This Milanese mesh bracelet will look incredibly cool matched with the SKX007 stainless-steel diver and is perfect both on land and in the water. This densely knitted super fine wire mesh band has plenty of vintage style. Inspired by the 70s, the craftsmanship of this fine mesh bracelet is delicate yet at the same time robust. US$34.99
Zuludiver is a British brand specializing in diving and outdoor watch straps. The name alone is enough to tempt you. The company’s Vintage strap was inspired by the original Swiss Tropical rubber that adorned many of the coolest dive watches from the 1960s and ’70s. The Zuludiver strap is salt-water and ultraviolet resistant. The buckle is made from solid stainless steel and finished to a high standard. US$34.04
Strapcode has designed several watch bands and bracelets expressly for the Seiko SKX007. This new Super 3D Jubilee watch bracelet is more than just an upgraded version of a vintage Jubilee band. The 3-dimensional effect of the bracelet is highly visible and admirable. All links are made from solid 316L stainless steel with a curved solid end piece designed to perfectly fit Seiko Scuba Diver models SKX007, SKX009 and SKX011. US$62.99
‘Uncle Larry Seiko’, as he is known, is a tried and true Seiko devotee ever since he was given a Seiko Bellmatic a long time ago. He creates straps for Seiko models both vintage and contemporary. You’ve gotta love Uncle Seiko and many WUS readers do. The new 22mm Tropic strap now comes with a more robust diver-style buckle. The Tropic was a standard on many of the dive watches of the 1960s and ’70s and this is Uncle Seiko’s own version. From US$5.00 to US$39.00
If you’re planning on upgrading your strap to stainless steel, check out this Miltat 3D Oyster watch band. This forms part of a Seiko replacement band collection. The Super 3D Oyster watch bracelet is composed of 3 flat and solid 316L stainless steel units plus a highlighted 3D effect with a curved solid end piece which perfectly fits Seiko Scuba Diver models SKX007, SKX009, and SKX011. US$59.99
No watch strap search would be complete without investigating Austrian brand Hirsch. Made for robust reliability, the Hirsch Accent is described as the adventurer’s choice of strap. Entirely made from rubber, the Hirsch Accent has excellent water-resistance and tear-proof properties, and the lattice texture adorning the upper layer gives it its distinctive, well-traveled look. An ideal accompaniment to both sports and diving watches. Costly? Yes, but then it is a Hirsch. US$116.95
Italian brand Morellato has been making excellent watch brands since 1930. They name their straps after various sports, karate being but one of them. The Karate strap upper is made from genuine leather with a real carbon inlay and the lining material in rubber rendering the strap waterproof. The design of the strap features holes with metal protectors for a retro sporty look. EUR 39.95