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Nice review and pics, good perspective from the "watch wearer's" point of view. I don't own one but have toyed with the idea; I'd probably be ripping the thing apart right away to try and make it more accurate!
 

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Good review of an affordable icon. Might get another one myself one day, but one thing that did annoy me a little was that the case guard made access and use of the bezel a bit difficult. I'd recommend you get your next one on a bracelet. Has to be the best bracelet available on a watch at that price point.
 

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A very nice review of a somewhat modern watch "icon".
Thanks for sharing.

cheers,
Jake.
 

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No hate here... we need more real-world user reviews like this. Can't say you didn't put it through its paces and give it some real wrist time. Good job.

PS got a good chuckle out of this "The Orange Monster is first and foremost a divers watch and is reportedly waterproof down to 660 feet. While I've attempted a 660 foot dive to test this, for some reason, I've never gotten past 9 feet deep. I usually run out of breath and my ears start popping, so I'll have to accept what others say is true."

Thanks for post, and be safe,
HBL
 

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No hate here... we need more real-world user reviews like this. Can't say you didn't put it through its paces and give it some real wrist time. Good job.
Good point. Most reviewers only cover what they like about the watch and gloss over the dislikes. And usually these points are about the looks, not about the function.
 

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No hate here... we need more real-world user reviews like this. Can't say you didn't put it through its paces and give it some real wrist time. Good job.

PS got a good chuckle out of this "The Orange Monster is first and foremost a divers watch and is reportedly waterproof down to 660 feet. While I've attempted a 660 foot dive to test this, for some reason, I've never gotten past 9 feet deep. I usually run out of breath and my ears start popping, so I'll have to accept what others say is true."

Thanks for post, and be safe,
HBL
HA!, I plan on a record breaking dive to about about 10 feet this year! It'll probably make the papers :)
 

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Great looking watch from afar, but I don't see myself warming to the rawness of the layered plastic dial. Still, I like photos that attempt to hide the plasticky nature of the dial.
 

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I may get some hate mail but so be it. Just my honest personal opinions:
The Gear Review Blog....: Seiko Dive Watch SKX781K3 AKA "Orange Monster" Review
As it states in the review, I'll probably get another one someday :)

I don't get why you would think that hate mail was coming. :-s It's a totally positive review stating the obvious about the Orange Monster. In other words..... You love the Orange Monster and the inaccuracy does not bother you. Same here. I guess if someone hates Orange Monsters you would end up with "hate mail".
 

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I don't get why you would think that hate mail was coming. :-s It's a totally positive review stating the obvious about the Orange Monster. In other words..... You love the Orange Monster and the inaccuracy does not bother you. Same here. I guess if someone hates Orange Monsters you would end up with "hate mail".
Really it's the opposite; that the OM isn't perfect and stating the things I didn't like about it and thus ended up selling it. Any OM detraction around some parts will get you hate mail. :)
 

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I don't think anyone is going to debate the relative inaccuracy of the 7s26 movement, so this is IMHO a very fair review. We need more of these.
 

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HA!, I plan on a record breaking dive to about about 10 feet this year! It'll probably make the papers :)
In "my" part of Wales it would.. Mind you, everything gets in the papers here, like Mrs Jones splatting her Victoria Sponge all over the local WI..

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Jake.
 

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Thanks for relinking it.

I read this review before I bought one, and it's likely the one that impressed the most - straight out and no puffery. If anything, I'd mention the case actually isn't buffed out shiny - the highlights are brushed, the inner surface of the scallops bright. It's one of those things that isn't quite what we see in photos.

As for accuracy, I find the timeclock at work is what I run with, and since the system is apparently not checking official US time more than annually, I'm still left with calendar changes, etc. Which means I have a good excuse to play with the crown one a month or so. Staves off withdrawal symptoms from not wearing a chronograph.

I do like ss bracelets, and the extra deployant clasp on this looks like fun, even if rarely used. I should have gotten it on one, and now that I do want it, there have been none used for sale in weeks. Serves me right.
 

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Thanks for relinking it.

I read this review before I bought one, and it's likely the one that impressed the most - straight out and no puffery. If anything, I'd mention the case actually isn't buffed out shiny - the highlights are brushed, the inner surface of the scallops bright. It's one of those things that isn't quite what we see in photos.
Good point...updated and credit given :)
Thanks
 

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Really have to hand it to the OM for lume longevity. All my other watches dim significantly during a 15 min car trip, but the OM is still very readable.
 

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Recently been wishing that I had gotten the orange instead of the black monster. Thinking now of purchasing the orange, but not sure what to do with the black. Keep it; give it away..Feel I need color.
 

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Great looking watch from afar, but I don't see myself warming to the rawness of the layered plastic dial. Still, I like photos that attempt to hide the plasticky nature of the dial.
Felt the same way about the dial at first - thought I was going to be sending the watch back. It grew on me after a while.

I think the shape of the bezel offsets the plastic dial.
 
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