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After considering for almost 6 months of having strong urges of which Seiko Divers I should purchase, I've finally decided on the legendary SKX007J, again. Here's my story.

I've previously owned (in chronological order) the First Generation monster ("SKX779"), "SKX007J", Seiko Kinetic BFK ("SKA371") and Second Generation Monster with 4R36 movement, ("SRP307J") all which I've sold to fund my other watches. I sold my first SKX007J after 6 months due to it running slow (-20 Seconds) a day. I understand that it's within specs for the 7S26 but I cannot tolerate my watches running slow, my other Seiko were running fast. I wore for 6 months to make sure the movement was broken in, but still, it was running slow.

After I've sold my last Seiko, the SRP307J, I've been wearing my Sinn U1 since 2013. I begin to feel a sense of emptiness, a void that I do miss having a Seiko Divers in my collection. I do get urges to purchase another Seiko Divers now and then but I managed to hold off these urges till 2014, when Seiko introduced at BaselWorld the "New Prospex", which includes the Second Generation Monsters, which irks me. Make no mistake, I love the Japan Domestic Market "JDM" Prospex line. MM300, Tunas, Sumo etc... but with the New Prospex, they are charging more for the identical existing product, with a additional new logo printed on the dial and caseback, and the branding of "Prospex". This doesn't make sense to my wallet. However, on the Corporate decision point of view, I do not blame them. (Increasing Sales numbers, releasing new products and making shareholders happy etc...) This Seiko decision did not stop me from loving this brand, but managed to suppress my urge to get another Seiko for a whole year.

And then, early this year, the urges came back...

So, what made me choose the SKX007J?

1) It's the one of the few iconic models that doesn't get the "New Prospex" treatment. Good thing for me. I like my watches simple and I'm quite particular with such branding stuff. (Imagine getting the regular SRP307J again and in your mind you know there is a New Prospex version out there. Essentially they are the same product, but the New Prospex SRP581K monster is "newer", and not forgetting the new JDM SBDC025 monster with the 6R15). I'll probably lose sleep over this, lol.

2) The 7S26 movement. Non hacking and non manual crown winding. I like the 6R15, 4R36, and my Sinn U1's SW200-1 (Essentially, the ETA2824-1), too. But the 7S26 is unique as it lacks those additional features. Just pure automatic movement.

3) It has its DNA roots tracing back to the first Seiko Diver watch, enough said. One of the most, or the most iconic Seiko Divers ever made. The monster has its own iconic cult status and following, too. But the SKX007 has roots tracing back all the way back to its ancestors of diving watches.

4) It is the most widely debated watch in history. SKX007J or SKX007K. Made in Japan? or Made in elsewhere? , No, do not start this again.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story. And there you go, some mandatory pictures and wrist shots. Oh, the rubber feels slightly softer as compared to my first SKX007J.

I purchased my SKX007J from my regular store. They were kind enough to provide me a few pieces to choose from, as they know that the SKX007/009/011 series are notorious for having the chapter ring alignment issue. Thankfully I managed to find one that is 99% perfect, looks like its off alignment by a hairline to the left. Not too bad considering the others have worse alignment, which I took photos of it as well.

Full set of stuff given! Box, papers, hand-tags, even the iconic Seiko 5 Made in Japan Strap tag!





Seems like my 007 was made in 2014, May.





The new SKX007J with his new friend, the Sinn U1.



Lastly, the wrist shot!



Other choices with bad alignment chapter ring:



 

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Congrats on the repurchased. It is indeed an iconic piece.

When i look at my 6 digit no, it seems mine was made in October 2003. But purchase in 2015 Jan.
 
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You do realize the 007 is not a "5", right? Not sure why yours came with a "5" tag. Also, the square white box is a "display" box, I believe; blur rectangle shaped box is the standard when Seiko boxes them.
 

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You do realize the 007 is not a "5", right? Not sure why yours came with a "5" tag. Also, the square white box is a "display" box, I believe; blur rectangle shaped box is the standard when Seiko boxes them.
Hi nepatriot

Yes, I do know the SKX007J does not belong to the Seiko 5 line of watches, but somehow all the "J" variants of this diver watch series (the SKX007J, SKX009J and SKX011J) all have this Gold bordered Seiko 5 Made in Japan strap tag.

The tag has been together with this series of divers for as long as I can remember.
 

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Thanks for posting. You're on your second 007 and I haven't started on my first yet - I keep telling myself that I don't need one as I've got a 009 but it's still there on my "get" list. One day!
 

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Hi nepatriot

Yes, I do know the SKX007J does not belong to the Seiko 5 line of watches, but somehow all the "J" variants of this diver watch series (the SKX007J, SKX009J and SKX011J) all have this Gold bordered Seiko 5 Made in Japan strap tag.

The tag has been together with this series of divers for as long as I can remember.
interesting ... Never saw that. I've bought new from authorized dealers several SKX variants, including the 007 "J". All came in a Seiko blue box, never a "5" tag. The 007 is in the Prospex line, right? Now that I think in this, I had a "k" version from a U.S. Dealer that came in the square white box. The dealer is authorized, and has an impeccable reputation, and pointed out on his site the it would come in a white display Seiko box because he gets the these loose. Gray market.
 

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It's not weird for one to own more than a piece of identical models... I myself own 2 SNZG stealth field watch, although they're just an alphabet apart, one J and a K... I also own 2 Sandoz Submariner homage that may look identical, in dial color, as well as bezel color... but they're roughly 15yrs or so apart...

These type of "obsession", often trace us back to the initial impressions we have of the models that we acquired. Should you had felt bored... on the first initial piece, you can always considered to have it modded to get a fresh new look...
 

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interesting ... Never saw that. I've bought new from authorized dealers several SKX variants, including the 007 "J". All came in a Seiko blue box, never a "5" tag. The 007 is in the Prospex line, right? Now that I think in this, I had a "k" version from a U.S. Dealer that came in the square white box. The dealer is authorized, and has an impeccable reputation, and pointed out on his site the it would come in a white display Seiko box because he gets the these loose. Gray market.
Hi nepatriot

Nope, the SKX007J is not in the Prospex line; and yes, my watch is a gray market (parallel import) model.
 

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Nice watch, fantastic for the price. I know how you feel about "missing" the Seiko diver in your collection. I've owned entry (SKXA35), low mid (2 monsters), mid (2 sumos), and high (MM300) and miss having one in my collection. I'm sure I'll be buying another one down the line.

Enjoy it, and do not sell it! Yours looks to be well put together.
 

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Hi nepatriot

Nope, the SKX007J is not in the Prospex line; and yes, my watch is a gray market (parallel import) model.
So sounds like the seller doesn't know the 007 is not a 5, and threw in tag when he boxed it. I have no more SKX's, but this thread has started the bug. Chino has the "2" with SS for 145. Looks nice.
 

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So sounds like the seller doesn't know the 007 is not a 5, and threw in tag when he boxed it. I have no more SKX's, but this thread has started the bug. Chino has the "2" with SS for 145. Looks nice.
I've no idea but almost all of the SKX007J (rubber strap version) I've seen on display has the tag attached.
 

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One of the reason I've re purchased the SKX007J was to be my "automatic" beater. Time to pamper my Sinn U1 as it has been my beater since the day I acquired it. I read and know that the SKX007 can take a beating, and I'm planning to wear it on occasions when I will be doing sports or traveling to places that has a high risk of theft.
 

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Two very cool dive watches in your collection Byfrost !!

I too have the "hole in my collection that can only be filled by a Seiko diver" problem but am trying to resist in as manly a fashion as I can.

PVD BFK.......again ?
 

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Two very cool dive watches in your collection Byfrost !!

I too have the "hole in my collection that can only be filled by a Seiko diver" problem but am trying to resist in as manly a fashion as I can.

PVD BFK.......again ?
Yes, as a previous owner of the BFK, I would say go for it! Easy to screw in and out crown was my favorite part of the watch. I like the solid feel and the weight of the watch, too.
 

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It might be just me but there's something 'not quite right' about that 007. Can't put my finger on it but it looks 'different'.

It looks just fine.



And the chapter ring is aligned!




...So the only alignment issue left over...






... seems to be that...




[!!! Spoiler Alert !!!]





... that the hour hand is slightly ahead when the minute hand is at the whole hour... :)


 
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