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Seiko vs. Citizen watches

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In a very general way, are Seiko and Citizen watches considered to have about the same quality, i.e., fit and finish, accuracy, reliability, bang for the buck, etc.? I have owned many different Seiko watches and have been very happy with them all, and recently I purchased a Citizen eco-drive diver, only because I liked the textured dial and the price was right. I could just as easily bought another Seiko if I had found one designed like the Citizen. So what do owners of both think - are they pretty much the same? (I know that there are individual Seiko models that are superior to certain Citizens and the reverse is probably also true, so I am looking for general opinions from those who have experience of both.) Thanks!
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I don't like to compare brands, esp. behemoths such as Seiko and Citizen who make millions upon millions of watches yearly.

Just some comments about both.

In general, Seiko makes mechanical watches. Citizen don't.

Seiko's solar technology isn't as well established as Citizen's Eco-Drive.

Seiko though, has its own kinetic & Spring Drive technology.

The top end Grand Seiko/Credor/Galante/Spring Drive, as well as the Citizen Chronomaster/Campagnola have a good degree of hand assembly/hand finishing/artwork.

WRT fit and finish+materials and movements, the overall quality of Seiko and Citizen watches found in the mall are excellent, $ for $. Citizen does have an edge in their bracelets, esp. their sports/pro models but they're still sticking to mineral crystals for most of them. Seiko's hardlex is marginally better.

It boils down to features one would like on the watch, usually. I'll be hard-pressed to think of alternatives for many Seiko and Citizen models. For example, a perpetual calendar chrono or a perpetual calendar day/date accurate to 20s p/y.
What is the order of heirachy for the Seiko sub-brands?
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