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Seiko SSC013 - handsome, useful, EXTREMELY accurate
on August 27, 2012
I have had this watch for almost two weeks now. I set it in sync with the US Naval Observatory Master Clock the first day I got it and it has only gained about a half a second in 10 days. I am an F-16 pilot and have owned and still own many watches, from Timex to Rolex and this is the most accurate I have ever owned by a long shot. It is also very comfortable on the wrist with the leather band.
The date window is just a little on the small side, and the numbers on the inner ring of the E6B-type flight computer comprising the bezel are quite small, but still OK and the quality/accuracy of the bezel computer (circular slide rule) is quite good. The main reason I got this white-faced version of this watch instead of the black-faced SSC009 is I thought the inner bezel would be easier to read black-on-white rather than the opposite. That's probably true but hard to say after seeing it in person (I did all my comparisons online and never held a real on in my hands until mine arrived). I also particularly like all the conversion scales on the outer bezel. None of the other E6B-style watches I shopped had as nice a conversion scale layout.
I have not used the alarm feature, rather, I use the alarm dial for its secondary purpose of setting a second time zone (GMT, in my case, as an aviator), and it works great for this. Seiko doesn't really emphasize this second time zone feature in their ad copy about this and similar SSC-series watches but it works very nicely.
Potential customers should also know it lacks a screw-down crown, which surprised me, but nevertheless it is supposed to be good to 100m. I don't plan to dive with it though, so I'm not concerned about the lack of screw-down crown. It takes a decent amount of force to withdraw the crown so there seems little danger of accidently having it pull out and disturb one's "time hack."
I recognize most customers for this watch won't be using the E6B, and might not even care about the outstanding accuracy, or that it is solar/light powered, but you probably do care that it's a looker! I showed my wife pictures of both the SSC013 and the SSC009 before I made my choice. I think she actually liked the 009 better (in the photos) but she can't stop commenting on how nice the SSC013 looks in person. In fact, SHE loves to wear it and I will likely end up getting her one of her own.
I'm giving it five stars based first and foremost on the superb accuracy.