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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2014
I received this watch from my best friend Chris as an XMAS present just last weekend. Seiko makes some excellent timepieces at competitive prices and the Monster Line of Watches is well known with a loyal following. Seiko's original automatic mechanical had no winding by the crown or the ability to hack the the second hand (hacking is the ability to stop the second hand where ever you want to set exact time). The original also requires servicing a bit more. The new movement allows for both hand winding by the crown & hacking and is more accurate. After one week of testing, mine is running +/- 20 seconds a day at the most. Usually +/- 7-9 seconds, which is stellar for any Automatic Mechanical movement. This watch has the black dial, sharks tooth hour indicators, and Day/Date feature too. The hour markers are trimmed in red that is actually a red chromed accent and adds a touch of class, looks great, and is very easy to read. In closing, my best bought it from Long Island Watch company and they are without question the best, most honest & knowledgable online watch company... Barr None! Their service is outstanding and Marc, the owner, will always speak with you, email you, or back any watch they sell. Truly first class. As a watch collector & enthusiast, I would highly recommend this watch to anyone in the market for Mechanical Automatic Dive-Sport watch as it is truly a 5-Star watch from a 5-star company. If you have any questions or I can be of any help, feel free to ask any questions. I'm happy to help if I can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2014
Seiko has upgraded the movement on its MONSTER series as well as slightly changing the dial. The 4R36 24 jewel movement both hacks and is hand windable - unlike the 7S26 (or 7S36) movement in its older Monster models. This was enough for me to add this model to the 7 other Monster models I own as part of my Seiko collection. The day/date wheels and positions on the dial remain the same as in the older Monster series - as does the case and divers bezel (120 clicks unidirectional)

The bracelet remains one of the finest stainless steel dive bracelets available at any price. The lume on all Seiko divers is world class -the fit, finish and construction make this an amazing value. As a diver or sport watch - there is no better for the money.

Again - the "Hardlex" is a mineral glass crystal - not sapphire - but has been relatively scratch resistant in the Monsters I wear in my collection. The Seiko Monster has been a world class dive watch for more than a decade - and remains at the head of its class.

This model - with its red highlights on the dial indices was different enough to have me make the purchase as something 'different'

The author both owns and wears this watch in rotation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2015
My first four-star review for a Seiko watch. :(

Don't let the lack of the "Verified Purchase" tag fool you; I bought this on my wife's account, because she has the Amazon credit card.

My first automatic watch was a Seiko... something or other (don't remember the exact model number, but I wrote a review of it; it's the $60 one with the 7S26 movement.) It was a really great introduction to automatic watches without spending Omega or Rolex money for one, and it's actually become one of my favorite watches because of how comfortably it wears.

But enough about that one; this review is about the SRP313K, the "Vampire Monster." On various online forums (fora?) I've heard nothing but good things about the Seiko Monster lineup of dive watches. The only thing was that, until I learned about the 313, they all had the same movement as my original auto- the 7S26. Although I liked the looks of the Monster line I just didn't want to have two watches with the same movement. That may sound a bit silly to some, but the other thing was that this new Monster had a new movement- the 4R36. I wanted this movement for its hack-ability, the fact that it has 24 jewels instead of 21, and it is also said to be more accurate (than the 7S26.) I set it yesterday, about 22 hours ago, and so far it's only lost two seconds, which is amazing for an automatic. Hope it keeps it up, we'll see. I really like the mechanical ratcheting feel of manually winding the watch, it feels like a well-engineered piece of machinery.

The lume has to be seen to be believed. I've always been a fan of good lume, and Seiko was very generous in the application of it on the Monster line. When I "charge" it with my 4Sevens Maelstrom set to high, I can actually use the watch to navigate my way around a dark room. I have bright watches, but damn... nothing like this. Being photo-luminescent lume it doesn't stay bright all night, but whenever I wake up in the dead of night there is always plenty of glow left over to easily read the time. 5 stars for the lume.

Speaking of stars, the only reason I give this otherwise fantastic watch 4 stars was because of the band. I usually have to take out about 3-4 links for whatever watch I buy, and this one was no exception. The problem was the tiny little collars that lock the pins in place on either side of the band. I've dealt with the pin/collar deal on several other watches, one being the Seiko Velatura I also reviewed, but for some reason this was the most difficult one to date. Imagine a 2mm long piece of pencil lead from a mechanical pencil. These little collars are about that size, and for whatever reason, they were VERY difficult to put back on the pin, especially if the pin isn't lined up correctly in the link. You'll see what I mean if you attempt to size it yourself. I must have spent a harrowing 45 minutes or so trying to finagle these tiny collars back onto the pins, because if you don't have them on there, the pins can fall out. Pin falls out, and watch can hit the ground without warning. Not good. I was able to finally get everything together, but not before swearing that the next watch I buy will have either a NATO, rubber, or quality leather strap. I'm done with bracelets. I'd strongly recommend sizing it over a dark towel or something that will make it easy to see the pins/collars, if you're going to size it yourself.

Other than that, excellent watch, and I'd definitely buy one again. Seiko makes arguably the best bang-for-the-buck watches on the market, and this one is no exception.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2014
This is my first automatic diver and I am not disappointed! The lume is outstanding and lasts for most if not all of the night. It is quite heavy, but I see that as a plus. Finishing is great overall and the bracelet is solid and uses a pin and collar system that is somewhat difficult to adjust.

However, the movement has been outstanding after a month of use losing about -6 seconds per day, but if left dial up overnight the time is within 1 second of my atomic citizen! Outstanding!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2015
Best automatic watch for USD 200. The quality is great! It is MUCH beautiful than the photos. It keeps great time, +3 sec/day. It comes witha pin and colar bracelet, it's harder to adjust (it isn't too hard, you can see a online tutorial) but its higher quality.
The lume is great too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2014
The amazing Seiko "Bloody Fangs" Monster is a truly great diver watch. Its looks amazing, it wears amazing and its 4R36 hackable mechanical movement is not to be missed. Highly recommended watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2015
Very nice automatic. Keeps exceptional time. The red accents are subtle not too over the top. I'd buy again.
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on March 22, 2015
I bought Seiko SRP307 "Black Monster" with 24 jewel 4R36 mechanical automatic movement. The "Black Monster" is a stainless steel dive watch advertised as (ISO-rated) waterproof to 200 meters. Its markers rest under a domed mineral crystal "Hardlex" on a black watch face and are coated with "LumiBrite". This allows markers and hands to glow for at least 6 hours after exposure to light. That's impressive.

This watch is called everywhere "Monster" because it looks like one. It has an unique design - and I like it very much. I see no other mechanical watch that can match, for this price, with my "Monster". It is beautiful, robust, quality built, precise (built and timekeeping). It is an outstanding watch,
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
just a fine watch. I own a seamaster professional since about '95($1600.00 when I purchased it, same model about $3k now). for $240.00, the black monster to me is just as good a watch in most particulars, if not quite as elegant. I don't have the greatest eyesight, and I sometimes have difficulty making out the short fat hour hand when the lume fades late at night, but I am getting the hang of it, it is a question of how I tilt the watch.and this issue has more to do with my eyesight. believe me, this watch is a steal. I luv the brand. a Seiko astron may be my next acquisition. I sized the black monster by adjusting the pin on the clasp. a perfect fit now.
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on January 1, 2015
This watch is as advertized, big and solid. I'll have to get used to the bulk and weight as compared to my previous titanium watch. Markers are very bright for the first few hours then fade but still bright enough to read after a full night's sleep. Clasp for the diver's extension is not the most accessible if you plan to use it each time you remove the watch. After the first week, I noticed it was running about one minute slow. I usually set my watch about 2 minutes ahead so I figure I'll have to adjust it maybe once per month to be within a two minute variance.
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