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Great bang for your buck, but not perfect
on March 2, 2014
In general, Seiko 5 represents the best value for entry-level automatic watches. This watch is no exception: for this price point, you will not find a better looking, more reliable automatic watch with a stainless steel bracelet.
-This watch has a very classic, attractive aesthetic to it. At 38mm, the watch bucks the current trend of ginormous "fashion" watches: it is a subdued and timeless style.
- The hour indices and hands actually have decent lume, allowing you to read the watch in the dark for short periods of time.
- The movement is the well-tested, tried-and-true Seiko 7s26c workhorse movement. Barring a fluke in quality control, it will not fail you anytime soon.
- Overall, it's an automatic watch at a really cheap pricepoint. There are hundreds of gaudy, quartz fashion watches going for 2 to 4 times this price on Amazon. While I have nothing against quartz (it is very accurate after all), automatic movements are simply more interesting and have that nice sweeping second-hand!
- The day-and-date complication is always a welcome touch.
- The bracelet looks nice, but it's a folded-link bracelet. In general, folded links are really low-quality, however this one actually has some decent heft to it. This style of bracelet is usually hard to change yourself, but thankfully this one is a bit different than most: it still has pins you just have to push out. Be careful re-inserting them -- they're so tiny that you may not notice that there is actually a correct orientation to them that you have to follow when re-inserting.
- To me, this style of day-and-date is a little less formal than the overall design of the watch. I would've actually preferred a more subtle look without the day.
- The clasp has 5 quick adjustment pins, but you have to be really careful. You can adjust it from both ends of the watch. If you adjust it from the bottom end, the bracelet will be difficult to close shut and the clasp WILL scratch the hell out of one of the links. The clasp is also kind of small and looks cheap to me.
If you want a classically style stainless steel auto at a great price, get this watch! It's not going to have the same build quality as Seiko's automatics outside the "5" line, but those watches are often 3 or 4 times the price of this one. You have to remember what the Seiko 5 line is meant to be and what price you're paying.