25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
I have had this watch for about a month now and I grow to like it more each day. I had heard about the legendary "orange monster" in its first version and occasional problems it suffered, despite largely enthusiastic reviews. Complaints stemmed from the limitations of the movement which was too basic and tended to stop when unworn. The first generation had a non-hacking, strictly self-winding movement and a somewhat cluttered dial which, though cool, seemed to imitate the Doxa brand. This second generation, which was released this year costs about the same and is a hacking, auto and crown winding movement in a fetching design. When I bought it last month I immediately replaced the band with a g10 nato all black band because I wasn't in love with the urethane band it came with. Next, I took it into water with me whenever possible and made sure it was on my wrist during vigorous activity. So far, it looses maybe 3 seconds a day but stays water tight and still looks fresh and new. It is a real carefree watch. I couldn't expect much better from the price and hope that it continues to perform in the same manner for years to come.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
This is my third Seiko dive watch in fifteen years, the other two being an SKX007 and an Orange Monster (first generation). I have been and continue to be impressed with their durability and value; the first two averaged over seven years of service before losing lubrication. Rather than pay $150 to properly clean, oil, and adjust $150 watches, I simply replaced them. Since this new, second generation Monster is a bit more expensive, I may go the maintenance route on it, when the time comes.
As did its predecessors, this watch looks great, keeps accurate time (for a mechanical watch), and feels solid and rugged. I've not had it diving, yet, but I'm sure my 100 foot dives will not tax its 200M rating. After a week of ownership, it is gaining 5.5 seconds per day. Since it is hackable, it will be easy to synchronize, useful for military-types who have time-on-target or other precision timing needs.
I replaced the included rubber strap with a NATO Zulu band and am pleased with the look and fit. I have small wrists, so the stock strap was a little too chunky for me.
Assuming this watch performs like its predecessors, I can't recommend it highly enough. A great watch, and an especially great value.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2014
I purchased this for two reasons - I wanted an automatic watch with which I could swim and snorkel in the ocean with no concerns, and one that I could wear at work and casually - I sometimes end up in situations that could damage a mechanical watch. I have a Swiss automatic that I really love, but I balk at swimming with it (it is not a dive watch) or wearing it at work it because it cost me a lot of money. I now prefer mechanical watches, especially automatics.
I did a lot of research on Seiko movements. This watch has the newest Seiko automatic movement with improved shock resistance and incorporating hand-winding and hacking. The second hand sweeps smoothly, almost as smoothly as on my Swiss movement. It is a great value in this regard. The whole watch feels solid and of high quality. I find the size ideal. All facets are easy to read, including the day/date. Luminosity is very strong and the luminous areas are quite large. I recently took it off for several days - it ran for almost 2 days on reserve power.
All in all I feel this was a great purchase. I also like this watch because I travel to the Caribbean quite a bit, and although this watch appears to be more expensive than it is I don't feel as if I am telegraphing conspicuous wealth to locals, but at the same time I don't feel personally as if I am wearing a cheap-o watch. Having something of quality and substance on my wrist has a lot to do with wearing a watch for me. It is a perfect balance, perhaps, for me at least.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2014
Frankly, there's a reason electronic watches are so popular, they're very accurate and quite inexpensive in comparison to a mechanical watch of equal quality. For all practical purposes the electronic watch is probably the way to go. Unfortunately due to a "magnetic personality" I'm unable to wear electronic watches -- after a couple of months they just die, including several quite expensive Big Name watches. Thus, I've been forced to use automatic self-winding mechanical watches all my now-long life and these by Seiko are Great!
I own two of these new Seiko SRP-series watches with stem-windable and hackable automatic 4R36A movements -- an SRP315 "Classic" Divers Watch and an SRP275 NATO green military -- as well as several of their older SNK-series military watches and SKX-series dive watches with 7S26 automatic movements. These watches just keep getting better and better.
For the price the SNK-series military-style watches can't be beat and I love the SKX-series "Monster" dive watches, but their 7S26 movements lack the stem-winding and hacking features of the new SRP-series 4R36 movement. This isn't a big deal, I just give my7S26-movement watches '60 shakes' to get them going and then another '60 shakes' each day if I don't wear them 24/7, and by applying a bit of pack-pressure on the stem the movement can be forced to stop, making them quasi-hackable.
My earliest 7S26A Black Monster wasn't the best time-keeper, losing around 15-20 seconds a day, but my 7S26B Orange Monster and 7S26B and 7S26C SNK-series military watches have kept time consistently plus or minus about 5 seconds a day. Both my SRP-series watches keep time plus or minus 5 seconds a day as well. Dismal accuracy compared to a quartz movement, but pretty darn good for a mechanical watch.
The big advantage, if it is an advantage, to the new 4R36 movement is their ability to stem-wind and hack. I like being able to wind the watch with a few quick twists of the stem, but then I don't like wearing a watch while I work at the computer, so my watches spend a good deal of time sitting on the desk while I work. For someone who wears their automatic self-winding watch 24/7 stem-winding is less of an advantage. Likewise, it amuses me to set my watch against an atomic clock and know it's dead on, so I like the hacking feature, but if really accurate time-keeping is needed the clock on your smartphone or a stopwatch app is probably the way to go.
Bottom line, for an affordable and rugged self-winding mechanical watch the new Seiko SRP-series watches are the best yet. I love mine and I'm sure if you try one you won't be disappointed.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
This is my fourth Seiko Divers Automatic watch. I love the brand because it is quality at a good price. I have had it for two weeks and it has lost about two minutes. I can live with loosing about 10 seconds a day. This watch is really well made like all other Seiko's and it is an attractive watch. All my other watches are bigger and I was a bit disappointed when I opened the box and saw the size of the watch. It is slightly on the small side for my liking so if you like big watches then you might also be a little disappointed with the watch.The quality and the look of the watch makes up for the lack of size ! Like all my other Seiko's it is really nice and bright in the dark and very easy to read. This is one aspect that I really like about Seiko watches. Highly recommended as it is a good looking and good quality watch.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
Cool new version of the famous Orange Monster. Coming from a Seiko 5 Sports I can appreciate the tough design of this watch. The Crown is military grade hardware. The rotating bezel is precise, and aligns perfectly with the markers on the face of the watch,as does the hackable sweeping second hand. Quality and style in spades...I looked at other Seiko and Invicta offerings, but this one just has a unique look that sealed the deal.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
Very nice, solid and obvious quality. Some dive watches are behemoths and I was a little worried that the Orange 'Monster' would overwhelm my skinny wrist. But, it fits great!
The rubber strap was too long, but easy to remedy with a little surgery.
A good sign that I made a good purchase: my 15 year old, highly style conscious, son is trying to steal my Monster.
on February 24, 2015
Great watch!!! Really love it. Rarely take it off, great quality that will last you a life time. I was reading other postings and a few of them gave the watch low ratings due to the band. Keep in mind that rubber, synthetic or real it must be maintained if you expect this type of band to last you as long as the watch. Okay with that being said you can use any car interior cleaner/conditioner that's made for plastic or rubber use. If you apply this once a month to the band it should last you a very long time. I like using "Ice Premium Care - Interior Cleaner & Protectant, its made for vinyl, plastic, leather and Rubber. Is a non-greasy formula. This will keep the band flexible and as well as protect it from the elements. Or if you don't feel like taking care of the band, you can always buy an original spare from Amazon for about $20. Great watch...buy it!!!!
on September 26, 2014
Love this watch. One of my favorites in my collection. I won't go into a lot of detail as that's already been covered in other reviews, but here's what I like about it:
- Perfect size case-wise
- Incredibly bright lume that lasts
- Shows date of month AND day of week
- Comfortable, extra long strap to go around wetsuit (as all "diver" watches should, but don't)
- Brushed metal with polished insets
- Textured crown at 4 o'clock position so it doesn't dig into your hand
- Orange dial really pops
- Wide lume hands make is very easy to read
This is a quality piece. Highly recommended.
on September 8, 2014
Great watch, rugged precision timepiece. For a self-wound automatic mechanism, it keeps excellent time. More accurate than other automatic watches that I own. Waterproof to 200 meters, it's more than adequate for snorkeling and shallow diving, which is what I do nowadays. I didn't think that I was going to like the orange face on it, but it grows on you, now I wonder why other people's watches don't have orange faces on them, also. I don't regret buying this watch, although I have a couple of others that are similar.