22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful timepiece
I am a watch collector and own a wide range of timepieces, from Swatch to Rolex. My first impression is that it really looks like my Rolex Submariner and GMT II. It is beautiful, of that there is no doubt, but I wont sit here and tell you it is a better watch than my Submariner. These are my thoughts when I compare it against the Submariner.
Published 16 months ago by Dr. Wilfredo M. Viray
1.0 out of 5 stars Not rugged
Looks rugged but it is not. This rugged looking watch broke after 5 months. The dealer was not helpful, and down right unfriendly.
Published 1 month ago by Jonni
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful timepiece,
This review is from: Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15 (Watch)I am a watch collector and own a wide range of timepieces, from Swatch to Rolex. My first impression is that it really looks like my Rolex Submariner and GMT II. It is beautiful, of that there is no doubt, but I wont sit here and tell you it is a better watch than my Submariner. These are my thoughts when I compare it against the Submariner.
1. Day/Date - You can immediately see if it is Monday or Tuesday. Like the Submariner it has the day of the month.
2. Clear case back - I love Automatic movements and it is great that I can see the mechanical wonder inside.
3. Smooth Bezel - The bezel rotates very similar to the smoothness of the Submariner. I was really impressed. I have a TAG that has that annoying click when you turn the bezel. Just like the Rolex, the Bezel has no play, and is not loose. It stays put and does not wiggle, unlike the TAG.
4. Looks - It resembles the Submariner so much that my 5 year old could not tell them apart. Absolutely elegant in my eyes.
5. Legible - Since it is like a Submariner, it very easy to read. Very clean face.
6. Very bright at night - This glows almost like my Submariner. I actually cannot tell them apart at night in the watch box. Very difficult to tell them apart.
7. Bracelet lock - This has a clasp lock that will prevent you from accidentally causing the watch bracelet from opening and falling off. I have dropped my Rolex a few times because of this. You need to press both buttons to unlock the clasp. I really like that.
8. Weight - It weighs about the same as the Submariner from what I can tell, I did not weigh it on a sale, but I cannot tell which one is heavier.
9. Detail - The attention to detail is very good. No rough edges and the links line up perfectly and looks almost identical to the finish of the Submariner.
1. The steel on this is just like the Mid priced Swiss Watches like TAG. It is not as hard as the steel they use for all Rolex watches. So it will need buffing out once in a while. It has no scratches yet though. That being said though, that is one reason Rolex watches are more expensive than a TAG.
2. Accuracy - This is not a Chronometer so the time will drift a bit more than Rolex. But not by a great deal. I will need adjusting every week. But then again, If I do not use my Rolex for a couple of days, I will have to adjust the time anyway, so not such a big deal.
3. Crystal - I believe this uses a Mineral Crystal whereas the Rolex uses the hardest Sapphire Crystal. Only something as hard as a Diamond can scratch it.
4. Diving Depth - This can only go 100 Meters deep. But then again, I do not dive, so I do not care.
I love all my watches as they all have a unique character, but this has become my everyday watch, and I love looking at its face. I use this more than my Breitling Navitimer, Omega Seamaster, or TAG. Just beautiful.
******UPDATE October 24, 2012*****
I love this watch so much, it is the only watch I wear now. My Submariner is now in my safe and has not seen any use since I got this Seiko 5. There are still no scratches on it even if I use it all the time. I always receive compliments for my Seiko. I really, really love it. Why didn't I buy this sooner! It would have saved me a lot of money.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seiko,
This review is from: Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15 (Watch)Hola Gente:
Bought almost one year ago and after that, two days ago the watch began to run fast and in one day get more than one hour ahead of the real time, I went to the offices of Seiko in Panamà, Rep. de Panamà without any guarantee papers and they fixed it! Free! Outstanding service! Excellent option if you're thinking in a good watch with worlwide guarantee coverage!
Thanks people from Seiko.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate and practical,
This review is from: Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15 (Watch)This watch has been on my wrist for several months. Since the initial setup I never had to reset the time. For an automatic watch it has an excellent reserve (24 hours) and also a great water resistance to a depth of 100 meters. (Who needs to dive deeper, the majority of scuba divers never dives below 50 meters).
I also like the Seiko clasp with its "push buttons" safety feature which prevents an accidental release of the bracelet.
The watch is very luminous and easy to read whatever the amount of darkness.
I would like to add this is an automatic self-winding watch, not a quartz movement as specified in the above description of the product.
Excellent product worth every dollar.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Beautiful,
This review is from: Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15 (Watch)This is a beautiful watch. Goes with both formal and casual wears. The best looking Seiko 5 in the lower price range in my opinion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It thinks it's an expensive watch,
This review is from: Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15 (Watch)Recently, I became interested in picking up an automatic - this is my first. I was leery about picking up an automatic at such a low price but the reviews seemed to indicate that the accuracy on par with most automatics. I figured why not.
My initial thoughts are that it is a good looking watch and the build quality seems great for the price. I was able to resize the bracelet myself never having done it before thanks to a YT video. It fits well and I'm someone who usually avoids metal bracelets for comfort reasons. This bracelet is pretty comfortable for metal.
I haven't had the watch long enough to comment on its accuracy. It seems ok so far.
Con: I wish there was a proper hack feature. I haven't tried the psuedo-hack but I'm not bothered by it. Obviously, automatics won't meet quartz accuracy. I have other quartz/atomic pieces I would use if I needed ultimate accuracy.
To me, this watch feels like a $300 watch. The lume works well also.
This watch is a steal imho.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent bargain in time!,
This review is from: Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15 (Watch)Just bought this at a bargain price, and like the other Seiko 5's I've bought, I am truly impressed what a great value this timepiece represents.
While the bracelet could be a little sleeker (and quieter), the solid construction tells me this is a sturdy tool that will last a long time. The solid steel case and bracelet, while not polished to exactly Swiss grade (remember this watch only costs around $100) are well executed and attractive. The assembly quality is flawless with no material or assembly defects that I can see even with a 4x loupe.
As for aesthetics, I really like the deep blue dial (almost black) and 'pepsi' colored bezel. The lume, like most Seikos, is bright and long lasting. I think the watch is actually the perfect modern size- manly without being hideously large.
Automatic movements, particularly Seikos, aren't known for being awesome timekeepers, but this one (so far) has proven to be the exception. It is running about +3 a day which is fantastic for ANY mechanical watch at ANY price.
Don't worry too much the water resistance though, even though this doesn't have a screw down crown, it does have gaskets and seals in all the right places to actually be water tight at the advertised 100 meters. It is perfectly suited for snorkeling, swimming and many other water sports. My other Seiko 5's (with 100m WR) have gone water skiing, boating and as deep as 30-40 feet under water with no issues. I'll update the review if this one turns out different.
However, if you dive this is not your watch; rather you should get a Seiko SKX. This timepiece is not an ISO certified diver, you would be taking a foolish chance by actually using it as your primary (or even secondary) dive timer. While I honestly feel it would hold up, but I am not likely to dive to 333 feet any time soon to find out.
If I were to suggest improvements, I would like to have the newer 4R35 that hand winds and hacks, but the 7S26/36 series of movements really doen't need it. The watch will usually start running the moment you pick it up. Give it 30 shakes (swirl like a wine glass actually), set it and put it on for the day, it will be fully wound by the end of the day, and keeping it's best time.
Also I would like the winding crown to be a bit larger and easier grasp for my monster sized fingers.
Now I just have to get the black one (SNZH17)... let's go Amazon, make me a deal I can't refuse! :-)
4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive, affordable, Automatic Diver watch,
This review is from: Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15 (Watch)I am a big watch junkie and I am very partial to Seiko watches. I currently own about half a dozen, mostly Kinetic watches and purchased this Automatic watch a few months back. I should start by saying, for the money, this might just be the best Automatic watch that you can buy. It's just such an affordable time piece that if you like the movement, it's hard to say no.
There are a couple things that I am not crazy about however. Not that they are deal breaker items, but they should be noted. First, the crystal is mineral and not sapphire as you typically find in the higher end Seiko watches. While mineral crystal scratches easier, you have to weigh that with the fact that you are probably spending 3x less for this watch than you would be to get into a higher end timepiece that would feature a Sapphire crystal. The other issue, which in part is due to the nature of the movement, is that it just doesn't keep time as well as my Kinetic watches do. As I understand it, it is normal for Automatic watches to run a little fast or slow and require regular adjustments. I would say mine runs fast a few minutes per 7-10 days.
If you switch out your watch regularly this is a non issue (in my opinion) because it only has a 24 hour power reserve, so if you switch watches for a few days you are going to need to re-set the time each time you put it on your wrist. If this is going to be your daily driver, be prepared to check your cell phone or other highly accurate time piece and make periodic adjustments to keep you watch accurate.
The band is adequate, simple steel. Classy, but not extremely high end. There is definitely a difference you can feel between this simple steel band and the heavier duty stainless bands found on higher end Seiko watches. The band isn't flimsy and absolutely feels like it is sturdy enough to be a daily driver watch. Just pointing out what shouldn't be a surprise. You're not getting a $500 watch here.
This really is a very nice looking watch and it dresses up and down very well. I get compliments on this watch regularly. If you like to wear a watch and are looking to stretch your collection a bit without breaking the bank this is a good bet. I especially like that it displays the day and the date. Not too many watches still offer the day listing, at least not in my collection. All in all, I am very happy to have added this to my collection and I would buy it again.
As I understand it, the biggest difference between Kinetic and Automatic watches are that both are powered by movement, but that Kinetic take that energy and charge up a battery which delivers power as a quartz movement does (tick tick tick) and Automatic watches convert almost all of that motion directly to power. The result is a much smaller power reserve (24 hours in this watches case) before it's going to stop working. My Kinetic watches can run between a month to six months and more depending on model without any recharge. Automatic watches are also responsible for the sweeping second hand. I'm no watch smith, but I think that's a pretty decent layman's breakdown on the two movements. :)
1.0 out of 5 stars Not rugged,
This review is from: Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15 (Watch)Looks rugged but it is not. This rugged looking watch broke after 5 months. The dealer was not helpful, and down right unfriendly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost a Rolex.,
This review is from: Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15 (Watch)The Seiko is almost indistinguishable from my Rolex Oyster Seamaster. Although the working mechanisms are very different, they both use the movement of your arm to stay wound. Either will run out of wind if you're not active enough. The bezel on the Seiko is much tighter and harder to turn than the Rolex, although with a little effort it can be turned. They both have mineral crystals and very similar bracelets. The Rolex has a little magnifying lens carved into the crystal, to make the date easier to read, that the Seiko doesn't have.
I have both watches and can tell little difference between them. (People often mistake my Seiko for a Rolex.)
They both keep excellent time. Only real difference is cost. Rolex = $7,000.00; Seiko = $150.00.
Repairs: Rolex = $500.00 Seiko = "Throw it away."
Seiko makes very good, dependable watches. Buy one, you'll like it - unless you're some status conscious watch snob.
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement watch more popular than original!,
This review is from: Seiko 5 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch SNZF15 (Watch)This was a replacement gift for my husband. He originally had this watch with a black dial and a plastic strap which he loved, but it had seen a lot of use, was scratched up, and the strap was going to cost a lot to replace. He had stopped wearing it and had been lamenting the loss of his favorite watch, but I couldn't find an original in good shape, although I was surprised that it seems to have a sort of cult following on-line. He brought it up again after he saw an article published in the newspaper with a picture of "Stormin" Norman Schwarzkopf wearing exactly the same one.
I decided to bite the bullet and gave him this one hoping he wouldn't always think of it as a distant second choice. It turns out this may be his favorite gift ever and he seems to like it even better than the original one. It keeps excellent time and he actually prefers the stainless steel band. Yay!
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