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- Quality Japanese Automatic movement; Functions without a battery; Powers automatically with the movement of your arm
- Hardlex crystal
- Case diameter: 42 mm
- Stainless-steel case; Black dial; Date-and-day functions
- Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M): suitable for recreational scuba diving
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Black rubber strap;Stainless steel case;Black dial;Luminous hands and hour markers;Black unidirectional elapsed time bezel;Sweep second hand;Scuba diver's;Water resistant to 200 meters;Date and day display at 3:00;Hardlex crystal;Japan automatic movement;
From Humble beginnings, Kintaro Hattori’s Vision for Seiko has become reality. A consuming passion for excellence - imprinted in our Corporate DNA passed from generation to generation. Seiko, for 125 years committed to the art and science of time.
A culture of innovation connects a 19th century Tokyo clock shop with 20th century advances in timekeeping to an extraordinary 21st century "quiet revolution." Continually driven by dedication and passion, established a multitude of world’s first technologies… transforming the principles of timekeeping.
The first quartz wristwatch – changed the history of time.
The first Kinetic – marked a new era in quartz watch technology.
In 1969, Seiko Astron, the first quartz wristwatch - was introduced.
In an instant, Seiko exponentially improved the accuracy of wristwatches –And Seiko technology firmly established today’s standard in Olympic and sports timing.
1984, another celebrated first – Kinetic Technology – powered by body movement.
Kinetic – a quartz mechanism with unparalleled accuracy –the driving force behind more world’s firsts.
Kinetic Chronograph – the next generation of high performance timekeeping.
Kinetic Auto Relay – automatically resets to the correct time.
Kinetic Perpetual - combining the date perfect technology of perpetual calendar with the genius of Kinetic Auto Relay.
And now Kinetic Direct Drive – move, and the watch is powered automatically. Or hand wind it and see the power you are generating in real time.
In the realm of fine watches, time is measured by Seiko innovation – A heritage of dedication to the art and science of time.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : Yes
- Product Dimensions : 5.91 x 5.91 x 5.91 inches; 3.17 Ounces
- Item model number : SKX007K
- Department : Mens
- Batteries : 1 CR2 batteries required.
- Date First Available : October 2, 2001
- Manufacturer : Seiko
- ASIN : B000B5MI3Q
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,821 in Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry (See Top 100 in Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry)
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Seiko|
|Dial window material type||Hardlex|
|Case material||Stainless Steel|
|Case diameter||42 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||13 millimeters|
|Band width||26 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless Steel|
|Item weight||3.17 Ounces|
|Water resistant depth||660 Feet|
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|Band Material Type||Rubber||Rubber||Plastic||Rubber Strap||Plastic|
|Band Width||26 millimeters||22 millimeters||20 millimeters||20 millimeters||22 millimeters|
|Bezel Material Type||Stainless Steel||Uni-directional Rotating Coin Edge||stainless-steel||—||Uni-Directional Rotating Blue And Red|
|Case Diameter||42 millimeters||42.00 millimeters||44 millimeters||36 millimeters||41 millimeters|
|Case Material Type||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Case Thickness||13 millimeters||13.00 millimeters||12 millimeters||16 millimeters||13 millimeters|
|Clasp Type||Tang Buckle||Buckle||Buckle||Buckle||Buckle|
|Dial Window Material Type||hardlex||Scratch Resistant Hardlex||Mineral||Hardlex||Hardlex Mineral|
|Special Features||luminous||Automatic||luminous, screw-down-crown, measures-seconds||—||—|
|Watch Movement||Japanese Automatic||Automatic||Japanese Quartz||Automatic||Mechanical: Automatic|
|Water Resistance Depth||660 feet||200.00 meters||660 feet||200.00 meters||200 meters|
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1) Cheaper automatic watches (like the SKX) were not designed to keep precise time after prolonged everyday use. If you plan on using this watch once or twice a week, alternating between a large collection you should be perfectly fine. But if you plan to use this watch everyday for work, the mechanics in this automatic watch were not designed to withstand the normal wear and tear of everyday work. For myself, after a year and a half the watch began running fast (~20min a day) and honestly my work and treatment of the watch was not that demanding. Not really impressed.
2) Servicing any automatic watch for issues is pricey (because shops have to take it all apart). I went to three shops in the area and all of them quoted a servicing charge of +$100. YIKES! I know I live the Bay Area where everything is expensive, but that just makes me want to buy a new watch from Amazon with that kind of cost. Again if you have that type of disposable income to fix your Seiko... go for it.
3) Customer service from Seiko is... meh... So about 15days ago I sent my watch to Seiko to get a quote for repair. After following up with them a few days ago they said they haven't had the time to look at my watch, let alone give me a quote for the repair. RN after having a year and a half with the watch if the charge to repair it from Seiko is more than $100 they can probably keep it.
Hope this helps you make your choice, it is a great watch, with great function and looks, but not that 'only one watch' as I was hoping for it to be. Rather a one of many watches in a collection.
So after sending the watch to Seiko, and after sending them a reminder phone call, they promptly fixed the watch without charge since it was under warranty. Not bad service.
The black dial with the white markers make this watch very easy to read. The white date window is easier to read than a black one. The lume is good too. Almost as good as the Seiko Monster II, which honestly has no equal.
This is an "international model" that came with a funny looking Japanese warranty slip. It had a sticker on the back that said cased in China. The 7S26 movement of the skx007K is made in Malaysia and I have read that the cases are made in China. Prices are fluctuating lately and I see them as low as $180.
Mine is running fine at about +11 seconds per day in the first week. It looks clean. The only minor issue is that the bezel is off by a tiny amount. Not enough to justify a return at this low price.
I like the looks of the rubber strap but it isn't comfortable on my wrist. After swapping the top with the bottom it fits me much better and sits where it should on the center of my wrist.
Don't hesitate to buy one of these classics. They will never go out of style. They will also never need a battery.
Update: after a few weeks accuracy is about +2 sec per day on average. Power reserve is rated at 40 hours but I got 45 when I tested it.
*** If you are still reading, then here is my two cents on finding the perfect work watch:
Five years ago, I started my search for the perfect everyday work watch. I was tired of wearing an ordinary digital watch and I wanted an easy to read, stylish analog. I started with the Seiko SNE107 solar, ended with the SKX007 mechanical, and bought the others in between -- plus a few more not mentioned here. If I knew then what I know now, my collection would likely be smaller.
I want to tell you things that you can't get from a photo -- insights that you get after spending weeks with a watch on your wrist. I hope that by sharing my opinion and comparison of these fine watches, I can help you with your search for the perfect diver / work watch / "beater".
I have come to appreciate the style and value of Seiko so I continued to buy them. I can't comment on other brands because there aren't any other brands in my collection.
These are my favorite five:
SKX007 Classic Black 7S26 movement with 40 hour power reserve. "The Classic" at top top of my list.
Black face with white hour markers. Markers have a white outline. Thin patch of lume inside the white outline. Second hand is white, but the border of the hands is chrome. Easy to read the time in light and dark conditions. Easy to read date window with white background. Did I say easy to read both time AND date?
Favorite things about this watch: Pure classic design and easy to read.
SKX171 Steel & Black 7S26 movement with 40 hour power reserve.
Black face with chrome hour markers. Markers have a chrome outline. They shine in direct light. They tend to look dull gray in photos. Thin patch of lume inside the chrome outline. Second hand is chrome, as are the borders of the hands. Black date window isn't easiest to read, but contributes to classic design of black & steel. Slightly aggressive steel bezel lends itself to a stainless bracelet.
Favorite thing about this watch: Rugged classic design plus chrome.
SKX011 Classic Orange 7S26 movement with 40 hour power reserve.
Rich Orange face with white hour markers. Markers have a black outline. Thin patch of lume inside the black outline. Second hand is black and the hands are gold. Easy to read the time in bright conditions, less so in dark conditions. Easy to read date window with white background. You pay a premium for the orange and gold and I'm not sure why. But it certainly is nice to look at. I have read that the gold bezel begins to fade after many years of wear.
Favorite thing about this watch: Classic design plus gold.
SRP307 Monster II 4R36 movement with 42 hour power reserve. If you have a 7" or larger wrist, this one is worth every penny and belongs at the top of YOUR list. It is a bit large and flashy for me to wear regularly. Manually windable, hackable, and has a nice domed crystal. The hour markers have a chrome border and the hands are white. The hour markers are also available with a red border. Very easy to read and the lume is more white, unlike the greenish tint of the 1st generation. Honestly, the Monster's stainless bracelet has no equal. Plus it has a divers extension. The date window is black to maintain the black & stainless style. Also consider the SRP581 black/blue. Believe it or not, in 2017 there is now a Monster III.
Favorite things about this watch: Bold, unique design. Manually windable.
SNE107P2 Solar Diver -- Solar quartz movement with healthy 10 month power reserve. Inexpensive beater watch.
Rechargeable battery will last up to 20 years if charged regularly. Just place in a window sill a few times per year if necessary. Black (also radiant in direct light), face with plain white hour markers. There are thick mounds of lume applied to the markers which may or may not be centered. This could be a deal breaker for some. This lume is certainly bright in the dark, and the hour markers are white while indoors, but in the daylight, the lume takes on a dull yellow tint that some may not like. This effect is not noticeable in the other divers. By my observations, this is because the lume is thinner and light can pass through, or because black or chrome borders provide contrast that hides the effect. Second hand is white, as are the borders of the hands. All this white makes it easy to read, but date window has black background -- not as easy to read as a white background. "Starfish" stainless bezel is wider, more flashy, and produces more glare than the classic design of the '007 or '171. Seiko 20mm rubber strap isn't as soft as the 22mm strap that comes with the mechanicals. This model has drilled lugs for easy strap changes. This watches brother, the SNE109, comes with an orange face -- a light shade of orange that reminds me of an orange push-up.
Favorite thing about this watch: Easy to read.
Any watch that I said has a black face actually has a dark gray face. At first glance they may appear black. But when I saw a friend's Rolex and compared it to my Seiko, I realized what black really looks like.
All of these dive watches have excellent lume visible for hours. The lume in the Monster II and the SNE107 seems to be a tiny bit better. But they are all visible long into the night. The Monster II and the SNE107 are also especially easy to read at a glance because of the white markers AND white hands.
All of these are mechanical except for the SNE107 which is solar powered. Seiko solar is accurate and reliable, but the mechanicals have character despite their short power reserve and relative inaccuracy. The mechanicals need to be set at least monthly and, of course, when they've stopped after 40 hours off the wrist. The solar only needs to be set a couple of times per year, and the date corrected on short months.
The photos on Amazon are rarely as good as they could be. Some are blurry stock photos that could never help to sell a product. Always look at several photos from the Internet before making your choice. Then read the watch enthusiast sites..
If you are worried that you may be buying a second-rate or gray-market Seiko, just make sure you buy one that is Prime with the 30-day free return option.
Often, Seikos bought or sourced from Japan will have a weird "only valid in Japan" warranty slip.
Anti-squeak Tip: Some of my rubber strap watches developed an annoying squeak. One was caused by a squeaky spring bar, and the other by the bar squeaking against the strap hole. Sil-Glyde silicone lube is the perfect solution to this. It is harmless to rubber and metal. Take out your spring bars and work some into the ends. Leave some on the bar so it will slide in easy and stay lubed in the strap hole. Problem solved in 10 minutes.
Strap tip: Try it upside down. My rubber and leather straps usually felt uncomfortable and inched their way around my wrist. Annoying. So I tried it upside down and these problems disappeared. My watches stay put better and the keeper isn't bunched up at the bottom of my wrist. Easy to try -- just wear it upside down for a little while and you'll know if you need to make the change.
Mechanical watch accuracy tip: wind it up and wear it until bedtime.
People have complained that their mechanical watches are unreliable because they are +2 seconds one day and -5 other days. I have also read on many watch forums that these people need to get used to their mechanical watch. How does one get used to a machine?
I took some time to analyze a few of my 7s26 Seiko watches and I believe I have figured this out. All I had to do was to make sure the watch was fully wound, check my watch against a reliable clock once a day, and remember how much of the day I had my watch on. I made a game of not having to reset my watch for weeks.
I believe that the Seiko developers tuned their reliable (but not perfect) 7s26 movement for the average person: one who wears it all day and takes it off in the evening. Many have noted that their 7s26 runs fast out of the box. Most of mine do too. I made a graph of this for a couple of watches. They gain in the beginning, slow as they use the power reserve, and slow even more five hours after the rated 40 hours power reserve runs out.
By the way, this bonus five hours is not really a benefit. If you fail to "swing wind" your dead watch for at least 30 seconds, it may even stop running while in this weakened state, only to start up again 10 minutes later and 10 minutes slow.
Basically, I have noted the following: A fully wound watch will gain a little, and when about 1/5 of the power reserve is used, it begins to loose a little. Keep it in and out of this "sweet spot" and your watch will stay accurate for weeks.
I believe that the majority of people whose Seiko "runs fast out of the box" will find this is true. The rest, who either don't wear it every day, or whos watch runs at a different rate, don't care. But I had fun making a game of it just this once. And I never fiddle with positional variation. I always place it crown-up -- like the average person.
Top reviews from other countries
Size. It's big. Not modern watch silly big. But still big. And oddly not because it's case is 42mm. That part is actually not significant - it wears like a 40mm diameter watch, because that's the outer width of the bezel. It's lug length is not too long either. So in a perfectly two dimensional sense, top down, it looks well proportioned.
The thickness and shininess inflate its appearance of size a little though. It's pretty thick and the bezel is also square edged and polished, which makes it look tallish. In my view this isn't really a watch to wear with an office shirt (wouldn't go under your cuff). More of a t-shirt and jeans watch. It's a bit, well, blingy too! But in a good way. It's not subtle. It won't blend in.
It took me a few days and a strap change to realise that it's actually perfect. At first I wasn't sure. My normal office watch is a reliable and subtle Hamilton Khaki 38mm. So this seems quite different on the wrist. Noticeable, chunky and heavy. But also fun and sporty and different. You read US websites that would have you believe every other person will be wearing one. I've never seen a single one in the UK, at all!
Anyway, some practicalities. On a 6.5 inch wrist, top down, it looks fine, surprisingly. Side on it looks, I think, chunky. And with that shiny shiny bezel that height is only accentuated. If you're more thick-wristed maybe this is offset though.
The supplied rubber strap is hard as nails, thick, and super uncomfortable. It's well made though and over a wet suit I bet it's perfect. It is also too long, so done up a few holes from smallest, there's a visible tongue sticking out beyond the keeper. It's also wavy (rouched). This looks stupid.
On a nice strap the watch is hugely improved. I tried a silicone one first. But that was to bouncy and gave no confidence that it wouldn't break. Then I found a nice Barton nato that looked a bit different (resisting the temptation to go full "Bond"). This transforms the watch.
From a water resistance front also, it's a proper dive watch obviously, and my bathing tests have not proven failures i am pleased to report. Like most though I don't intend to dive in this thing. That's because i don't dive at all though. I'm sure the watch could handle it. Imagine being 200m down, for fun though. Swimming only for me thanks. Still, every man needs a diving watch anyway. It's a rite of passage.
In summary, the SKX is a lovely thing. Manly. Bold. Iconic. Well made. Hard to stop looking at it. I'm lucky to own one, and you would be too.
Just one niggle is the pins on the lugs are shoulderless and so wouldn't undo with a normal tool and were an absolute b****r to get off. I broke the end of the tool, damaged some fine screwdrivers before going for relative brute force with a bigger flathead. Also scratched the lugs a fair bit, but for me this watch was always going to be for keeps so wasn't that fussed - recommend getting the correct tool....or going to a shop, but who would do that to remove a strap/change battery/remove back etc, lol?! Cannot take any stars off as i was impatient and didn't want to wait to get the tool and was never going to any shop!
I managed to break the day date function on the 5, sure i didn't change whilst between 10-2 but hey ho just been super cautious with this one. No probs so far. I also scratched the hell out of the 5 whilst out in wales climbing but realised the minute i did it, but was too late also my fault for being an egit (tryfan 1, mineral glass fail). I have zero scratches on this hardlex and am pretty active but don't plan on recreating quite the same conditions! The bezel seems a nicer action on the sks and i certainly prefer the markings. I also prefer the hands and the lume seems nicer also.
With hindsight this is just a much nicer watch and even though i really liked the 5 at the time this is better in all regards (bar the strap!). Must remember to be less impulsive and be swayed by flash sales/daily deals and do more research. If you want a seiko diver style don't do it by price, it literally isn't worth it. The sks wins hands down.
As for the watch itself: It looks great, nicely shaped 42.5 x 46mm case and it wears quite small in spite of the measurements. It is accurate and reliable. What I don't like is that Seiko haven't upgraded the movement over the past 22 years and it still uses the 7S26 movement. My only gripe with that is that the movement lacks hacking (stopping of second hand when setting time - allowing you to synchronize time exactly) or hand-winding. So....if you have several watches and it runs out of power, you end up doing the 'Seiko shuffle' for a minute or so to wind it. Personally I would much prefer to be able to hand-wind it. That being said - it is a true divers watch (meets the ISO 6425 standard - which is why the it says "Diver's 200m" on the dial), designed for real divers (not just good for desk diving) and does a great job for those who want to take it underwater for a spin. It's water resistant to 200m, for most amateurs out there I'd say you'd rarely dive that deep (!) and if you do, it's not the hand-winding of your watch that you need to worry about...
The luminosity of Seiko's watches is always great and the dial, in all it's simplicity, looks great and has your basic everyday complications such as day and date. The rubber strap on this watch is horrible. Absolutey attrocious. You may want to replace it with something else (like a NATO, or a quality rubber or leather strap), in fact, I'd recommend that you look at Strapcode's steel bracelets. Yes, they are a bit pricey but look awesome on this watch (partially because they have curved solid endlinks that make your watch look fantastic and won't rattle).
If you're collecting watches or want to start, this is a great starting piece to add. If you want to MODIFY your watch and join the modders community - this is one of the best watches to start with. There's plenty of options out there from custom bezel replacements and bezel inserts, to dials, crystals, hands, or even the whole movement. On one of mine SKXs, I replaced the movement with a 6R15 movement just to get the hand-winding and hacking functions.
Overall, this is a great watch and I can't recommend it enough. NO, it's not a Rolex or an Omega but the reliability and quality of the Seiko automatic movements and watches is not to be understated. If you're looking for a good quality automatic watch or starting your collection, this is a good option. If you have a more fancy watch collection already, this is a great beater-watch - a true tool watch. At these prices, you should try it.
The standard rubber strap is OK but one of the best things about this watch is how easy it is to personalise. It looks great on just about any Nato strap but there are also some really nice aftermarket metal straps designed for it which really make it look smart. If you get tired of the appearance you can swap out the strap for a completely different style but there's a huge aftermarket of mods available if you really want to go to town on personalising and upgrading it. The only other thing I have changed on mine is the bezel insert which I've swapped out for a ceramic one from a certain online auction site. I thought the standard insert looked a little cheap when compared to high end divers and this simple and cheap mod worked really well.
The watch seems big when you first put it on, but after a while you don’t notice it, it just looks right.
I am very impressed with the lume. My previous watch had Tritium markers that emit light constantly. I have had other watches with luminous hands that emit light for a few minutes once it is dark, but the lume on this watch stays readable all night, much like my Tritium equipped watch. A brilliant feature!
I like the action of the bezel too, it feels like a much more expensive watch.
I know a mechanical watch isn’t going to be as accurate as a quartz watch and I was expecting it to lose it gain a few seconds a day, but I was disappointed to find mine lost over a minute a day.
It may improve over time, but this is the only reason I marked it down one star.
Edit:.......... After taking the back off and fiddling about with the regulation, it now runs better than I ever expected, only gaining around a second a day. I think you need to spend an awful lot more to get a mechanical watch any better than this.
I changed this to a five star review from four because of its new accuracy.