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Wow - everything I've wanted in a watch I've finally found!
on January 21, 2010
I have a number of watches in my collection; big, small; digital, analog; Divers, Chronographs, Atomics ... I love watches. But I recently began a search of reasonably priced self-winders. It also had to be reliable, and I would prefer a diver-type style. The past couple years I've taken a liking to Invicta watches, but their quality is hit and miss. The low end (less than $100) Invicta seems less reliable than the lowly Timex; any good self-winding Invicta seems to start around $250-300.
I love Amazon's suggestioned item. It picked up on my quest for an auto-winder diver watch, and steered me HERE. The Seiko SKX779 "Black Monster." Review after review was glowing. Overall, a 4 1/2 star watch, for less than $200. And Seiko reliability is unquestioned and unparalleled.
Look/Feel - I would think a "monster" of a watch would be big, along the lines of Invicta's Grand Lupah. That's not the case at all. A little bigger than some of my watches, but not overly so. This has a nice stainless steel band, and it is a hefty watch. It feels solid, like it was chiseled out of a single piece of metal. The glow-dial feature is bright and makes it easy to read in the dark. Even the feel of the turning bezel has a solid, quality feel to it.
Accuracy - I really have nothing to compare it to as everything in my collection is battery/quartz or solar/atomic. I've had it for a month or so, and it runs a little fast, about 1-2 minutes a month; and for an analog watch, that's fine. I usually do not look at an analog watch and say "it's 11:12PM", I look and say, "it's about ten after eleven ...". In my book, "close is close enough" for any non-quartz watch.
Self-winding - I love it. Again, nothing to compare it to except the observations of others. It runs about 2 days before petering out. This has only happened once to me. I wear it nearly everyday. I am looking at auto-winders to keep it going when I am not wearing it (suggestions for a good one, under $75 or so are welcome!).
So to all who took the time to write a review, and follow-up with thoughtful comments, along with links to watch lover's blogs, thank you. I couldn't be happier with the watch, and hope my review steers others to purchase this watch. You won't be disappointed.