|Band Material Type||Stainless-Steel Bracelet|
About this item
- Japan 21 Jewels Automatic Movement (Calibre 7S26)
- Stainless Steel Case and Band, Fold Over Deployment Clasp with Safety Lock Feature
- Hardlex Crystal for Durability, Day/Date Display with Arabic Option, Luminous Hands and Markers
- Case Size: 37mm Diameter, 11.5mm Thickness
- Water Resistant - 200M, Screw Down Crown and Caseback
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This is the classical mid-size men's automatic dive watch. Features a Seiko 21 jewel automatic (self-winding) movement (caliber 7S26), a day and date display, hightly luminous hands and markers treated with Lumibrite, screw down offset crown, uni-directional 120 click bezel, scratch resistant hardlex crystal and a solid etched, screw-down case back. Includes manual and Seiko box. Case: Solid stainless steel, 38mm diameter (w/o crown) x 13mm thick Band: Jubilee style bracelet with solid links and deployant closure, 20mm. Water Resistance: 20 ATM Warranty: 2 Years
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.91 x 5.91 x 5.91 inches; 0.01 Ounces
- Item model number : SKX013K2
- Department : Mens
- Batteries : 1 Product Specific batteries required.
- Date First Available : September 21, 2008
- Manufacturer : Seiko
- ASIN : B006QHVUQY
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,595 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
- Customer Reviews:
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Seiko|
|Dial window material type||Hardlex|
|Case material||Stainless Steel|
|Case diameter||36 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||20 millimeters|
|Band Material||Stainless-Steel Bracelet|
|Band width||25 millimeters|
|Item weight||0.3 Grams|
|Water resistant depth||200 Meters|
|Warranty||If this product is sold by Amazon, please review the manufacturer’s website for warranty information. If this product is sold by another party, please contact the seller directly for warranty information for this product. You may also be able to find warranty information on the manufacturer’s website.|
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||CW_Watches||Top Watches||CW_Watches||Time-Galleria|
|Band Material Type||Stainless-Steel Bracelet||Rubber Strap||Stainless Steel||Rubber||Stainless Steel|
|Band Width||25 millimeters||20 millimeters||25 millimeters||22 millimeters||18 millimeters|
|Case Diameter||36.00 millimeters||36 millimeters||40 millimeters||42.00 millimeters||37 millimeters|
|Case Material Type||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Case Thickness||20 millimeters||16 millimeters||20 millimeters||13.00 millimeters||11 millimeters|
|Clasp Type||Deployment Clasp||Buckle||Deployment Clasp With Safety||Buckle||Fold-over-clasp-with-double-push-button-safety|
|Dial Window Material Type||Hardlex||Hardlex||hardlex||Scratch Resistant Hardlex||hardlex|
|Watch Movement||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Japanese Automatic|
|Water Resistance Depth||200.00 meters||200.00 meters||200.00 meters||200.00 meters||99 feet|
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There are not many midsize divers out there and the Seiko SKX013 fits beautifully on my stick thin 6" wrist while retaining its grandness. I own several Seiko 5s and a Seiko SARB033, but this is by far my most versatile watch. With the robust 7s26c movement, this watch can survive any outdoor activities. I've worn this watch to college classes, camping trips and scuba diving and it is still ticking strong without a single scratch on the watch surface.
Here are some measurements of the watch (measured with a caliper):
Case diameter = 38mm
Case thickness = 11.7mm
Lug width = 20mm
Lug to lug = 44.3mm
The bezel is smooth and quite silent but requires a bit of torque to turn it. The watch also wears smaller than other 38mm due to its small dial face, which is a big plus for me.I've seen some complaints about the jubilee bracelet and while I admit it's loose and cheap, it is one of the most comfortable bracelets i've ever worn. Last of all, Seiko's lume NEVER disappoints.
Now as to why I've taken a star off:
The bracelet ends were COMPLETELY loose and way too big for the watch (as you can see on my third picture). It looked like someone took the bracelet ends from a SKX007 and replaced it on the SKX013. I managed to get it fit nicely by pressing the ends with a plier, but honestly this is horrible quality control. The reason why I did not return the product is that the watch runs -5s to +2s per day out of the box, which is much better than my other seiko 5s with the same movement.
The major downsides are quality control and product variation. I bought two copies of this watch (and another two at some point later on), one with the rubber strap and one with the bracelet. One of the watches had a misaligned bezel that double clicked and the arrow would not line up at 12. That bothered me so much every time I looked at it that I quickly boxed it back up. The one I kept doesn't line up either but the arrow can be centered and stays in place, however it loses 18-19secs a day. It is a bit bothersome but it is something I can overlook it because I now have several Seiko 5's using the same 7s26 movement and all of them lack the hacking feature which means I can't set the exact seconds. I change watches based on what I'm wearing so I rotate them very often - all the automatics are dead by the time wear them again so resetting the time is habit now and setting it ahead by a few seconds is no big deal. I can see it being a major annoyance if this is the watch you wear every day though, and it gains or loses 15 seconds or more with each day.
1 Month Update: After 1 month of use I like this watch even more & it is the one I wear most often. Sometimes I wish the bezel was sloped with a thinner edge and had a sleeker look like the other dive watches. But then again that feeling probably has more to do with a lack dive watch options under 40mm available on the market, especially in this quality/price range. I like that this watch has it's own original design and the square edges give this watch a more rugged and casual look. One of my favorite aspects of this watch is how the bold black and white elements + brushed & polished steel matches so easily with a lot of different casual clothing. The lume on this watch is very white when viewed in light, and doesn't have the typical greenish-yellow tint. I tend to get a lot of tiny dings and fine scratches on my watches even when I don't feel like I've bumped or rubbed it against anything - scratches and dings don't really show up on this bezel design and the tall square edged bezel shape also seems to keep potential scuffs from coming into contact with the case & lugs as well. The edges and brushed to polished transition on the case/lugs are very crisp and well done.
7 Month Update: This used to be the "beater" watch that I wore most often but now it's the one I wear the least. As I've gotten more into watches and my collection has grown and hopefully along with it my taste in watches as well, I've gone back to this watch and started to both appreciate and dislike various aspects of it. My big dislikes of the design are the texture of the aluminum bezel insert and the flat, sheet metal like hour/minute hands both of which can look kind of cheap. What I do appreciate is the unique design, all the bevels in the crystal, case/lugs, chapter ring, and a "depth" to the look of the watch. The reason I don't wear it much is because it's relatively heavy & thick, a bit off balanced, and is a complete pain to wear under a jacket sleeve. Some people like their things to be thick and heavy, whether it's a watch, jacket, pants, shoes, and even their equipment such as cameras, etc.. Many people seem to equate thick & heavy to solid & quality. I used to think the same way and it probably was true of things in the past, but now I feel the opposite with material, technology, and design improvements in everything, even in fabrics. After traveling for years with that heavy stuff and now adding in a lot of outdoor activities, I got sick of all the bulk and weight and ditched it all. Sleek, light phones, cameras and lenses that weigh 1/3 of my old gear, down jackets that weigh less than a long sleeve T-shirt, carbon fiber equipment, etc.. That feels like quality which fits this day and age, and is equally if not more functional. A chunky watch is no different to me. Yes, it's a dive watch made for actual diving and that's why it's chunky, robust, and heavy. That's actually a big part of this watch's appeal. However, since most of us will be wearing it as a casual watch above water the majority of the time, that extra bulk and weight comes with downsides. It's top heavy and slides down my wrist or flops around on leather straps so now I only wear this watch with a rubber strap to keep it in place. This watch is just not meant to be worn with jackets, hoodies, or any kind of sleeves. It drags badly on the inside of the sleeve, and gets spun around on the wrist. If you spend a lot of time outdoors or going out at night you'll probably choose to take a jacket and leave this in the watchbox. This watch has been mostly replaced in my collection with another black and white dial Seiko watch, but lighter, more streamlined, a bit sharper looking, and plays well with sleeves.
An important thing I noticed is that not all of the Seiko SKX013 look the same. Some have a beveled & polished edge on the case and lugs with crisp transition between the brushed and polished sections, while others have a rounded edge instead of the bevel + a brushed to polished transition that isn't crisp or defined. I prefer the beveled version and feel that it looks much nicer.
This watch has gone up in price about 35-40% for the rubber strap version since I bought it 7 months ago, and at this price I'm not sure it is worth it for me. I've been thinking about selling it and getting a different watch with the $$, but I think I will miss the unique design and regret selling it when it eventually becomes unavailable. The other thing is what other choices are there for dive watches in this size? Hardly any. The one I'd be happy to replace this with is the Oris Aquis 39.5mm, but that starts at $1600-1700 and is more than I would ever spend on a watch.
I got this watch as a wedding gift for my brother. He is rocking it with a NATO strap. He says he never wants to take it off and just can't stop looking at it.
Top reviews from other countries
Dopo questo primo impatto, a dir poco spiazzante, ho regolato il cinturino (bellissimo "jubilee" vecchio stile in acciaio) e ho iniziato a indossare questo piccolo gioiello. Col passare dei giorni ho imparato ad apprezzarne le rifiniture (ottime per la fascia di prezzo) nonché la precisione. Ottima la presenza dell'indicatore dei giorni in diverse lingue e dell'indicatore della data, entrambi molto leggibili. Fortunatamente ho ricevuto un pezzo col quadrante allineato, cosa rara viste altre recensioni. A discapito del diametro ridotto, la cassa ha uno spessore consistente, dovendo racchiudere il meccanismo ed il rotore: questo potrebbe dar noia a chi porta camicie con polsini stretti.
Quello che mi frena dal dare 5 stelle è il fatto che non si può ricaricare manualmente l'orologio attraverso la corona: inizialmente non davo particolare peso alla questione, dato che l'orologio si carica attraverso il movimento del polso, e in parte giustifico la scelta della Seiko dato che si tratta di un orologio subacqueo (la corona è avvitata per evitare infiltrazioni). Tuttavia, può capitare di non indossarlo per un giorno e volerlo caricare prima di andare a dormire: la carica manuale darebbe la possibilità di sapere quando l'orologio è pienamente carico.
Detto questo, è un orologio che da' l'idea di resistenza, ha una buona costruzione ed è elegante.
Ci tengo a precisare che scrivo questa recensione dopo qualche settimana di utilizzo, riservandomi di aggiornarla in caso di futuri problemi.