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- Quartz movement
- Case diameter: 42 mm
- Scratch resistant hardlex crystal
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B001EN4TJK
- Item model number: SNDA57
- Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Date first available at Amazon.com: October 31, 2008
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Seiko Watches|
|Dial window material type||Hardlex|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||42 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||12 millimeters|
|Band length||Men's Standard|
|Band width||21 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Special features||Chronograph, Luminous, measures-seconds|
|Item weight||2.72 Ounces|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
Top customer reviews
Now the bad. On my particular example, the hand that measures 1/20 of a second doesn't precisely line up with the "12" when at rest. You wouldn't notice unless you're squinting at it, and it still functions just fine, but still. This is a lot to pay for a quartz watch from a value brand, and I'd prefer it be perfect. Second, occasionally when using the chronogrpah feature, the hands will come back to a random position instead of resetting to zero the way they're supposed to. This has happened maybe twice out of using the chronograph nearly every day to time my daily bike commute. It's not common, and it's simple to fix by resetting the hands. But still--this is a Seiko and I expect better.
All in all, though, it is a very classy watch when paired with nice strap. At this point in history, it's obviously a bit old-fashioned to want to measure down to .05 of a second using an analog device, but it's cool to be able to do so! There are just a couple of details that prevented this from being a five-star piece.
This is normally described as a "Military" watch. It could also be said the SNDA57 is Seiko's take on the classic "Instrument" or "Flieger" (Flyer) watch, featuring a utilitarian though precise and sleek aesthetic. Instrument-style watches are designed to provide primary information at a quick glance, like an analogue gauge in an aircraft. For years Germany's Sinn has been the foremost maker of this style. Here the cap is tipped to Sinn with the large 12, 3, 6, 9 numerals and white on black minimalism. But it's still unmistakably Seiko. For instance, the raised index ring on the periphery of the dial - a nice touch! The dial is nicely printed, with crisp and clean letters, numerals and indices. The stop watch hand and small second hand give just a hint of orange to avoid monotony. One minor quibble is the stop watch hand is slightly (1/2mm or less) askew from 12:00 when reset. Very minor. To be honest I have no use for the stop watch function, but do not object since Seiko did a fine job of integrating everything in the design. Also, there is a slanted date window near 4:00. Some don't care for slanted date windows, but it is part of the instrument aesthetic where the date would be considered secondary information. I like it! The window is, however, on the small side - some may have a hard time reading it. The lume is bright and long-lasting, but only the indices on the raised ring are lumed - lumed large numerals would look fantastic.
I wear this watch frequently, though casually - it's not a dressy watch. It looks best with conservative casual clothing: e.g. peeking out from the cuff of a button-front shirt. It is not overly large, but the size is exaggerated by a very thin bezel that accentuates the dial. I have a 7 3/4 inch wrist and the size is perfect, but for a wrist less than 7 inches it might look awkward. Of course it's subjective: some like large watches, to me oversized watches look a little goofy.
The nylon strap is fine for what it is but really not my style, so I ended up replacing it with a classic leather strap with white stitching along the edges. It looks great! I could not decide between the SNDA57 and SNDA65, which is identical except for its dark gray/black case. In the end I am glad I chose the SNDA57 as the matte gray of the case contrasts nicely with the dark dial and strap. Both look great - it's a matter of preference.
The SNDA57 has a standard, proven quartz movement. Nothing classic like an automatic, or advanced like a Kinetic, but it is typically accurate quartz and tough. I have an older Seiko beater with the same movement that seems unstoppable - except for batteries.
Basic white on black design with large 12, 3, 6, 9 numerals, and smaller numerals for remaining hours.
Two level dial with raised index ring: adds depth and interest without sacrificing clarity.
Diagonal date window adds to utilitarian, instrument feel of the watch.
Printing on dial is well done - crisp and clear.
Simple, though clear hands with excellent lume. Splash of orange on secondary hands.
Lume is bright and long-lasting, but would be even better if large numerals were lumed.
Stop watch hand does not line up with 12:00 exactly. But it is barely off - a minor complaint.
I will also note the seconds hand is actually the small dial on the left that uses the 9. The main seconds hand on the watch is for the chrono.