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First one came running way too fast: 5min/d. Maybe courrier had dropped it causing a shock though the movement. Packaging could have been done better first time: watch box just came in a brown paper Amazon bag. All automatic watches, are delicate whether they cost 200Eur or 20.000Eur so please take that as a note for sending these items. I returned the watch to Amazon and they shipped another one immediately. This one was better packed in a box with cardboard/paper filling/cushioning inside. It keeps time perfectly. Watch itself is very beautiful and well made. Seiko still knows what they're doing. :-) Chapter ring came nicely aligned on both watches. Slightly misaligned chapter rings used to be a thing with Seiko's in the past but looks like they have now sorted that out? When you pay full retail price 350Eur, I can't help it to feel it's a bit overpriced. If you pay 250Eur or less, it's a steal! Above 250Eur, it's still OK but given that oringal SKX was a lot cheaper and had better WR rating because of the screw down crown and solid case back, for me, paying 350Eur would bother me. This one has some improvements over SKX though; it has a slightly better hacking movement and nicer dial (applied markers and Seiko logo) so there's some give and take. To me it feels like they wanted to add some of the New Turtle to the SKX case but they wanted to keep this watch just a bit lower in the ranks. Therefore, some features had to still be reserved for the New Turtle and hence they sacrificed the screw down crown and the resulting WR/Diver rating. Love the mesh band! It's is very nice and SUPER comfortable. It does not tear my hairs at a. Clasp on the other hand feels a bit cheap but still more than acceptable in this price range. Overall, very happy with the watch.. perfect everyday watch!! As a bonus, there's tons of aftermarket customisations possible. I've applied a sapphire and a ceramic bezel insert to make it a bit more posh/unique and it will also collect less scratches now.
It's a nice, heavy, comfortable, masculine watch with an easy to read face and Day/Date. A bit larger and heavier than my Omega Speedster Mk2, and that is a substantial watch. I like the mesh strap. I have no idea how good the waterproofing is. I usually remove my watches before doing dishes, having a bath or shower. At 70 I don't expect to dive deeper than 100 metres again in my life.
My only very slight gripe is you really have to pay attention to the clasp. If you haven't checked it's locked, it can come adrift later. I do prefer the fold over and click type that I have on my smaller white faced Seiko Sea Urchin.
There is a blue faced version of the same watch at nearly £70 more than I paid for this. (What's with the pricing guys?) I would have bought but definitely not disappointed with this.
This is my first automatic watch and I love it. Looks fantastic and the bracelet is also quite good. It's a bit heavy which makes it feel more premium. I have only one gripe. If you look very carefully at the white dots on the dial, you can see they are not properly aligned. You really have to look for it to find it. These kind of details might not matter to most people but it definitely contributes to the overall craftsmanship of a watch. Anyway it's an excellent watch for the price.
Watch stopped working after one week. Ordered replacement which arrived broken, links missing from bracelet & clearly had been worn/used.
Since ordered same watch from Watchnation (via amazon) and I'm delighted. Better packaging and protective film over Watch face, case & bracelet. The lack of these on the 1st two sent by Amazon should've been a red flag.