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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.
Nach mehreren Versuchen mit Automatikuhren anderer Hersteller, bin ich endlich auf die Seiko 5 hier gestoßen. Ich finde die Uhr hervorragend und sie hält definitiv, was in der Beschreibung versprochen wird. Natürlich muss man eine Uhr mit Automatik-Uhrwerk entweder tagtäglich tragen oder wenn nicht, regelmäßig aufziehen. Hält man sich daran und wirft einen kurzen Blick in die Bedienungsanleitung, lässt sich mit der Uhr nix falsch machen. Das Uhrwerk isr seit Jahren bewährt und für unter 250,-€ bekommt man wahrscheinlich keine bessere Uhr mit solch einem zuverlässigem automatischem Uhrwerk. Farbe der Uhr und Material des Armbands unterliegen dem persönlichen Geschmack. Ich bin mit der grünen Ausführung, mit dem Nylon Armband sehr zufrieden. Eigentlich müsste ich das Armband ca 1,5…..2cm kürzen, doch habe ich mich noch nicht getraut es einfach abzuschneiden . Ich behelfe mir, indem ich das etwas zu lange Ende einfach wieder zurück unter der Schlaufe einfädle. Das klappt soweit ganz gut. Ich würde sie mir definitiv wieder kaufen.
Seiko, the brand that caters for all budgets and taste. A beautiful watch at a very reasonable price. Swapped the bracelet out for a NATO strap and this compliments the watch even more so than the oyster bracelet. Watch case is beautifully finished and the exhibition case is always something to admire. Seiko movement keeps pretty good time and the bezel actually lines up with the dial markers. The lume is very impressive and the overall dial is simple, and aesthetical on the eye. Overall, it feels sturdy, well engineered, nicely polished and looks more expensive than it is. If you're new to Seiko, I recommend you try them out and you may just catch the Seiko bug. I liked it so much, I purchased the same model, with the Orange dial.
Now, I have been collecting watches for little over a year and this Seiko 5 is my second Seiko. My first impressions were brilliant, the bezel has a great action (better than my more expensive Seiko Samurai retailing at $450) The pop of green on the dial and bezel is subtle but noticeable in a good way alongside that nice burst of orange on the seconds hand, also the movement is great for the price. Seiko are known for their competitive in house movements at this price range which is a great feature for us watch enthusiasts to enjoy. 100m of water resistance cannot be sniffed at, at this price range and the stock nato strap is adequate ( as you can see I have already swapped mine out ) and you will have great lume on the hour markers and hands with Seiko being one of the leaders in this market for luminescence. Overall, it got me thinking that this could be the perfect automatic starter watch for new enthusiasts, as you are getting a very well rounded package from a great brand with a lot of history in this market. Also the modifying scene for these watches is huge and they generally hold their value pretty well. I would 100% recommend this watch if you have the money as it is a do anything, go anywhere piece that offers a great comfortable wear and good time keeping.