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The Top 5 Men's Seiko Watches of 2017
A little Seiko History to kick this off
I have written about Seiko before. Seiko is a Japanese watchmaker that has been in the watch business since the late 1800's. Kintaro Hatori began the company by making clocks and jewelry under the name Seikosha. It's a real cool story, one of many in the watch world, but one I recommend everyone read.
They began producing watches under the name Seiko in 1924. In 1969 Seiko released the first Quartz watch under the Astron name plate. It was extremely expensive, but available before any other. They then were the first company to produce quartz chronograph watches. In the 80's they released kinetic watches that generated electric current to power a quartz style movement. Again, another very impressive invention.
I have always been a huge fan of Seiko watches. I believe they make some of the best men's watches in the world. I think that when looking for a quality watch for a reasonable price, everyone should check to see what there is available in the Seiko line up. It's one of the reasons we are going to be talking about some of the best men's Seiko watches for 2017. There are some really wonderful watches here.
A Great Seiko for around 50 dollars
I have talked about this watch too many times. But I seriously think it may be one of the best values I have ever found while watch hunting. I believe they are available for around 55 dollars on Amazon right now, and I think this is a watch we should all own.
The watch I am talking about is the Seiko Series 5. The Series 5 is actually a collection of automatic watches, in all different styles, that sell at very reasonable prices. It utilizes the 7S26 automatic movement, which is a staple with Seiko at this point. The prices very on the different styles.
The military field watch version of the Series 5 is the one that can be had for around 55 dollars. It is a classic looking field watch. I think it is one of my favorite looking field watches. Although I am a big fan of the Smith and Bradley field watches as well.
The Series 5 watches are amazing value to me. For well under 100 dollars, you can have a reliable, and well established automatic mechanical watch. One that looks really good to boot. And one that I believe will be a daily wear watch for you, if you decide to buy one. While I mostly am looking at t he Field watch in this article, I really recommend you visit the Seiko Series 5 website, because there has to be nearly 100 different versions of the Series 5's to choose from.
Look at this Seiko for under 100 Dollars
For those fellows out there who like a little retro, the Recraft Series of watches is a great opportunity for you to own a watch that, for all intents and purposes is a remake of some if the more funky looking Seiko watches from the past.
The SNKN01 Recraft is what I would consider the entry level version of the Recraft series of watches. It is a mechanical automatic watch, similar to the series 5 watches. In fact, They share the same movement. The 7S26 movement is tried and true, it has been in production since the mid-90's and I don't see them stopping any time in the near future.
The case of the SNKN01 is 43.5mm and made of stainless steel with a pillow shape to it. It has a large dial with tick marks to mark the hours, and the face has a graduated color to it.
I have written about this watch before, I would consider it one of the best men's watches for under 100 dollars. And anyone looking for a watch for under 100, I think this is one of the first watches I would look at.
The recraft watches are some of my favorite Seikos out today. I think they are something most watch fan would appreciate, as it is sometimes really difficult to get a hold of some of the older watches, and if you can find one, it is often off Ebay, and is in less than perfect condition. Here, with the Seiko Recraft, you can skip all that nonsense.
If you have a spare 200 dollars, you may like this one
Seiko really can cover the gamut when it comes to watch styles. The Prospex series of watches are a true example of this. The Prospex was a surprise to me the first time I stumbled upon it. I am not even 100% sure how to classify this watch. I am gonna call it an outdoors man watch...
It is a stainless steel cased watch, measuring a fairly substantial 46mm diameter. It has a compass bezel and a black dial face with a date window, and a 100m water resistance. Those, plus solar power with a 10 month power reserve. It's a pretty impressive package for under 200 dollars. I totally dig the looks of this watch also. And this is coming from a person who doesn't like the looks of most dive watches. I may be justifying it by calling it an outdoors man watch though.
In the past I have been very much against quartz movements. I have moved away from that a bit. This Prospex is a perfect example of a watch I would own even though it is not a mechanical watch. It is a fine looking watch, and one I believe anyone would enjoy wearing and owning.
I like the solar power of the watch. In all actuallity I believe my biggest issue with Quartz watches is with the batteries. It seems that my quartz watches are getting new batteries more often than any of my mechanical watches require some sort of maintenance or repair. The solar eliminates that issue, and gives you a watch that can last a lifetime with no repair and nearly no regular maintenance.
Seiko Sportura for under 300? Yes
The Seiko Sportura line of watches is pretty cool. I would say that they look an awful lot like Citizen watches. It is big, and busy. It has a large, 45mm stainless steel case, with a leather strap.
The watch has a Tachymeter bezel. It has a black dial with Arabic numerals and it has 3 sub dials. The watch also comes with a sapphire lens.
The Sportura has a lot of other things going on as well. It is solar powered. It has a 12 hour alarm. It has a date window, and it has dual time capabilities. It also has a stop watch and is water resistant down to 100 meters.
The SCC273 is a great choice for someone with an active lifestyle. Someone who is going to find use for multiple times, and chronograph functions, as well as a good depth resistance. It is a seriously stylish looking watch on top of all the functionality you get with the Sportura.
The Sportura line is what I would consider a step up from the Prospex line, but in the same category. They are versatile, and durable, and should keep on ticking through pretty much anything.
If you have some cash to burn check out Astron
Solar powered, GPS, world time, Sapphire, Daylight savings time function, Power saving mode, titanium...
The Astron watches have a lot going for them. They are some of the best watches Seiko has to offer, they are solar powered, and they use GPS to maintain time accurately. And they look really good too.
The SSE089 is the one that catches my fancy the most. With the sapphire lens and titanium case, it would be a pretty durable watch, which is almost always a good thing for me. It has has a time zone adjustment function, it has magnetic resistance, and it has a water resistance of up to 100 meters. A titanium band and a tri-fold style clasp are also part of the package.
The dial is big, with a case that measures 45mm, you will definitely be able to see this face. The face is black with stainless steel tick markers for the hours. It also has Lumi-brite marks at the tick marks and on the watch hands, which are also stainless steel. It also has a sub dial for for the signal strength.
The watch sells on Amazon right now for about 1800 dollars. It is far from being the most expensive Seiko, but it definitely ranks pretty high on that list. I think it is a great watch. I would love to own this watch (that if just in case my family reads this)
More Seiko Love
A lot of people I know are really into Citizen watches. Don't get me wrong, Citizen makes a wonderful product. I think that Citizen lacks in the options department though. If you are going a Citizen you are getting a ECO-Drive, probably Atomic clock or GPS time as well. You're not going to find too many of the 100 dollar auto mechanical watches that tell the time and date. The kinds of watches I love to wear day to day. It is probably the main reason I am such a Seiko fan. I think they are extremely under rated.