SEIKO Automatic Divers 200m Watch SKX007K2 probably the single best value at any price point, in an automatic watch that fits all the criteria of the infamous ISO 6425, which specifies the criteria for a watch to be able to call itself a diver’s watch.
The SKX007 may have a humble price but it is part of a proud lineage of diver’s watches that goes all the way back to 1965, when Seiko introduced the 150-meter-water-resistant reference 6217.
Since then, Seiko has introduced a huge range of diver’s watches, ranging from the iconic ref. 6105, which was produced until 1977 (and is famous among movie watch enthusiasts for having been on Martin Sheen’s wrist in Apocalypse Now) to its professional models, intended for use under very challenging conditions, including saturation diving.
SKX007 is an exercise in functional minimalism; there is absolutely nothing extraneous about any aspect of the watch. The case is a solid, heavy mass of stainless steel, though as with all Seikos, even at the entry level, it is exceedingly well made, with the rounded flanks rising gracefully to form the crown guards. The crown (for setting only, like the Seiko 5, the SKX007 can’t be hand-wound, but must be gently swung in the hand to wind the mainspring) is set at 4 o'clock, the better to keep it from pressing uncomfortably into the back of your wrist.
The bezel rotates in half-minute increments, and this is one of the many places that this watch shows its quality despite its very low cost. The tip of the triangle (with its inset luminous pearl) always lines up exactly on the index mark (or exactly halfway between) and it’s quite fantastic to see that cost notwithstanding, Seiko has ensured the watch offers irreproachable functional precision where it counts.
The dial is also unadorned, but functionally excellent, with large and very bright lume plots (Seiko dive watches are famously torch-bright in the dark) and the seconds hand has both an application of white paint on its body, and a dot of lume on its tail, the better to allow you to use it as a function check in low light situations. There are some who will take exception to the white date/day disks, but the use of white actually makes the dial more symmetrical, and enhances low light legibility to boot.
The jubilee-style bracelet is, like the rest of the watch, functionally more than adequate. It rattles a bit, as is the case with the OEM bracelet for the Seiko 5 and quite a few owners like to experiment with different straps.
Despite the occasional jingle-jangle, however, it’s actually quite comfortable, though it does not have a diver’s wetsuit extension (and you can hardly fault it for that, at the asking price, though if you dive with the watch a lot, you’ll probably want to put it on a long NATO or rubber strap).
Inside is the caliber 7S26, that has never been bettered for accuracy or, well, depth. We’ll confine ourselves here to noting that the movement is notoriously bullet-proof, and that the Magic Lever winding system is both a very clever piece of engineering, and extremely efficient (the watch, when taken in the hand, begins to run almost immediately at the slightest movement).
So here’s a true dive watch with wonderful functional excellence. SKX007 has been for many years and remains today.
• 200m Water Resistant
• Hardlex Crystal Glass
• 7S26 Automatic movement
• Stainless Steel Band
• Fold Over Clasp with Safety Release
• Unidirectional Black Ion-plated Bezel
• Date and Day of the Week display appears at the 3 o'clock position
CONSTANT EVOLUTION + IMPROVEMENT
Seiko is not a watch just for special people. It is a watch that anyone around the world can wear and our duty to our customers is to constantly improve and evolve the design of our movements, using Seiko’s accumulated technology to provide higher value than ever before.
ENERGY IS EVERYTHING
In 1959, Seiko invented the Magic Lever, the ingenious mechanism that winds the mainspring more efficiently. This device harnesses all the energy created by the rotor as it turns in both directions, clockwise and anti-clockwise, greatly increasing the power transfer to the mainspring and delivering faster winding speed. Seiko is one of the few ‘manufactures’ that is capable of producing every component in house, including the main spring and balance spring, parts that form the very heart of every mechanical caliber.
DESIGN = THINKING OF PEOPLE'S LIVES
We are not just designers who create designs. We are passionate believers that Seiko must always delight immediately and satisfy in the long term. As I imagine each Seiko design, I see the watch playing a role in its owner’s life. It ticks as the good times give pleasure, as the happy times give joy and it is a re-assuring presence when sad times intrude. We would like Seiko to be with the customer’s heart all the time, whatever the moment. We hope that it becomes our customer’s trusted friend, and that is what drives us to take up the challenge of innovation every day.
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Seiko’s strength in manufacturing lies in its commitment to integrate every process from the ideas to the in-house production. A design with originality is not a watch. Only when it is finally crafted, manufactured and assembled in the manufacturing department does it deserve the name Seiko. Seiko limited warranty covers defects in watch movement or functionality up to 1 year from date of purchase.
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