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It’s no longer news that Seiko produces some of the best wristwatches on the market. Thus, it is understandable that the brand collaborates with PADI, the world’s largest diving network. Over time, these two have collaborated to produce some of the best Seiko PADI watches. These wristwatches have gained recognition by the best of the divers.

It is quite interesting that this collaboration has birthed several outstanding timepieces. Some people even think of Seiko and PADI as a single company. However, these companies are not the same. In this article, we will look at the best Seiko PADI wristwatches. Additionally, we will consider the Seiko and PADI collaboration and how it has impacted the diver watches industry.

What is PADI?

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world’s largest diver organization that deals with ocean exploration. The organization operates in 186 countries and has more than 6,600 resorts and dive centers globally. Additionally, this organization has more than 128,000 members scattered all over the globe. PADI has influenced the diver community for more than half a century. The brand is renowned for its high dive training standards, safety, and customer service.

With such influence, it was only logical for PADI to team up with one of the world’s most renowned watchmakers, Seiko. Seiko is a household name for professional divers who want the best features in their dive watches. Recently, Seiko released a new PADI collection that features the official logo and brand colors. Hence, the collection makes it the first divers watch with PADI’s credentials on timepieces. We will consider some of the most prominent Seiko PADI timepieces available for divers and watch enthusiasts.

Prominent Seiko PADI timepieces

The Seiko PADI collection has several remarkable timepieces in its catalog. However, we will look at some of these timepieces, their features, and pricing. Here are some exciting Seiko PADI wristwatches to consider.

  1. Seiko Prospex PADI Pepsi SRPC41K1
  2. Seiko Turtle Prospex PADI SRPA21J1
  3. Seiko Prospex Solar PADI
  4. Seiko Prospex SRPE99
  5. Seiko Prospex SRPG19
  6. Seiko Prospex SRPG21
  7. Seiko Prospex SNE549
  8. Seiko Prospex Monster PADI SRPE27K1
  9. Seiko Analogue SRPG19K1
  10. Seiko Prospex SRPE27

1. Seiko Prospex PADI Pepsi SRPC41K1

There is a lot of history behind this timepiece. This Seiko timepiece is a special edition automatic diver’s wristwatch with many features. You will first notice the beautiful dial colors that contrast uniquely with the case material and the blue silicone strap. The black dial matches the blue silicone band on this timepiece. Additionally, the dial has an outer red and blue color near the dial window to represent the PADI official colors.

The red color begins from the noon hour marker and terminates at the three o’clock marker. The red color is immediately followed by a blue ring that extends from the three o’clock hour marker round the dial window to the noon marker. Like all other wristwatches under the PADI collection, PADI is inscribed above the six o’clock hour marker. The wristwatch also has a date window at the three o’clock marker. Furthermore, this timepiece has silver-toned luminescent hands for easy reading in low lighting conditions.

This timepiece also features a robust stainless steel case that matches the dial window’s design. Also, this timepiece suits individuals with big wrists since it has a case size of 42.3mm. Like all other Seiko wristwatches, this timepiece has scratch-resistant Hardlex material on its dial window. This Hardlex material prevents excessive scratches and protects the analog dial display on the timepiece.

Although this timepiece seems big, it does not seem heavy when worn. The wristwatch only weighs about 7.05 ounces. This watch is perfect for divers since it has a water resistance depth of 200m. Additionally, you can enjoy the automatic movement on this timepiece, which offers precision and accuracy – everything a diver needs.

Main Features

Release Year: 2018

Dial Window Material: Hardlex

Display: Analog

Case Size: 42.3mm x 13mm

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Band Color: Blue

Band Material: Silicone

Clasp: Hook Buckle

Dial Color: Black

Weight: 7.05 Ounces

Movement: Automatic

Calendar: Date

Water Resistance: 200m

2. Seiko Turtle Prospex PADI SRPA21J1

The Seiko Turtle Prospex Padi looks almost like the PADI Pepsi. However, the timepiece’s stand-out design speaks of quality and class. This timepiece has a deep blue dial that contrasts beautifully with its content. Protecting the dial and its analog display is a scratch-free Hardlex window. 

This timepiece is perfect for diving and casual outings. In the dial, you will find three luminescent analog hands that make it easier to read the time in poor lighting conditions. Like the PADI Pepsi, this timepiece has a red-colored arch near the dial rim. The red color extends from the 12 o’clock hour marker to the 20-minute marker. 

The wristwatch has a day-date window near the three o’clock hour marker. Furthermore, the wristwatch has PADI inscribed below the analog hands. This professional sports watch has a silver-colored case material. Also, this timepiece fits divers with big wrists since it has a case diameter of 45mm. For convenience, the wristwatch also has a fold-over clasp with a single push-button safety. 

This timepiece also has a steel silver bracelet to match the round watch case. Although some divers may prefer a silicone or rubber band instead of the stainless steel material, you can always change the strap to a more comfortable one. However, the strap still serves even for divers. Also, the wristwatch weighs less than Seiko PADI Pepsi, even though it has a bigger case diameter. 

You can expect accuracy from this timepiece because it has automatic movement. Furthermore, the timepiece has a water resistance depth of 200m. If you are a diver in need of a classic sports wristwatch with the right designs, this timepiece is for you.

Main Features

Dial Window: Hardlex Material

Display: Analog

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Size: 45mm x 14mm

Case Color: Silver

Dial Color: Blue

Band Color: Silver

Clasp: Single Push-Button Safety Fold-Over Clasp

 Calendar: Day-Date

Movement: Automatic

Weight: 5.29 Ounces

Water Resistance: 200m

3. Seiko Prospex Solar PADI

This is one of Seiko and PADI’s most innovative timepieces yet. The timepiece’s refreshing design gives off the best vibes for divers. Additionally, sports lovers can wear this timepiece for land activities because it fits the description. Nicknamed the “Tuna,” this timepiece has features you rarely find in any other Seiko X PADI collaborative timepiece.

The first thing that sets this timepiece apart from all others is the analog/digital display feature. YOu will notice that almost all Seiko diver watches have analog displays. Well, except the Seiko Prospex PADI dive watch. You will find a digital display window just above the 12 o’clock marker and the regular tri-hand analog display. The digital display has the hour, minute, and seconds feature.

Interestingly, the timepiece also has a countdown timer to help timers remain covenant with the timing. As if that is not enough, the timepiece also has an alarm function that works perfectly. This wristwatch is a modern-day interpretation of the 1982 model of the Hybrid Divers watches.

The timepiece does not require a battery change. Instead, the Seiko Tuna PADI obtains its power from solar energy. Once charged, you can go for six months without worrying about surges. Thus, this timepiece is perfect for divers who love to explore for months. You also stand to enjoy the local time indicator mode on this timepiece.

Talk about the design spotted by this timepiece. The wristwatch has a black-dial window complemented by red and blue colors near the rim. Additionally, the watch has luminescent tri-hands while the digital display has a led light function for easy accessibility in dark conditions. Overall, this timepiece suits divers and all sports enthusiasts. Interestingly, you can also use this timepiece for casual outings.

Main Features

 Shape: Round

Display: Analog

Dial Window: Hardlex Material

Case Material: Plastic and Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 48mm

Band: Black, Silicone Material

Calendar: Date

Dial Color; Black

Special Feature: Alarm

Water Resistance: 200m

Movement: Solar

4. Seiko Prospex SRPE99

Each wristwatch from the Seiko X PADI collection is a hit. These wristwatches each have unique features that make them outstanding. This Seiko SRPE99 is no exception. The timepiece has a robust design and suits individuals with big wrists. With a case size of 45mm, this timepiece is as big as they come. Like all other timepieces under the Seiko X PADI collaboration, the watch has blue and red colors around the dial rim.

These are the official colors of PADI and signify the collaboration between the brands. Also, this timepiece has PADI inscribed just above the six o’clock hour marker. You don’t have to worry about your battery life because you get a 41-hour power reserve while using this watch. The timepiece has automatic and manual movements for precision and outstanding power reserves.

The design of this timepiece is almost the same as that of the Seiko Pepsi. This wristwatch also has a day-date window near the three o’clock marker. The tri-hand lumibrite hands offer a clear way to read time underwater when diving. Also, the 24-jewel elapsed timing (one-way) bezel makes it easier to read time while diving.

Unlike the Seiko Pepsi, this timepiece uses a mineral window to protect the analog display on the dial.
The timepiece has a stainless steel case material and a silver-tone bracelet. The bracelet has a tri-fold push clasp with a secure lock and extender for convenience. This watch is the heaviest of all the timepieces we have reviewed.

The watch weighs 12 ounces which may seem much for divers looking for a lightweight design. Additionally, this wristwatch has a 200m water resistance and suits individuals who want to dive. You can also use this wristwatch for other casual outings.

Main Features

Water Resistance: 200m 

Dial Color: Blue

Weight: 12 ounces

Movement: Automatic and Manual

Power Reserve: 41 hours

Case Diameter: 45mm

Display: Analog

Clasp: Tri-fold with lock and extender

Dial Window: Mineral

5. Seiko Prospex SRPG19

Seiko’s Prospex SRPG19 is another of the Seiko and PADI watches taht stand out. This timepiece is the first without the PADI logo’s red and blue colors. This round-shaped timepiece has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal window that protects the analog display on the dial. Like all others, this timepiece has a stainless steel case with a diameter of 45mm.

Thus, small wrist individuals will have to look for another option since this wristwatch is bigger than their wrists. The silver-tone bracelet matches uniquely with the case. This watch has a unidirectional bezel and a day-date feature near the three o’clock marker. What makes this wristwatch outstanding is its features. The watch has a screw case back, a screw-down crown, and a “special edition’ inscribed on the case back.

Additionally, the stop seconds hand function separates this watch from others. The Seiko Prospex SRPG19 has a Japanese Automatic movement for precision and accuracy. Also, like all others, it has a 200m water resistance depth. The water resistance makes it easier for divers to enjoy diving without issues. If you need something classic but different from others, you can patronize Seiko’s Prospex SRPG19.

Main Features

Shape: Round

Display: Analog

Dial Window: Anti-reflective sapphire

Case Material: Stainless steel

Clasp: Fold-over

Case Diameter: 45mm

Band Color: Silver-tone, stainless steel

Dial Color: Black

Calendar: Day-Date

Bezel Function: Unidirectional

Special Features: Screw-down Crown, Screw case back, stop seconds hand

Water Resistance: 200m

6. Seiko Prospex SRPG21

When talking about class, you cannot leave behind the Special Edition of Seiko’s Prospex SRPG21. This watch has a unique and enticing design that is quite significant. Also, this timepiece has an automatic diver movement that supports manual winding. Your watch also has 23 jewels and a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour.

Hence, you usually enjoy precision and a 41-hour power reserve. This watch is the best for diving because it has a silicone strap that enhances convenience when worn over long periods. Interestingly, the strap has a traditional Tang enclosure that makes adjustment easier. What about the design? The wristwatch has a deep 3D-pressed (black) patterned dial, making it the most unique of the timepieces you will find.

Additionally, the wristwatch has a date-only window near the three o’clock marker on the dial.
The lumibrite hands and markers speak well of the watch’s ability to improve time-telling in below-par lighting conditions. Not to forget the black ceramic and elapsed timing bezel with this uniquely-designed wristwatch.

The screw-down crown and case back ensure that the wristwatch does not allow water or other liquids into the inner compartments. The Seiko Prospex SRPG21 has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal dial window to protect the analog display and dial components. If you have a big wrist, this 44mm x 12.8mm wristwatch is one for you. Want to go scuba diving? This wristwatch has a water resistance of 200m, which makes it suitable for you.

Main Features

Clasp: Buckle

Display: Analog

Shape: Round

Dial Color: Black

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 43.8mm x 12.8mm

Band Color: Black Silicone

Bezel: Stainless Steel, Unidirectional

Special Features: Lumibrite indexes and hands. Bezel, Screw Case Back, Unidirectional, Screw-down Crown, and Date Display

Calendar: Date

Water Resistance: 200m

Movement: Japanese Automatic

7. Seiko Prospex SNE549

The Seiko SNE549 is another extremely unique watch from the Seiko PADI collection. Moreover, this men’s blue dial wristwatch is a solar-powered dive watch. The wristwatch replaces the previous model of Seiko, the SNE435. Note, however, that the SNE435 and the SNE549 are similar products. Seiko only changed its model number.

Hence, there is no upgrade whatsoever when you consider the features. This watch has a 44mm stainless steel case and a silver-toned bracelet contrasting with the black dial. Additionally, the Hardlex dial window is scratch resistant and protects the analog display on the dial. The dial also houses a date window with a magnifier.

Unlike the old model, this new SNE549 has a caliber V157 solar-powered quartz movement. As with all solar-powered devices, you are assured of a power reserve. Unlike others, you can enjoy up to ten months of power reserve after charging fully (with light). This watch has another feature that makes it suitable for scuba divers; a 200m water resistance depth capacity.

Combined with its screw-down crown and unidirectional blue diving bezel, this timepiece is more than you could have wished for. The unidirectional bezel has a luminous PIP at the 12 o’clock marker. Also, the watch has a stainless steel bracelet and a dual-locking fold-over push-button clasp for easy adjustments. Overall, this timepiece favors divers looking for an outstanding and mature design.

Main Features

Dial Window: Mineral

Shape: Round

Display: Analog

Case: Silver-colored, Stainless Steel

Clasp: Double Fold

Case Diameter: 43.5mm x 12mm

Case Back: Solid Steel

Band Material: Stainless Steel

Dial: Blue

Bezel: Stainless Steel 

Calendar: Date

Special Features: Solar Movement

Water Resistance: 200m

Movement: Quartz

8. Seiko Prospex Monster PADI SRPE27K1

The Seiko Prospex PADI SRPE27K1 is another one of Seiko’s masterpieces. The timepiece has a unique design with beautiful colors that contrast correctly. Furthermore, the timepiece is as affordable and accessible for divers looking for a multipurpose wristwatch. This Seiko watch has a stainless steel bezel and a shock-resistant Hardlex crystal dial window.

The dial is black, contrasting with the luminous white hands and indices. Like most watches in the PADI collection, this timepiece has an automatic movement. The watch has a 24-jewel 4R36 movement with a 41-hour reserve. The timepiece also has a rotatable bezel, a stainless steel case, and a bracelet to match. This watch has a lumibrite glow feature that allows the hands and markers to glow in the dark.

Consequently, you can easily tell time while diving in deep waters. About the deep water, this watch has a water resistance depth of 200m, making it suitable for Scuba diving. There is one downside to this wristwatch, though.

Only people with big wrists can enjoy this wristwatch since it has a 45mm case diameter and a robust thickness of about 13mm. Hence, the watch would look out of place on people with tiny wrists. Aside from that, this timepiece is the best option for a watch with a sporty yet classic design.

Main Features

Dial Window: Scratch Resistant Hardlex Material

Shape: Round

Clasp: Tri-fold with a secure lock and push-button release

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Display: Analog

Case Diameter: 42mm x 13mm

Band Material: Stainless Steel, Silver

Dial Color: Black

Bezel: Blue Stainless Steel, Unidirectional

Calendar: Day-Date

Movement: Automatic

Special Features: Second-hand, Date, Automatic

Water Resistance, 200m, 20 bar

9. Seiko Analogue SRPG19K1

Nicknamed the Seiko Analogue, this timepiece has a unique design and aura. The most interesting thing about this timepiece is the calendar that features a day and date feature. Additionally, this wristwatch has an adjustable strap that makes it easier for the wearers to tighten or loosen its grip. Unlike other Seiko timepieces we have reviewed, the clasp on this watch is an adjustment cord.

This round-shaped watch has a sapphire crystal window and a stainless steel case. Interestingly, the case diameter is about 44mm with a thickness of 14mm. The watch comes with a stainless steel band which may not be comfortable for individuals who love rubber bands. However, you can always change the strap to your preferred type.

This is the first wristwatch in our review with a multicolored dial. Hence, you enjoy a uniquely designed timepiece when you purchase the Seiko Analogue SRPG19K1. The timepiece also has an automatic movement and a water resistance depth of 200m. Scuba divers and others interested in water sports can always rely on this timepiece for accurate readings.

Main Features

Dial Window: Sapphire

Shape: Round

Display: Analog

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Clasp: Adjustment Cord

Case Diameter: 44mm x 14mm

Band: Silver-toned, Stainless Steel

Calendar: Day-Date

Water Resistance: 200m

Movement: Automatic

10. Seiko Prospex SRPE27

The last product on our list is the Seiko Prospex SRPE27 wristwatch. This watch has manual and automatic winding capabilities. Additionally, the watch has a red and blue unidirectional rotating elapsed timing bezel. The watch also has a tri-fold push button release clasp that contains a secure lock and extender. Once you have locked this wristwatch, it will not come off your wrists. 

The watch has a black dial that houses white luminescent tri-hands. Furthermore, the timepiece has a day-date calendar near the three o’clock marker. Another feature of this timepiece is using Arabic numerals on the dial window rim for minute markers. The watch only has minute markers on the dial window rim for 15, 30, and 45 minutes. 

This wristwatch also has a silver-toned stainless steel bracelet, making it mature and adaptable for several occasions. Aside from using this watch for diving, you can wear it for casual occasions. If you want to enjoy a classic yet sport wristwatch for all occasions, you must patronize Seiko’s Prospex SRPE27.

Main Features

Movement: Manual and automatic winding capabilities

Water Resistance: 200m

Bracelet: Silver-toned, Stainless steel

Bezel: Red and Blue, one-way rotating timing bezel (elapsed)

Clasp: Tri-fold push button (release)

Calendar: Day-Date

Other Features: Screw-down crown, lumibrite markers, and hands, special edition case back

How Much Do These Seiko PADI Wristwatches Cost?

We have examined some of the most outstanding timepieces from the Seiko X PADI collection. Below is a price summary of the reviewed wristwatches. Please note that these prices are only approximations and are subject to changes at any time.

NamePrice ($)
Seiko SRPE99 Prospex Men’s Watch368
Seiko Prospex Turtle Diver SRPG19445
Seiko Prospex Special Edition SRPG21406
Seiko SNE549296
Seiko Prospex Monster SRPE27K1425
Seiko Prospex PADI Turtle SRPC41K1729
Seiko Turtle Prospex PADI SRPA21J1547
Seiko Prospex Solar Tuna PADI385
Seiko Analogue SRPG19K1453
Seiko SRPE27 Prospex393

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Seiko and PADI the same brand?


No. Seiko is a watchmaker, while PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors. The two brands have collaborated to provide unique and top-tier diver watches under the PADI collection.

Which is the best Seiko PADI watch to purchase?


There are several outstanding Seiko PADI timepieces you can find. We have outlined some of the best Wristwatches for you in our review. You can go through our review to see which timepiece suits your personality.

How much do Seiko PADI watches cost?


Seiko PADI watches have varying prices. We have provided the prices for each PADI watch in our review in the section above. You can review these watch prices to select one within your budget.

Where can I buy my Seiko PADI watch?


You can buy Seiko PADI watches from the original Seiko website. Alternatively, you can visit reputable merchant sites like Amazon to buy your diver’s wristwatch.

Conclusion

The Seiko x PADI collaboration has gifted us with several outstanding timepieces. For watch enthusiasts, nothing is better than enjoying a properly designed wristwatch. Wearing a Seiko PADI wristwatch is a thing of pride for divers. One outstanding thing is that you can use these watches for various purposes.
We have reviewed ten of the best Seiko PADI watches on the market. Each of these watches has unique features, as we have previously explained. You can go through our review to see the watch with the best features.

You would be forgiven to think that Grand Seiko and Seiko are the same watches. Seiko is a popular brand but many people confuse it with the watch’s big brother – the Grand Seiko. Seiko watches have the reputation of being reliable, durable, and affordable. They are the watches to go for when looking for a quality and luxurious watch on a budget.

People who have been fortunate to come across both Grand Seiko and Seiko watches understand that although the two watches may look similar, there is a world of difference between them. The Grand Seiko came to cement Seiko’s place as a solid luxury watchmaker that commands the industry’s respect while still producing affordable watches.

It is no shock then that the Grand Seiko is ten times more expensive than a normal Seiko (such as the Presage). The lingering question here is: Why? What makes the Grand Seiko so unique? What is the difference between this watch and a Seiko watch you can grab off a street vendor for a few hundred bucks? This is what we seek to demystify here. Read on to learn the difference between the Grand Seiko and the Seiko watch so that you can make an informed decision the next time you think of buying a watch from the Seiko Company.

Seiko as a company – brief history

Before we compare the two watches, let us explore more about the company that manufactures these incredible watches. Seiko is among the oldest watchmaking companies in the world. The company traces its root to Tokyo, Japan, when Kintaro Hattori, a 21-year-old entrepreneur opened a shop selling watches in 1881. The company started producing and selling wall clocks before evolving into the production of pocket watches in 1895.

Kintaro was inspired to start the watchmaking company by the abandonment of the old ways of timekeeping in Japan. People needed a more reliable and accurate way of keeping time.
The pocket watches from Seiko paved the way for the production of the first wristwatch – the Seiko Laurel – in 1913. The first Seiko watch was produced in 1924 under the brand name ‘Seikosha’.

It was an instant hit and this was the watch that would shape the company’s heritage and establish dominance in the watchmaking industry. Over time, after a lot of improvements on the Seikosha watch, the first Grand Seiko model was manufactured in 1960. This was the company’s signature piece and it cemented Seiko’s place as a premium watchmaker.

Other models were released over the years, including Japan’s first wristwatch to have a stopwatch in 1964, and the first Japanese Diver’s watch in 1965. For over a century Seiko has continued to rebrand itself, adopting emerging technology to create fascinating timepieces that resonate with the masses. In 2017, Grand Seiko became an independent brand, setting itself apart from the company to mark its uniqueness and superiority as the best Seiko watch model.

As an independent brand, the Grand Seiko was able to penetrate other markets beyond Japan and establish itself as one of the best and among the most affordable luxury watches one can buy.
In the ensuing paragraphs, we shall compare the two watches deeply to understand what makes the Grand Seiko unique and more pricey than the Seiko watch.

Which watch should I go for – Seiko or grand Seiko?

Seiko creates watches that match almost every customer segment. Whether you can afford a Seiko or Grand Seiko, you will be proud to own either. The price point is what will eventually determine which watch you go for. But do not be fooled. There are distinct differences between a Seiko watch that you can purchase for several hundred dollars and a Grand Seiko that commands thousands of dollars.

Comparison of Grand Seiko and Seiko Movements

The Grand Seiko uses spring drive technology. The spring drive technology revolutionalized the watchmaking industry, placing Seiko on the same level as its competitors – The Swiss luxury watchmakers. This technology was invented by Yoshikazu Akahane, one of the world’s highly skilled watchmakers, in 1977. His main goal was to combine the best system from a quartz watch and a mechanical watch and create a unique product.

History tip: To understand how spring drive watches work, let’s quickly explore the evolution of watchmaking. The first batch of watches made in the mid-20th century were mechanical watches. These watches utilized a system where the movements inside worked through a distribution of stored energy via a gear train.

The main spring (located inside a barrel in the watch) was wound to coil tightly and then with the help of the barrel it could pass small releases of energy through the unwinding process. Despite the obvious advantage of not needing an external power source to keep this watch working, any disturbance to the oscillation (temperature, friction, etc) could make the watch gain or lose time easily.

In 1969, Seiko came up with the quartz-powered watch. This battery-powered device solved the limitations contained in mechanical watches. The quartz watches were more accurate than mechanical watches and they could be manufactured en masse easily. A simple quartz watch could outperform an expensive mechanical watch.

The spring drive technology idea came to tap into the super accuracy of the quartz watch with the endless power supply of the mechanical watch. 28 years later and with over 600 prototypes, the first batch of spring-drive watches was available for sale to the public in 2005. Similar to mechanical watches, the spring drive is powered by the uncoiling of the mainspring that gradually releases energy. However, instead of the typical escapement, these watches have a revolutionary tri-synchro regulator component installed.

The tri-synchro regulator does 3 functions;

  • It helps to control the release of energy from the mainspring
  • It assists in the conversion of the mechanical power from the mainspring to electrical power energy to the quartz
  • It generates a magnetic force to act as a frictionless brake to ensure accuracy in timekeeping

The electrical charge generated in the glide wheel is sent to the quartz crystal to create a vibration and then sent back to the integrated circuit. Instead of the constant locking and unlocking mechanism found in a quartz watch, we get a quartz oscillation frequency. Free rotation of the glide wheel allows for the beautiful movement of the second hand. The hand seems as if it is floating.

Quality, style, and build of Seiko Vs Grand Seiko

When you place the Seiko watch and the Grand Seiko watches side by side, you will notice several craftsmanship differences. The Seiko watch was designed to be an incredibly accurate yet affordable timepiece but it has nothing over the Grand Seiko. The casing does not have the luxurious look or feel of the Grand Seiko. We shall explore these structural differences between the two watches briefly in the preceding paragraphs.

Grand Seiko watch parts are handmade

There is a certain level of sophistication that comes with creating a product by hand versus using a machine. Seiko watches may be reliable but the company does not put much effort (or money) into designing these watches. And the price point reflects this. You can pick a Seiko watch for approximately $500 from a street vendor.

Grand Seiko watches demand a higher price point (with some selling for over $15,000 a piece). Why the huge price variation? Many components of the Grand Seiko watches are made by hand. Japanese watchmakers have an unrivaled reputation for being legends in their business.

It is not uncommon to find a person working on a single watch component for over a decade. Combine several experts, each with a ton of knowledge and understanding of how a particular component works, and what you get in the end is a masterpiece. The devotion that goes into making every component of a Grand Seiko watch is astonishing.

The Grand Seiko case and bracelets are well-polished

In some instances, both Seiko watch models are made from stainless steel. The difference is that the Grand Seiko watch is made from a higher-quality stainless steel material. In other cases (such as in the creation of custom pieces) higher-quality materials – such as titanium and platinum- are used. Although stainless steel is the standard material used by almost every watchmaker to design cases, you can instantly tell there is a big difference in the quality of the material used on a Seiko and a Grand Seiko.

when you place the watches side by side. The Grand Seiko SBGA211 watch, for instance, has a high-intensity titanium case. It has a diameter of 41mm, a lug-to-lug distance of 49mm, and a thickness of 12.5mm. The back of the watch is made of a see-through, screw-back case with dual-curved sapphire glass and an anti-reflective coating on the inner surface.

This titanium case is highly polished to deliver a mirror-like finish and to create beautiful, sharply defined edges. For comparison, the Seiko SARY 147 has a diameter of 38.3mm, a lug-to-lug distance of 43.6mm, and a thickness of 11.2mm. It is a mechanical watch with a stainless steel case and a beautiful texture. The second timer is painted blue, unlike in the Grand Seiko watch where the blue color is heated into the second timer.

The movement of the timer on the Grand Seiko is also incredibly smooth, thanks to the spring drive technology. Seiko has a logo and elongated diamond markers polished to a mirror shine and mounted to a pale blue sunray dial. The date enclosure also gets a polished metal frame. The Grand Seiko’s markers are rectangular and they are polished to the hilt. The date marker also gets a polished metal frame. The logo is engraved on the surface of the dial and the words GS are well-polished and sit squarely above the engraved name.

Accuracy comparison between Grand Seiko and Seiko

The spring-drive technology in the Grand Seiko watches gave fair warning to the watchmaking industry that Seiko was here to stay. The company was constantly evolving. The spring drive movements have over 500 parts depending on the watch’s caliber and specifications. The combination of mechanical and quartz technology makes the spring-drive watch one of the most accurate watches in the world.

The Grand Seiko SBGA011 titanium-case watch that debuted in 2005 uses a 9R65 movement that has a plus/minus 1 second per day with a 72 hours power reserve. Continued modification and development have seen these watches record better results over time.

For instance, the SLGA001 (2020) Grand Seiko watch with 9RA5 movement has a 120 hours power reserve with an accuracy of plus/minus 0.5 seconds per day. The Seiko SARY147 watch has an average deviation of minus 15 seconds to plus 30 seconds per day. The movement is reliable and easy to service.

The snow-white face of the SBGA211G Grand Seiko watch

The SBGA211G is among the best diving watches from the Grand Seiko line. It has a bright white dial and polished clock hands. Unlike most watches, the white dial on the Grand Seiko watch is not painted. The brilliant color is made of a special silver plating process that creates snow white texture.

A long and complex process is involved in the creation of the stunning snowflake dial. After silver plating, machining, drilling, and printing the letters follow. The logo and indexes are set by hand by a highly skilled watchmaker.

Watch band types

You have unlimited options when it comes to watch band types for both Seiko watches. You can have both clasp and strap bands on your Seiko watches. The width of the wristband in SBGA211G Grand Seiko is 20mm thick and 193mm long. The clasp type is a three-fold clasp design with a push button release.
Seiko watches have 3 band choices; a metallic band, a silicone band, or a polyethylene band.

Although none of these bands gives you a luxurious feel, they are practical and can easily be replaced when they get damaged. The metallic band is a standard stainless steel band. It is not polished and it features a simple three-fold push-to-release button. The different band parts have not been treated to withstand rust.

Water resistance of the Seiko watches

The degree of water resistance of your Seiko watch is indicated by markings on the back of the case. A watch’s water resistance is not permanently guaranteed because it can be affected by factors such as deformation, age, and damaged parts. That said, Seiko watches still give an incredible performance underwater. Seiko SARY147, for instance, has a 5 bar (50m) water resistance rating. While diving, follow these instructions;

  • Ensure that you wear the watch within the water depth specified on the dial. If you dive deeper than the recommended depth, water may seep into the watch
  • Do not operate the buttons or the crown underwater as this may create spaces for water to seep into the watch
  • Avoid rocks or hard surfaces that may damage the watch underwater
  • After diving, rinse the watch with fresh water and then wipe it thoroughly dry. While rinsing the watch do not pour running water directly from a faucet. Rather soak the watch in a container and wash it clean before drying it.

You may notice that the rotating bezel of your Seiko diving watch becomes tougher to rotate while underwater. This is not a malfunction. It is the pressure of the water working against the watch’s movement. Most watches are not designed to withstand warm water, and Seiko watches are no exception. They may withstand an occasional shower but continued exposure will certainly damage them in the long run. And this applies to dive watches too. There is no such thing as a waterproof watch.

Other top features

To achieve a top-notch distortion-free design, Grand Seiko uses a concept called Zaratsu. This is a combination of the hairline and mirror-like finishes on the hardy titanium shell. This ensures that there are no distortions and light and shadow reflect evenly on the surface of this watch. The markers also undergo Zaratsu polishing which makes them crisp, distortion-free, and stunning to look at.

To emphasize the level of craftsmanship that goes into these watches, a Seiko watchmaker needs about 5 years of Zaratsu training before they can work on watch cases that will eventually be sold to the final customer. The indexes and hands are diamond-cut.

FAQ section

What do the numbers behind a Seiko watch stand for?


The numbers behind a Seiko watch are used to date the watch. You can tell when your watch was manufactured from the serial numbers you see on the back of your watch. The dating format is as follows;

The first number indicates the last digit of the year your watch was manufactured
The second number indicates the month the watch was manufactured
The last 4 numbers are special production numbers that are unique to every watch. You can use these numbers to get any production information about any watch.

Is Seiko better than Rolex?


Both Rolex and Seiko are great names in the watchmaking spectrum. It would be hard to narrow down and offer an opinion on which one is better because each watch is unique. Rolex is synonymous with luxury and you will find that the price point agrees. Seiko watches are more affordable, but this does not mean that they are inferior to Rolex watches in terms of craftsmanship.

It all boils down to your taste and how much you are willing to spend on a good masterpiece. Both brands have a great history that goes back to over a century. They pride themselves on creating excellent timepieces. Rolex is from a Swiss company while Grand Seiko is from a Japanese company.

What are the different Grand Seiko collections?


We have 3 unique Grand Seiko collections namely;

The heritage collection (such as the 44GS and 62GS watches)
The sport collection (such as the SLGA015 and SBGH293 watches)
The elegance collection (such as the SBGY013 and SBGW263 watches)

Do Grand Seikos hold value?


Yes, if the latest craze is anything to go by. They are excellent timepieces that offer a lot of value for the money. Other luxurious watches offering similar value command mind-boggling prices. Watch enthusiasts who appreciate the value of the Grand Seiko can vouch for the longevity of the company and the watches. The Grand Seikos can only get better with time.

Conclusion

Seiko and Grand Seiko watches are excellent pieces manufactured by highly skilled craftsmen. No matter what you choose between the two pieces accuracy and reliability are guaranteed. Seiko watches are valuable to people seeking a good timepiece on a budget. They will deliver as required and having paid a few hundred dollars for the watch, you would certainly get value for your money.

Grand Seikos on the other hand belongs to the caliber of people seeking a certain level of luxury and sophistication without breaking the bank. Sure, they are approximately 10 (or more) times more expensive than standard Seiko watches but they are way more affordable than other watches at their level (such as Rolex and Patek Phillipe).

The design of the Grand Seiko is meant to dazzle, and it does that perfectly. This is a watch you will enjoy wearing to whatever occasion you wish. The Grand Seiko is powered by a spring drive system, as opposed to the quartz system powering the Seiko watches. This is what makes the Grand Seiko truly the ‘Grand’ of the two watches. Irrespective of what you decide to go for, you will not be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a true classic and are willing to spend extra, the Grand Seiko is the watch to buy.

Best Seiko Diver Watches

Seiko is one of the brands with the richest history of timepieces. This brand started its wristwatch collection as far back as 1881 and has remained on top of its game. Over time, Seiko has produced the best wristwatches ranging from vintage to new models to out-of-production models. 

Interestingly, you will find Seiko watches for different budgets, making it one of the most budget-friendly brands compared to other wristwatch companies. While you typically find every type of wristwatch in this brand, we will look at the best Seiko diver watches today. 

As with other Seiko collections, you will find several cool features when patronizing this brand. One outstanding feature of these watches is that you can use them for swimming. Additionally, you will find a new and cooler feature with every hundred-dollar increase. 

Dive watches withstand at least ten bars of water. Additionally, dive watches are legible at 25cm in dark areas, shock-resistant, and anti-magnetic. Also, dive watches can withstand saltwater and update you on your diving time. You can easily track time elapsed and check your decompression stops using dive watches. With Seiko, you will get all these features. Before discussing the best Seiko watches, let us look at diver watches.

Best Seiko Diver Watches

  1. Seiko Prospex SRPC93
  2. Seiko prospex SNE5371P1
  3. Seiko SPB083J1
  4. Seiko Prospex SBDC055
  5. Seiko SNE499
  6. Seiko Men’s Automatic SKX011J1
  7. Seiko Prospex SRPB55
  8. Seiko Men’s Kinetic SKA371
  9. Seiko Prospex Analog SSC017
  10.  Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP639K1

1. Seiko Prospex SRPC93

Seiko Prospex SRPC93

This Seiko diver 200m automatic wristwatch is a midrange timepiece known as “Turtle.” The wristwatch obtained this nickname due to its cushion-shaped case. This timepiece’s blue dial goes well with the stainless steel case. Additionally, the timepiece has a stainless steel bracelet for comfort while diving. 

As we noted earlier, this timepiece has a 200m water resistance, luminescent hands, and markers. Thus, you can easily tell time properly in poor lighting conditions. Also, the unidirectional bezel featured in this wristwatch allows you to enjoy accurate data. This feature lets you easily tell how much time you spend diving. 

Another interesting feature of this timepiece is that it is automatic. The automatic movement means you do not have to worry about winding like mechanical wristwatches. Consequently, you get to enjoy more accuracy when using this timepiece.  

This timepiece has several upsides. First, the wristwatch feels comfortable due to the dial’s medium size. Additionally, considering the automatic movement, the pricing is relatively affordable. Hence, you will enjoy more features with this watch at an affordable price compared to other brands’ wristwatches

This round-shaped wristwatch has a case back and screw-down crown. Additionally, The timepiece has a date window at the three o’clock index and bigger hour indices at 9, 6, and 12 o’clock hour markers. The timepiece also has “automatic” and “diver’s 200m” inscribed on the dial just above the six o’clock index. 

 Just below the dial window, outside the dial, you will find Arabic numeral inscriptions for 20, 30, 40, and 50 minutes. The numbering corresponds with that of the date dial. Overall, this wristwatch is as classy as they come.

Main Features

  • Diameter: 43.8mm
  • Strap and Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Clasp: Tri-fold with a secure lock and push button release
  • Dial Color: Blue
  • Dial Window Material: Hardlex
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Display Type: Analog
  • Special Feature: Automatic divers 200m
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Calendar: Date

2. Seiko Prospex SNE5371P1

Seiko Prospex SNE5371P1 is the best Seiko diver under $1000. This timepiece is a sports solar diver’s 200m device. Although this timepiece is not expensive, it has some of the coolest features you can find in a dive watch. The first feature you will notice with this timepiece is its green dial. Luminous, arrow-shaped, silver-tone hands enhance the green dial. 

Also, this timepiece has a Matt Green stainless steel case and a green silicone strap. Additionally, the timepiece has indices for hour markers and a date window near the three o’clock index. Another interesting thing is that this timepiece uses an Eco-Drive movement which accounts for its accurate timekeeping abilities. 

Interestingly, this has a water resistance of 200m which is impressive for its price. Furthermore, the wristwatch has a unidirectional bezel to help you keep track of your diving activities. The scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal window makes protecting the analog display featured on the green dial even easier. If you think you’ve seen it all, consider the solid case back, which makes the wristwatch impervious to water and other liquids. 

You also stand to enjoy a screw-down crown and a Tang clasp. If you have a large wrist, you will surely enjoy this timepiece. The wristwatch has a case size of 47mm, which makes it the largest Seiko dive watch in our review. This Seiko Prospex diver has a case diameter of 44mm and a case thickness of 13mm. Additionally, the timepiece has a band width of 30mm. Overall, this device is as solid as they come.

Main Features

  • Case Diameter: 44mm
  • Case Material: 47mm
  • Case thickness: 13mm
  • Band Color: Green
  • Dial Color: Green
  • Calendar: Date
  • Special Features: Hour, Date, Second, Minute, Solar-powered
  • Weight: 4.87 ounces
  • Movement: Eco-Drive
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Bezel: Unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Clasp: Buckle
  • Band Material: Silicone

3. Seiko SPB083J1

Seiko SPB083J1

This Seiko Prospex Marinemaster is one of the best Quartz professional men’s watches. The timepiece uses a Caliber 7C46 movement to offer higher accuracy. Additionally, this timepiece is highly desired and is nicknamed Tuna can or simply Tuna. 

The wristwatch contains a 7-jewel movement with an accuracy of 15 seconds per month. Unlike other timepieces you will typically find on the market, this Seiko timepiece has a battery life of 5 years. Another great thing you will enjoy about this timepiece is its anti-magnetic feature. Additionally, the wristwatch has a date and day display as opposed to the other timepieces we have reviewed.

This Seiko Marinemaster Quartz wristwatch has luminous hands and markers especially treated with Lumibrite. Thus, it is easier to tell time even under poor lighting conditions. Furthermore, the timepiece has a screw-down offset crown, and a diving bezel (unidirectional) with a luminous PIP positioned at 12:00. 

You don’t need to worry about scratches because this timepiece comes with an original Hardlex crystal in its dial window. Also, the wristwatch has a robustly etched, screw-down case back. This Marinemaster features a 48mm case containing a stainless steel shroud for diving protection. 

This timepiece has a 300m water resistance. Hence, this wristwatch can handle all your diving adventures without breaking. You also stand to enjoy a two-year guarantee when you purchase this product.

Main Features

  • Model Year: 2015
  • Shape: Round
  • Dial Window: Hardlex material
  • Display: Analog
  • Clasp: Buckle
  • Case: Stainless steel material
  • Case dimensions: 47.7mm x 14.7mm
  • Band: Rubber material
  • Bezel: Stainless steel unidirectional bezel
  • Calendar: Day-Date
  • Special features: Super hard outer casing and Silicone strap
  • Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Movement: Quartz

4. Seiko Prospex SBDC055

Seiko Prospex SBDC055

The Seiko Prospex Diver PADI SBDC055, also known as the Scuba PADI special model, is one of the most outstanding diver watches under $1000. This timepiece has an electrifying design that suits scuba and deep divers. This wristwatch is all you need if you need a timepiece with a classic yet simple design. 

This timepiece has a deep blue dial that correlates with its black strap. Furthermore, the wristwatch has a date window near the three o’clock marker. Instead of Arabic hour markers, this timepiece has indices. However, you will find minute markers on the case ring. The timepiece has minute markers for 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 minutes. 

Another thing is that this automatic diver’s 300m timepiece has an analog display. The tri-hand analog display has luminescent hands, making it easier to tell the time in subpar lighting conditions. You will love this timepiece if you have big wrists. This Seiko Prospex SBDC055 has a case diameter of 49.8mm, which is bigger than others. We do not recommend this timepiece if you have smaller wrists. 

Like all the other timepieces we have considered, this wristwatch has a Hardlex dial window. The dial window material used prevents your wristwatch from scratches. Additionally, the window has an anti-reflective coating that uses the appropriate amount of light to display the elements on the dial. 

There are many reasons why you must consider this Marinemaster. First, the timepiece does not cost as much as its counterparts from other brands. Additionally, this timepiece suits diving and other occasions. 

This timepiece is anti-magnetic and has a water resistance of 300m. Also, the battery life is strong enough to last up to five years. You also get to enjoy the rubber strap that makes it more comfortable to wear while going underwater.

Main Features

  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Movement: Seiko 7C46
  • Strap: Rubber, blue
  • Water Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 49.8mm x 13.8mm
  • Year: 2018
  • Weight: 4.37 ounces

5. Seiko SNE499

Seiko SNE499

Our review features yet another promising timepiece from Seiko. The Seiko SNE499 is another choice popular among divers. This PADI solar timepiece is also known as the Golden Tuna. Interestingly, this timepiece has a power reserve of up to 10 months. Considering the pricing, this is a good headstart. 

This wristwatch also has a rotating bezel on its features list. Also, you can enjoy the screw-down crown, which serves as security for a diver that prefers deep diving. Also, this timepiece does not have the bulky outlook seen in other models. Instead, this model has a sleek design with several functionalities. 

First on the list of features is the Caliber V175 Solar Quartz movement. This movement offers accuracy as well as a good power supply. Although this wristwatch does not have up to 300m water resistance, the 200m is quite okay, considering the price. 

This timepiece is another one for those with big wrists. The wristwatch has a case diameter of 47mm. Additionally, this wristwatch has a black polyurethane band that increases diving comfortability. The color combination on the dial is also enticing. Although the timepiece has a black dial, you will find a red-colored arch that extends from outside the 12 o’clock hour marker to the three o’clock hour marker. 

Interestingly, the timepiece has a date window at the 20-minute marker instead of the regular three o’clock marker, as we have seen with previous models. You will find Arabic numeral minute indicators outside the hour marker window. Also, this timepiece has luminescent hands that make time-telling easier.

Main Features

  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Case Dimensions: 43.8mm x 12mm
  • Band Color: Blue
  • Dial Color: Black and a touch of red
  • Special Features: Luminous
  • Movement: Japanese Solar Quartz
  • Water resistance: 200m
  • Clasp: Stainless steel
  • Display: Analog
  • Dial Window: Hardlex material

6. Seiko Men’s Automatic SKX011J1

Seiko Men's Automatic SKX011J1

The SKX011J1 is a Japanese men’s analog sports Automatic wristwatch that stands out in all aspects. One of the first things you will notice about this timepiece is its eye-catching dial color. Unlike the other timepieces on our list, this timepiece has a unique yet enticing dial color contrasting beautifully with the watch’s design. 

This timepiece features an orange dial that increases legibility. Additionally, the wristwatch has luminous arrow-shaped hands for easy readability in poor lighting conditions. The timepiece also has luminous hour markers inside the dial. You will find 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50-minute indicators on the dial or window frame. 

Instead of indices for hour markers, you will find round hour markers and a triangle at the 12 o’clock marker. This timepiece also has a day and date indicator near the three o’clock marker. The silver-tone stainless steel case matches beautifully with the analog hands. Also, the case contrasts sharply with the orange-colored dial to give a beautiful and pleasing outlook. 

Interestingly, this timepiece also has a 200m water resistance to match its exciting design. Thus, you will enjoy using this timepiece while diving because it can withstand pressure. Also, the scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal window protects the analog display beneath. The window also refracts light in the right proportion to enhance readability. 

The SKX011J1 also has a unidirectional rotating coin edge bezel, an important feature for divers. You also enjoy the black rubber band and buckle clasp, ensuring maximum comfortability. You can easily wear this wristwatch for hours without feeling any discomfort. This timepiece has a case diameter of 43mm, which is suitable for big wrists. 

The wristwatch also has a Japanese automatic movement. If you want a watch you can enjoy while diving and use for other occasions, you must consider using this excellent Seiko diver wristwatch.

Main Features

  • Bezel: Unidirectional black ion-plated
  • Calendar: Day-date
  • Movement: Japanese Automatic
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Dial Color: Orange
  • Band Material: Rubber
  • Case Diameter: 43mm x 13mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Display: Analog
  • Dial Window: Hardlex Mineral
  • Clasp: Buckle

7. Seiko SRPB55

Seiko SRPB55

This is also part of Seiko’s diverse group of diver 200m wristwatches. One interesting thing with this men’s black ion Prospex automatic dive watch is its black and gold combination. Hence, we sometimes think of this wristwatch as belonging to the royalty line. 

A glance at this wristwatch reveals its sturdy yet subtle design. It helps to know that the black and gold colors connect uniquely to create an aesthetically pleasing combination. This timepiece has a date window at the three o’clock marker. Furthermore, it has luminescent gold-colored hands and hour markers. The minute counter on the window rim only starts at 20 minutes to 50 minutes with 10-minute intervals per indicator. 

The Seiko SRPB55 also comes with a mineral crystal window that prevents scratches. While you may argue that it is not as scratch resistant as its sapphire counterpart, the Hardlex mineral is more impact-resistant. Additionally, the mineral material is hard enough to protect the elements in the dial. 

This timepiece has a diameter of 43.85mm, perfect for people with big wrists. Also, it has a 12mm thickness, which is just enough for diving purposes. The wristwatch also has automatic movement, which means it does not need batteries. Pure mechanical movement ensures you enjoy accuracy while diving. 

Another interesting thing is that you can enjoy 41 hours of power reserve. Additionally, you can hand-wind your timepiece for 30 seconds to keep it wound. Did we forget to mention that it is automatic mechanical? You only need to wind the watch if you do not use it. Otherwise, the timepiece winds with your arm’s movement.

Main Features

  • Movement: Automatic mechanical
  • Case diameter: 43.85mm x 12mm
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Display Type: Analog
  • Power reserve: 41 hours
  • Window material: Hardlex
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Bezel: Unidirectional

8. Seiko SKA371

This Seiko men’s kinetic wristwatch is another interesting piece for divers. This timepiece has a 42mm stainless steel case. Additionally, the wristwatch has a Hardlex dial window that protects the analog display underneath. The major distinguishing factor between this wristwatch and the others we have reviewed is that it does not have a date window. 

Released in 2007, this round-shaped timepiece has a Hardlex mineral window that protects the dial and its analog display. Additionally, this timepiece has a foldover clasp and a double push-button safety for accessibility. Also, this device has a stainless steel case material. 

This device has a 42mm case diameter, suitable for big wrists. Also, the timepiece has a silver-toned band that goes well with the black dial. The Seiko SKA371 also has a stainless steel unidirectional bezel. It has a water resistance of 200m. 

This timepiece has a Japanese Quartz movement for accuracy. Furthermore, you can enjoy a two-year warranty when you purchase this wristwatch from the device. Also, this wristwatch weighs 15.84 ounces, which makes it lightweight. Overall, this timepiece is one of the best options if you need a simple and classic design.

Main Features

  • Case Diameter: 42mm x 14.8mm
  • Band Material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Stainless steel, unidirectional
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Weight: 15.84 ounces
  • Movement: Japanese Quartz
  • Dial Color: Black

9. Seiko SSC017

Seiko SSC017

Do you need a complex yet classic design? The Seiko Prospex Analog SSC017 is one of the unique timepieces you can get from this brand. This wristwatch has a black dial with a touch of blue on the dial rim. Additionally, this device also has three sub-dials in the mail dial window. 

First, you will find the minutes sub-dial and an hour sub-dial. Also, the wristwatch has a stainless steel bracelet contrasting beautifully with the black dial. The 43mm stainless steel case matches the bracelet and aligns well with the dial window. 

Another enticing feature is that you get to recharge by light. You can recharge up to 3.5 with 10,000 lux. The wristwatch also has a water resistance of 200m. Thus, this wristwatch is suitable for professional divers. Also, you can use it for other marine activities. There is no need to take your wristwatch off when participating in surface water sports; this wristwatch has covered you.

Main Features

  • Model Year: 2018
  • Dial Window: Hardlex Material
  • Display: Analog
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Case Diameter: 44mm x 14mm

10. Seiko SRP639K1

Seiko SRP639K1

The last timepiece on our list is Seiko’s men’s automatic dive stainless steel watch. This timepiece has a Caliber 4R36 24-jewel automatic movement for accuracy. Additionally, the timepiece has a hackable second hand with winding capabilities. Thus, you get to enjoy the complexity of this watch at an affordable rate. 

The timepiece also has a polyurethane band for comfortability and a day/date display. An outstanding feature of this day/date display is that you can access the English or Spanish options. Also, the wristwatch has luminous markers for easy readability in dark conditions. 

This timepiece has a case size of 46.5mm, which makes it suitable for people with big wrists. Also, the wristwatch has 200m water resistance, a screw-down crown, and a back case. Overall, this timepiece is one of the best considering the price.

Main Features

  • Model Year: 2018
  • Shape: Round
  • Dial Window: Hardlex Material
  • Display: Analog
  • Clasp: Buckle
  • Case Diameter: 47mm x 12mm
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Water Resistance: 200m

Buying Guide

Getting a good diver watch requires a few things. Although Seiko has several outstanding diver wristwatches, knowing a few things will help you get value for your money. We have outlined this detailed guide to help you pick the best diver watch.

Know What You Want

The first thing you need to pick a diver watch is what you want. You need to make up your mind on the features of the wristwatch you need before going to purchase any timepiece. Different timepieces have different features. For instance, you could find one with a time-day feature or a self-winding wristwatch. The water resistance also varies. Thus, you need to pick a wristwatch with all the required features.

Consider Your Budget

Budgeting is essential when picking your dive watch. While you can find dive watches for less than $1000, you can also find some that cost more than $10000. Hence, you need to consider your budget to pick a watch you can afford.

Read Reviews

As many wristwatches bring several outstanding features, you need to read reviews. Reviews will give you a first-hand experience of what to expect when you buy these timepieces. You must read reviews to pick the best Seiko dive watch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Seiko dive watches durable?

Yes, Seiko dive watches have a two-year warranty. The warranty tells you how confident the brand is with its products. You can use your wristwatch for more than five to ten years without issues. However, it all depends on how well you handle your timepiece.

Is the Seiko SKX007 discontinued?

Yes. Seiko officially discontinued the SKX collection in 2019.

How good are Seiko Prospex?

Seiko makes the best timepieces. Its Seiko Prospex line is another one of its uniquely made watches. Like its other collections, the Seiko Prospex line offers outstanding features.

Is Grand Seiko the same as Seiko?

Initially, Grand Seiko and Seiko were from the same root brand. However, the two brands have since parted ways and are separate entities.

Are Seiko dive watches any good?

Seiko dive watches are as good as dive watches from other brands. You can use dive watches from Seiko if you want to enjoy outstanding features.

Conclusion

We have outlined some outstanding timepieces from Seiko. In our review, we included wristwatches for small and big wrists. You can use these timepieces if you want to enjoy top-tier time-telling while exploring the marine world. We also included a buying guide to help pick the best timepiece for you. If you feel confused, you can read through our FAQs section to see if you will get the answer you need.

Seiko vs Tissot

For a long time, Swiss watches have been counted as one of the top watches on the planet that evoke luxury, quality, and an unmatched history of craftsmanship, but with Japan bringing on watches that have become synonymous with toughness and style, advice is often sought after by design enthusiasts who need help when choosing between top brands like Seiko and Tissot

Wondering about what is special about Tissot and Seiko that put them head to head in this battle of the watches? Notable inventions!! So for the many people trying to decide which to go for between the Seiko and Tissot, this comparison will offer you information that will give you a clearer view and make your decision process easy.

Is Seiko better or Tissot

Both Tissot and Seiko are brands that are celebrated for their precision and provision of decent quality watches over the years.

It is not surprising that both of them produce watches that are tough enough and essential enough to be considered first-line gear and the passion for pushing boundaries in both brands has distinguished them as top-tier watchmakers today.

Movements & Quality

From old-school mechanical calibers to GPS-enabled solar-powered quartz units, both brands come through hundreds of years of innovations and quality developments. Seiko, which started as far back in 1891 as Seikosha, was established eleven years after its founder, Kintaro began the repairs of watches and clocks in Tokyo.

It began producing its first watch for scuba divers in 1965 and manufactured one of the first quartz watches with a chronograph complication. Since then, new calibers have continually been introduced so that the brand has grown rapidly and has now become a selection of iconic Japanese timepieces with a reputation for consistently creating good movements so much that it was dubbed  “the forerunner of the quartz revolution” because it presented Earth’s first quartz watch in 1969, called the Seiko Quartz Astron.

A  piece that was three times more accurate than the mechanical watches of its time and could keep accurate time to within one minute per year! However, some people still prefer mechanical watch movements (which have some advantages over quartz), and since Seiko always puts desires first, it never abandoned its mechanical watch movements.

Its 7S line is an iconic example of Seiko’s mechanical workhorse wristwatches and they’ve always had excellent quality. From the well-praised  7S26, to the famed 4R36, all of Seiko’s mechanical watches use a traditional mainspring and share profound design ideas, even though they are all a bit different. 

Tissot watches on the other hand – in a bid to retain its status as a high-end watch brand – has always used materials of the highest quality and movements powered by ETA (ETA is Switzerland’s biggest and leading movement maker and brands like Omega, Longines and IWC use this movement) or Swissmatic movements (this one has a power reserve of 70 hours and guaranteed accuracy of about +/-10 seconds a day). 

Tissot introduced the first mass-produced pocket watch as well as the first pocket watch with two time zones as far back as 1853 and went further to present an anti-magnetic watch around 1930. Apart from Tissot watches being crafted under strict conditions that ensure quality, It has worked hard to build a legacy of offering excellent-quality watches that are water resistant to a depth of up to 200 meters

Style & Design

Next to outstanding quality and impressive history of craftsmanship, Swiss-made watches also come with an outstanding style and elegance. There’s a reason behind Swiss’s exclusivity. While both Seiko and Tissot produce exceptional timepieces praised for their designs and accuracy, Seiko has a strong focus on Haute Horlogerie, grand complications, and elegant dress watches.

Think of the legendary Seiko 5 SNXS73 and the oblong, timeless SWR053P1. There are also the noble complications of grand Seiko titanium watches that feature complex additional functions like flat surfaces polished to a mirror finish, minute repeaters, and perpetual calendars. The exclusivity of Seiko is directly tied to the fact that creating these highly crafted timepieces takes a whole lot of time.

Tissot, on the other hand, is much more renowned for its iconically-designed sports and gear watches – think of the Tissot Chrono XL, the Tissot PRC 200, Tissot Seastar, and Tissot Quickster (among others). Though Tissot produces dress watches as well, a lot of Tissot’s most popular models are iconic sports watches, loved by thousands of wrist watch enthusiasts for combining luxury alongside durable, accurate, and efficient components that are built to last beyond a lifetime without sacrificing functionality.

All of Tissot’s watches offer a stylistic versatility that Seiko doesn’t offer, but to match this Seiko presents finely created watches, with added innovations and movements found in more expensive watches among other brands. We can add at this point that Seiko has its own sports watches, like the Seiko 5 Sports.

But at the end of it all, Seiko is more focused on exquisite, complicated dress watches, and its range has always included some gorgeous ones and Haute Horlogerie pieces, such as the SARB065, SARB066, and Presage SSA343J1, whereas Tissot has a much sharper eye for high-end sports watches. So we see that the two brands have entirely different expertise, making it a bit difficult to say that one is better than the other.

Detection of Water Permeability

The water resistance of most contemporary watches from top brands is guaranteed so you should know that scratch and water resistance are features typically offered by both brands. Tissot has for a long time, utilized a touch-control sapphire technology, and produces highly functional timepieces with top-notch features that come without sacrificing a sleek design.

Both brands have watches that withstand up to 100 meters of water and some of Tissot’s diving watches are always tested in a pressurized tank in other to ensure water resistance. Seiko on the other hand offers watches that can be used for swimming and other everyday activities at 10 (20)-BAR.

Watch Case & Band

Tissot and Seiko always offer a wide array of watch band styles. From metal to leather styles, both brands continually combine materials to produce a strained, modern appearance. As far as closure styles go, Tissot watches come with ornate clape or the usual buckles. Nylon and rubber band watches (like Tissot T-Race T115417A) are also great options for some of the brand’s sports and field watches.

Seiko watches also presents watches with stainless steel bracelets, leather straps, and rubber and silicone bands. Fabric and nylon belts are also made widely available by Seiko so that you get the perfect fit for all your needs.

Popularity and Pricing

While neither Seiko nor Tissot openly releases distribution or production data, industry statistics estimate that in 2021 Tissot was exporting more than two million watches a year while Seiko was producing around 35,000 watches.

Tissot has been tied to sport to a great degree since the 1930s making it reputable and popular amongst athletes and other users across more than 150 countries according to World Tempus, it ranked number six in the top ten Swiss watch brands right after the Patek Phillipe.

In 2013, Swiss-made automatic watches made an unparalleled achievement by pairing down 51 parts (as against one hundred parts by other brands) to produce an entirely automated movement, and it combined all these parts with a single screw rapidly increasing its popularity and recognition.

Seiko on the other hand continues to be a recognizable brand popular for its simplicity of form and its understated elegance and productivity, such that in the first half of 2022, It launched 155 new models across its different product categories. One striking thing about Seiko and Tissot is their affordability. Seiko’s timepieces cost between $180 and $7,000.

While Tissot watches can be gotten for around $200 for the most affordable ones. Tissot’s sports watches even run somewhere between $200 and $3,000 and even though Seiko’s grand watches are more expensive, that doesn’t make them any better, and going from a Seiko to a Tissot watch should not be considered a downgrade. For a depth comparison, we are going to look at a more detailed analysis of watches within both brands.

Tissot Gentleman vs Seiko Presage

While many of our reviews are more on the higher-end side of the timepiece industry, we know that not all our readers and other watch enthusiasts can afford a Cartier or a Rolex which is why we are featuring modestly priced watches here that offer great value for money.

Recently, both Tissot and Seiko stepped up their game to a higher bar by upgrading their competition mechanically speaking, with upgraded automatic movements, adding finer details, and doing something more to create a timepiece that drastically challenges the watch industry every time.

Both watch brands offer their unique innovations and strengths and are dedicated to perfection. Now you may be wondering if you can pit them against one another, and pick the better of the two but we don’t think so. Here’s why.

Tissot Gentleman

Tissot Gentleman

If you are on the lookout for a perfect companion for everyday usage that can offer precision, reliability, robustness, versatility, and timelessness, ( so that your watch would not go out of style within a couple of years), then look no further because the Tissot Gentleman is an ideal multi-purpose watch that is both ergonomic and elegant for any circumstance.

It is suitable for wearing in business environments and can be worn where conventional dress codes apply. It is no news that Tissot has a long tradition of churning out reliable, and finely finished highly affordable watches. It is a part of the swatch group, and despite the affordability, these watches utilize superior industrial tools and are made under quality standards.

This automatic watch is made in such a way as to be powered by the energy of the person wearing it (the wrist’s movement enables the mechanism to run). Gentleman Powermatic 80 movement boasts up to 80 hours of power reserve, which is sufficient to keep on telling time accurately after three days of inactivity. This one was crafted to outperform its competition, whose movements generally provide less than two days of power reserve.

Seiko Presage

Seiko Presage

Presage not only combines a Japanese aesthetic sense with traditional craftsmanship but raises the essentials of watch production to the level of art. No doubt, Seiko’s mechanical watchmaking skills are top-notch and offer Japanese beauty, quality, and long-lasting performance in a package that is affordable, durable, and convenient.

True to its form, the Seiko Presage offers one of the most iconical mechanical GMTs on the watch world’s market in its elegantly detailed Presage family. Let’s take a quick look at just how they fare against each other on a closer level.

Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium vs Seiko Sarb033

Tissot Gentleman Seiko Presage
Every product comes with a 2-year warrantyA two-year warranty applies to all products
Price ranges from US$549.99 to US$775.00Starting price is around $900
Renowned for its durability
and accuracy
Praised for its traditional craftsmanship that offers long-lasting performance
Focused on sports watchesFocused on dress/retro lines
Quite RenownedAlso very popular with a global reach
Usually ends up holding its valueCan also be used as an investment as
well because some models do increase in value
Made In SwitzerlandMade In Japan
Moderately optimized online storeProfoundly optimized online store
Founded In 1853Founded In 1913
80-hours power reserve50-hour power reserve
Movement: Swiss automaticSeiko caliber 4R35 automatic movement
Case & Crystal: Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective time coatingPractical modern look with a bit of retro vintage 1960s appearance.
Water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft)Water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m)
More exquisitely refined and luxuriously designed.Very robust and durable from the start to finish

Tissot Gentleman PM80 Silicium vs Seiko Presage SARX045

Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium

Product Specifications
Diameter41 mm
Thickness10 mm
Lug Width22 mm
StrapBlack leather with butterfly clasp
Watch CrystalSapphire crystal
DialBlack analog dial
HandsSlim index hands
MarkersIndex markers
StyleDress
MovementETA
AccuracyChronometer grade accuracy  +/- 5 seconds per day
Power Reserve80 hours
Water Resistance100 m
Other FeaturesDate display, exhibition case back

Pros:

  • Great balance of style, versatility, and affordability
  • Water resistance of up to 100m
  • The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating.
  • Available in green, black, blue, and silver colored dials which all feature a sunburst effect – how cool is that?
  • 3 Hz movement with up to 80 hours of power reserve.
  • Available either with a leather strap with a folding buckle or a steel bracelet.
  • Comes with a warranty of up to two years

Cons:

  • Difficult to service.

Seiko SARX045

Product Specifications
Diameter38mm
Lug width11mm
Thickness~45mm lug-to-lug
Watch CrystalSapphire
LumeIndices and hands
StrapStainless steel
StyleDress
MovementSeiko 6R15 with 23 jewel
Accuracy+25/-15 seconds per day
Power reserve50 hours
Water resistance100 meters

Pros:

  • A robust movement that offers hand-winding and hacking
  • Very affordable (can be gotten for around $500)
  • Versatile ( you can easily dress up and down with just a change in strap)
  • Dope Bracelet
  • Excellent value for money

Cons:

  • Discontinued

What Tissot and Seiko have in common

Both Tissot and Seiko are recognized worldwide for producing high-quality, precise watches. Each has a distinct look and feel with a long history in the watchmaking industry and has both performed impressively, achieving a high level of luxury by employing only the highest quality materials and following a strict design style.

From steel to luxurious leather, both models show off classic luxury in their designs. An automated winding is used by both Tissot and Seiko though Tissot surpasses Seiko with 80 hours of reserve power, the Seiko Presage watch has 40 hours of battery life which is still very impressive.

Tissot and Seiko both have fine quartz watches, so are both thin, but some Seiko models are solar-powered, and will not need a battery change. Lastly, both watches are perfect for everyday use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tissot an entry-level luxury watch?

Tissot has watches coming in at under $500.  Some of Tissot’s most popular watch brands which are considered entry-level luxury watches include; the Tissot Chrono xl, Tissot Classic Dream, and Tissot Carson among others.

Do celebrities wear Tissot or Seiko watches?

Tissot timepieces have been spotted on the wrists of celebrities like Simon Pegg in the movie  Mission Impossible. Angelina Jolie was also wearing a Tissot in the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith and other prominent personalities have made public appearances with the Tissot watch on.

Seiko has also been worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger (in the movie The Predator) and Sigourney Weaver also had a Seiko Speedtimer 7A28-7000, in the movie Aliens. So yes, celebrities do wear Tissot and Seiko watches.

Is Tissot high quality?

Absolutely. Tissot is devoted to fine workmanship in its watchmaking, and all its timepieces are carefully-wrought with over 150 years of innovation. It comes with great longevity, precise running with profound resistance to magnetic fields, and has an impressive collection of dynamic sports watches, bold diver’s pieces, elegant dress models, trendy chronographs, and even features solar-powered watches.

Is Seiko considered a luxury brand?

Yes. Seiko is a luxury watch brand from Japan that has been known globally for precision, reliability and excellence for over 100 years now.

Is Tissot considered a luxury?

Tissot designs evoke luxury and craft its watches with scratch-resistance sapphire, precious stone glasses, and top-notch materials with a timeless style that could be from any era. For instance, Tissot’s PRX 40 205 was crafted to be a contemporary demonstration of a design from the late 1960s.

Which has better battery life, Tissot or Seiko?

Tissot has almost twice as long battery life as Seiko, making it a preferred option if power is what you need.

Best Seiko Sumo Watches

Seiko has a rich history in the development and manufacturing of world-class diver watches that are hugely popular and highly sought after by professionals and amateurs alike. To understand Sumo’s place in the pantheon of Seiko diver watches, I will provide a brief history and evolution of the diver watch.

1965- Seiko produces the very first Japanese self-winding diving watch that is water resistant to 150meters.

1968-Release of the 300-meter diver with a high beat self-winding automatic movement operating at 10 vibrations per second. By this time, Seiko has acquired twenty patents for the exterior of the diver watch alone.

1975– With the impetus of a letter that Seiko received from a professional diver, Seiko assembles a team to address the requests made in the letter. The diver explained that at depths greater than 300 meters, when using a diving capsule and saturation diving techniques, most watches sustained some degree of damage. This led to the creation of a diver watch made with a titanium case and water resistant to 600 meters.

1978– World’s first saturation diver watch with a quartz movement and water resistance to 600 meters.

1982– World’s first hybrid movement diver watch with alarm and chronograph functions and with a bilingual display. Water resistance of 150 meters.

1985– Improvement of the previous diver watch released in 1982, now water resistant to 200 meters.

1986– Development of a diver watch that is water resistant to 1000 meters. This is achieved through the use of a titanium case and a ceramic outside shell.

1990- The world’s first computerized diver watch is named the “Scuba Master.” This watch was equipped with a water and depth sensor and displayed both diving time and depth.

1992– Introduction of the world’s first kinetic diver watch. Power is derived by an automatic generating quartz movement. 200-meter water resistant.

1995– The creation of three distinct watches that are released during the year.

  • The “Diver Scuba” 200 meters. This timepiece calculates the depth of water and dive time. It also displays log data memory and air pressure.
  • 200-meter water resistant 24-hour hand kinetic “Scuba Master” with a titanium case and its battery does not need to be replaced.
  • The world’s first “Scuba Master” with an automatic calculating analog depth gauge and water resistance to 200 meters.

2000– Introduced a diving computer watch that displays the dive profile by recording the current depth of the dive and can also be used for nitrox diving.

2005– World’s first spring drive diver watch featuring a titanium case, 600-meter water resistance, and accurate to one second per day.

2007– The first Prospex Sumo watches are introduced.

The Seiko Sumo

The Seiko Sumo watch models are part of the Prospex collection of divers and sports watches. The Prospex name is a combination of the words professional and specifications and reflects the quality and design that are the earmark of the entire collection. These watches are inspired and manufactured in response to the requirements and desires of diving professionals worldwide.

They are surprisingly affordable given their quality and therefore are widely popular with both the diving community and those that enjoy larger case sporty timepieces. The Sumo collection is positioned as the middle tier of Seiko’s diver watch offerings, as reflected in its price.

The Sumo timepieces, as mentioned, are a subset of the Prospex divers watches and earned their nickname due to certain details reflected in the watch’s design. Some believe the Sumo name was given to the models because of the shape of the marker at the twelve o’clock position. The marker resembles an “oicho” which is the top knot worn by a sumo wrestler.

Others believe that the bezel reflects the shape of the “dohyo” which is the ring in which sumo wrestlers hold their bouts. Whatever the reason, the Sumo is one of the most popular and sought-after diver models in the Seiko collection.

The Sumo was first introduced in 2007 and quickly became popular for divers and sportsmen alike. The first three models were the SBDC001 in black, the SPDC003 in blue (also nicknamed “Blumo,” and the SBDC005 with an orange dial.

These initial models have been outfitted with an in-house manufactured 6R15 caliber mechanical automatic movement and as all Sumos water resistant to 200m. An additional earmark of a Sumo watch, and what makes it recognizable, is that the crown is at the four o’clock position.

The Sumo collection is also popular for its impeccable finishes and smooth lines which are uncommon for an otherwise large sports watch. The design team hit a home run in the marriage of the bracelet to the case and also the design of the case itself. The latest bracelet resembles the “oyster” style with a three-link pattern and again nicely finished lines. The watch has a very polished feel as you run your fingers over both the case and the bracelet.

Details of the latest generation of Sumo watches include the following:

  1. A 45 mm. Case with a measurement of 53 mm. From lug to lug.
  2. Stainless steel case (and bracelet) with a special hard coating to increase durability and appearance. 
  3. Unidirectional ceramic bezel allowing for 120 clicks per hour.
  4. Inhouse-produced 6R35 caliber mechanical automatic movement vibrating at 21,600 A/h and incorporating twenty-four jewels.
  5. Power reserve of 70 hours.
  6. Hacking function (Wearer can stop the second hand while adjusting the time, allowing for accuracy down to seconds}.
  7. Dial featuring large rhomboid markers and hands treated in lumibrite (luminous pigment).
  8. Sapphire crystal.
  9. 200-meter water resistance.
  10. Screw down stainless steel crown located at the four o’clock position.
  11. Three-year international warranty.

15 of the best Sumo Watches

1. SBJ101 The original classic with a black bezel and dial.

Seiko SBJ101

Retail $850.00

2. SBJ103 The original classic with a green dial and bezel.

Seiko SBJ103

Retail $850.00

3. SPB240 Seiko Boutique Exclusive Model

Seiko SPB240

Copper brown dial with a copper brown accented black bezel (Distinctly beautiful and unique color design).

Retail $1200.00

4. SPB125 Black Ninja Limited (7000 pieces)

Seiko SPB125

Features a black PVD case with a black dial and a combination of orange and lumibrite minutes hand. The markers have traces of orange outlining the lumibrite-treated markers and nicely accenting the minute hand.

Retail $850.00

5. SPB297 Modern Reinterpretation Save the Ocean (Deep blue colored dial)

Seiko SPB297

Retail $1250.00

6. SPB255 Black Series Limited Edition 1968 Mechanical Divers Modern Reinterpretation (5500 pieces)

Seiko SPB255

Retail $1200.00

7. SPB175 Sumo USA Special Edition Ice Diver Gray

Seiko SPB175

Retail $900.00

8. SPB177 Sumo USA Special Edition Ice Diver Blue

Retail $900.00

9. SPB179 Sumo USA Special Edition Ice Diver Green

Retail $900.00

10. SPB207 Limited Edition Green Sumo Automatic

Seiko SPB207

Retail $1350.00

11. SPB194 Sumo Zimbe- Limited edition of 1500 pieces.

Seiko Sumo SPB194

12. SPB187 Reinterpretation Diver

Seiko SPB187

Retail $1200.00

13. SPB321 The Latest generation Sumo

Seiko SPB321

Retail $1200.00

14. SPB323 The Latest generation Sumo

Seiko SPB323

Retail $1200.00

15. SPB325 The latest generation Sumo Padi Line

Seiko SPB325

Features a black global texture dial and a black and light blue bezel. Outfitted with a blue rubber strap.

Retail $1050.00

Note: All prices listed are at suggested retail as set by Seiko watch corporation.

Seiko Sumo Chronograph

The Seiko Sumo Chronograph is a timepiece that celebrates the 140-year-plus existence of the Seiko watch corporation and all of its accomplishments in the area of timekeeping and time measuring. Four distinct events that contributed to the evolution of the present-day chronograph are the following:

  1. As the recognized official timekeeper of the 1964 Olympic Games, Seiko unveils the first Japanese watch that incorporates a stopwatch function.
  2. Seiko introduces the first automatic chronograph in 1969 that features a vertical clutch and column wheel.
  3. 1969 also sees Seiko manufacture the world’s first quartz watch movement which is a pivotal moment for the entire watchmaking industry and a revolutionary game-changer.
  4. With the advent of the quartz movement, sets the stage for the first solar-powered watch released in 1977 and the foundation for the present-day Sumo Chronograph.

The two models that are referred to as Sumo Chronographs, the SSC757 and SSC807 aren’t classic Sumo collection models but have been referred to as part of the collection due to the similar twelve o’clock marker as the regular Sumo models. The Sumo timepieces have manual automatic movements whereas these chronograph models are powered by the in-house V192 solar quartz movement produced exclusively by Seiko.

The Sumo Chronograph model SSC757

Details of the SSC757:

  • Stainless Steel case 44.5 mm. wide and 13.7 mm. thick.
  • Stainless steel screw-down crown, pushers, case back with a unidirectional bezel. Pushers are at the two o’clock and the four o’clock positions.
  • Sapphire crystal.
  • V192 caliber Seiko solar quartz movement (Remains charged for at least six months if charged by a direct light source).
  • Numberless dial with three subdials, one also showing the power reserve capacity of the charged movement. Each subdial has an independent motor and can be adjusted independently. Timing to 60 minutes in ⅕ second increments.
  • Numberless dial with Lumibrite hands, markers, bezel markings, and date display.
  • Date display between the four and five o’clock markers.
  • Water resistant to 200 meters.

The suggested retail price is $675.00

Details of the SSC807

The SSC807 is a 140th-anniversary limited edition watch that was introduced in March of 2021. This edition has all the components of the SSC757 but differs in the following:

  • Limited production of 4000 pieces.
  • Has a green dial
  • Comes with an additional silicone strap.

The Suggested retail price is $780.00

Seiko Prospex Sumo Green

This particular watch was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Seiko’s collection of divers watches and is available exclusively in Thailand. The Thai market is very important and strategic to Japanese manufacturing from both an expansionary aspect and in their worldwide marketing plans.

Every year some models are introduced only to the Thai community and make the country a treasure trove for watch collectors. The Sumo Green is one of these commemorative watches and is limited to 820 pieces. 

The watch has all of the characteristics and components of that generation of Sumo watches but has some unique aesthetic embellishments. At the heart of this timepiece is the Seiko in-house-produced 6R15 caliber automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve.

The uniqueness of the anniversary model is found in the crafting of the dial. The green color lies upon a wave pattern that creates a three-dimensional effect. The green fades into a smoky gray towards the edges of the dial where it meets the bezel. There are also gold accents on the bezel and the crown and the sapphire crystal features a cyclops window magnifying the date. 50th is also reflected in gold below the hand pinion.

Seiko Sumo vs. Samurai

The Seiko King Samurai was originally manufactured from 2004-2008 and reintroduced in 2017. The watch got its nickname “King Samurai” because the hours and seconds hands supposedly resembled a Samurai sword.

The new model SRPE35K1 is outfitted with an in-house 4R35 caliber automatic movement with 23 jewels. The movement operates at 21,600 A/h and has a power reserve of 41 hours. The Stainless steel case is 44mm. and is completed with a sapphire crystal with a cyclops window over the date ceramic bezel, and a stainless steel bracelet. The watch is also water resistant to 200m.

In comparing the King Samurai with the similar Sumo model, I have chosen the SPD101. The features of the Sumo are listed in the Sumo description in this article. Where the two depart is in appearance and the feel on the wearer’s wrist. Though the Sumo is the larger of the two watches, the King Samurai can feel larger. 

The case and bracelet of the King Samurai are also different in that they are not as smoothly finished as the Sumo diver. The case and bracelet are blockier and edgier. The Sumo is smoother in appearance and feels very balanced on the wrist. The King Samurai also differs in the finish below the ceramic bezel. Instead of vertical grooves, it has a diamond etched surface as well as a milled stainless steel crown.

The crown is also at the three o’clock position as opposed to the four o’clock position on the Sumo watch. The one feature that does stand out on the King Samurai is the block-styled dial. It is attractive and really sets the watch apart in side-by-side comparisons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Seiko Sumo made in Japan?

The Seiko collection is manufactured and assembled in Japan. The watch may contain components manufactured in other Asian countries, but the watch is ultimately a product of Japan.

What is a Sumo watch?

As mentioned earlier in this article, Sumos became a nickname for the line of Prospex diver watches that had a particularly shaped twelve o’clock hour marker that resembled the top knot worn by a sumo wrestler. Technically the name refers to a subset of the Prospex collection of competitively priced high-quality diving timepieces.

These watches are manufactured to the specific requirements of professional divers using superior materials and the latest technology. They are also painstakingly fitted and finished and sit comfortably on the wearer’s wrist for their size and mass.

Why is Seiko Sumo popular?

The Seiko Sumo is popular for both its quality and reasonable price. There are many professional divers watches on the market that sells for much higher prices due to their brand names but offers similar features. There is a tremendous amount of value offered in the Sumo models.

Additionally, the Sumo offerings are quite diverse and there is a style for almost every taste. Attractive dial colors and color combinations contribute to their allure amongst sports enthusiasts.

What is Lumibrite?

Lumibrite is a luminous paint that absorbs light energy from either the sun or another light source, and stores it to be used and seen in the dark. The luminous properties do degrade over time.

What does “Padi” represent on the various Seiko “Padi” models?

Padi stands for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. This is the world’s leading scuba diving training organization. Part of their mission is to bring unity to divers around the world who share a passion for the ocean. The Seiko “Padi” models are an excellent choice for divers who desire that added sense of certification to their diving instruments.

What differentiates a Seiko Sumo Ice Diver?

The Ice Diver gets its name from the colors that are reflected off of a glacier. The series sports a beautiful block pattern dial in either gray, green, or ice blue.

Are there Sumo Limited Editions?

The answer to this question is a definite yes. If you refer back to the list of Sumo models earlier in this article you will see that there are four limited edition models featured. There are more and also several special edition models that are not limited in their production numbers.

Seiko is also renowned for releasing exclusive editions for particular markets that are not available worldwide. The Prospex Sumo Green mentioned in this article is an example of such an offering. These watches tend to retain and even increase in value due to their exclusivity and limited availability.

Is a Seiko Sumo a worthwhile purchase?

When compared to all of the professional grade diver watches in the marketplace, the Sumo is both an affordable watch and one whose purchase reflects great value.

What is the warranty on a Seiko Sumo?

The Seiko Sumo as well as most of the Seiko line are warranted for three years.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I hope I have provided ample information to encourage your interest in either purchasing your first Seiko Sumo diver watch or assistance in choosing your next Sumo for your collection. This article should encourage anyone looking to purchase a professional quality diver watch for either professional diving needs or merely for the weekend sportsman or diver. 

The diversity in dial colors and variety of limited editions offer a timepiece for almost every taste. The affordable pricing and superior construction of the Sumo collection should make these watches a consideration for anyone who loves the sea.

Despite the large case measurement, the Sumo sits surprisingly comfortably on even smaller wrists that otherwise would not carry a larger watch well. This is a testimony to the smooth finishes and seamless incorporation of all the materials used in the construction of the timepiece as well as the union of the case and bracelet.

140 years of watchmaking knowledge and success are evident in the Sumo models as well as over 50 years of diver watch expertise. In the history of the Seiko diver watch, there is little that the company has not addressed to answer the requests of the diving community. Thus the “Prospex” Professional specifications reputation.

Any diver can wear a Sumo with confidence and know they have a watch that is water resistant to 200 meters, is easily readable in the darkness of the ocean depth, and has a unidirectional bezel that is an essential tool for diving.

Though there are fifteen diverse styles of Sumo watches listed in this article, there are many more models to choose from. If you are looking for a diver watch or just an attractive sports watch that is durable and an eyecatcher, I suggest you visit a Seiko dealer and try on a Sumo for yourself.

Nothing speaks louder than experiencing the feel, quality, and look of these watches on your own wrist. I will confidently say that you will neither be disappointed nor regret the purchase of your new Sumo watch.

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