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What Seiko do best.
on 17 November 2011
The Seiko SKA427P2 is a mid range diver's watch driven by Seiko's kinetic power movement. This is an ideal system for powering a diver's watch : it gives you all the advantages of a mechanical automatic system along with the associated accuracy of a electronic quartz movement (generally, the down side of any battery powered diver's watch is that it can prove expensive having the water resistant seals renewed every time you have to change the battery. Kinetic drive avoids this problem by using movement to charge a electronic capacitor within the watch. A couple of days use should give you enough charge for a few months).
The watch is identical to a couple of other models in Seiko's line up apart from the most distinguishing feature, which is it's black ion coating. In reality the colour seems to be a very dark gun metal brown/grey to me. I think its quite attractive, and it certainly sets off the pure black face and bezel nicely. The traditional drawback with this is that any scratches will show up easily through the black coating, however Seiko maintain that this is very unlikley.
The face is an exercise in simplicity, big "chunky" lumibrite tabs with a date window at three o'clock, and the three hands also carrying lumibrite tabs. The "screw down" crown is guarded, and there is also an additional button at two o'clock which will indicate the remaining power reserve using the second hand. |The rubber strap is sturdy and truer to the form of being a watch that really can be used for diving than equivalent models on a bracelet. The bezel is quite delightful, and probably the smoothest to operate of any of the watches I own (and as I have "a thing" about watches, there's a few) The watch is rated to 20atm which means it really will perform as a diving watch if needed.
In conclusion I'd say this is a nice watch. The black ion coating is a bit of a "marmite" feature (you either love it or you don't) - but if not there is an equivalent version in standard stainless steel. The watch is well built if a little heavy (often the case with kinetic watches), but personally I prefer a watch that way. It's worth comparing prices for this model in particular as, due to it's unconventional colour, some places will charge more than the stainless steel version, while others charge less. I managed to find mine at half of the RRP from an internet dealer, and am very pleased with the deal.