After 15 years of owning an automatic Seiko Diver's( first generation 7002)and also Citizen Eco Drive models, this seemed the perfect fusion of the both Worlds. I'll accordingly be comparing both models for anyone in the same frame of mind.
Basically the seiko automatic won't last a day in the draw without stopping but I really liked its chunky build. Fisrt off the one thing that surprised me was how far up the glass is on this watch compared to my old model. My previous seiko had the glass sunk down and protected to some degree by the rotating bezel. On the new SNE107 the glass pertrudes a tiny bit above the minute incremations of the bezel. Talking of the bezel, some images show the minute part in black which infact is just a reflection, its all shiney stainless steel and clicks round very reasuringly. Its a bit lighter to wear too, and the Z20 PVC strap seems softer than previously ( and which I personally prefer over the more expensive metal link option). The black face is a little shiny as though it has been pollished radially giving a vinyl record appearance. It takes a bit of getting used to compared to a matt finish but isn't too detracting. The hands seem to be very similar to my old model with the second hand having a nice luminous circle on its back end. The luminous hour circles are a bit blobby, doming up a bit and are shiny. The Day Date is very clear and changes very smoothly and the hour adjuster screws in to prevent water ingressing. If it lasts as long as my trusty Citizen Eco Drive watches it should give plenty of years of service without the need to open up an change batteries or timer tuning and risk reducing its water resistance.
Summing up then, feels a bit thinner, finer, definately cheaper, than my old automatic Scuba, but at 98 quid, it's a heck of a lot of watch for the money. I can easily reccomend it to anyone in the market for a scuba style design that is simple, eligant and durable.