6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2014
Firstly, I'm quite a watch geek. I own a wide range of watches from Rolexs, IWCs and a Bremont through to G-shocks, Citizen divers and a couple of Suuntos. So why did I go for this watch?
Firstly, I wanted a black watch! I've checked out various PVD watches and always wanted the stealth and very pure look of crisp white on black. This watch fitted the bill perfectly. Although the strap was hardly stealth so I ordered a Zulu diver 20mm black strap (identical to the orange strap fitted) which was a very cheap and super high quality option - definitely recommended. I like the crisp dial too - more below.
Good points - great construction. Bezel feels as solid and as good (if not better) than watches I have costing 20x + as much. Likewise, the screw down crown feels bombproof - sometimes a weak point on Seiko/Citizen watches - the Citizen auto I have feels like the threads are going to strip everytime I screw the crown down. Time - spot on - about a second a week I'm gaining - nothing. Hands - line up perfectly. This is a small point but it grates when the second hand on a quartz watch doesn't line up with the seconds markings - this does perfectly. Lume - amazing. Only thing I have that compares is my Bremont with C3 superluminova.
Bad (or not so good) points. There are no "bad" points - just things I would change and some of this is personal of course. The black finish. Firstly, this is VERY glossy. Not at all matt as it appears in some pics. It's like a highly polished finish. And it isn't quite black. Best description would be very dark grey. From 3 feet away - black. Up close - not black. This is a personal preference, but I was looking for something a bit more matt. Dial - again the dial is not quite jet black - a very very dark grey. Whether this is something to do with the solar charger or not I'm not sure. Again, this is really only on very close up inspection and I certainly wouldn't list this as a deal breaker. Only thing that does slightly annoy, and this is a wee bit more obvious, is the colour of the lume. In photos, this looks really white and stands out. In reality, it isn't - it is the standard lume colour - i.e. that slight green tinge. Now this is normal and very rarely will you see pure white lume (certainly at this price point) but it is NOT the same super crisp white that you see in photos. Again, this is about having realistic expectations at this price and not a flaw with the watch. But you might be questioning the watch when you compare it to the pics.
So, overall? Put it this way, I've had it now for a couple of months, and it has spent more time on my wrist than any of my other "better" watches. That tells you something. In fact, I like it so much I'm about to go for another, the SSC021P1. I've become of fan of this watch and would recommend it - certainly at the price point there's little that looks as good or performs as well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2013
I have always liked Seiko divers watches. I had one that ran for 28yrs without a problem. So, I saw this and immediately I liked the easy to read face - I don't like all that clutter on a watch face. I had some initial doubts about the orange strap. I thought it might make it look cheap but no. It gives it a fresh up to date look. I do have some reservations when it will come to replacing the strap i.e. possible cost . It is however a well designed watch and I love it !
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2014
I've previously bought a number of Citizen Eco-drive and Casio solar watches as I believe solar power is the way to go. A lot less battery changing and fewer requirements to open the case (yes I did have to change a solar watch battery, but it managed a decent 8 yrs). When I saw Seiko solar watches becoming more widespread I chose this one as a recent present.
So far very pleased. The face is extremely clear, luminosity works well being readable right through to the early morning and bezel rotates with a quality action. The second hand lines up perfectly with the face markings which is a good sign. It remains to be seen how hardwearing the black coating will be though.
My only initial criticism is that the strap is quite stiff. Less flexible than say a similar Casio watch strap. Hopefully it will get more flexible with wear.
on 21 July 2014
This is a superb timepiece and at a great price! The quality oozes out of it, precisely machined, not too heavy or big for the average wrist. The solar power feature is key, never need to buy batteries again. I fully expect to wear this regularly for 10 years plus. Seiko watches are truly superb , I've had many and some I've sold on at a profit many years after purchasing them! The lume is superb and it looks superb , and expensive, on the wrist. Certified diver quality to 200 metres, scratch resistant face, awesome looks, near perfect time keeping, what's not to like, this brand is right up there with Rolex, why pay thousands; just get one folks!