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Customer Review

on 15 April 2013
I've been down the Rolex road in the past and like the classic dive watch look. However, with servicing costs of Submariners becoming prohibitive it really makes you start to think. Secondly subs are just so common they no longer have the cachet they once had - that and the basic black faced stainless steel submariner is one of the most replica'd watches out there if you see someone wearing one the assumption is that it's a fake.

The Seiko SKA371 isn't pretending to be a Rolex, nor an Omega. It's a Seiko, the dial has its own design aspects; the skeleton hands are distinctivel; the bezel is a big chunk of engineering. And it ticks, it doesn' sweep.

This is a proper man's watch. Unpretentious, solid, utilitarian, yet can still be worn and make a style statement whether with a t-shirt or smart suit and shirt - and yes the watch will fit under most but the tightest cuffs.

This is a weighty watch. It feels substantial, like it's been engineered to last. The bracelet is solid linked and well made with a nicely designed diver's extension.

I also like the kinetic movement. A rotor, the same principle as an automatic watch, generates energy from the movement of your wrist, which is converted to electricity stored within a Lithium cell within the watch. All of this means that rather than have the faff of having to need a watch winder for when you choose to wear another watch, it will keep going for up to six months at full charge - which is very handy indeed.

It also means that you have less need to keep adjusting the time which entails undoing the screw down crown. The less you have to do this the less stress you are putting on seals so it's all to the good.

I have absolutely no hesitation in giving this watch five stars. It gives the feeling of quality, style and that it will outlive you.

Great watch. Well done Seiko!
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