I currently own about 60 watches and have probably owned 300 or more watches in my lifetime. I started off 'collecting' bargain basement watches of sometimes dubious quality, then bought upscale brands as my slowly elevating budget allowed. These days, I seek the panacea of a balance between affordability and quality. In that respect, Seiko 5s hit the sweet spot, and as you may know, the Seiko 5 is just about legendary in terms of being a lot of watch for a little money. Shockingly however, I have not owned one. Until now.
Some watches are just magically sexy to you from the moment you set eyes on them. For me, this is one of those watches. There's something about the finish, design, color and features of this watch that hit me the first time I laid eyes on it. This watch is a classic example of 'The total is greater than the sum of its parts.' I have no particular affinity for watches that have any gold color on them and probably less so for any watch that has the 'killer bee' ensemble of gold and black, but Seiko managed to combine them in a way that resonates with me. This watch is loaded with features that are middle of the road, but all are executed well. Although it looks vaguely like a diver, the Hardlex crystal would doubtlessly be torn to shreds if you accidentally hit a piece of coral with it and the lack of a screw down crown leads me to believe that although Seiko claims it's resistant to 100 meters, I wouldn't dare do more than snorkeling, lest I wanted to turn my 5 into a mini aquarium. Anyway, I'm too anal to wear any of my watches into the water anyway.
As I mentioned, the dial of this 5 contains badges and markers in striking and beautiful gold. The sides of the case match the crystal by being gently rounded as well, and the bezel adds some extra visual interest and sheen to the face by having a well-worn yet brightly polished look. The bracelet is completely functional yet unremarkable. But I consider that a plus because I often find the bracelet to be the 'weakest link' (pardon the intended pun) in what would otherwise be a great watch. The clasp and closure hold firmly and snap crisply and confidently into place. The bracelet is well proportioned and looks intended for this model. The case back is standard fare Seiko.
After owning this watch for a couple of weeks it has kept great time (+ 4 seconds per day, which is absolutely phenomenal). The light dances off the various gold-colored surfaces, nooks and crannies in a way that catches and holds the eye. This is one of the few watches for which I actually receive compliments. It walks the line between classically stunning and Steve McQueen rugged. And of course, being a Seiko 5 means that it's instantly modifiable to suit your tastes. The only reason I remove a star is because the bracelet feels and looks a bit cheap for a watch made anytime after 2005. Other than that, this is a great watch.
The Seiko Men's Seiko Automatic Black Dial Stainless Steel Watch features progressive analog styling and feature-rich Japanese automatic movement. This attractive timepiece functions without a battery--its precise 23-jewel Japanese automatic movement is powered automatically with the movement of your arm. This watch's leading edge is comprised of a black dial, which features gold-toned baton hour markers and luminous gold-toned hands. The dial also features a date window at the three o'clock position, and the entire dial is protected by a Hardlex mineral crystal. Accenting this dial is a black unidirectional bezel with Arabic minute markers. Keeping all of this securely on your wrist is a brushed-and-polished stainless steel link bracelet that closes with a push-button fold-over safety clasp. Other features include a stainless steel case with an exhibition case back and water-resistance to 330 feet (100 meters).