Seiko SKX031K “Submariner” review

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Watch History

  • Date acquired: July 23rd 2004
  • Production Date:  Nov 2003
  • Source: Chun Cheong Watch & Pen Store, Sungei Wang Plaza
  • Price paid: MYR400 (approximately USD115)
  • Status: In production

    Background

    Pop quiz folks – what resembles a Rolex Submariner watch, says “SEIKO” on the dial, has a screw-in crown and costs a fraction of the price of the watch that it pays homage to?

    No prizes for guessing, it’s none other than the Seiko SKX031K – Seiko’s timeless tribute to the Rolex Submariner. The SKX031K has been around for over a decade (it debuted in 1996 with the introduction of the 7s26 automatic caliber) and sales of this model appears to be still going strong despite its age in the market.


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    Originally posted 2008-10-17 07:46:00.

    Preview – The Flight of the Aviator

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    Not too long ago I received some interesting news from one of my blog readers about a new limited edition, custom made watch that’s due to hit the market this coming December. No, it’s not from any of the usual suspects that you’d expect. Not Seiko. Citizen? Uh-huh. Orient? Hardly. Casio? Nope.

    No, it’s not from the renowned small scale modders who customize watches using the basic case designs from Seiko either.

    Give up? 😉


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    Originally posted 2009-09-12 00:15:00.

    Citizen Nighthawk BJ7017-50ET review

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    Watch History

    • Date acquired: Nov 26 2005
    • Production date: Aug 2005
    • Source: Capital Mall, eBay
    • Price paid: USD147 (w/o shipping)
    • Status: In production

     

    Background

    Having a plethora Seiko watches by late 2005, I thought of trying out a Citizen watch for a change. The Citizen Nighthawk had garnered a cult following in SCWF and received a mixed bag of responses. Some liked its undeniably classic and unique looks. Others shunned it because it was quartz controlled, too large or the dial looked too busy and distracting. For some, it was a love-at-first-sight kind of timepiece while for others like me, it was an acquired taste.


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    Originally posted 2007-12-30 10:55:54.

    The little known Seiko 7s55 caliber

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    When it comes to Seiko’s entry level automatic movements, most people will readily think of the well-liked and reliable 7s-caliber automatics that are found in the garden variety SKX and limited edition SKZ divers and of course, the popular Seiko 5 family of affordable watches.

    The 7s26 is perhaps the most widely known movement in the 7s-family and is extensively used in the base line Seiko 5 model. The Seiko 5 Sports and Seiko 5 Superiors are adorned with the slightly upmarket 7s36 movement, which has 23 jewels – two more jewels than what the 7s26 has. Limited production run 7s-caliber divers such as the SKZ203K Yellow Monster and the SKZ201K Seiko 5 40th Anniversary diver’s watches also use the 7s36.

    So what’s interesting about the 7s55?


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    Originally posted 2010-02-12 00:03:54.

    First looks: The new Seiko 4R15 100m automatics

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    It seems that of late Seiko has spent considerable resources in designing and marketing fresh new designs in a concerted effort to gain a wider market share – especially amongst the younger consumers.

    Since early 2008, I noticed a strange influx of new models especially in their best selling Seiko 5 and Seiko 5 Sports range (development of their Seiko 5 Superior models appeared to be on a hiatus for now). New models, incorporating totally fresh designs and ones that seem to be rehashed from several older designs both flooded the display racks of watch stores particularly in Southeast Asia.


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    Originally posted 2009-02-15 20:39:00.

    Seiko SNKF05K “BFS” Automatic review

     

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    Watch History

     

    • Date acquired: August 28 2007
    • Production date: June 2007
    • Source: Mee Sing Watch Store, Pertama Complex Kuala Lumpur
    • Price paid: MYR400 (USD121)
    • Status: In production

     

    Background

    Sometimes I hate Seiko. I really do.

    Especially when the company releases an affordable model that makes me want to buy one immediately and then I see an almost similar model with a different dial and both are equally attractive. I get torn between the two and here’s the dilemma: Choose one or buy both?

    Well, that’s exactly what happened to me when I had just purchased a brand new, SNKF11K and also craved for the SNKF05K at the same time.

    It’s also infrequent that Seiko throws at my face two newly launched, affordable and attractive looking models that in fact, I ended up buying both of them in a matter of two days apart.  It’s certainly good business for Seiko but bad for definitely my wallet. Who said that watch collecting isn’t addictive? 😉


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    Originally posted 2008-07-26 23:14:04.

    Seiko SKXA49K Black Knight review

     

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    Watch History

    • Date acquired: May 9 2005
    • Production date: Dec 2004
    • Source: Premierworld, eBay
    • Price paid: USD101.50 (w/o shipping)
    • Status: Possibly discontinued

     

    Background

    The SKXA49K, or affectionately known as the Black Knight is one of Seiko‘s contemporary design, true dive watches that broke into new grounds. It was designed to look more dressy than a serious tool-like watch. The case design itself is unique, having a streamlined, bulbous case that smoothly follows the bezel‘s curvature and lines.

    The Black Knight was one of the watches that grew on me. I didn’t like it at first by merely looking at stock photos of it on the Internet. The SKXA49K is one of the three automatic 7s26-01X0 models that Seiko launched in January 2004. The other two were the SKXA47K and SKXA51K in silver/white and orange dials respectively.


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    Originally posted 2008-01-02 04:30:04.

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