How to spot a fake Seiko watch (revised)

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In the multi-million dollar world of fake and replica watches, you are certainly forgiven if you thought that only Swiss marques are targeted by counterfeiters in the Far East. High end Swiss brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Patek Philippe, Longines and TAG Heuer are the usual victims. The replica watch industry exists so long as there is enough demand and believe me, there is enough global demand for knock-off timepieces.

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Originally posted 2008-03-16 23:47:45.

Seiko Prospex SBDC001 Scuba 200m review

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Watch History

  • Date acquired: Apr 21 2007
  • Production date: Mar 2007
  • Source: Higuchi Inc, Japan
  • Price paid: JPY47,000 (USD429)
  • Status: In production


    When stock photos of the SBDC-series divers first appeared on the Internet in early 2007, it created huge ripples in the watch forum communities. It caused widespread excitement and speculation among the Seiko diver watch fans. This was the watch that Seiko enthusiasts had been eagerly anticipating for a very long time. It wasn't just the fact that these were entirely new models, they were also the first Seiko divers based on the relatively new manual winding and hacking 6R15 automatic caliber.

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    Originally posted 2009-09-04 22:38:00.

    How to tell when your Seiko watch was made (Part 1)

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    So, you've just purchased a used or new Seiko watch. Congratulations!  Have you ever wondered when your watch rolled off the assembly line at the factory? In other words, when was it manufactured? Questions relating to the production date of Seikos frequently pop up in various watch forums from time to time.

    Well, in case you didn't know this, the answer to this question actually lies in the set of numbers that are etched or printed on every Seiko watch made. Chances are if you ask watch store assistants when that particular Seiko watch you're interested in buying was made, you'll get a blank expression from them. Either that, or they'll come up with an excuse for not knowing by saying that it's a new arrival (yeah, right!) icon smileHow to tell when your Seiko watch was made (Part 1)

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    Originally posted 2008-06-25 18:11:54.

    An Interview with

    In case you haven't heard about, it's a renowned online watch store operating from the island of Singapore in Southeast Asia. It has many loyal, repeat customers and is known for its impressive array of new and discontinued Seiko watches. was founded by Mr Lee Wee Wah since the mid 1990s and is instrumental for stocking and providing Seiko watch parts that no other online Seiko dealers dare to.


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  is also one of the very Internet watch dealers that sell Japan Domestic Market (JDM) Seiko watches that are normally not sold outside Japan. It's become a household name in several watch forums with hundreds of satisfied buyers.

    Check out this exclusive scoop at GMT+9! Kudos to Bryan Andersen for arranging this first ever interview! icon smileAn Interview with



    Originally posted 2008-06-12 20:39:28.

    Seiko SBDX005 Professional 600m review

    sbdx005 081Seiko SBDX005 Professional 600m review

    Watch Details

    • Type: Professional diver's watch, automatic
    • Production year: 2000 (limited to 1,000 units)
    • Retail price: JPY300,000
    • Status: Discontinued



    The SBDX005 was the last 600m automatic dive watch that Seiko produced. Limited to just 1,000 pieces it represents a tribute to the classic 6159-7010 shrouded diver that was made between 1975 and 1978. Some say that its sheer rarity puts its desirability well above above its predecessor, the 6159-7010.

    Released in in the year 2000, this watch is part of Seiko's Prospex line of professional diver's watches and is marketed as the Historical Collection The Year 2000 with only 1,000 pieces to be shared amongst serious diver's watch collectors worldwide. Before getting to know the SBDX005, it would be beneficial to understand its ancestry so that we can appreciate this phenomenal industrial grade diver's watch.

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    Originally posted 2008-03-18 22:08:14.

    Seiko SNKF11K “BFS” Automatic review


    snkf11kwince1Seiko SNKF11K “BFS” Automatic review


    Watch History


    • Date acquired: August 21 2007
    • Production date: June 2007
    • Source: Hing’s Watch Store, Malaysia
    • Price paid: MYR400 (USD121)
    • Status: In production



    I seldom buy watches on impulse. Usually I would conduct several weeks or months of research and mulling about before deciding to buy a particular watch. When my watchmaker took out the stunning looking timepiece out of his box (he hadn’t even had the time to display it in his watch glass case) my jaw simply dropped.

    “Wow! What IS that Seiko?” I blurted out. It wasn’t a Seiko 5 and it was the largest 7s-caliber Seiko that I’ve ever laid eyes upon. It was even larger than the SKX007 and even the Monster diver! My watchmaker said he didn’t know, he had just taken delivery of a new batch of Seikos earlier that morning.

    I looked at the hang tag and it said SNKF11K. I’m usually blasé towards new releases from Seiko (they’re usually a rehash of old models with minor design tweaks) but this one was a totally fresh design. I thought it was one of the very few models that Seiko got it right from the start.

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    Originally posted 2008-07-22 21:16:00.

    The Seiko Kinetic: Boon or Bane?

    kinetic diagram2The Seiko Kinetic: Boon or Bane?

    The Seiko Kinetic. Now that's a watch technology that had initially discouraged and mystified me for some time. When I first inquired about Seiko Kinetics at a small watch dealer, I was advised to stay away from Kinetics as far as possible. He mentioned about frequent customer complaints and warranty claims from his fellow watch sellers. "Stick to quartz or automatic", he advised. "A Kinetic will give you a headache later on".

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    Originally posted 2008-05-15 22:48:32.