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

    Background

    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.

    Seiko SKX011J Diver’s 200m review

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    Watch History

     

    Background

    The SKX011J is the orange dialed 7s26-0020 diver from Seiko. It was first released in the mid 90s as the SKX011K, which was mostly probably targeted at the SE Asian market. The SKX011K has since been discontinued, while it's unclear as to why Seiko stopped making the "K" version, it may be possible that the model wasn't retailing too well.


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    Originally posted 2008-03-16 16:34:33.

    Seiko SKX007J Diver’s 200m review

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    Watch History

     

    Background

    The SKX007 is perhaps the most evergreen diver’s watch from Seiko. First introduced in 1996 to replace the 7002-series divers, it has become an icon of the quintessential Seiko diver. Eleven years on, this model is still sold by most authorized Seiko dealers worldwide to this day. The SKX007 became so popular that it spawned several models based on the 7s26-0020 caseback design.


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    Originally posted 2008-03-15 23:32:50.

    Seiko SNKF05K “BFS” Automatic review

     

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    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

     

    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.

    Citizen Nighthawk BJ7010-16F review

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    Background

    I’m the sort of person who seldom buys watches on impulse unless the particular timepiece exerts a powerful influence on me that I had to go ahead and pull the trigger on one.

    The saying goes like so: “a fool and his money will soon be parted”. Nothing could be further than the truth but in my case, I was a happy fool anyway! :-)

    After owning my first ever Citizen Eco Drive – a Nighthawk BJ7017-59ET, a watch that I had procrastinated buying for years, the leather-clad BJ7010-16F needed no further introduction for me. I knew how lovable a Nighthawk could be once I got accustomed to its looks and err…quartz based movement.


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    Originally posted 2009-01-28 22:48:00.

    Seiko Sky Professional SBDR005 review

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    Watch History

     

    Background

    The Sky Professional is a sub-range of the Seiko Prospex line of watches that are meant for the Japan Domestic Market (JDM). As the name suggests, the Sky Pro was designed with aviators and pilots in mind. Apart from having a world time capability, alarm and 100-hour chronograph, they are also equipped with a rotating analog E6B flight computer or slide rule.


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    Originally posted 2007-12-22 16:37:26.