The SKX007 is truly an iconic watch from the Seiko stable and comes with good heritage from models such as the 62MAS, 6105,6309 etc.
- Case Diameter: 42.5mm
- Lug Width: 22mm
- Crown: Screw down at 4 o’clock
- Date: Day and date at 3 o’clock
- Bezel: 120 click unidirectional
- Crystal: Hardlex
- Water Resistance: 200 meters
- Movement: 7S26
As ‘bang for buck’ watches go, you will really struggle to find better value for money than the venerable SKX007.
If you shop wisely you should be able be able to pick one of these up for around £160.00 (although if you are thinking about getting one I would do it sooner rather than later, I’ve heard that production is stopping/stopped).
The case is a solid and heavy lump of steel but it’s beautifully crafted, the polished sides are contrasted slightly by the small brushed areas on the top of the lugs. The case quote obviously shares some of its design cues with previous offerings from Seiko such as the turtle shaped 6309 and more recently the 7002.
I particularly like the way the side of the case prongs out either side of the crown for protection, the crown being large and knurled thus easy to grip and unscrew/screw.
The bezel features typical Seiko font for the minute markers and is silky smooth to turn and gives a faint click as you do so, it’s a nice touch and testament to Seikos build quality that the bezel lines up perfectly at each minute marker and half way between, although there is a slight amount of rock back but at this price point I think that could be forgiven.
For me where it’s all happening though is the dial, and that because there’s not really much happening there at all which is what gives the 007 it’s simple but fully functional tool Watch look.
The matte black dial is home to the big old lume plots, which when exposed to even the smallest bit of light give out that super bright lume that is synonymous with Seiko Divers. An upside down triangle signifies the 12 o’clock position whilst 6 and 9 are oblong shaped, the rest of the hour marker plots are round. The day and date window houses black font on a white date wheel, which with the lume plot opposite it at the 9 o’clock position adds a sense of symmetry to the dial. Underneath the 12 marker is the “SEIKO AUTOMATIC” text and the “DIVERS 200m” text in red just above 6 provides a small splash of colour.
A tipped sword shape and a tipped arrow shape provide the hour and minute hands respectively and these are filled with lume, it seems to be quite common that the lume on the hands is a very slightly different shade than the plots on the rest of the dial. The second hand is painted white for most of its length with a small lume filled lolly pop base, which is quite cool to see rotating around when the lights are out.
The chapter ring and its minute markers add some depth to the dial and all of this sits underneath Seikos proprietary Hardlex crystal.
The Seiko 7S26 movement is a reliable work horse, and whilst it is basic as far as watch movements go (no manual winding or hacking) this particular watch keeps time to within +/- 15 seconds per day which I think is more than acceptable considering the price and the fact that the quoted accuracy for this movement is -20 to +40 seconds per day.
When this first arrived with me I wore it pretty much exclusively on a black or Bond style nato, which suits the tool watch styling of the watch perfectly. However this watch really, in my opinion, belongs on the stock jubilee bracelet. The bracelet from Seiko is no frills but it does the job perfectly, I love the way the links jingle around on the wrist which only adds to the overall charm this watch gives out. At this price don’t expect a divers extension on the bracelet, cos you ain’t getting one!
Going back to the price, for a watch that is properly ISO rated for diving, a 200m water resistance rating, superb Seiko build quality and the legendary lume coupled with a reliable movement, I really can’t think of a better value for money proposition out there, go and buy one, you really wont regret it!