Top 10 Best Seiko Watches For Every Budget – 2018 Update

If you are a watch enthusiast, you must be impressed by the luxury of Swiss timepieces. But don’t forget that great watches do not only come from Switzerland but also Japan – The paradise of technology.

Seiko is a Japanese watch manufacturer that has the most extended history of producing timepieces with over 130 years. The secret behind a Seiko watch is a stable and accurate apparatus as well as delicate design.

If you are looking for a high-quality watch in general or a Seiko watch in particular, this article is perfect for you. I’ll show you how to get a great timepiece from my list of top 10 best Seiko watches for every budget and style you want based on my personal experience as well as the feedback from watch lovers on prestigious forums and communities. Let’s go!

COMPARISON TABLE

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Best Seiko Watch under $200
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SEIKO 5 FIELD WATCH – SNZG09K1
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 7S36 Automatic
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SEIKO 5 FIELD WATCH – SNZG15
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 7S36 Automatic
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A Rolex Submariner Homage
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SEIKO 5 DIVER’S STYLE – SNZF17
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 7S36 Automatic
8.4Good Read Our Review
My Favorite Choice
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SEIKO DIVE WATCH – SKX007K2
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement: Seiko 21-jewel 7S26 Automatic
9.6Outstanding Read Our Review
Best Seiko Watch under $500
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SEIKO SHINOBU ISHIGAKI – SARB065
  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 6R15 Automatic
9.2Outstanding Read Our Review
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SEIKO SUMO PROSPEX DIVE WATCH SBDC033
  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 6R15 Automatic
9Outstanding Read Our Review
Ageless Classic, Best Choice For Minimalists
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SEIKO CLASSIC AUTOMATIC WATCH – SARB033
  • Diameter: 38.4mm
  • Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 6R15 Automatic
8.8Great Read Our Review
Sought-After Seiko Solar Powered Dive Watch
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SEIKO PROSPEX SOLAR DIVE WATCH – SSC017
  • Diameter: 44mm
  • Movement: Seiko V175 Solar Powered Quartz
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Beautiful & Dressy Green Field Watch
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SEIKO ALPINIST FIELD WATCH – SARB017
  • Diameter: 39.5mm
  • Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 6R15 Automatic
9.6Outstanding Read Our Review
Best Auto Dive Watch under $1000
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SEIKO SHOGUN PROSPEX DIVE WATCH – SBDC029
  • Diameter: 43.5mm
  • Movement: Seiko 23-jewel 6R15 Automatic
8.6Great Read Our Review

BEST SEIKO WATCHES UNDER $200

Seiko 5 Field Watch – SNZG09K1

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Seiko 5 Men's SNZG09K1
Seiko 5 Men's SNZG09K1 Best Seiko Watch for Men Under $200
9Outstanding

PROS

  • Suitable for casual dress and outdoor activities
  • Durable for years
  • Easy to read the time
  • Great price for the quality

CONS

  • It is not hand stem-windable
  • The band may stretch when exposed to water

This watch is highly rated by users who want a timepiece with good quality and an acceptable price. The brushed round case along with khaki green canvas strap gives the watch a stylish look. Personally, I’d prefer to replace the band with a leather one. It gives the watch a retro look, and you don’t have to worry that the band would stretch after approaching to water.

Case diameter42 millimeters
Bandwidth22 millimeters
GlassSeiko hardlex crystal
Movementcaliber 7s36, 23-jewel automatic, self-winding movement; unhackable
Water resistant330 ft.

Overall, this watch is a typical field watch with a simple design, shock resistant and very lightweight, which is perfect to wear with casual or outdoor clothes.

It also has 24-hour format dial like any other field watch. Besides, it is luminous, so you can see the time anytime and anywhere you want, even in the dark. So why don’t you give it a try with such an affordable price?

Seiko 5 Field Watch – SNZG15

PROS

  • Simple but professional design
  • Match with casual clothes
  • Durable for years
  • Water-resistant to 100 m (330 ft.)

CONS

  • The band may stretch when submerged underwater too much

It looks not very different from the previous watch that I’ve mentioned, except the black canvas strap and black 24-hour format dial. But remember to avoid making the band wet because it may become loose and no longer fit your wrist. The watch is powered by self-winding caliber 7s36 made by Seiko.

Like many other models of dive watch and military watch, the hands and hour markers are also luminous in the darkness for the whole night but quite dim in the morning according to some users’ feedback. This watch does not provide winding or hacking so you should wear it at least 4 hours per day to keep it precise.

In my opinion, this typical field watch perfectly goes with casual dress and outdoor activities because it is really light and shock resistant as well.

Case diameter42 millimeters
Bandwidth22 millimeters
GlassSeiko hardlex crystal
MovementCaliber 7s36, 23-jewel automatic, self-winding movement; unhackable
Water resistant330 ft.

Seiko 5 Diver’s Style – SNZF17

PROS

  • Good-looking with classic diver’s style
  • Very durable
  • Water resistant
  • Power reserve is up to 40 hours

CONS

  • Audible ticking sounds

This watch is a typical beauty of finest mechanical movement and metal strap with bright silver color. The hands and hour markers are white on the black dial. At three o’clock you can see the display of date and month.

In my opinion, guys with classic and elegant styles should choose this timepiece because of its delicate design. It is also water resistant up to 330ft.  and a push-button deployment clasp with Safety Lock really makes it worth the price. Let’s check out the specifications of the watch below!

Case diameter42 millimeters
Bandwidth22 millimeters
GlassSeiko hardlex crystal
MovementCaliber 7S36 by Seiko, 23-jewel automatic movement; unhackable
Water resistant330ft.

Another thing to notice is that if you are a fan of Rolex Submariner, this Seiko’s SNZF17 is a perfect inexpensive Submariner homage. The appearances are quite similar, but there are still some differences to make the Seiko watch look unique, not 99,9% copied from Rolex. Obviously, with this price tag, this watch is a good choice for Japanese watch enthusiasts who love the Submariner.

BEST SEIKO WATCHES UNDER $500

Seiko Dive Watch – SKX007K2

PROS

  • Elegant design (you can dress it up or down depending on the occassion)
  • Reliable automatic movement – Seiko 7S26
  • Water resistant up to 200 M – 660ft (ISO 6425 certified)

CONS

  • Quite heavy (but for those who love the solid watch, it is a plus)
  • Bracelet spring ends are not very durable

The price always goes with high quality. It’s an ISO6425 certified diver watch, which is designed for pro divers who often dive to over hundreds of feet underwater. One of my friends also owns one. He said he never took it off when he went swimming, snorkeling or taking a shower but it still worked perfectly.

Obsessed by its delicate design too? Stainless steel case goes well with a silver bracelet, which gives me a solid feel. High-quality Seiko Hardlex crystal that is totally scratch resistant. The unidirectional bezel is a bit protruding to protect the glass.

Try wearing it with office clothes and you will be as cool as “James Bond”. Whether you are a professional diver or not, this watch will make you look more energetic and show your gentleman class.

Case diameter42 millimeters
Band width22 millimeters
GlassSeiko hardlex crystal
MovementSeiko 7S26 automatic (self-winding) movement; unhackable
Water resistant660 ft.

Seiko Shinobu Ishigaki – SARB065

PROS

  • Elegant and classic look
  • Water resistant
  • Self-winding with the manual winding capability

CONS

  • Cannot see the time in darkness

As for me, this watch is absolutely a masterpiece of classic design. The case measures 13.1mm thick. The face of the watch has strong sundial effect, which makes it look very catchy under the sun. At three o’clock you can see the date display. As a typical dress watch that is light and fits the wrist, it suits both office dress and special occasions.

Actually, I am using this watch on a daily basis and it is amazing. When not worn on the wrist, the timepiece can run up to 50 hours. It also works very well with my Orbita watch winder. After all, just two words to describe this watch: Pure Class.

Case diameter40 millimeters
Bandwidth20 millimeters
GlassSeiko hardlex crystal
Movement6R15 caliber self-winding movement; can be hand wound or hacked
Water resistant165 ft.

Seiko Sumo Prospex Dive Watch SBDC033

PROS

  • The power reserve is up to 50 hours
  • Water resistant up to 200 M – 660ft (ISO 6425 certified)
  • Illuminated: fluorescent (green)

CONS

  • Only look suitable for guys with big wrists

The design of this watch is sleek and clean with a round shape and bright silver steel band. The hands and markers are luminous for incredible low light display.

This watch is suitable for men who want to look bold and manly thanks to its big & thick case. That’s why this watch even has a nickname “Sumo.” It is also an ISO 6425-certified dive watch which is made for professional use.

The power reserve can be up to 50 hours after it is taken off from your wrist. I must say this is an excellent automatic diver watch. This watch is quite accurate when it only gains +15 or -15 seconds a day. Anyway, you had better wear it on a daily basis to maintain the precision. If you can’t, hand winding or a watch winder is advisably needed. It’s totally worth it!

Case diameter45 millimeters
Bandwidth20 millimeters
GlassSeiko hardlex crystal
Movement23 jewel automatic (6R15) movement, can be hand wound or hacked
Water resistant660 ft.

Seiko Classic Automatic Watch – SARB033

PROS

  • Elegant look, visible interior movements
  • Durable for years
  • Water resistant up to 330ft
  • Excellent quality and precision

CONS

  • None at all

I am very impressed by the simple but delicate design of this timepiece. It is a perfect dress watch that is lightweight and can go well with office dress. The case has an excellent brushed finish; black dial sports luminous hands and silver-tone hour markers. The classic stainless steel strap has a deployable clasp with safety lock.

This watch also uses sapphire crystal for better scratch resistance and an exhibition back so that you can easily see each mechanical movement in action from behind. Personally, I love the idea of a transparent back case that makes the movement visible. It is no longer a watch, but a real art masterpiece by Seiko. Generally, it is worth trying this luxurious watch with such an affordable price.

Case diameter38.4 millimeters
Bandwidth20 millimeters
GlassSapphire crystal
Movement23 jewel automatic (6R15) movement, can be hand wound or hacked
Water resistant330 ft.

Seiko Prospex Solar Dive Watch – SSC017

PROS

  • Chronograph with sub-dials display: 24 hours, 60 minutes &seconds
  • Water resistant up to 200 M – 660ft (ISO 6425 certified)
  • Durable for years
  • Solar-powered (no battery replacement needed)

CONS

  • The illumination doesn’t last long

Dynamic appearance makes this sports dive watch seem suitable for the young with a silver stainless steel bracelet and black & blue accented bezel. This watch also has luminescent hands and markers that allow you to see the time in darkness. The date is displayed at 4 and 5 o’clock.

The most integral feature is obviously its chronograph, which shows great time accuracy for sports activities and looks cool too. It is powered by solar cells and can be recharged by light satisfactory. I haven’t used this watch, but according to customers’ review that I collected from prestigious forums and communities, this watch is claimed awesome and durable with an unbeatable price.

It is designed for professional marine sports and underwater activities but if you want to look energetic and sporty, don’t hesitate to try it!

Case diameter44 millimeters
Bandwidth20 millimeters
GlassHardlex crystal
MovementSeiko V175 Solar Powered Movement
Water Resistant660 ft.

BEST SEIKO WATCHES UNDER $1000

Seiko Alpinist Field Watch – SARB017

PROS

  • Premium case design & stylish look
  • Easy to see the time
  • Light & fit small wrists
  • Up to 50-hour power reserve
  • Water resistant up to 200m – 660 ft

CONS

  • Might be small for guys with big wrists
  • The leather calfskin band is not high-quality

This Seiko SARB017 watch is a powerful machine with up to 50-hour power reserve. It uses 6R15 caliber self-winding movement like many other Propex watches of Seiko that can be hand wound or hacked.  The sapphire crystal, which is typical of Seiko luxury watch, protects the dial from scratches. Though it is a lightweight field watch, the design is quite precious.

You would also love the fine polished finish with green dial and luminous golden hands and hour markers. The case is also made of brushed and polished stainless steel, which keeps the watch durable for years.

However, I find that most of the customers don’t like its strap because it looks like the band of a cheap timepiece. You can switch this strap with one from StrapCode, Deluca Strap or order directly from Seiko. This watch would look perfect and professional with an elegant stainless metal bracelet.

Case diameter39.5 millimeters
Bandwidth20 millimeters
GlassSapphire crystal
Movement6R15 caliber self-winding movement; can be hand wound or hacked
Water Resistant660 ft.

Seiko Shogun Prospex Dive Watch – SBDC029

PROS

  • Titanium case material
  • Durable for years
  • Suitable for saturation diving (200m – 660ft) – ISO 6425 certified
  • Premium luxury design
  • Match with office clothes

CONS

  • I find no drawbacks of this watch at all

This watch is an absolute masterpiece from Seiko. The titanium case not only gives the watch insane look but also protects the interior apparatus from the collision. Classic silver-tone luminous hands and markers on a black dial as well as fine brushed finish are wonderful.

It is also impressive to look at the saw-like edge of the diving bezel, which makes it look bolder & more masculine. This timepiece is of the premium luxury watches range made by Seiko. It has a nickname “Shogun”, a name to call the royal tycoons in Japanese feudatory era.

Just like many other products from Seiko that runs on automatic 6R15 movement, this watch has excellent precision, about +15 to -15 seconds per day. The water-resistant depth is up to 660 ft. That means you can go diving with it without any problems. Let’s take a look at the table below to check out its specifications.

Case diameter43.5 millimeters
Bandwidth21 millimeters
GlassHardlex crystal
Movement23 jewel automatic (6R15) movement; can be hand wound or hacked
Water Resistant660 ft.

ABOUT SEIKO – THE NO.1 WATCHMAKER IN JAPAN

Seiko history

The story of Seiko Watches began in the late of the 19th century with a small making and repairing clocks shop owned by a young entrepreneur Kintaro Hattori in the center of Tokyo. In 1913, the birth of the first wristwatch made in Japan by Seiko was a great milestone of theirs. Since 1924, the brand “Seiko” was finally adapted to their new line of timepiece products. In 1990’s, Seiko republished The Scubamaster, the Seiko Termicand the Spring Drive watch, a revolution of a mechanical watch with the precision as quartz timepieces.

The incredible technology perfection and precision of Seiko watch has been recognized by the whole world. The Japanese watch manufacturer was chosen as the timekeeper on Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Lillehammer, Sapporo, Barcelona, and Nagano.  Seiko is also known to feature in some world-famous movies. Various models were worn by many actors like Roger Mooreas James Bond or Sean Connery in “Never Say Never Again”.

The elegance and amazing precision of Seiko watches results from the company’s attention to create the best luxury timepieces in the world. Today, Seiko has hundreds of watch collections, and all of them show the advanced technology of this No.1 Japanese watchmaker though the price may vary from some hundred dollars to thousand dollars.

Another feature that Seiko watch has is the hardlex crystal used to protect the dial. While most watch faces in the world are made from mineral glass, Seiko company produces their own anti-scratch Hardlex Crystal with the hardness rate of 9/10 (diamond is rated 10/10 and mineral glass is 7/10).

The power reserve of Seiko watch is also impressive. It can keep running for days even when taken off from your wrists. Certainly, for an automatic watch, you will need to wind your watch manually or use watch winder to ensure that it runs accurately.

That’s the reason why I strongly recommend that you should keep your eyes on Seiko’s products. Completely Japanese quality! Especially if you are a gentleman who loves the classic and elegant style, no wonder Seiko will never make you disappointed with their pure class timepieces. Let’s make a good choice!

VERDICT

SKX007K2

Seiko has been making genuine watches since 1881 and now it is on the top of Japanese watchmaking industry. Probably Seiko is not as famous as Swiss auto watch manufacturers; it still offers us with world-class luxury with various prices. You may find some products not flawless, but it is certainly the best Seiko watches you can find for the budget.

In general, “reliable, durable and elegant” are three words that I can use to describe Seiko timepieces. Hope that from my personal review about Seiko top 10 watches, you can have an overview of their products’ quality as well as find the right decision of getting your own timepiece. Good luck!

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