Not many watch companies can say they’ve been making timepieces since the 1800’s, but Seiko is one of the very few that can. Since 1881, the Japanese company Seiko has been focused on creating quality watches, and in the watch business their name is tantamount to legend.
As you know, this website is all about the beach, and so we wanted to talk today about 3 waterproof watches designed by Seiko that are perfect for taking to the beach, because they are all water resistant. Please note: these watches are water resistant, meaning they can get wet, but that doesn’t mean they’re meant for swimming or diving.
Still, if you are on the market for a great Seiko watch that you can wear to the beach, we have put together this handy guide which talks about some of the best Seiko watches out there right now in 2017 in terms of affordability, quality, features, and overall value.
Other big companies such as Bulova and Timex are out there as well, so what makes a Seiko watch worth a look over any of the other big name watch companies. Well, we’re here to tell you.
This black and gold stunning Japanese quartz watch is definitely eye-catching with its rich colour scheme and design work, with a battery that charges itself using kinetic energy. Kinetic watches are super convenient because any motion made powers the watch, extending its lifespan.
With its power reserve indicator, you will always be able to see how much charge is left in the battery, not that you will have to worry much about it – the reserve can last up to six months. Even during shipping the watch gets a charge that is sufficient for lasting several days. Bonus!
With this watch, Seiko has chosen to use Hardlex, which is basically a more cost efficient substitute for sapphire, which they have then used to craft the dial window of this watch.
Sapphire, while it is obviously beautiful, is more costly, and also happens to be more brittle than Hardlex, and more easily damaged. With Hardlex, it is easier to buff up the watch if it needs it, and it really has a similar allure as if it were made with more expensive materials.
The remainder of this watch is crafted out of stainless steel, and you can tell just from looking at it that it is not just a beautiful watch, but also sturdy as can be. There is a date display, showing the day and month as well. This Seiko watch is water-resistant, but it is not appropriate for deep diving.
The other great thing about this watch is that it is very affordable. Some of these watches really rack up a huge bill, but this one not only looks great, it is well made, and perhaps most importantly to some of us, within our budget constraints. Definitely worth a look, for the asking price.
And now for a popular model of women’s Seiko watch…
In the case of this Seiko Dress watch, we have a dial made from mother of pearl, but protected by Hardlex crystal. This is an impressive feature, and it definitely looks good in the design of the watch itself. Because this is a solar-powered watch, there is basically no need for a battery change, because it’s always getting its power from natural light.
When it comes to style, the Swarovski crystals that are used are tastefully added around the dial to form a halo-shape, and this has proven to be one of the most attractive features to many customers who have purchased this watch. Many say it gives the watch a bit of a “bling” factor, but not overly so.
In addition to doing what all watches are meant to do – tell the time, we have the day of the month at the three o’clock position.
As we mentioned, this watch is extremely affordable, which is another reason people love it. Perhaps out of all the women’s watches by Seiko, this one is the most affordable, and yet one of the most beautiful watches in the Seiko line.
Up next, another one of the most popular Seiko watches for men…
Seiko SNE042 Men’s Two-Tone Solar Charcoal Dial Watch
Seiko Men’s Sne042 Stainless Steel Solar Watch
Stainless steel with a black charcoal dial
Luminous, bright hands which are gold in colour
Here we have the SNE042, which is a solar-powered Seiko watch, where, again, you will never need to change the battery. The great thing about the type of solar cell used in these watches is that they don’t just use sunlight, but any type of light will power the battery. This way, you don’t need to rely on just sunlight, any type of light will do.
If you are someone who dresses formally with any kind of frequency, this watch would be perfect, because it also reflects a more formal look. Of course, it’s fine for casual dress too, but this really is a very spiffy looking watch.
You will find that even though it is made from stainless steel, it is not a very heavy watch, so you can wear it and not notice the weight so much.
You should be aware that while there are gold indicators on this watch to tell the time, there are no numbers which might be a potential drawback for some people. The gold indices look great with the black charcoal design.
Because this is also a quartz-movement watch, the hands of the watch move smoothly across the face, and you won’t be bothered by that typical ticking that is so prevalent in watch-making.
Like the previous watch we talked about, we have the day of the week and date showing up at the three o’clock position. We also have a fold-over-clasp, which is secured with the push of a button.
As with the other watches we’ve talked about, it is resistant to water, but this doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to take the watch diving, because being submerged in water can damage it.
Often you can find this watch online for about $100, which is a great deal for a Seiko watch like this.
Have you ever heard of the Spring Drive? This is technology which conserves energy and was developed by Seiko. It was also used in the very first timepiece, which was worn during a space walk. Also, you will see the Seiko name at many sporting events of note, so watch out for it!
About the author:
Garth loves camping under the stars with his Arb III, scuba diving, snorkeling, and also tanning. His favourite snorkel spots include Alanya (Turkey), Koh Rong (Cambodia), and Maui (Hawaii, USA).
He also loves to visit the cenotes in Mexico and he recommends everyone reads the book, “The Soul of an Octopus”, because, he says “they are sensitive, just like me”.