If you’ve been following my posts you’ll have noticed two things. Firstly I haven’t been too active recently, and I apologize for that. And secondly, I’ve always maintained that my favorite watch brand is Breitling and this site is all about affordable luxury watches, not unobtainable glitz.
So, with a modest wallet in mind and my feet firmly on the ground, here I am, back from a short break, and coming at you with my favorite everyday wear watch from Seiko.
Yep, you heard right! I have a number of watches, some fashion branded and some other manufacturer brands from the lower end of the market, but still, not brands to be dismissed.
I know everyone’s personal world has complications and details that will never align with anyone else, and that’s a good thing. But there are, however, certain things, certain needs, and demands that unite us all.
Quality, Reliability, Value for Money, and a Sense of Style.
In the world of watches I believe there are two main types of watch enthusiast, with many variants within that board Church of course, but I am just making a generalization. The first type is some who loves watches but has more of an interest in fashion brands, or Haute horology if you like.
Then there’s the second type. This second type has a problem! Why?
The second type I am thinking of is the luxury brand enthusiast that seeks out precision timepieces with superb build quality, Swiss movements, and all manner of complications to add to the complexity of the piece. The problem this brings is ‘Price’. While the Fashion brands can cost a pretty penny, the luxury watch brands can be prohibitively expensive, leaving only the very wealthy to ponder ownership.
There are two answers to this problem. One way is to save your cash and go shopping for your dream watch and try to track it down in a discount watch store. The second answer is to start looking at alternative brands.
This is where I want to invite you into my personal world of watches. I have written a couple of posts suggesting luxury watches are an option for a Christmas gift, and I’m sure to some people that might seem crazy. But hold on there…..
Take a look at my favorite day to day watch that I wear at any occasion. It’s the Seiko 7s36 03f0.
To me, this Seiko is just beautiful with its Black Dial, Arabic Markers, Hands and Markers in silver and a green luminous seconds hand. The Day and Date window are nice and bold without being obtrusive.
This model uses the 7S36 Auto Movement with 23 Jewels. Even with the glass back it has a water resistance to a 100m or 10 bars. I can tell you from experience it’s a perfect watch for Kayaking and Swimming as I can attest to, although I’d not bother trying it if I was Diving. For that, I have my Citizen Eco Drive.
It may not be on the top of your list right now but if you think Seiko is a weak brand then think again because Seiko is number 6 on the top ten best selling watch brands of 2016
Seiko A Serious Brand
The Seiko automatic watch movement holds some historical value. You may not know this, but Seiko the watchmaker is a pioneer when it comes to automatic movement watches, and their achievements have helped shape the watch industry. This might come as some surprise when you consider the amazingly low prices they achieve. This particular watch as new was under $300 but easily looks and feels like $600
Since they began manufacturing watches in 1892 the company continue their tradition of making reliable, cleanly designed, affordable automatic watches using both the Seiko 7S26 and Seiko 7S36 movement. By 1963 they were producing the Seiko 5 Sportsmatic that competed against Breitling Choron-Matic and the Heuer Monaco in what became to be known as the “great automatic chronograph race”.
Although today they are not direct competitors with Breitling or Heuer, it’s plain to see that their low prices are in no way representative of their quality.
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