While Seiko’s Prospex and Presage collections are boldly venturing into the higher priced end of the market, there are still plenty of timepieces from the Japanese watchmaker that can be had for less than $1000. And that includes divers, dress watches, statement pieces, you name it. Here are five Seiko watches for any occasion that you can buy at the time and tide marketplace right now:
Chronograph - Seiko Prospex SSC673P diver's
Water resistant: 200 Meters
Not only a good example of a chronograph, but also a capable dive watch, the Seiko Prospex SSC673P is a lot of watch for the money. For a start, the imposing blacked out 43.5mm case is water resistant to 200 meters and features a screw down crown and screw down chronograph pushers. The chronograph itself displays elapsed time in a 24-hour sub-dial located at the three o’clock position, and an elapsed 60-minute sub-dial, located at the six o’clock position. The dial is quite attractive, with the black background being contrasted by bright hues of neon orange on the minute hand and hour indices. It’s certainly a watch that wants to spend lots of time outdoors, which is a good thing too, because it houses a solar-powered movement.
Ladies – Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRP853J1
Case: 34 mm
With it’s strikingly red, radially finished dial and svelte 34mm steel case, the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRP853J1 offers a compelling amount of presence and value for a ladies timepiece, especially when you factor in its RRP. What’s more, this Cocktail Time is powered by Seiko’s in-house Caliber 4R35, a tried and true automatic movement that ticks away 21,600 vibrations per hour, has a date complication, seconds hacking and delivers a decent 41-hours of power reserve. Paired with a tri-linked steel bracelet, this certainly is a watch to keep on your radar. $650
Diver – Seiko Prospex SNJ025P1 “Arnie”
Water resistant: 200 Meters
A surprise unveiling at this year’s Baselworld watch fair saw Seiko reintroduce a cult classic from the 1980s – The Arnie. The Seiko Prospex SNJ025P1 harks back to the original H558-5000, a watch popularized by the one and only former Californian Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wore the watch in some of his most iconic roles, most notably in The Predator. The new Arnie isn’t hanging about on it’s laurels however, as it offers a host of features such as 200 meters of water resistance, alarm function, calendar accurate to the year 2100, illuminated LED backlight and a screw down crown and case back. The Arnie also enjoys an impressive accuracy rating of ±15 seconds per month thanks to Seiko’s solar-powered Calibre H851 movement.
Everyday – Seiko 5 Sports SRPD71K
If you’re after an everyday beater on a budget that will look good paired with just about anything, in any context short of a black tie event, then it’s hard not to go past the new Seiko 5 Sports Series. This model in particular, replete with its navy blue dial, off-white indices and eye-catching Milanese bracelet would make a great everyday timepiece. And, as is the case with all Seiko 5s, the SRPD71K1 has an automatic movement, a day-date complication, a recessed crown at the 4 o’clock position, a durable case and bracelet, and is water resistant.
Dress – Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPB46
In our own humble opinion, the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time is one of the best dress watches in the game right now. Housed inside the well-proportioned 40mm gold-toned case is Seiko’s 4R35B movement, a self-winding workhorse that provides approximately 41-hours of power reserve and can be admired thanks to the Cocktail Time’s crystal case back. The real pièce de résistance of the SRPB46, however, is the pressed golden brown dial that gives the impression of a Radial Guilloché. This a genuinely gorgeous dial and, for the money, punches well above it’s weight.