This article will focus on some of today’s best Seiko watches. Whether you’re a watch collector or a first-time Seiko customer, you will find something for you here. We’ll be featuring a wide array of watches with different designs and price points, and even some trivia along the way.
Seiko: A brief history
Before we begin our list, it’s only fitting that we get a short introduction of the brand. Seiko is a Japanese company that has been around since the 1880s, and its history is just as interesting as the watches that they make.
The company’s story began in 1881 in Ginza, Tokyo, where Kintaro Hattori sold and repaired watches. It was eleven years later that he founded Seikosha, a brand that produced clocks, and then eventually producing a pocket watch, which was the first ever wristwatch in Japan.
It was in 1923 where the brand name was changed to Seiko, after a devastating earthquake that destroyed the company’s factory. The first ever Seiko watch was sold in 1923.
Today, the company is one of the most respected watchmakers in the world. Seiko is often compared to Citizen as they both make affordable watches and their solar-powered watches (Eco-drive and Seiko Solar) compete directly against each other
The Seiko catalog can get overwhelming due to the sheer number of watch models they produce, so let us help you narrow things down. Here are our best picks for 2019 including options for every budget.
Best Seiko Watches For Men
Seiko Presage SARY055
The Seiko Presage line has a lot of models available, but we’ll focus on the Seiko Presage SARY055, a 41mm watch. This is an excellent entry-level Seiko watch under the presage line.
Having a fine brush stainless steel finish and sapphire crystal with a date display on the 3 o’clock position, this watch exudes elegance, but won’t break the bank. The case has a silver-white dial, which is complemented by blue hand/hour markers. It also has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and is water resistant up to 100 meters.
If you’re looking for a larger dress watch, this is something to consider. Both the case and the bracelet are quite thick, a few user reviews pointed out that the strap may overpower the watch itself but it can easily be swapped out based on your personal tastes.
Not sure about these designs? Check out the Seiko page to see other styles of the Presage.
Seiko Dial Stainless Steel Automatic
This is Seiko 5 is another men’s model that you can consider if you’re looking for a stainless steel watch. Because of the black case, this one can look a bit more casual, so you can use it as both a dress and everyday watch.
The Seiko Black sports watch, nicknamed the “Sea Urchin”, has a 44mm case with a stainless steel case, a skeleton case back, and a black dial. Like the previous watch, this one’s 100m water resistant so you can use it in the shower and do some pool swimming, but not deep diving.
It has a push Button Deployment Clasp, a Safety Lock feature, a uni-directional rotating bezel, and a day/date window at 3 o’clock.
This watch also has excellent brightness. Take a look at the other features and a demonstration of how it performs in the dark on this video review.
This looks like a rather fancy watch, but the price tag is relatively affordable.
If you want a more casual look, you can easily replace it with a different watch such as NATO or other leather straps.
Seiko Men’s Excelsior Chronograph
Looking for something slightly bigger? This stainless steel Seiko Excelsior men’s watch could interest you. The Seiko Excelsior solar chronograph is a 43mm watch that has received praises among new users and watch enthusiasts for its design, function, and price.
This is another dress watch that will look great on big wrists. There are three subdials (a seconds counter, a 60-minute chronograph timer, and an alarm), a date window at 3 o’clock, luminous hands and markers, and a sculpted stainless steel bracelet.
One of the best qualities of this watch is it’s solar-powered, so there is no need to charge it. Like the previous watches we’ve featured so far, this one’s also water resistant up to 100 meters.
This handsome watch has a very distinct bracelet—if you’re looking for a watch that’s masculine-looking, this is an excellent choice.
Seiko Prospex Mechanical Dive Watch
We’re moving on to dive watches. Here is another big watch (even a little bigger than the first one).
Nicknamed “Sumo”, the Seiko Prospex diver watch is a mechanical, self-winding timepiece stainless steel bracelet that’s waterproof up to 200m (suitable for diving). It’s 44.5mm, has a date display at 3 o’clock, has a 50-hour power reserve, and has luminous hands and markers.
Like other dive watches, Seiko made sure that it concentrated on a dial with legible marks. If you need a big watch that has easy-to-read numerals and markers, this one is for you.
This model a bit more expensive than the rest of the watches we’ve featured so far, but it’s still not ridiculously expensive, considering it’s a dive watch. This is a good investment whether you’re using it for sports or wearing it as a daily or dress watch–having a classic look and the trusted Seiko quality.
Seiko Men’s Prospex X Padi Diver
If you want a more colorful model, we also highly recommend is the Prospex automatic watch. This 44mm stainless steel watch has a blue dial color (with some splashes of red), Lumibrite hands and markers, and water resistance of up to 200 meters. This one is also a bit more affordable compared to the previous model.
The design is very distinct, known for the “Pepsi colors.” For this watch, Seiko partnered with PADI, the world’s leading scuba diver training organization, so you know you’re in good hands.
Seiko Men’s Automatic Watch with Rubber Strap SKX007K
This is one of the most popular dive watches of Seiko.
This Seiko SKX007K automatic dive watch with rubber strap is one of the most affordable dive watches on the market today, considering its features. Delivering in both design and functionality, this watch is luxurious and sporty and is very reasonably priced. It also landed on our list of best dive watches under $500.
This watch, which is water resistant up to 200m, is ISO 6425 certified, which is the standard that is used in diving watches. The design is simple and easy to read: black dial and white numerals (as well as a splash of red indicating water resistance), a day/date window at 3 o’clock, and a unidirectional bezel. It’s sleek and handsome and could look way more expensive than it is. Whether you’re wearing it as an everyday work watch, as a dive watch, or as a dress watch, you will not have difficulty matching it with your outfits.
This model is 42mm, an analog display, and a unidirectional bezel function. It has a rubber strap, but you can also get this in stainless steel. You can also change up different NATO style straps if you want a more casual look.
Seiko Men’s Flightmaster Pilot Slide Rule Chronograph Watch
Moving on to another type of specialty watch, the Seiko Flightmaster Chronograph. As the name suggests, this is a pilot’s watch. One look would already show that it has functions other than telling time, such as the slide rule and compass scale on the bezel—this could be overwhelming to those who are just looking for a regular analog watch, but it’s a very useful tool for pilots.
This sophisticated 41mm stainless steel watch, it made our list of Best Pilot Watches.
The Flightmaster has a blue dial and stainless steel case and bezel. Some of the special features include a stopwatch from 1/20 seconds to 60 minutes and a slide rule that pilots can use to calculate flight data. The bezel is bidirectional, and the watch is 100m water resistant.
The watch generally gets praises from users, but one of the most common qualities that may cause concern is the slide rule, some users say that these are not easy to read because the inner numbers are positions behind the glass, and the outer ones are in front.
The price, however, is unbeatable. For the rest of the functions, as well as the quality of the material, this is something that watch enthusiasts will definitely appreciate.
Seiko Men’s SUP880 Analog Display Japanese Quartz Black Watch
Moving on to a much simpler analog timepiece. If you want a clean, simple, and classic design, this one is for you.
This one doesn’t have any fancy features, just a simple leather band, and a stainless steel case. This watch is also smaller than the rest of the items we’ve reviewed so far—the case is 28.5 meters. If you would like to get a more affordable alternative to the Cartier Tank, this is the one that you should check out. The watch is simple yet stylish and will go well with different outfits.
Because of its size, it will also look excellent on both small and big wrists. Lastly, the price is very reasonable—you don’t need to shell out much in order for you to enjoy such an elegant design.
Seiko Men’s Two-Tone Stainless Steel Solar Watch
The Seiko two-tone solar powered watch is another model to consider if you’re looking for a simple and elegant design. This one’s smaller than most items on this list, having a 37mm stainless steel case.
The band is silver, the dial is gray, and there are accents of gold giving a sleek look that will look great as both a dress or everyday watch. Because this is solar-powered, you also don’t have to worry about replacing the batteries.
Take note, however, that this is only water resistant up to 30m, so while it can take some minor splashes, you shouldn’t take it swimming with you.
Seiko Premier Novak Djokovic Special Edition
If you want something that’s extremely unique and stunning, you can also consider getting a watch off the Seiko Premier collection of limited edition models. The brand’s partnership with tennis star Novak Djokovic resulted in this Limited Edition Premiere watch.
This is not Djokovic and Seiko’s first partnership. Since 2014, the brand has released watches in partnership with the tennis champion—”for the different aspects of Novak’s busy life,” said the company on its website and the pieces have received excellent reviews by both tennis and watch enthusiasts.
The rose gold tones with the black dial and leather strap, as well as the bold Roman numerals form an elegant dress watch. This also boasts of a perpetual calendar up to the year 2100. Clearly, you don’t need to be a tennis/Djokovic fan to appreciate this watch (although it does come with the player’s signature on the back), it’s an exquisitely well-made timepiece that delivers in both design and functionality.
Grand Seiko 9R Spring Drive Chronograph Limited Edition (SBGC017)
We’ll end the article with a watch with a class of its own: The Grand Seiko 9R Spring Drive watch. This watch is clearly not cheap—in fact, it’s not under Seiko per se, but under a special specialty parent company that’s popular among collectors.
Grand Seiko produced its first watch in 1960.
The company said that “the idea was to build a watch that would be as precise, durable, easy to wear and beautiful as humanly possible.”
It was also brought about by the challenge of matching Swiss watches.
This chronograph is big, having a 46.4mm case. Some of the features that stand out include a ceramic case, a date and power reserve indicator, as well as a GMT hand. It also has a green crocodile strap, and it’s also worth pointing out that the ceramic cases are polished by hand.
If you’re willing to shell out thousands of dollars for a watch, this limited edition model will, no doubt, will give you instant status symbol. The company only produced 600 pieces of this watch (which is why the models you will find on sites like Amazon are pre-owned ones), so if you’re looking for something extremely unique, this is something that you can consider getting.
The impeccable Japanese craftsmanship is reflected on the Spring Drive movement, which is defined by Grand Seiko as a unique technology that “generates energy like every other luxury mechanical watch but combines this with an electronic regulator to deliver a level of precision that no mechanical watch can match.” (You can read more about it here).