Seiko are one of the biggest and most respected watch manufacturers in the world.
They are the only company who make watches in a price range from about $20 and go all the way up to $3000+ for the Grand Seiko models.
Seiko are one of the very few true manufacturers of watches.
This means that they make absolutely everything in-house. They make the cases, dials, movements, straps, crystals etc. all in their own factories. They even make their screws themselves!
Most other watch brands make the case and dial, but they will use movements and other parts from outside suppliers.
Seiko was founded in 1881 by Kintarō Hattori. Their name roughly translates to “exquisite”.
In the beginning, they only made clocks. The first Seiko wristwatch was introduced in 1924. They were one of the first to introduce an automatic chronograph in the late 1960’s (along with Zenith’s El Primero) and they changed the watch world in 1969 when they released the Astron, the world’s first quartz watch.
The first Seiko dive watch was released in 1965 and there have been many models and variations since then. Many beginner watch collectors start their collections with Seiko divers.
They can also be found in collections alongside other much more expensive watches. It’s not uncommon to see a Seiko proudly sitting in a collection next to “big daddy” brands like Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet etc.
Now I will be taking a look at some of my personal favourite Seiko dive watches.
The Seiko SKX is definitely the most iconic Seiko diver.
The SKX is many people’s first automatic watch and it is the reason they get into the hobby.
The Monster comes with a few different colours and dials.
The most popular models are the Orange and Black Monster.
It is easily identifiable by it’s big, thick bezel.
The Sea Urchin is part of the more entry-level “Seiko 5” line.
Most other Seiko divers are 200m or 300m water-resistant. The Sea urchin is only 100m water-resistant, because doesn’t have a screw down crown. It’s a very good entry-level mechanical diver for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money.
The Sumo gets its name from it’ size. It’s a bit bigger than most of the others.
The Turtle was first released in the 1970’s and Seiko made them until the late 80’s.
In 2016, Seiko released a new version of the Turtle. I own one of the new models and I absolutely love it.
The Marine Master is one of the more high-end Seiko divers.
The Samurai Has a titanium case, so it’s very lightweight
Another Seiko with a Titanium case
The Tuna is so-named, because it looks like the watch sits within a tuna can.
Seiko Nickname Nato
There are even straps made in honour of these legendary divers.
Wrist Candy Watch Club recently released a Seiko Nickname Nato strap.
It features the Shogun, Tuna, Monster, Turtle, Samurai and Sumo.