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Best Seiko Diver Watches

Seiko is one of the brands with the richest history of timepieces. This brand started its wristwatch collection as far back as 1881 and has remained on top of its game. Over time, Seiko has produced the best wristwatches ranging from vintage to new models to out-of-production models. 

Interestingly, you will find Seiko watches for different budgets, making it one of the most budget-friendly brands compared to other wristwatch companies. While you typically find every type of wristwatch in this brand, we will look at the best Seiko diver watches today. 

As with other Seiko collections, you will find several cool features when patronizing this brand. One outstanding feature of these watches is that you can use them for swimming. Additionally, you will find a new and cooler feature with every hundred-dollar increase. 

Dive watches withstand at least ten bars of water. Additionally, dive watches are legible at 25cm in dark areas, shock-resistant, and anti-magnetic. Also, dive watches can withstand saltwater and update you on your diving time. You can easily track time elapsed and check your decompression stops using dive watches. With Seiko, you will get all these features. Before discussing the best Seiko watches, let us look at diver watches.

Best Seiko Diver Watches

  1. Seiko Prospex SRPC93
  2. Seiko prospex SNE5371P1
  3. Seiko SPB083J1
  4. Seiko Prospex SBDC055
  5. Seiko SNE499
  6. Seiko Men’s Automatic SKX011J1
  7. Seiko Prospex SRPB55
  8. Seiko Men’s Kinetic SKA371
  9. Seiko Prospex Analog SSC017
  10.  Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP639K1

1. Seiko Prospex SRPC93

Seiko Prospex SRPC93

This Seiko diver 200m automatic wristwatch is a midrange timepiece known as “Turtle.” The wristwatch obtained this nickname due to its cushion-shaped case. This timepiece’s blue dial goes well with the stainless steel case. Additionally, the timepiece has a stainless steel bracelet for comfort while diving. 

As we noted earlier, this timepiece has a 200m water resistance, luminescent hands, and markers. Thus, you can easily tell time properly in poor lighting conditions. Also, the unidirectional bezel featured in this wristwatch allows you to enjoy accurate data. This feature lets you easily tell how much time you spend diving. 

Another interesting feature of this timepiece is that it is automatic. The automatic movement means you do not have to worry about winding like mechanical wristwatches. Consequently, you get to enjoy more accuracy when using this timepiece.  

This timepiece has several upsides. First, the wristwatch feels comfortable due to the dial’s medium size. Additionally, considering the automatic movement, the pricing is relatively affordable. Hence, you will enjoy more features with this watch at an affordable price compared to other brands’ wristwatches

This round-shaped wristwatch has a case back and screw-down crown. Additionally, The timepiece has a date window at the three o’clock index and bigger hour indices at 9, 6, and 12 o’clock hour markers. The timepiece also has “automatic” and “diver’s 200m” inscribed on the dial just above the six o’clock index. 

 Just below the dial window, outside the dial, you will find Arabic numeral inscriptions for 20, 30, 40, and 50 minutes. The numbering corresponds with that of the date dial. Overall, this wristwatch is as classy as they come.

Main Features

  • Diameter: 43.8mm
  • Strap and Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Clasp: Tri-fold with a secure lock and push button release
  • Dial Color: Blue
  • Dial Window Material: Hardlex
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Display Type: Analog
  • Special Feature: Automatic divers 200m
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Calendar: Date

2. Seiko Prospex SNE5371P1

Seiko Prospex SNE5371P1 is the best Seiko diver under $1000. This timepiece is a sports solar diver’s 200m device. Although this timepiece is not expensive, it has some of the coolest features you can find in a dive watch. The first feature you will notice with this timepiece is its green dial. Luminous, arrow-shaped, silver-tone hands enhance the green dial. 

Also, this timepiece has a Matt Green stainless steel case and a green silicone strap. Additionally, the timepiece has indices for hour markers and a date window near the three o’clock index. Another interesting thing is that this timepiece uses an Eco-Drive movement which accounts for its accurate timekeeping abilities. 

Interestingly, this has a water resistance of 200m which is impressive for its price. Furthermore, the wristwatch has a unidirectional bezel to help you keep track of your diving activities. The scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal window makes protecting the analog display featured on the green dial even easier. If you think you’ve seen it all, consider the solid case back, which makes the wristwatch impervious to water and other liquids. 

You also stand to enjoy a screw-down crown and a Tang clasp. If you have a large wrist, you will surely enjoy this timepiece. The wristwatch has a case size of 47mm, which makes it the largest Seiko dive watch in our review. This Seiko Prospex diver has a case diameter of 44mm and a case thickness of 13mm. Additionally, the timepiece has a band width of 30mm. Overall, this device is as solid as they come.

Main Features

  • Case Diameter: 44mm
  • Case Material: 47mm
  • Case thickness: 13mm
  • Band Color: Green
  • Dial Color: Green
  • Calendar: Date
  • Special Features: Hour, Date, Second, Minute, Solar-powered
  • Weight: 4.87 ounces
  • Movement: Eco-Drive
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Bezel: Unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Clasp: Buckle
  • Band Material: Silicone

3. Seiko SPB083J1

Seiko SPB083J1

This Seiko Prospex Marinemaster is one of the best Quartz professional men’s watches. The timepiece uses a Caliber 7C46 movement to offer higher accuracy. Additionally, this timepiece is highly desired and is nicknamed Tuna can or simply Tuna. 

The wristwatch contains a 7-jewel movement with an accuracy of 15 seconds per month. Unlike other timepieces you will typically find on the market, this Seiko timepiece has a battery life of 5 years. Another great thing you will enjoy about this timepiece is its anti-magnetic feature. Additionally, the wristwatch has a date and day display as opposed to the other timepieces we have reviewed.

This Seiko Marinemaster Quartz wristwatch has luminous hands and markers especially treated with Lumibrite. Thus, it is easier to tell time even under poor lighting conditions. Furthermore, the timepiece has a screw-down offset crown, and a diving bezel (unidirectional) with a luminous PIP positioned at 12:00. 

You don’t need to worry about scratches because this timepiece comes with an original Hardlex crystal in its dial window. Also, the wristwatch has a robustly etched, screw-down case back. This Marinemaster features a 48mm case containing a stainless steel shroud for diving protection. 

This timepiece has a 300m water resistance. Hence, this wristwatch can handle all your diving adventures without breaking. You also stand to enjoy a two-year guarantee when you purchase this product.

Main Features

  • Model Year: 2015
  • Shape: Round
  • Dial Window: Hardlex material
  • Display: Analog
  • Clasp: Buckle
  • Case: Stainless steel material
  • Case dimensions: 47.7mm x 14.7mm
  • Band: Rubber material
  • Bezel: Stainless steel unidirectional bezel
  • Calendar: Day-Date
  • Special features: Super hard outer casing and Silicone strap
  • Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Movement: Quartz

4. Seiko Prospex SBDC055

Seiko Prospex SBDC055

The Seiko Prospex Diver PADI SBDC055, also known as the Scuba PADI special model, is one of the most outstanding diver watches under $1000. This timepiece has an electrifying design that suits scuba and deep divers. This wristwatch is all you need if you need a timepiece with a classic yet simple design. 

This timepiece has a deep blue dial that correlates with its black strap. Furthermore, the wristwatch has a date window near the three o’clock marker. Instead of Arabic hour markers, this timepiece has indices. However, you will find minute markers on the case ring. The timepiece has minute markers for 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 minutes. 

Another thing is that this automatic diver’s 300m timepiece has an analog display. The tri-hand analog display has luminescent hands, making it easier to tell the time in subpar lighting conditions. You will love this timepiece if you have big wrists. This Seiko Prospex SBDC055 has a case diameter of 49.8mm, which is bigger than others. We do not recommend this timepiece if you have smaller wrists. 

Like all the other timepieces we have considered, this wristwatch has a Hardlex dial window. The dial window material used prevents your wristwatch from scratches. Additionally, the window has an anti-reflective coating that uses the appropriate amount of light to display the elements on the dial. 

There are many reasons why you must consider this Marinemaster. First, the timepiece does not cost as much as its counterparts from other brands. Additionally, this timepiece suits diving and other occasions. 

This timepiece is anti-magnetic and has a water resistance of 300m. Also, the battery life is strong enough to last up to five years. You also get to enjoy the rubber strap that makes it more comfortable to wear while going underwater.

Main Features

  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Movement: Seiko 7C46
  • Strap: Rubber, blue
  • Water Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 49.8mm x 13.8mm
  • Year: 2018
  • Weight: 4.37 ounces

5. Seiko SNE499

Seiko SNE499

Our review features yet another promising timepiece from Seiko. The Seiko SNE499 is another choice popular among divers. This PADI solar timepiece is also known as the Golden Tuna. Interestingly, this timepiece has a power reserve of up to 10 months. Considering the pricing, this is a good headstart. 

This wristwatch also has a rotating bezel on its features list. Also, you can enjoy the screw-down crown, which serves as security for a diver that prefers deep diving. Also, this timepiece does not have the bulky outlook seen in other models. Instead, this model has a sleek design with several functionalities. 

First on the list of features is the Caliber V175 Solar Quartz movement. This movement offers accuracy as well as a good power supply. Although this wristwatch does not have up to 300m water resistance, the 200m is quite okay, considering the price. 

This timepiece is another one for those with big wrists. The wristwatch has a case diameter of 47mm. Additionally, this wristwatch has a black polyurethane band that increases diving comfortability. The color combination on the dial is also enticing. Although the timepiece has a black dial, you will find a red-colored arch that extends from outside the 12 o’clock hour marker to the three o’clock hour marker. 

Interestingly, the timepiece has a date window at the 20-minute marker instead of the regular three o’clock marker, as we have seen with previous models. You will find Arabic numeral minute indicators outside the hour marker window. Also, this timepiece has luminescent hands that make time-telling easier.

Main Features

  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Case Dimensions: 43.8mm x 12mm
  • Band Color: Blue
  • Dial Color: Black and a touch of red
  • Special Features: Luminous
  • Movement: Japanese Solar Quartz
  • Water resistance: 200m
  • Clasp: Stainless steel
  • Display: Analog
  • Dial Window: Hardlex material

6. Seiko Men’s Automatic SKX011J1

Seiko Men's Automatic SKX011J1

The SKX011J1 is a Japanese men’s analog sports Automatic wristwatch that stands out in all aspects. One of the first things you will notice about this timepiece is its eye-catching dial color. Unlike the other timepieces on our list, this timepiece has a unique yet enticing dial color contrasting beautifully with the watch’s design. 

This timepiece features an orange dial that increases legibility. Additionally, the wristwatch has luminous arrow-shaped hands for easy readability in poor lighting conditions. The timepiece also has luminous hour markers inside the dial. You will find 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50-minute indicators on the dial or window frame. 

Instead of indices for hour markers, you will find round hour markers and a triangle at the 12 o’clock marker. This timepiece also has a day and date indicator near the three o’clock marker. The silver-tone stainless steel case matches beautifully with the analog hands. Also, the case contrasts sharply with the orange-colored dial to give a beautiful and pleasing outlook. 

Interestingly, this timepiece also has a 200m water resistance to match its exciting design. Thus, you will enjoy using this timepiece while diving because it can withstand pressure. Also, the scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal window protects the analog display beneath. The window also refracts light in the right proportion to enhance readability. 

The SKX011J1 also has a unidirectional rotating coin edge bezel, an important feature for divers. You also enjoy the black rubber band and buckle clasp, ensuring maximum comfortability. You can easily wear this wristwatch for hours without feeling any discomfort. This timepiece has a case diameter of 43mm, which is suitable for big wrists. 

The wristwatch also has a Japanese automatic movement. If you want a watch you can enjoy while diving and use for other occasions, you must consider using this excellent Seiko diver wristwatch.

Main Features

  • Bezel: Unidirectional black ion-plated
  • Calendar: Day-date
  • Movement: Japanese Automatic
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Dial Color: Orange
  • Band Material: Rubber
  • Case Diameter: 43mm x 13mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Display: Analog
  • Dial Window: Hardlex Mineral
  • Clasp: Buckle

7. Seiko SRPB55

Seiko SRPB55

This is also part of Seiko’s diverse group of diver 200m wristwatches. One interesting thing with this men’s black ion Prospex automatic dive watch is its black and gold combination. Hence, we sometimes think of this wristwatch as belonging to the royalty line. 

A glance at this wristwatch reveals its sturdy yet subtle design. It helps to know that the black and gold colors connect uniquely to create an aesthetically pleasing combination. This timepiece has a date window at the three o’clock marker. Furthermore, it has luminescent gold-colored hands and hour markers. The minute counter on the window rim only starts at 20 minutes to 50 minutes with 10-minute intervals per indicator. 

The Seiko SRPB55 also comes with a mineral crystal window that prevents scratches. While you may argue that it is not as scratch resistant as its sapphire counterpart, the Hardlex mineral is more impact-resistant. Additionally, the mineral material is hard enough to protect the elements in the dial. 

This timepiece has a diameter of 43.85mm, perfect for people with big wrists. Also, it has a 12mm thickness, which is just enough for diving purposes. The wristwatch also has automatic movement, which means it does not need batteries. Pure mechanical movement ensures you enjoy accuracy while diving. 

Another interesting thing is that you can enjoy 41 hours of power reserve. Additionally, you can hand-wind your timepiece for 30 seconds to keep it wound. Did we forget to mention that it is automatic mechanical? You only need to wind the watch if you do not use it. Otherwise, the timepiece winds with your arm’s movement.

Main Features

  • Movement: Automatic mechanical
  • Case diameter: 43.85mm x 12mm
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Display Type: Analog
  • Power reserve: 41 hours
  • Window material: Hardlex
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Bezel: Unidirectional

8. Seiko SKA371

This Seiko men’s kinetic wristwatch is another interesting piece for divers. This timepiece has a 42mm stainless steel case. Additionally, the wristwatch has a Hardlex dial window that protects the analog display underneath. The major distinguishing factor between this wristwatch and the others we have reviewed is that it does not have a date window. 

Released in 2007, this round-shaped timepiece has a Hardlex mineral window that protects the dial and its analog display. Additionally, this timepiece has a foldover clasp and a double push-button safety for accessibility. Also, this device has a stainless steel case material. 

This device has a 42mm case diameter, suitable for big wrists. Also, the timepiece has a silver-toned band that goes well with the black dial. The Seiko SKA371 also has a stainless steel unidirectional bezel. It has a water resistance of 200m. 

This timepiece has a Japanese Quartz movement for accuracy. Furthermore, you can enjoy a two-year warranty when you purchase this wristwatch from the device. Also, this wristwatch weighs 15.84 ounces, which makes it lightweight. Overall, this timepiece is one of the best options if you need a simple and classic design.

Main Features

  • Case Diameter: 42mm x 14.8mm
  • Band Material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Stainless steel, unidirectional
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Weight: 15.84 ounces
  • Movement: Japanese Quartz
  • Dial Color: Black

9. Seiko SSC017

Seiko SSC017

Do you need a complex yet classic design? The Seiko Prospex Analog SSC017 is one of the unique timepieces you can get from this brand. This wristwatch has a black dial with a touch of blue on the dial rim. Additionally, this device also has three sub-dials in the mail dial window. 

First, you will find the minutes sub-dial and an hour sub-dial. Also, the wristwatch has a stainless steel bracelet contrasting beautifully with the black dial. The 43mm stainless steel case matches the bracelet and aligns well with the dial window. 

Another enticing feature is that you get to recharge by light. You can recharge up to 3.5 with 10,000 lux. The wristwatch also has a water resistance of 200m. Thus, this wristwatch is suitable for professional divers. Also, you can use it for other marine activities. There is no need to take your wristwatch off when participating in surface water sports; this wristwatch has covered you.

Main Features

  • Model Year: 2018
  • Dial Window: Hardlex Material
  • Display: Analog
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Case Diameter: 44mm x 14mm

10. Seiko SRP639K1

Seiko SRP639K1

The last timepiece on our list is Seiko’s men’s automatic dive stainless steel watch. This timepiece has a Caliber 4R36 24-jewel automatic movement for accuracy. Additionally, the timepiece has a hackable second hand with winding capabilities. Thus, you get to enjoy the complexity of this watch at an affordable rate. 

The timepiece also has a polyurethane band for comfortability and a day/date display. An outstanding feature of this day/date display is that you can access the English or Spanish options. Also, the wristwatch has luminous markers for easy readability in dark conditions. 

This timepiece has a case size of 46.5mm, which makes it suitable for people with big wrists. Also, the wristwatch has 200m water resistance, a screw-down crown, and a back case. Overall, this timepiece is one of the best considering the price.

Main Features

  • Model Year: 2018
  • Shape: Round
  • Dial Window: Hardlex Material
  • Display: Analog
  • Clasp: Buckle
  • Case Diameter: 47mm x 12mm
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Water Resistance: 200m

Buying Guide

Getting a good diver watch requires a few things. Although Seiko has several outstanding diver wristwatches, knowing a few things will help you get value for your money. We have outlined this detailed guide to help you pick the best diver watch.

Know What You Want

The first thing you need to pick a diver watch is what you want. You need to make up your mind on the features of the wristwatch you need before going to purchase any timepiece. Different timepieces have different features. For instance, you could find one with a time-day feature or a self-winding wristwatch. The water resistance also varies. Thus, you need to pick a wristwatch with all the required features.

Consider Your Budget

Budgeting is essential when picking your dive watch. While you can find dive watches for less than $1000, you can also find some that cost more than $10000. Hence, you need to consider your budget to pick a watch you can afford.

Read Reviews

As many wristwatches bring several outstanding features, you need to read reviews. Reviews will give you a first-hand experience of what to expect when you buy these timepieces. You must read reviews to pick the best Seiko dive watch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Seiko dive watches durable?

Yes, Seiko dive watches have a two-year warranty. The warranty tells you how confident the brand is with its products. You can use your wristwatch for more than five to ten years without issues. However, it all depends on how well you handle your timepiece.

Is the Seiko SKX007 discontinued?

Yes. Seiko officially discontinued the SKX collection in 2019.

How good are Seiko Prospex?

Seiko makes the best timepieces. Its Seiko Prospex line is another one of its uniquely made watches. Like its other collections, the Seiko Prospex line offers outstanding features.

Is Grand Seiko the same as Seiko?

Initially, Grand Seiko and Seiko were from the same root brand. However, the two brands have since parted ways and are separate entities.

Are Seiko dive watches any good?

Seiko dive watches are as good as dive watches from other brands. You can use dive watches from Seiko if you want to enjoy outstanding features.

Conclusion

We have outlined some outstanding timepieces from Seiko. In our review, we included wristwatches for small and big wrists. You can use these timepieces if you want to enjoy top-tier time-telling while exploring the marine world. We also included a buying guide to help pick the best timepiece for you. If you feel confused, you can read through our FAQs section to see if you will get the answer you need.

Seiko vs Tissot

For a long time, Swiss watches have been counted as one of the top watches on the planet that evoke luxury, quality, and an unmatched history of craftsmanship, but with Japan bringing on watches that have become synonymous with toughness and style, advice is often sought after by design enthusiasts who need help when choosing between top brands like Seiko and Tissot

Wondering about what is special about Tissot and Seiko that put them head to head in this battle of the watches? Notable inventions!! So for the many people trying to decide which to go for between the Seiko and Tissot, this comparison will offer you information that will give you a clearer view and make your decision process easy.

Is Seiko better or Tissot

Both Tissot and Seiko are brands that are celebrated for their precision and provision of decent quality watches over the years.

It is not surprising that both of them produce watches that are tough enough and essential enough to be considered first-line gear and the passion for pushing boundaries in both brands has distinguished them as top-tier watchmakers today.

Movements & Quality

From old-school mechanical calibers to GPS-enabled solar-powered quartz units, both brands come through hundreds of years of innovations and quality developments. Seiko, which started as far back in 1891 as Seikosha, was established eleven years after its founder, Kintaro began the repairs of watches and clocks in Tokyo.

It began producing its first watch for scuba divers in 1965 and manufactured one of the first quartz watches with a chronograph complication. Since then, new calibers have continually been introduced so that the brand has grown rapidly and has now become a selection of iconic Japanese timepieces with a reputation for consistently creating good movements so much that it was dubbed  “the forerunner of the quartz revolution” because it presented Earth’s first quartz watch in 1969, called the Seiko Quartz Astron.

A  piece that was three times more accurate than the mechanical watches of its time and could keep accurate time to within one minute per year! However, some people still prefer mechanical watch movements (which have some advantages over quartz), and since Seiko always puts desires first, it never abandoned its mechanical watch movements.

Its 7S line is an iconic example of Seiko’s mechanical workhorse wristwatches and they’ve always had excellent quality. From the well-praised  7S26, to the famed 4R36, all of Seiko’s mechanical watches use a traditional mainspring and share profound design ideas, even though they are all a bit different. 

Tissot watches on the other hand – in a bid to retain its status as a high-end watch brand – has always used materials of the highest quality and movements powered by ETA (ETA is Switzerland’s biggest and leading movement maker and brands like Omega, Longines and IWC use this movement) or Swissmatic movements (this one has a power reserve of 70 hours and guaranteed accuracy of about +/-10 seconds a day). 

Tissot introduced the first mass-produced pocket watch as well as the first pocket watch with two time zones as far back as 1853 and went further to present an anti-magnetic watch around 1930. Apart from Tissot watches being crafted under strict conditions that ensure quality, It has worked hard to build a legacy of offering excellent-quality watches that are water resistant to a depth of up to 200 meters

Style & Design

Next to outstanding quality and impressive history of craftsmanship, Swiss-made watches also come with an outstanding style and elegance. There’s a reason behind Swiss’s exclusivity. While both Seiko and Tissot produce exceptional timepieces praised for their designs and accuracy, Seiko has a strong focus on Haute Horlogerie, grand complications, and elegant dress watches.

Think of the legendary Seiko 5 SNXS73 and the oblong, timeless SWR053P1. There are also the noble complications of grand Seiko titanium watches that feature complex additional functions like flat surfaces polished to a mirror finish, minute repeaters, and perpetual calendars. The exclusivity of Seiko is directly tied to the fact that creating these highly crafted timepieces takes a whole lot of time.

Tissot, on the other hand, is much more renowned for its iconically-designed sports and gear watches – think of the Tissot Chrono XL, the Tissot PRC 200, Tissot Seastar, and Tissot Quickster (among others). Though Tissot produces dress watches as well, a lot of Tissot’s most popular models are iconic sports watches, loved by thousands of wrist watch enthusiasts for combining luxury alongside durable, accurate, and efficient components that are built to last beyond a lifetime without sacrificing functionality.

All of Tissot’s watches offer a stylistic versatility that Seiko doesn’t offer, but to match this Seiko presents finely created watches, with added innovations and movements found in more expensive watches among other brands. We can add at this point that Seiko has its own sports watches, like the Seiko 5 Sports.

But at the end of it all, Seiko is more focused on exquisite, complicated dress watches, and its range has always included some gorgeous ones and Haute Horlogerie pieces, such as the SARB065, SARB066, and Presage SSA343J1, whereas Tissot has a much sharper eye for high-end sports watches. So we see that the two brands have entirely different expertise, making it a bit difficult to say that one is better than the other.

Detection of Water Permeability

The water resistance of most contemporary watches from top brands is guaranteed so you should know that scratch and water resistance are features typically offered by both brands. Tissot has for a long time, utilized a touch-control sapphire technology, and produces highly functional timepieces with top-notch features that come without sacrificing a sleek design.

Both brands have watches that withstand up to 100 meters of water and some of Tissot’s diving watches are always tested in a pressurized tank in other to ensure water resistance. Seiko on the other hand offers watches that can be used for swimming and other everyday activities at 10 (20)-BAR.

Watch Case & Band

Tissot and Seiko always offer a wide array of watch band styles. From metal to leather styles, both brands continually combine materials to produce a strained, modern appearance. As far as closure styles go, Tissot watches come with ornate clape or the usual buckles. Nylon and rubber band watches (like Tissot T-Race T115417A) are also great options for some of the brand’s sports and field watches.

Seiko watches also presents watches with stainless steel bracelets, leather straps, and rubber and silicone bands. Fabric and nylon belts are also made widely available by Seiko so that you get the perfect fit for all your needs.

Popularity and Pricing

While neither Seiko nor Tissot openly releases distribution or production data, industry statistics estimate that in 2021 Tissot was exporting more than two million watches a year while Seiko was producing around 35,000 watches.

Tissot has been tied to sport to a great degree since the 1930s making it reputable and popular amongst athletes and other users across more than 150 countries according to World Tempus, it ranked number six in the top ten Swiss watch brands right after the Patek Phillipe.

In 2013, Swiss-made automatic watches made an unparalleled achievement by pairing down 51 parts (as against one hundred parts by other brands) to produce an entirely automated movement, and it combined all these parts with a single screw rapidly increasing its popularity and recognition.

Seiko on the other hand continues to be a recognizable brand popular for its simplicity of form and its understated elegance and productivity, such that in the first half of 2022, It launched 155 new models across its different product categories. One striking thing about Seiko and Tissot is their affordability. Seiko’s timepieces cost between $180 and $7,000.

While Tissot watches can be gotten for around $200 for the most affordable ones. Tissot’s sports watches even run somewhere between $200 and $3,000 and even though Seiko’s grand watches are more expensive, that doesn’t make them any better, and going from a Seiko to a Tissot watch should not be considered a downgrade. For a depth comparison, we are going to look at a more detailed analysis of watches within both brands.

Tissot Gentleman vs Seiko Presage

While many of our reviews are more on the higher-end side of the timepiece industry, we know that not all our readers and other watch enthusiasts can afford a Cartier or a Rolex which is why we are featuring modestly priced watches here that offer great value for money.

Recently, both Tissot and Seiko stepped up their game to a higher bar by upgrading their competition mechanically speaking, with upgraded automatic movements, adding finer details, and doing something more to create a timepiece that drastically challenges the watch industry every time.

Both watch brands offer their unique innovations and strengths and are dedicated to perfection. Now you may be wondering if you can pit them against one another, and pick the better of the two but we don’t think so. Here’s why.

Tissot Gentleman

Tissot Gentleman

If you are on the lookout for a perfect companion for everyday usage that can offer precision, reliability, robustness, versatility, and timelessness, ( so that your watch would not go out of style within a couple of years), then look no further because the Tissot Gentleman is an ideal multi-purpose watch that is both ergonomic and elegant for any circumstance.

It is suitable for wearing in business environments and can be worn where conventional dress codes apply. It is no news that Tissot has a long tradition of churning out reliable, and finely finished highly affordable watches. It is a part of the swatch group, and despite the affordability, these watches utilize superior industrial tools and are made under quality standards.

This automatic watch is made in such a way as to be powered by the energy of the person wearing it (the wrist’s movement enables the mechanism to run). Gentleman Powermatic 80 movement boasts up to 80 hours of power reserve, which is sufficient to keep on telling time accurately after three days of inactivity. This one was crafted to outperform its competition, whose movements generally provide less than two days of power reserve.

Seiko Presage

Seiko Presage

Presage not only combines a Japanese aesthetic sense with traditional craftsmanship but raises the essentials of watch production to the level of art. No doubt, Seiko’s mechanical watchmaking skills are top-notch and offer Japanese beauty, quality, and long-lasting performance in a package that is affordable, durable, and convenient.

True to its form, the Seiko Presage offers one of the most iconical mechanical GMTs on the watch world’s market in its elegantly detailed Presage family. Let’s take a quick look at just how they fare against each other on a closer level.

Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium vs Seiko Sarb033

Tissot Gentleman Seiko Presage
Every product comes with a 2-year warrantyA two-year warranty applies to all products
Price ranges from US$549.99 to US$775.00Starting price is around $900
Renowned for its durability
and accuracy
Praised for its traditional craftsmanship that offers long-lasting performance
Focused on sports watchesFocused on dress/retro lines
Quite RenownedAlso very popular with a global reach
Usually ends up holding its valueCan also be used as an investment as
well because some models do increase in value
Made In SwitzerlandMade In Japan
Moderately optimized online storeProfoundly optimized online store
Founded In 1853Founded In 1913
80-hours power reserve50-hour power reserve
Movement: Swiss automaticSeiko caliber 4R35 automatic movement
Case & Crystal: Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective time coatingPractical modern look with a bit of retro vintage 1960s appearance.
Water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft)Water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m)
More exquisitely refined and luxuriously designed.Very robust and durable from the start to finish

Tissot Gentleman PM80 Silicium vs Seiko Presage SARX045

Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium

Product Specifications
Diameter41 mm
Thickness10 mm
Lug Width22 mm
StrapBlack leather with butterfly clasp
Watch CrystalSapphire crystal
DialBlack analog dial
HandsSlim index hands
MarkersIndex markers
StyleDress
MovementETA
AccuracyChronometer grade accuracy  +/- 5 seconds per day
Power Reserve80 hours
Water Resistance100 m
Other FeaturesDate display, exhibition case back

Pros:

  • Great balance of style, versatility, and affordability
  • Water resistance of up to 100m
  • The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating.
  • Available in green, black, blue, and silver colored dials which all feature a sunburst effect – how cool is that?
  • 3 Hz movement with up to 80 hours of power reserve.
  • Available either with a leather strap with a folding buckle or a steel bracelet.
  • Comes with a warranty of up to two years

Cons:

  • Difficult to service.

Seiko SARX045

Product Specifications
Diameter38mm
Lug width11mm
Thickness~45mm lug-to-lug
Watch CrystalSapphire
LumeIndices and hands
StrapStainless steel
StyleDress
MovementSeiko 6R15 with 23 jewel
Accuracy+25/-15 seconds per day
Power reserve50 hours
Water resistance100 meters

Pros:

  • A robust movement that offers hand-winding and hacking
  • Very affordable (can be gotten for around $500)
  • Versatile ( you can easily dress up and down with just a change in strap)
  • Dope Bracelet
  • Excellent value for money

Cons:

  • Discontinued

What Tissot and Seiko have in common

Both Tissot and Seiko are recognized worldwide for producing high-quality, precise watches. Each has a distinct look and feel with a long history in the watchmaking industry and has both performed impressively, achieving a high level of luxury by employing only the highest quality materials and following a strict design style.

From steel to luxurious leather, both models show off classic luxury in their designs. An automated winding is used by both Tissot and Seiko though Tissot surpasses Seiko with 80 hours of reserve power, the Seiko Presage watch has 40 hours of battery life which is still very impressive.

Tissot and Seiko both have fine quartz watches, so are both thin, but some Seiko models are solar-powered, and will not need a battery change. Lastly, both watches are perfect for everyday use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tissot an entry-level luxury watch?

Tissot has watches coming in at under $500.  Some of Tissot’s most popular watch brands which are considered entry-level luxury watches include; the Tissot Chrono xl, Tissot Classic Dream, and Tissot Carson among others.

Do celebrities wear Tissot or Seiko watches?

Tissot timepieces have been spotted on the wrists of celebrities like Simon Pegg in the movie  Mission Impossible. Angelina Jolie was also wearing a Tissot in the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith and other prominent personalities have made public appearances with the Tissot watch on.

Seiko has also been worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger (in the movie The Predator) and Sigourney Weaver also had a Seiko Speedtimer 7A28-7000, in the movie Aliens. So yes, celebrities do wear Tissot and Seiko watches.

Is Tissot high quality?

Absolutely. Tissot is devoted to fine workmanship in its watchmaking, and all its timepieces are carefully-wrought with over 150 years of innovation. It comes with great longevity, precise running with profound resistance to magnetic fields, and has an impressive collection of dynamic sports watches, bold diver’s pieces, elegant dress models, trendy chronographs, and even features solar-powered watches.

Is Seiko considered a luxury brand?

Yes. Seiko is a luxury watch brand from Japan that has been known globally for precision, reliability and excellence for over 100 years now.

Is Tissot considered a luxury?

Tissot designs evoke luxury and craft its watches with scratch-resistance sapphire, precious stone glasses, and top-notch materials with a timeless style that could be from any era. For instance, Tissot’s PRX 40 205 was crafted to be a contemporary demonstration of a design from the late 1960s.

Which has better battery life, Tissot or Seiko?

Tissot has almost twice as long battery life as Seiko, making it a preferred option if power is what you need.

Best Seiko Sumo Watches

Seiko has a rich history in the development and manufacturing of world-class diver watches that are hugely popular and highly sought after by professionals and amateurs alike. To understand Sumo’s place in the pantheon of Seiko diver watches, I will provide a brief history and evolution of the diver watch.

1965- Seiko produces the very first Japanese self-winding diving watch that is water resistant to 150meters.

1968-Release of the 300-meter diver with a high beat self-winding automatic movement operating at 10 vibrations per second. By this time, Seiko has acquired twenty patents for the exterior of the diver watch alone.

1975– With the impetus of a letter that Seiko received from a professional diver, Seiko assembles a team to address the requests made in the letter. The diver explained that at depths greater than 300 meters, when using a diving capsule and saturation diving techniques, most watches sustained some degree of damage. This led to the creation of a diver watch made with a titanium case and water resistant to 600 meters.

1978– World’s first saturation diver watch with a quartz movement and water resistance to 600 meters.

1982– World’s first hybrid movement diver watch with alarm and chronograph functions and with a bilingual display. Water resistance of 150 meters.

1985– Improvement of the previous diver watch released in 1982, now water resistant to 200 meters.

1986– Development of a diver watch that is water resistant to 1000 meters. This is achieved through the use of a titanium case and a ceramic outside shell.

1990- The world’s first computerized diver watch is named the “Scuba Master.” This watch was equipped with a water and depth sensor and displayed both diving time and depth.

1992– Introduction of the world’s first kinetic diver watch. Power is derived by an automatic generating quartz movement. 200-meter water resistant.

1995– The creation of three distinct watches that are released during the year.

  • The “Diver Scuba” 200 meters. This timepiece calculates the depth of water and dive time. It also displays log data memory and air pressure.
  • 200-meter water resistant 24-hour hand kinetic “Scuba Master” with a titanium case and its battery does not need to be replaced.
  • The world’s first “Scuba Master” with an automatic calculating analog depth gauge and water resistance to 200 meters.

2000– Introduced a diving computer watch that displays the dive profile by recording the current depth of the dive and can also be used for nitrox diving.

2005– World’s first spring drive diver watch featuring a titanium case, 600-meter water resistance, and accurate to one second per day.

2007– The first Prospex Sumo watches are introduced.

The Seiko Sumo

The Seiko Sumo watch models are part of the Prospex collection of divers and sports watches. The Prospex name is a combination of the words professional and specifications and reflects the quality and design that are the earmark of the entire collection. These watches are inspired and manufactured in response to the requirements and desires of diving professionals worldwide.

They are surprisingly affordable given their quality and therefore are widely popular with both the diving community and those that enjoy larger case sporty timepieces. The Sumo collection is positioned as the middle tier of Seiko’s diver watch offerings, as reflected in its price.

The Sumo timepieces, as mentioned, are a subset of the Prospex divers watches and earned their nickname due to certain details reflected in the watch’s design. Some believe the Sumo name was given to the models because of the shape of the marker at the twelve o’clock position. The marker resembles an “oicho” which is the top knot worn by a sumo wrestler.

Others believe that the bezel reflects the shape of the “dohyo” which is the ring in which sumo wrestlers hold their bouts. Whatever the reason, the Sumo is one of the most popular and sought-after diver models in the Seiko collection.

The Sumo was first introduced in 2007 and quickly became popular for divers and sportsmen alike. The first three models were the SBDC001 in black, the SPDC003 in blue (also nicknamed “Blumo,” and the SBDC005 with an orange dial.

These initial models have been outfitted with an in-house manufactured 6R15 caliber mechanical automatic movement and as all Sumos water resistant to 200m. An additional earmark of a Sumo watch, and what makes it recognizable, is that the crown is at the four o’clock position.

The Sumo collection is also popular for its impeccable finishes and smooth lines which are uncommon for an otherwise large sports watch. The design team hit a home run in the marriage of the bracelet to the case and also the design of the case itself. The latest bracelet resembles the “oyster” style with a three-link pattern and again nicely finished lines. The watch has a very polished feel as you run your fingers over both the case and the bracelet.

Details of the latest generation of Sumo watches include the following:

  1. A 45 mm. Case with a measurement of 53 mm. From lug to lug.
  2. Stainless steel case (and bracelet) with a special hard coating to increase durability and appearance. 
  3. Unidirectional ceramic bezel allowing for 120 clicks per hour.
  4. Inhouse-produced 6R35 caliber mechanical automatic movement vibrating at 21,600 A/h and incorporating twenty-four jewels.
  5. Power reserve of 70 hours.
  6. Hacking function (Wearer can stop the second hand while adjusting the time, allowing for accuracy down to seconds}.
  7. Dial featuring large rhomboid markers and hands treated in lumibrite (luminous pigment).
  8. Sapphire crystal.
  9. 200-meter water resistance.
  10. Screw down stainless steel crown located at the four o’clock position.
  11. Three-year international warranty.

15 of the best Sumo Watches

1. SBJ101 The original classic with a black bezel and dial.

Seiko SBJ101

Retail $850.00

2. SBJ103 The original classic with a green dial and bezel.

Seiko SBJ103

Retail $850.00

3. SPB240 Seiko Boutique Exclusive Model

Seiko SPB240

Copper brown dial with a copper brown accented black bezel (Distinctly beautiful and unique color design).

Retail $1200.00

4. SPB125 Black Ninja Limited (7000 pieces)

Seiko SPB125

Features a black PVD case with a black dial and a combination of orange and lumibrite minutes hand. The markers have traces of orange outlining the lumibrite-treated markers and nicely accenting the minute hand.

Retail $850.00

5. SPB297 Modern Reinterpretation Save the Ocean (Deep blue colored dial)

Seiko SPB297

Retail $1250.00

6. SPB255 Black Series Limited Edition 1968 Mechanical Divers Modern Reinterpretation (5500 pieces)

Seiko SPB255

Retail $1200.00

7. SPB175 Sumo USA Special Edition Ice Diver Gray

Seiko SPB175

Retail $900.00

8. SPB177 Sumo USA Special Edition Ice Diver Blue

Retail $900.00

9. SPB179 Sumo USA Special Edition Ice Diver Green

Retail $900.00

10. SPB207 Limited Edition Green Sumo Automatic

Seiko SPB207

Retail $1350.00

11. SPB194 Sumo Zimbe- Limited edition of 1500 pieces.

Seiko Sumo SPB194

12. SPB187 Reinterpretation Diver

Seiko SPB187

Retail $1200.00

13. SPB321 The Latest generation Sumo

Seiko SPB321

Retail $1200.00

14. SPB323 The Latest generation Sumo

Seiko SPB323

Retail $1200.00

15. SPB325 The latest generation Sumo Padi Line

Seiko SPB325

Features a black global texture dial and a black and light blue bezel. Outfitted with a blue rubber strap.

Retail $1050.00

Note: All prices listed are at suggested retail as set by Seiko watch corporation.

Seiko Sumo Chronograph

The Seiko Sumo Chronograph is a timepiece that celebrates the 140-year-plus existence of the Seiko watch corporation and all of its accomplishments in the area of timekeeping and time measuring. Four distinct events that contributed to the evolution of the present-day chronograph are the following:

  1. As the recognized official timekeeper of the 1964 Olympic Games, Seiko unveils the first Japanese watch that incorporates a stopwatch function.
  2. Seiko introduces the first automatic chronograph in 1969 that features a vertical clutch and column wheel.
  3. 1969 also sees Seiko manufacture the world’s first quartz watch movement which is a pivotal moment for the entire watchmaking industry and a revolutionary game-changer.
  4. With the advent of the quartz movement, sets the stage for the first solar-powered watch released in 1977 and the foundation for the present-day Sumo Chronograph.

The two models that are referred to as Sumo Chronographs, the SSC757 and SSC807 aren’t classic Sumo collection models but have been referred to as part of the collection due to the similar twelve o’clock marker as the regular Sumo models. The Sumo timepieces have manual automatic movements whereas these chronograph models are powered by the in-house V192 solar quartz movement produced exclusively by Seiko.

The Sumo Chronograph model SSC757

Details of the SSC757:

  • Stainless Steel case 44.5 mm. wide and 13.7 mm. thick.
  • Stainless steel screw-down crown, pushers, case back with a unidirectional bezel. Pushers are at the two o’clock and the four o’clock positions.
  • Sapphire crystal.
  • V192 caliber Seiko solar quartz movement (Remains charged for at least six months if charged by a direct light source).
  • Numberless dial with three subdials, one also showing the power reserve capacity of the charged movement. Each subdial has an independent motor and can be adjusted independently. Timing to 60 minutes in ⅕ second increments.
  • Numberless dial with Lumibrite hands, markers, bezel markings, and date display.
  • Date display between the four and five o’clock markers.
  • Water resistant to 200 meters.

The suggested retail price is $675.00

Details of the SSC807

The SSC807 is a 140th-anniversary limited edition watch that was introduced in March of 2021. This edition has all the components of the SSC757 but differs in the following:

  • Limited production of 4000 pieces.
  • Has a green dial
  • Comes with an additional silicone strap.

The Suggested retail price is $780.00

Seiko Prospex Sumo Green

This particular watch was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Seiko’s collection of divers watches and is available exclusively in Thailand. The Thai market is very important and strategic to Japanese manufacturing from both an expansionary aspect and in their worldwide marketing plans.

Every year some models are introduced only to the Thai community and make the country a treasure trove for watch collectors. The Sumo Green is one of these commemorative watches and is limited to 820 pieces. 

The watch has all of the characteristics and components of that generation of Sumo watches but has some unique aesthetic embellishments. At the heart of this timepiece is the Seiko in-house-produced 6R15 caliber automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve.

The uniqueness of the anniversary model is found in the crafting of the dial. The green color lies upon a wave pattern that creates a three-dimensional effect. The green fades into a smoky gray towards the edges of the dial where it meets the bezel. There are also gold accents on the bezel and the crown and the sapphire crystal features a cyclops window magnifying the date. 50th is also reflected in gold below the hand pinion.

Seiko Sumo vs. Samurai

The Seiko King Samurai was originally manufactured from 2004-2008 and reintroduced in 2017. The watch got its nickname “King Samurai” because the hours and seconds hands supposedly resembled a Samurai sword.

The new model SRPE35K1 is outfitted with an in-house 4R35 caliber automatic movement with 23 jewels. The movement operates at 21,600 A/h and has a power reserve of 41 hours. The Stainless steel case is 44mm. and is completed with a sapphire crystal with a cyclops window over the date ceramic bezel, and a stainless steel bracelet. The watch is also water resistant to 200m.

In comparing the King Samurai with the similar Sumo model, I have chosen the SPD101. The features of the Sumo are listed in the Sumo description in this article. Where the two depart is in appearance and the feel on the wearer’s wrist. Though the Sumo is the larger of the two watches, the King Samurai can feel larger. 

The case and bracelet of the King Samurai are also different in that they are not as smoothly finished as the Sumo diver. The case and bracelet are blockier and edgier. The Sumo is smoother in appearance and feels very balanced on the wrist. The King Samurai also differs in the finish below the ceramic bezel. Instead of vertical grooves, it has a diamond etched surface as well as a milled stainless steel crown.

The crown is also at the three o’clock position as opposed to the four o’clock position on the Sumo watch. The one feature that does stand out on the King Samurai is the block-styled dial. It is attractive and really sets the watch apart in side-by-side comparisons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Seiko Sumo made in Japan?

The Seiko collection is manufactured and assembled in Japan. The watch may contain components manufactured in other Asian countries, but the watch is ultimately a product of Japan.

What is a Sumo watch?

As mentioned earlier in this article, Sumos became a nickname for the line of Prospex diver watches that had a particularly shaped twelve o’clock hour marker that resembled the top knot worn by a sumo wrestler. Technically the name refers to a subset of the Prospex collection of competitively priced high-quality diving timepieces.

These watches are manufactured to the specific requirements of professional divers using superior materials and the latest technology. They are also painstakingly fitted and finished and sit comfortably on the wearer’s wrist for their size and mass.

Why is Seiko Sumo popular?

The Seiko Sumo is popular for both its quality and reasonable price. There are many professional divers watches on the market that sells for much higher prices due to their brand names but offers similar features. There is a tremendous amount of value offered in the Sumo models.

Additionally, the Sumo offerings are quite diverse and there is a style for almost every taste. Attractive dial colors and color combinations contribute to their allure amongst sports enthusiasts.

What is Lumibrite?

Lumibrite is a luminous paint that absorbs light energy from either the sun or another light source, and stores it to be used and seen in the dark. The luminous properties do degrade over time.

What does “Padi” represent on the various Seiko “Padi” models?

Padi stands for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. This is the world’s leading scuba diving training organization. Part of their mission is to bring unity to divers around the world who share a passion for the ocean. The Seiko “Padi” models are an excellent choice for divers who desire that added sense of certification to their diving instruments.

What differentiates a Seiko Sumo Ice Diver?

The Ice Diver gets its name from the colors that are reflected off of a glacier. The series sports a beautiful block pattern dial in either gray, green, or ice blue.

Are there Sumo Limited Editions?

The answer to this question is a definite yes. If you refer back to the list of Sumo models earlier in this article you will see that there are four limited edition models featured. There are more and also several special edition models that are not limited in their production numbers.

Seiko is also renowned for releasing exclusive editions for particular markets that are not available worldwide. The Prospex Sumo Green mentioned in this article is an example of such an offering. These watches tend to retain and even increase in value due to their exclusivity and limited availability.

Is a Seiko Sumo a worthwhile purchase?

When compared to all of the professional grade diver watches in the marketplace, the Sumo is both an affordable watch and one whose purchase reflects great value.

What is the warranty on a Seiko Sumo?

The Seiko Sumo as well as most of the Seiko line are warranted for three years.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I hope I have provided ample information to encourage your interest in either purchasing your first Seiko Sumo diver watch or assistance in choosing your next Sumo for your collection. This article should encourage anyone looking to purchase a professional quality diver watch for either professional diving needs or merely for the weekend sportsman or diver. 

The diversity in dial colors and variety of limited editions offer a timepiece for almost every taste. The affordable pricing and superior construction of the Sumo collection should make these watches a consideration for anyone who loves the sea.

Despite the large case measurement, the Sumo sits surprisingly comfortably on even smaller wrists that otherwise would not carry a larger watch well. This is a testimony to the smooth finishes and seamless incorporation of all the materials used in the construction of the timepiece as well as the union of the case and bracelet.

140 years of watchmaking knowledge and success are evident in the Sumo models as well as over 50 years of diver watch expertise. In the history of the Seiko diver watch, there is little that the company has not addressed to answer the requests of the diving community. Thus the “Prospex” Professional specifications reputation.

Any diver can wear a Sumo with confidence and know they have a watch that is water resistant to 200 meters, is easily readable in the darkness of the ocean depth, and has a unidirectional bezel that is an essential tool for diving.

Though there are fifteen diverse styles of Sumo watches listed in this article, there are many more models to choose from. If you are looking for a diver watch or just an attractive sports watch that is durable and an eyecatcher, I suggest you visit a Seiko dealer and try on a Sumo for yourself.

Nothing speaks louder than experiencing the feel, quality, and look of these watches on your own wrist. I will confidently say that you will neither be disappointed nor regret the purchase of your new Sumo watch.

Seiko Sarb033 vs Sarb035 luxury watch

The Seiko Sarb033 vs. Sarb035 debate is an interesting one. It is amazing to see what these two watches have under the hood. Both are great watches that easily pass for modern classics due to their mind-blowing design. Whenever either of these watches is posted on the subreddit, it sells fast. This watch competes with some of the rarest watches that are limited edition in sale speed. 

No watch can be a better alternative to SARB035 than its counterpart, SARB033. Either of these watches could easily serve as an alternative for the other. Hence, if you don’t get one on the market, you can always purchase the other and add this beauty to your collection of watches. 

The prices of these watches fluctuate each week as they are watches people would kill to get. A handful of these watches come and go each week, which justifies the price fluctuation. And since the discontinuation of the SARB line, these watches have become even rarer to come by. The white dial SARB035 and black dial SARB033 are the perfect watches you can get for any price tag.

These watches are low-budget luxury compared to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 or the Rolex Explorer. These two watches are the purest expression of engineering coupled with the highest form of luxury. Both watches have a sporty look, bringing more style to your wrist and watch collection. The specs of these watches are perfect to the point, hence, the buzz around the SARB series. 

If you are a fan of luxury but have to work with a budget, Seiko watches are budget-price luxury watches. The Seiko SARB033 and its alternate, the SARB035, are two of the most popular budget wristwatches on the market. 

SARB033 Review

Seiko SARB033

The SARB033 makes it difficult to ignore Seiko’s already rich reputation. The watch is simple yet has an effective, versatile, and classy design that screams luxury from far away. The steel case comes in with a width of 38mm. It has an 11m thickness with a 44mm lug-to-lug length. 

The SARB033 is easy on the wristwatch, but the classy design is eye piercing. This watch is an excellent daily piece that accommodates regular strap changes. This watch is an out-of-the-box beauty with surprising versatility. 

Features

The Seiko 6R15 automatic movement powers the SARB033, and a fantastic 50-hour power reserve backs it up. With these two under the hood, the SARB033 can sit comfortably in your collection without needing winding anytime soon. 

If you come across this watch, you cannot miss the indices and hands embedded into the eye of this watch. The beauty of the SARB033 comes out with the classic Seiko polish, a watch that catches and reflects light rays perfectly. 

The SARB033 is a watch whose quality, you would say, exceeds the price tag twice or even three times over. The second hand on the watch is at the edge of the dial, using all the available space to show off its beauty. The date window cut also gets equal polish attention, just like the hands. 

The SARB033 is exquisite; you get a perfectly vertically brushed top surface with finely polished sides. Flip the timepiece over to reveal a beautiful display case back. The watch comes with a standard bracelet that has similar finishing. 

One of the reasons this watch is so popular is that it inherits some of Grand Seiko’s classic finishing touches. The polished ends of the link are flashes of the ones found on the Grand Seiko series. It can all be yours for a price tag ranging around $900. 

The Seiko SARB033 does tend to lose a few points when it comes to enthusiasts who feel metal straps are unnecessary. However, this doesn’t discredit the overall beauty of the watch; there are a few straps that can come in to replace the metal straps if you don’t like them. 

The Kirkstead stainless steel strap is one to pick out. It is one of the most exquisite straps you can find on the market. Leather straps don’t downplay the beauty of this watch in any way. If you’re not a fan of metal straps, you can always get yourself a leather strap and add that hint of vintage to your timepiece. 

SARB035 Review

Seiko SARB035

The Seiko SARB035 has it all; it is a dream watch for enthusiasts. It is a compact watch of 38mm, making it a perfect fit for people with small wrists. The watch comes with a clean quality stainless steel case. The design is truly one to behold.

Features

The bracelet of this piece supports a simple and clean gorgeous cream dial that adds an impeccable touch of class to the watch. The designers and makers of this watch paid serious attention to detail while crafting this timepiece. 

Dauphine’s hands add the finishing touch to this piece, giving it a sophisticated smart look you can’t find anywhere else. The edges of the dial feature rectangular silver hour markers that are classy and straightforward.

The steel case houses an automatic movement, a rare mechanism to find in a Seiko watch at this level. You would think this is an average automatic movement, but you would be wrong. The automatic movement in this watch elevates it to a whole new level. 

The timepiece has a 50-hour power reserve and can handle up to 100m of sea level. The watch is a rounder that tops it up with a sapphire crystal. Getting this watch may cost you a little fortune. When Seiko produced the SARB series, you could obtain this timepiece for around $300.

However, since the series’ discontinuation in 2018, the price has increased. You can obtain this watch from a reputable US seller for around $700. Below is a table that outlines the key similarities and differences between the SARB033 and the SARB035.  

FeatureSARB033SARB035
Steel case width38mm38mm
Automatic Movement6R156R15
Power reserve5050
Dial colorBlackCream white
Weight136g136g
Number of jewels2323
Water Resistance100mm100m

Alternative Watches to The SARB035

SARB035 is a gem for its price, but it can be a little hard to find. Luckily, few watches possess some of the qualities of the SARB035. Below are the top three alternates of the watch:

1. Seiko Year-Round Automatic SNKL41k1

It is no surprise that the first on our list is another Seiko wristwatch. The Seiko Year-Round Automatic SNKL41K1 is a simple white dial Seiko watch that can serve as an alternative for the much-loved SARB035. This brand truly knows how to make its watches that fit just well with customer tastes. From a distance, this watch is similar to the SARB series because of the white dial and the 38mm steel case size. But of course, there are differences between the two timepieces. 

The SNKL41K1 is a member of another popular Seiko series, the Seiko 5. The first difference you will notice with this watch is that it has a sportier feel than the SARB series. The mix of black and silver markings around the ring sets it apart from the SARB035. However, you will still get the dauphine hands on the SNKL41K1. You can own this watch for $135, more or less.

2. Orient Classic Mechanical Bambino RA-AC0005S

This beautiful watch is a design of the proud popular Japanese watch brand Orient. The classy white dial design is the most alluring similarity between the SARB035 and the Bambino RA-AC0005S, reducing the distance between the two. 

The Bambino merges an excellent design and movement specs in a beautifully crafted timepiece. However, the similarities between the Bambino and the SARB035 end at the white dial. The dauphine hands in the Bambino are different; it brings a deep blue color to their hands. The dial also has different dimensions and the hour markers are slightly off. 

The Bambino doesn’t match up to the iconic sapphire crystal of the SARB, opting for a mineral instead. But the watch does house a powerful Cal.F6724 automatic movement under the hood. The watch is pretty accurate for a budget watch. The watch can stand up to 50m of water pressure. You can get this watch for around $215. 

3. Seiko Presage SRPB77

Seiko Presage SRPB77

The Seiko Presage SRPB77 is one of the best budget dress watches on the market. After the SARB series was discontinued, the Presage series inherited its rich heritage. The Presage has some slight tweaks that set it apart from the SARB. 

This model of the Presage combines a white dial with blue hands, similar to the blue seen in the Bambino, but with a few classy Seiko touches. The radiating sunburst design will draw your attention to this watch’s unmatched beauty. 

The Presage adds another layer of quality and class that tops that of SARB; truly a worthy replacement. Arrows replace the rectangular hour markers, but the dauphine hands and date window remain untouched. 

Prestige prices The price of this watch fluctuates from around $450. The case size is the key difference between the Presage and the illustrious SARB035. The Prestige comes in a slightly bigger steel case size, 40.5mm. 

Conclusion

The SARB series is one of the brand’s most iconic series. And it is one of the most sought-after watch series in the world. A dazzling touch of class that is nothing but luxurious on all fronts is something anyone would kill to get. 

Owning one of these watches can elevate your watch collection and place you among the best of the best. The perfect timepiece can get you just the attention you need. And the perfect watches for you lie between the SARB033 and SARB035. 

Each watch is powered by a 6R15 backed by an amazing 50-hour power reserve which will keep them ticking, even on the weekends. The key difference in these watches is the dials; the SARB33 carries an aesthetic Black color for its dial while the SARB035 carries cream white. Both watches are a return on investment, and you wouldn’t regret going for either. 

Seiko vs Fossil Watches

Seiko and Fossil are brands that produce some of the most wonderfully crafted timepieces on the market. Seiko’s watches embody the best qualities of Japanese watchmaking: precision, artistry, and practicality. The brand is also one of the most prolific watchmakers in the world, with its massive catalog that occupies several price points.

The brand offers an uncompromising quality of the movements and materials of its timepieces. It’s technology is incredibly diverse, with movements ranging from mechanical calibers to GPS-enabled solar-powered quartz. Whatever your budget, you can find a quality watch that suits your lifestyle and taste.

Fossil produces great-quality and fashion-forward watches. It includes a comprehensive offering, from quartz to mechanical and traditional to smartwatches, with accessible prices and various attractive designs. The brand also specializes in fashion goods like jewelry, wallets, perfume, and leather goods. It is one of the largest watch manufacturers in the world and generates much of the Fossil Group’s $2 billion annual revenue.

Although we’ve included several other brands to compare, our preference for the best entry-level watch came down to Seiko and Fossil. We’ve broken down many aspects, from history, reputation, movements, quality, and design, to conclude the winner.

Watch Brand Reputation

Diesel Watches Reputation

Diesel is renowned for its in-depth knowledge of urban cultural and technological trends. Its oversized and stylish watches cater mainly to younger generations and are easily recognizable.

Citizen Watches Reputation

Citizen has a reputation for making robust watches. They are reliable, reasonably priced, and have simple and timeless designs. The brand has had relationships with major corporations such as Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, and the U.S. Open.

Timex Watches Reputation

Timex has a reputation for its austerity, durability, and volume of models. It has affordable watches starting at $10. Great for everyday wear. The brand was the official timekeeper of the New York Marathon and Complex Con in Long Beach, LA.

Fossil Watches Reputation

Fossil is one of the broadest-styled horology brands. It mainly suits the younger audiences and fashionistas that enjoy flashy and modern styles more than the quality-obsessed aficionados.

Seiko Watches Reputation

Seiko has a sterling reputation that enthusiasts and aficionados revere due to its quality and pricing. The brand was the official timer of the Tokyo 1964 and Barcelona 1992 Olympics, four Fifa World Cups, and several athletics World Championships.

Seiko vs. Fossil Reputation Conclusion

Both brands have excellent reputations; however, Seiko’s rich heritage, ties to sports, quality, and pricing make it the clear winner.

Watch Brand Movements

Diesel Movements

Diesel watches typically have an accurate and reliable Japanese Miyota quartz movement, an industry standard for fashion watches. These movements require minimal maintenance and are slightly more advanced and expensive to make than Chinese movements.

Citizen Movements

All in-house components come from Japan, from integrated circuits to electronic chips to mechanical components. The only exception is La Joux Perret in Switzerland, which manufactured the movements used in some Campagnola watches.

Timex Movements

Their reliable and accurate quartz movements primarily come from China and Southeast Asia. Aside from quartz, some of the brand’s higher-end watches come with Chinese Seagull automatic hand-wound mechanisms. 

Seiko Movements

Seiko is one of the few wholly integrated manufacturers in the horology world. The brand has the following three movements: mechanical (hand-wound or automatic), quartz, and the proprietary Spring Drive movement. 

Seiko Mechanical Movements

Most of Seiko’s mechanical movements are high-beat, which means in juxtaposition to a standard mechanical movement that beats six to eight times per second; Seiko’s perform better, are more resistant to shocks, and are more accurate. Several watches have Seiko’s most accurate caliber, the 8L55, which has an accuracy of +15/-10 seconds per day. In contrast, most low-budget models use 4R35, which has an accuracy of +45/-35 seconds.

Seiko Quartz Movements

As the sole inventor of the quartz movement, the Japanese quartz movements by Seiko are arguably the most reliable in the market. Seiko quartz watches have an average monthly accuracy of +/- 15 seconds. While the brand’s most renowned quartz movement, the 9F caliber, has an accuracy of +/- 10 seconds a year. A few features include a twin pulse control motor and an instant date change mechanism, which can quickly switch the display in 1/2000th of a second.

Seiko’s Spring Drive

The patented Spring Drive was invented in 1997 by the talented Yoshikazu Akahane and is a mechanical movement type with quartz-like accuracy. The Spring Drive timepiece’s energy source is a mainspring transmitted through a gear train.

Spring Drive watches do not use an escapement and balance wheel. Instead, they use a “Tri-Synchro regulator” that acts like a quartz movement, thus providing similar precision. The Spring Drive is primarily found in mid-to-high-end Seiko models and has a one-second-a-day accuracy.

Fossil Movements

Fossil watches use either quartz or mechanical movements that are reliable and precise. The popular automatic movement used by Fossil, the Seagull Caliber TY2806 delivers an impressive accuracy of +10/-35 seconds per day, which is excellent because many watches that are less than $100 house this caliber.

Fossil’s battery-powered collections have Miyoa-manufactured movements. They won’t lose more than 20 seconds per month. For a brief period, Fossil offered a hybrid movement type, the mecha-quartz. The Twist movement was called a quartz-based caliber with an automatic second hand. 

Seiko Movements vs Fossil Movements

As the inventor of the quartz movement and other technology such as Spring Drive, Tri-Synchro regulator, etc., Seiko’s movements perform better and are of higher quality than Fossil’s movements.

Watch Brand Quality and Design

Diesel Watches Quality and Design

Diesel’s designs tend to create trends rather than follow them. There are only a few conservative designs; most are brightly colored, unusually shaped, and eye-catching. Most watches have a stainless steel case, reliable quartz movement, and mineral glass that covers the dial. Depending on the model, they have stainless steel, leather, or plastic wristbands. 

Citizen Watches Quality and Design

Citizen Watches

The brand offers quality watches that are dependable and enduring at reasonable price points. Rarely experimenting with anything bold and unusual, most watch designs are conservative. Cases, dials, hands, and movements are all in-house.

They make many cases with titanium and treat them with steel. Pricer models have sapphire crystals, while moderately priced ones have mineral glass. Depending on the model, they have leather, elastic, cowhide, steel, titanium, etc. wristbands

Timex Watches Quality and Design

Timex design

Timex’s watch styles are basic and conservative and can match many outfits. Most of its watches use resin, a composite blend of high-affected plastic. Due to its weight, the resin is durable if adequately attenuated and suitable for sports-related activities. They use brass for most cases, while higher-end designs use stainless steel. Lower-priced models have acrylic glass, and more expensive models have mineral glass.

Seiko Watches Quality and Design

Seiko manufactures precise, durable, and stylish watches. Generally, the more you spend on a Seiko watch, the higher the quality of the parts used. However, no matter your budget, the price-quality ratio is excellent, and the quality of materials used in many models can last a lifetime. 

Low-budget models often come with hardlex glass, which is more than enough to protect the face from severe damage during everyday use. At higher price ranges, they fit watches with a sapphire crystal. Most watch cases are stainless steel, although many high-priced models have ceramic. Depending on the model, they have stainless steel, leather, silicone, rubber, polyurethane, etc. wristbands.

Fossil Watches Quality and Design

Fossil Watches design

Fossil watch designs keep pace with the latest fashion trends, and the brand won a Fashion Tech of the Year Award in 2017. Their looks are deceiving because they are better than their moderate price tag. Fossil creates mechanical, digital, and smartwatches. Most have stainless steel cases with screw-down crowns, case backs, and mineral crystal dial windows. Depending on the model, they have wristbands made of stainless steel, leather, silicone, etc.

Seiko Watches Quality and Design vs. Fossil Watches Quality and Design

Seiko watches are well-known for their price-quality ratio, and their materials are higher quality than Fossil.

Watch Brand Prices

Diesel Watch Prices

Diesel watches are approx. in the $100 to $5000 range. Most designs are approx. in the $100 to $300 range.

Citizen Watch Prices

Citizen watches are approx. in the $100 to $20,000 range.

Timex Watch Prices

Timex watches are approx. in the $30 to $500 range. Most designs are approx less than $100.

Seiko Watch Prices

Seiko watches are approx. in the $275 to $6,500.

Fossil Watch Prices

Fossil watches are approx. in the $30 to $1,000 range.

Seiko Watch Prices vs. Fossil Watch Prices Conclusion

Fossil watches are ostensibly cheaper and may meet your needs for an everyday watch. Although more expensive, Seiko’s designs and materials are of higher quality for longevity, making it the winner.

Watch Brand Warranties

Diesel Watch Warranty

The brand warrants it against manufacturing defects for two years after purchase.

Citizen Warranty Policy

The brand warrants it against manufacturing defects for five years after purchase.

Timex Warranty Policy

The brand warrants it against manufacturing defects for one year after purchase.

Fossil Warranty Policy

The brand warrants it against manufacturing defects for two years after purchase.

Seiko Warranty Policy

The brand warrants it against manufacturing defects for five years after purchase.

Seiko Warranty Policy vs. Fossil Warranty Policy

Seiko’s five-year warranty policy is more prolonged than Fossil’s two years, making it the winner.

Our Selection: Seiko Watches

Seiko Prospex Samurai SRPB51 – Approx. $525.00

The Seiko Prospex Samurai SRPB51 has a 44mm stainless steel angular case with a primarily satin-finished surface and anti-reflective sapphire glass with a cyclops magnifier at 3 o’clock covers a black dial. Classic samurai hands and double indices at 12 o’clock have a LumiBrite coating to make them shine bright blue in the dark. The yellow seconds hand and date window at 3 o’clock contrast with the dial.

A six-screw case back that is partly brushed and polished covers the in-house 4R35 automatic caliber. It has 23 jewels, 40 hours of power reserve, and beats at 21,600 vph. The watch has a stainless steel link bracelet. Its 22mm lug makes it ideal for those who want to switch it out for a NATO strap. It has 200 meters of water resistance.

Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK001 – Approx. $475.00

The 42.5mm Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK001 has a stainless steel case and a hardlex crystal that covers a black dial. It has Lumibrite hands and dial markers for ostensible reading in the dark, a red seconds and GMT hand, and a date window at 3 o’clock.

The exhibition case back covers the in-house 4R34 automatic caliber. It has 24 jewels, 41 hours of power reserve, and beats at 21,600 vph. It comes with a stainless steel bracelet strap. It has 100 meters of water resistance.

Seiko LX Prospex Sky U.S. Special Edition – Approx. $5,500.00

The 44.8mm Seiko LX Prospex Sky U.S. Special Edition (less than 130 pieces made) has a titanium case with Seiko’s Dia-Shield coating, a sapphire crystal with Super-clear coating, and a gray lunar-surface textured dial. It has a LumiBrite coated GMT, hands, indices, and a black and white rotating bezel for legibility at night. 

The indices, Seiko logo, date aperture, and power reserve scale are metal. The date window has a mixture of polished and matte surfaces, and the power reserve scale has a matte surface. Seiko’s unique Spring Drive 5R66 automatic caliber has a level of precision that no other mechanically driven watch can achieve. It has 30 jewels, 72 hours of power reserve, and beats at 28,800 vph. It comes with a titanium bracelet strap that has a screw-down clasp. It has 300 meters of water resistance.

Seiko Presage SPB215 – “Castle in the Sky” Approx. $1,450.00

The 40.5mm Seiko Presage SPB215 “Castle in the Sky” Limited Edition (only 1,200 pieces made) is a collaboration with Studio Ghibil, a celebrated Japanese animation film studio. The fantasy-adventure animation Castle in the Sky inspires the watch’s design, which has clever references to the film and comes in a special edition box.

It has a stainless steel case, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and a hand-engineered cream and fire-enameled dial by artisan Mitsuru Yokosawa and colleagues. The dial has traditional roman numerals, Breguet-shaped hands, a crest at 6 o’clock, and a classic railway minutes track, all in brown. 

The exhibition case back has an inscription of an image of Laputa, and “Castle in the Sky” lettering houses the Seiko automatic 6R31 caliber that has 24 jewels, 70 hours of power reserve, and beats 21,600 vph. It comes with a brown hand-stitched leather strap with a three-fold clasp and a push button release. It has 100 meters of water resistance.

Watch Brand History

Diesel History

The founder, Renzo Ross, started stitching jeans at 15 using his mother’s sewing machine. In 1976, he worked for Moltex before obtaining a loan from his father to purchase 40% of its company holding and changing the name to Diesel. In the 2000s and beyond, Diesel licensed its brand to other retail manufacturers.

Citizen History

They founded Citizen during the 1930s when Japanese and Swiss investors used the facilities of the Shokosha Watch Research Institute and Schmid’s assembly plant. The brand would introduce innovative technology with Japan’s first fully waterproof timepiece, the Parawater. It would then introduce another innovative technology with the Eco-Drive in 1976, one of the first solar-charging movements. 

Timex History

They founded Timex in 1854 under the name of the Waterbury Clock Company. It produced clocks with brass wheels and gears in Connecticut. Iconic designs include Mickey Mouse, the V-conic, and the Timex Ironman.

Seiko History

The Japanese horology house has been creating quality watches at affordable prices with innovative technology since 1881. The company created the Seiko Astron, the first quartz movement, in 1969, which began the quartz watch revolution. In 1977, Seiko produced the first solar-powered wristwatch.

Fossil History

Founded in 1984, Fossil is relatively new to horology. It produces well-crafted dress watches and is seen as a designer brand more than a watchmaker. However, their attractive timepieces are worthy of anyone’s attention! Since 1984, Fossil has had relationships with famous designer brands and has created visually striking timepieces. 

Seiko Watches vs. Fossil Watches: Conclusion

Overall, Seiko’s watches are of higher quality and have a greater variety of styles. However, both are great watch brands. Don’t be fooled by Fossil’s fashionable watches! They are an excellent option for contemporary outfits and brands.

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