- Diameter: 42.5 mm (45.5 including the crown)
- Lug-to-Lug: 45 mm
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- Movement: Seiko Caliber 7S26
- Price: Approximately $200 USD (rubber diver band)
- Type: Diver’s
|Seiko SKX007 bezel, chapter ring, and face.|
At 43 mm in diameter, the SKX007 looks good on a variety of wrist sizes, but fair warning: The SKX007 is a heavy watch. This quality cuts both ways. On one hand, you have the feeling that you’re wearing something not just durable but seemingly impervious to heavy use. This is an attractive feature for those of us who seek to balance the toughness, say, of a G-Shock with the craft and refinement of a mechanical timepiece. I’m not at all suggesting that the SKX line would hold up to the abuse that a Casio Mudmaster could shrug off with ease, but it definitely is the case that I’ve put this watch to fairly extreme use over the past year without any noticeable effects on its performance or appearance.
On the other hand, the SKX is not particularly comfortable to wear, especially for long periods. Wearing the watch all day, I’ll often experience a dull ache in both the medial and ulnar sides of my wrist. It feels almost as if I’ve been handcuffed. Some of this can be attributed to the black rubber strap, which is as bad as other reviews have mentioned (more on that later), but my sense is that much of the discomfort proceeds simply from the watch’s bulkiness.
There are some other deficiencies worth noting, as well. When wet, the unidirectional elapsed time bezel, stiff under the best of circumstances, is, ironically, incredibly difficult to turn when wet. Similarly, the screw down crown is persnickety, tending to become cross-threaded and requiring a very, very deliberate press-and-turn maneuver. Perhaps these idiosyncrasies are specific to my watch and not generalizable, but my hunch is they might be endemic to the line overall.
|Steel case back with tidal wave stamp.|
Despite these idiosyncrasies and deficiencies, there is no doubt that you’re getting real value with the SKX007. The ISO 6425 certification—and all the rigor that entails—along with the workmanlike caliber 7S26 movement, all for a sub-$200 price point, is certainly attractive for enthusiasts and collectors alike. But beware: While the SKX007 is a fine watch, there is nothing remotely luxurious here. The SKX isn’t an Audi; it’s more of a minivan—steady, reliable, practical, dependable—with one or two flaws that might make you wish you were sporting something just a tad nicer.
Rob Mawyer teaches English at Rock Valley College in Illinois. You can find him on Twitter at @mawyerrob.