Seiko SKX007 In-depth Review
I’m always excited to get a box from Amazon. This box especially so, I’ve heard and read a lot about the Seiko SKX007 and can’t wait to see it in person. I could only just barely restrain myself from breaking open the box before grabbing the camera.
Inside of the brown, standard Amazon box awaits a smaller, plain white Seiko box. It looked to be reasonably well protected by large bubble wrap but I couldn’t help noticing that it looked like the box had been squished pretty severely at some point. Hopefully all’s well inside!
The Final Box
This reminded me of that scene in The Emperors New Groove — “And then I’ll put that flea in a box, and then I’ll put that box inside of another box, and then I’ll mail that box to myself, and when it arrives, AH HA HA HA, I’LL SMASH IT WITH A HAMMER!!!“
Won’t be smashing this box with a hammer. Sorry.
The final protection for the SKX007 is a rather nice looking and sturdy little blue box. The only marks on the box is ‘SEIKO’ in silver lettering, and then a small note on the bottom front right – ‘BOX MADE IN CHINA’ – also in silver lettering.
That’s all I want to say about the boxes, so let’s open this thing up!
The Seiko SKX007K
Opening the box, I wasn’t impressed with the lack of attention paid to packing the SKX007 away. Everything inside was askew, and I couldn’t even see the watch itself at first, it was actually rotated and tucked away under the little pillow. I rearranged it real quick in order to get the picture above.
The watch itself is beautiful. The crystal is clear with just the right amount of reflectivity, and the whites and blacks of the dial contrast very nicely.
Not too much in the box besides the SKX007 itself. Warranty information and instruction manual. The manual has instructions in both Japanese and well written English. I’ll have more about the operation of the SKX007 when I put together my review.
The Seiko SKX007 looks to be in very good shape. Quite a bit of dust on the crystal straight out of the box, but other than that it’s very clean. It started ticking as soon as I started moving it around, so the movement is at least working. I’ll cover timekeeping ability in my later full review.
In contrast to my Vostok Amphibia, the SKX007 has a very minimalistic design. Simple black and white, with the only color being the orangish ‘DIVER’S 200m’ near the 6 o’clock position. The uni-directional bezel is easy to grip, and rotates with just the right amount of force – not easy enough to turn accidentally, but turns when you want it to.
The screw-down crown is well protected by a couple of metal flanges. I did have some trouble getting it unscrewed the first time, it’s somewhat difficult to get a good grip on it, and it was screwed down quite tightly. Doesn’t seem like I’ll have any problems with it getting unscrewed accidentally while diving or kayaking.
The caseback came with a bright blue protective plastic sticker (should have taken it off for the picture above). I hadn’t seen any pictures of the caseback before, and am pleased with the engraved, stylized wave.
Around the edge is printed “WP STAINLESS STEEL SEIKO 7S26-0020 A0 DIVER’S” and the serial number. There’s a small sticker noting the movement was made in Malaysia, and the case in China.
The side opposite the screw-crown is just very plain brushed stainless steel.
The SKX007 fits my 6.75″ wrist very well. The lugs extend just to the edge of my wrist on both sides, and I don’t feel like it looks to be too large. Someone with 8″ wrists might prefer something a little bigger though, as I don’t think the SKX007 would have much presence on a larger wrist.
The hard rubber strap feels comfortable, and is easily adjustable. I may end up throwing a plain black NATO strap on this at some point in the future, but I think the rubber strap will do fine for now.
Conclusion – For Now
The Seiko SKX007 lives up to its reputation so far. I’m looking forward to wearing it and putting it through some abuse here in the near future.
Update – full length review here!
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