A Watch We Love: The Seiko SKX007
For the better part of three years, I’ve had a Seiko SKX007 on my wrist. I wear it swimming. I wear it to work. I wore it during my wedding. I wear it everywhere because it’s reliable, it looks damn good and it’s not precious. If I lost it this afternoon, I’d buy another one tonight. The Seiko SKX007 has easily proven to be one of the most dependable and reliable objects I’ve ever owned. Here’s why I like it so much.
Before buying the Seiko I had a Tag Heuer Carrera that I loved except for one major qualm: it was too big. Not crazy big, but big and heavy enough that I was aware of it. Despite trends, I don’t appreciate that in a watch. So I went on the search for something automatic, something slightly smaller and something reasonably priced. Also, since I tend to wear watches hard, it had to be durable...or, not precious.
Naturally, I would have liked it if that search resulted in a Tudor Pelagos, but alas, I’m just not willing to plunk down that kind of money right now.
But suffice it to say if durability price and style are high on your list, and if you lean towards dive watches, it doesn't take long to find yourself looking at a SKX007. There is, of course, the timeless design (worn by Jagger and a bunch of others), the quality is top notch (see this video of how they’re made), and the price, yeah the price. At $319, buying one feels like getting away with a misdemeanor of some kind.
And while that’s certainly part of the SKX007 attracton, it’s not the whole story.
Inside the case is the caliber 7S26 movement. I’m not so in the weeds on movements to speak authoritatively other than to say it’s a fairly mass-market movement that is used for its reliability and dependability, the same reason it’s well-regarded. The drawbacks are that it’s not hand-windable and it's non-hacking. For me, these are negligible drawbacks.
The case itself is polished nicely and at 43mm it doesn’t wear big and heavy at all. I’d compare it in size roughly to a vintage 80s Rolex. The band is the stainless steel jingly kind that also recalls a certain vintage past. For what it’s worth, I’m not the only one who has a special fondness for rattly old bracelets. Truth be told, it is a bit of a pain to remove links from the band and it’s not something you’ll want to do often. I do enjoy throwing the watch onto a NATO strap to usher in new seasons (tan in the spring, black in the summer for some reason). Also, for what it’s worth, the 007 is easily modable if you’re the DIY type.
While I do still occasionally lust over a Tudor Pelagos or Black Bay, or even a Submariner, every time I look at my SKX007 I can’t think of a single reason, other than sheer vanity, why I would ever get rid of it. It just does it’s job so perfectly and looks so damn good doing it. What else could one want?