This Japanese watchmaker was originally founded in 1881 as a watch and jewelry shop, but quickly established itself as a manufacturing powerhouse that led to diversified holdings in a variety of different areas.
However, the overwhelming majority of folks that recognize the Seiko brand recognize it because of their amazing Seiko men’s watches – some of the most inexpensive yet well-made watches that provide top-quality results and design aspects for an entry-level price tag.
To learn a little bit more about these amazing watches and what they bring to the table you’ll want to check out this quick guide.
- 1 The Story Behind the Curtain
- 2 What Most People Don’t Know About Seiko
- 3 Here is Why Seiko Watches are Preferred Internationally
- 4 Many Reasons to Invest in a Good Seiko Timepiece Today
- 5 Well Known People Who Have Worn These Watches
- 6 My 3 Favorite Seiko’s
- 7 What’s Your Choice?
The Story Behind the Curtain
Everything you need to know about the Seiko brand of men’s watches can be boiled down into understanding exactly what the word “Seiko” translates to in Japanese.
A word that means exquisite or success in English, that’s exactly what these watches were designed to promote in the earliest days and exactly what they have been known for embodying ever since early 1924.
That’s when the very first Seiko brand watches rolled off of the assembly line, and that’s when the very first production quartz watch was introduced to the global community. These watches became an overnight sensation in Japan and throughout the rest of Asia, and the Americans that were lucky enough to spend any amount of time in this island nation or shipping them back to the US in record quantities.
Of course, these watches were considered tremendously expensive for people in Japan but American business people didn’t really think all that much about the prices. The first-ever production quartz watch cost about the same amount as a medium-sized car in Japan, but American business people – flush with cash and capital – were purchasing these watches left and right as a status symbol to help them increase and improve their influence in Japan.
The company itself incorporated in 1917, and established their first ever international factories in 1969. It wasn’t until the 1980s that they really started to push out into international markets, and by 1990 they had reincorporated themselves into the Seiko Corporation.
By this time, they were producing a lot more than just men’s watches, and transitioned into a holding company in 2001
What Most People Don’t Know About Seiko
One of the most interesting – and differentiating – things about Seiko men’s watches is that they were almost all completely manufactured in-house and not outsourced to other manufacturers up until just recently.
ALL of the men’s watches produced by this company throughout 1960 were made by Seiko employees that worked in Seiko factories, and though the company started to “farm out” work in the 1970s the overwhelming majority of manufacturing remained in-house.
It wasn’t until the late 1980s and early 1990s that they started to take advantage of outsourced manufacturing services. Even today, however, they still use a fully integrated in-house production system for their luxury timepieces.
Seiko watches are still made by the Seiko Company.
Here is Why Seiko Watches are Preferred Internationally
As mentioned above, the first-ever automatic quartz watch made by Seiko cost the same amount as a midsized sedan, and it was a major breakthrough in technology at the time.
A number of watch manufacturers around the same time started to purchase these timepieces as an investment so that they could backwards engineer the technology – but because Seiko integrated all of their production facilities and use proprietary means to produce these watches, most weren’t able to come up with reasonable solutions and abandoned their efforts entirely.
Another game changer in the Seiko men’s watches history was the Seiko 5 Series. These watches not only showcased automatic winding, day and date displays in a single window (very rare for that point in time), they also showcased a level of water resistance that certainly hadn’t been seen in the dress watch arena before.
Of course, no discussion regarding the Seiko men’s watch history would be complete without talking about their automatic chronograph. This was the first watch automatic chronograph in space (worn by Americans and Russian astronauts), and came to be regarded as one of the most accurate watches ever produced.
Many of the Seiko men’s watches took advantage of the “Spring Drives” mechanism, though most new men’s watches leverage the “Kinetic” system. This works in much the same as automatic watches work by using the movement of the arms while walking to self-wind, though any amount of movement (including shaking your wrist) is enough to trigger the winding mechanism built right in.
Many Reasons to Invest in a Good Seiko Timepiece Today
The amount of focus and attention to detail that Seiko watches display is absolutely unparalleled in the industry, especially when you’re talking about getting your hands watches that come from their luxury lineup – the watches that are made by Seiko in their in-house production facilities.
These watches are not only marvels of modern engineering, but they also showcase a unique and very Japanese aesthetic different from most everything else you’re going to find on the market. Ranking right up there with Swiss made watches as far as accuracy is concerned, you just can’t go wrong when you decide to purchase one of the Seiko men’s watches available for sale.
If you have the opportunity to purchase one of their dress watches or one of their chronographs from between 1925 and 1970 you’re really looking at something special. These watches are some of the most collectible timepieces on the planet, and though you may have to pay a bit of a premium price tag on the secondary market they will always appreciate in value.
Throw in the Japanese legendary dependability, durability, and reliability and you are always making a savvy investment with this kind of purchase.
Well Known People Who Have Worn These Watches
There are quite a few famous people that have fallen in love with everything that Seiko watches bring to the table, including (but certainly not limited to):
- Legendary 80s action movie star and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Academy award winner Matthew McConaughey
- Screen legend Leonardo DiCaprio
- Two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning
- Hollywood blockbusting actor Nicholas Cage
- Cool himself, Steve McQueen
- Former and current James Bond actors Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig
- Former United States President Ronald Reagan
My 3 Favorite Seiko’s
Now that you might have finished reading, let me do a quick summary for you about these 3 little guys as I know there might be some things that you’re not aware of at first time. Hope I can help you at making the best decision possible. So, read my below 3 short Seiko watch reviews and let me know what is your best bet.
Seiko Men’s SGG709 Watch
One thing that I really like about this timepiece is its minimalist and elegant design with silver tone case, bracelet, and a midnight blue dial. They all mix up well in color contrast thus making this watch a real attention-catcher!
The watch is powered by the world famous Japanese Quartz movement. And that means when it comes to timekeeping, you can rest assured as the Quartz engine is second to none in time accuracy in case of commercial watches.
Also, you won’t have to pay much attention to all the maintenance tasks as well since this kind of movement runs with a battery. And it’s rare for all watch owners of this kind to change the battery in a year.
The next thing that I want you to pay attention to is the heat treated mineral crystal, or in Seiko’s term – the Hardlex crystal. This type of mineral is very popular in watch making. It’s tough enough to protect the inner parts of this wristwatch from potential scratches everyday. And it also provides you with a clear look over the dial whenever you want to see time as well.
The titanium case, bracelet, and bezel also add another layer of protection here that can shield this timepiece from shock, scratches, and all kinds of damages. They also make the watch look much better especially under the sun.
With the fold over clasp in place, you will find it super easy to wear this timepiece on or put it off. And with a few more useful features such as a small day/date window at 3.00 o’clock position, and luminous watch hands, you can count on this watch to assist you in your daily activities.
The watch is water resistant at 165 ft or 50 m, so it’s not suitable for any water-related sports. Just to warn you that.
Editor’s rating: (4.6 / 5)
Seiko Men’s SNK809 Strap Watch
This wristwatch, unlike the SGG709 we talked above, has a very sleek and sporty design with black canvas strap and silver tone stainless steel case. I don’t know about you, but the color combination of black and white is always my favorite! So, if you’re like me, you will like this one.
To start with, once again we will talk about the watch movement first since it’s the heart of the machine here. And with the powerful Automatic movement embedded inside, this watch can assure you one of the best methods of timekeeping.
The automatic movement works based on the movements of your arm and wrist. That means all you have to do is to wear your watch often and it will power itself easily. No need for oiling, winding, or even battery changing. And in terms of time accuracy, this movement is only second to the Quartz. But the difference is so small that you won’t even notice it!
And much like the SGG709, this wristwatch has for itself a hardened mineral dial window to protect itself from taking scratches unexpectedly. The stainless steel case and bezel also act the same way in safeguarding the watch from potential harms.
Talking about other features, although the buckle clasp is not as easy to implement as the fold over clasp, but I still find it easy enough to get used to. The watch also has for you luminous hands with a sweeping second hand, a small day/date window that can be formatted into English or Spanish, and hour/minute display on the dial.
This little guy can resist water pressure no more than 99 ft or 30 m, so, don’t drop it into water or wear it while swimming or it will “blackout”.
Editor’s rating: (4.5 / 5)
Seiko Men’s SKA366 Watch
And this one is a special one. If there is one famous signature watch series from Seiko that is known to the whole world, it must be the Kinetic series. The Kinetic movement combines the accuracy of Quartz and the self-powered ability of Automatic to create a unique kind of movement that is accurate and maintenance-free at the same time!
And this SKA366 has that very movement as the heart of the system thus making it very dependable in terms of timekeeping and very “independent” in terms of maintenance. You just have to wear it often to keep it working.
Another great feature about this timepiece that I really like is the color combination of gold and black. The gold toned bezel, hands, and indices combine with the black steel bracelet really make this watch has a noble feel and look. If you wear it on your wrist, I’m sure people around will want to ask you about it.
That’s about the design. Now, in terms of protection, this wristwatch has for you the same level of protection like the SNK809 with Hardlex (or mineral) crystal and stainless steel case, bracelet, and bezel. Rest assured that your investment will never get scratches that easy!
The fold over clasp also make it very easy to put this watch on your wrist. And with the help of a small date window at 4.00 o’clock position, glancing time will be easy to you.
And finally, unlike the above 2 products, this timepiece can resist water pressure up to 330 ft or 100 m thus making it ideal for some water sports if you like.
Editor’s rating: (4.6 / 5)
What’s Your Choice?
All things considered, these watches are attractive, well designed, and engineered to last for years and years with very little maintenance and upkeep.
The Japanese have always been known for their amazing industrialization and ability to manufacture top-quality products, and these Seiko men’s watches are no exception. Though they may not have the same kind of cachet that a Rolex watch will (in certain circles, anyway), legitimate collectors will know EXACTLY what you have strapped to your wrist.
Their chronographs are fantastic, their dive style watches are rugged, and their automatic watches simply cannot be topped. If you want to be sure that you are making a savvy investment with your next timepiece purchase, this is definitely a brand name that you are going to want to pay a lot more attention to.
Best of all, it is still possible to get your hands on great offers and amazing deals – especially when you’re shopping for top Seiko men’s watches on the secondary market. Check out your options and don’t be surprised if you find yourself pulling the trigger on one of these watches faster than you thought you would!