SKX007, Why this is so popular nowadays?

Seiko SKX007

Today, I will try to review the very famous Seiko SKX007 watch for my readers. The SKX007 is very popular nowadays and there are a lot of reasons for that.  I believe, if you are into diver watches, this is a great affordable watch to consider. Let’s start with the specifications.

SKX007 Specifications

  • 7s26, 21 Jewels Japanese Automatic Movement
  • Stainless Steel Case
  • Day/Date Display
  • Hardlex Crystal
  • 200M Water Resistance
  • 42mm Case Diameter

Functionality

The Seiko SKX007 is obviously a diver’s watch.  You can read the large matte dial very easily. Minute and hour hands are also well separated for an easy reading. The hour markers are large enough too.

The bezel is a unidirectional one and it ticks 120 steps. Feels very much sturdy. Crown is a screwed down one. This is almost a must for a diver’s watch. And SKX007 offers a good 200M water resistance.

Visual

This is a diver’s watch. The main use of that watch should be the functionality but this one is also a very handsome watch. The bold markers along with the metal framed hour/minute hands make it look very classy IMO. I would definitely prefer a no date dial version. But this still rocks!

SKX007, What’s Inside?

Probably the flagship of the Seiko affordable divers range, SKX007 has an in-house Japanese movement – 7s26. While this is not the best Japanese movement out there, it is still a very robust and workhorse movement. Most of the Seiko 5 line watches also carries the same movement. The movement has no hand winding ability and no hacking. However, it keeps perfect time. Not COSC standard maybe but still an excellent automatic movement for the money.

Hardlex Crystal?

Like most of the Seiko watches, SKX series also have a hardlex crystal. That is not as scratch proof as the sapphire crystal, however, it is much more shock resistive. Hardlex is also much stronger than the mineral crystals and not scratches as easily as the mineral ones. I believe it’s a great alternative against  the much more expensive sapphire crystals.

Jubilee or Rubber?

SKX007 comes with 2 strap options. Jubilee bracelet or the rubber diving style strap. Honestly, I don’t like the feel and look of the rubber strap. It looks and feels way cheaper than the watches itself. While the jubilee is not a solid bracelet, surprisingly it is really comfortable. I also prefer the look with the bracelet.

SKX007 lug width is 22mm- probably the most common strap width size. This means you can use all kind of straps with this nice watch. Nato bands and leather straps are also possible.

Since this is a top selling affordable watch for many years, there are lots of custom produced strap/bracelet options for SKX007 too. If you search Google, you will end up finding many solid bracelet options for this watch.

So.. Is it a good idea to buy a SKX007?

In my honest opinion, SKX007 is one of the best affordable diver watches in the market. You can’t go wrong with a SKX007  and I am sure you will use it for a long time with many different strap options in hand.

About Erk

Erk is an engineer with a great passion for mechanical watches. He is a well-known watch enthusiast and he has written many articles on several watch oriented sites during the past 20 years.

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