Top 5 Seiko Watches For 2020

Overview


When Kintaro Hattori founded a small Tokyo watch and jewelry shop in 1881, no one could have imagined that he had created an international brand. He originally called the company "Seikōsho,” which is a Japanese word for “exquisite.” The firm shortened its name to “Seiko” in 1924.

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Top 5 Seiko Watches in 2020

Seiko introduced many innovations to the art of watchmaking. They produced the first quartz watch in 1969. In the late 80's, Seiko brought the first automatic quartz watch which was powered by mechanical movement. In 2020, Seiko will continue to push forward by opening the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi in June. The new facility will bring together a team of expert watchmakers and provide badly-needed factory space. This project will help Seiko continue to introduce “exquisite” new models far into the future.

Seiko continues its tradition of bringing interesting new products to market in 2020. This year's lineup features a wide variety watches with unique capabilities.


Seiko has done it again. They brought the first GPS solar watch to market with the Astron line. 

This dual purpose sport watch is a chronograph that automatically adjusts to every time zone in the world by communicating with its satellite network.  Seiko engineers built three independent motors into the Astron, one each for the hour, minute, and seconds hands. This design allows the Astron to adjust to a new time zone in three seconds or less. The Astron automatically updates the time twice per day to a precision standard estimated to vary no more than one second every 100,000 years from the atomic clock. While you need to expose the Astron to the sky to update, the Astron will remember its last time signal and automatically attempt to communicate with the satellite when necessary. 

SPECS


  • Stainless steel case and bracelet
  • Hardened coating for durability
  • Solar powered
  • GPS function
  • Dual time indicator (39 time zones)
  • High speed GPS time zone adjustment
  • Function to prevent GPS communication during flight
  • Super-fast switches between time zones
  • Signal reception indicator
  • Automatically adjusts to daylight saving time
  • Internal date calendar programmed through 2100
  • Silver dial
  • Luminous hands and time markers for low-light visibility
  • Clear coated sapphire crystal
  • Diameter: 42.7mm
  • Length: 49.9
  • Thickness: 13.3
  • Three-fold clasp
  • Water-resistant to 330 feet and 10 bar of pressure
  • AM/PM indicator
  • Easy-to-open screw case back

PROS

  • First watch of its kind. You're getting an original timepiece.

  • Completely automatic. Wear-and-forget.Stainless steel case fits all occasions.
  • Durability. Water-resistant up to 330 feet.

CONS

  • N/A

Why We Recommend


The Astron line of watches is also solar powered, making it a truly wear-and-forget device. Of all the Astron watches, I particularly like the understated elegance of the stainless steel SSH047 model. This watch looks good no matter what you're wearing. From formal events to a hike in the woods, the Astron belongs.


The Seiko Presage hankers back to the first chronograph produced in Japan: the 1964 Crown Chronograph.

Seiko expanded their lineup to include this popular type of watch, which had been first introduced by Swiss companies in the the 1820's. As the first Japanese chronograph, this watch has achieved collector status. Seiko brought out this watch in conjunction with the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. With the next summer Olympics slated to take place in Tokyo (now pushed back to 2021 due to the corona virus pandemic), nostalgia for this model is back in vogue. Seiko has updated their classic 1964 design to include all the modern innovations that customers expect in 2020, while still clearly inspired by the original Crown Chronograph. The Seiko Presage is automatically powered by mechanical movement, and has expanded the battery power reserve to 70 hours. You can set aside the time piece for the entire weekend and still be good-to-go on Monday morning. The SPB127 is another versatile stainless steel band design with a pearl-white clock face. Improvements from the 1964 classic include a thinner case, time and date functions, and better comfort. Anyone who admires traditional Japanese watch craftsmanship will love the Presage SPB127.

SPECS

  • Automatic movement, but the user and manually wind.
  • Stainless steel band and case
  • Stainless steel band and case
  • Time/Date display
  • Chronograph with stopwatch mode
  • Accurate up to +25 to -15 seconds per day
  • Diameter: 41.3mm
  • Length: 48.3
  • Thickness: 11.3mm
  • Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coat on inner surface
  • Luminous hands for low-light visibility
  • Water-resistant up to 330 feet submersion and 10 bar of pressure
  • Easy-to-open screw case back
  • Three-fold clasp

PROS

  • Recalls classic 1964 Crown Chronograph
  • Limited edition

    Meets modern water-resistance standards
  • Less bulky than the original watch

CONS

  • N/A

Why We Recommend


The bottom line is that I simply LIKE the idea of owning a classic time-piece that could have collector cachet. It's also a limited edition so not many other people will have this watch.


The company calls their Seiko Prospex LX line the “true spirit of Seiko.” 

Seiko first built a diving watch in 1965, and their 1968 Professional Diver Model became renowned among divers and sports watch fans. The current Prospex LX line continues that tradition. This is a true diver's watch. The Prospex 025 model comes with a black face, titanium band, and has been stripped of all color to produce a practical, easy-to-read design. Seiko brought in famous independent designer Ken Okuyama, who is internationally-known for his work with luxury car companies Ferrari, Maserati, and Porsche as well as his experience as a Chief Designer at General Motors (GM). Along with cars, Okuyama has contributed to a wide variety of products, including robots, motorcycles, trains, tractors, eye wear, and watches. Aside from owning his own design studio, Okuyama has written numerous books and has been a visiting professor at multiple universities. The Seiko and Ken Okuyama collaboration now gives us the 2020 Prospex LX. This outstanding diver's watch is automatically powered by the 5R65 Spring Drive, which works by mechanical movement. The Prospex LX is accurate within one second per day. The watch resists shock, temperature, magnetism, and water up to 660 feet and 20 bar of pressure. It's been used on a space walk from the International Space Station, and Yuichiro Miuro wore it to climb Mount Everest.

SPECS

  • Black face with titanium band
  • Super-hard coating
  • 30 jewels
  • Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the interior
  • Accurate to 1 second a day
  • 72-hour battery power reserve
  • Luminous hands and markers for low-light visibility
  • Automatic 5R65 Spring Drive system
  • Shock and temperature resistant
  • Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
  • Water-resistance up to 660 feet and 20 bar of pressure
  • Diameter: 44.8m
  • Thickness: 14.7mm
  • Date display
  • Includes GMT hand
  • Easy-to-open screw case back
  • Three-fold clasp

PROS

  • Durable. This watch is built to withstand almost any imaginable condition
  • Boosts water-resistance to 660 feet and 20 bar pressure
  • Practical, with no frills
  • Does not depend any outside support to function

CONS

  • N/A

Why We Recommend


The Prospex LX is the watch you want to have for any adventure.


The Seiko Coutura line is designed to be an everyday watch.

It offers most of the convenient automatic features found in other Seiko brands such as a solar-powered battery, automatic time and date updates, and precision Japanese quartz movement. This watch even boasts a six-month power reserve when fully charged. The Coutura chronograph is programmed for 25 different time zones, and updates through Radio-Sync. This radio-controlled system adjusts the time and date every 24 hours. The SSC627 model comes in with a silver dial, stainless steel band, and black chronograph dials to easily stand against the background. The watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet of submersion, which makes it good for swimming but not diving. The SSC627 also resists magnetism and comes with a three-year factory warranty,

SPECS

  • Stainless steel band and case
  • V198 eco-movement
  • Solar powered
  • Silver dial
  • Black chronograph faces for contrast
  • Date display
  • Daily Radio-sync time update
  • 6-month power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coat on inner surface
  • 21 jewels
  • Chronograph time functions
  • 4,800 A/m magnetic resistance
  • Water resistance up to 330 feet submersion
  • Power save function
  • Diameter: 45.5mm
  • Thickness: 11.8mm
  • Three-fold clasp

PROS

  • Good performance at value price

  • Automatic Radio-sync daily update
  • Nice contrast with between silver watch face and black chronograph faces

CONS

  • N/A

Why We Recommend


The women's models include and diamonds along with ceramic and mother-of-pearl dials. The Coutura is a great choice if you want durable performance and convenience at a value price.


Seiko designed the Diamond Collection specifically for women.

With the bling you want for special occasions, wearing this watch is certain to get you noticed. Eighteen diamonds on the bezel ring the white, mother-of-pearl watch face. Ten more diamonds reside at the hour markers, with gold roman numerals at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions. The band is two-tone stainless steel with silver highlighted by gold. The case is integrated into the band and is small enough to look good on a woman's wrist while still being large enough to be still being large enough to be easy to read. Despite its good looks, the Seiko Diamond Collection delivers the features and convenience customers expect from a Seiko timepiece. It features V137 caliber movement, is powered by sunlight, contains a date calendar, and is water-resistant up to 165 feet and 5 bar of pressure. And, like most Seiko watches, you never have to wind it. While this watch is not a chronograph, it's an elegant piece of jewelry that women can wear for both formal occasions and with everyday clothes. The watch also holds a six-month power reserve when fully charged.

SPECS

  • Stainless steel band and case with gold highlights
  • V137 quality movement
  • Accurate to 15 seconds per month
  • Hardlex crystal
  • 18 diamonds on bezel
  • 10 diamonds on watch face
  • Mother-of-pearl watch face
  • Calendar display
  • Luminous hands for low-light visibility
  • Water resistance up to 50 feet submersion and 5 bar of pressure
  • Prevents overcharging
  • Six-month power reserve
  • Diameter: 29mm
  • Thickness: 7.8mm
  • Three-fold clasp
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Band length: 167.6mm
  • Band thickness: 14.5mm

PROS

  • Small and light

  • Automatic Radio-sync daily update
  • Nice contrast with between silver watch face and black chronograph faces

CONS

  • N/A

Why We Recommend


I bought a Seiko Diamond Collection timepiece for my wife, and she actually started to regularly wear a watch for the first time in 15 years I have known her. That alone is a good reason to buy one.

Conclusion

Seiko Tradition Continues. This brief overview of Seiko's 2020 collection shows that the company is still on top of its game. They continue to bring unique, first-of-their-kind products to market. The dual-function Astron GPS stands out from the crowd with its automatic twice-daily satellite time updates. The rest of the Seiko lineup caters to a wide variety of needs.For the adventure-minded, the Prospex LX will keep the time under all kinds of extreme conditions. If it works in space and on Mount Everest, there aren't many users who will be disappointed. If you're looking for a unique and “exquisite” timepiece, Seiko lives up to its original name.


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