Something accessible, generally pretty likeable, and well respected by folks who have been around the block a bit. I feel like the odd one out when it comes to the Seiko SKX. Nothing about it, aside from its highly accessible price and apparent robustness, ever really grabbed me. Instead, I can appreciate a whole segment of this hobby and community where the humble SKX offers a great opportunity —modding.
I like the individuality that goes along with them. The fact that you can put together your own combination of aftermarket parts and never see another one the same is testament to the sheer number of bezel and insert options, dials, hands and almost anything else you can think of that are readily available from a large number of vendors.
With a surge of accessible vendors offering modding parts and tools, even the Yobokies store is now a modern web store. There are two main things currently stopping me. The majority of the remaining modifications though are cosmetic in nature, and from what I can gather are generally fairly simple to accomplish with the aid of some YouTube instructions, the right tools and a little patience. Bezel and insert changes, new dial and hands, switching in a signed crown — these are all things that are achievable to most people and really transform the SKX into something special and personal.
So why has the SKX been the go-to modding watch for some time now? The two qualities I mentioned above price and robustness plus the fact it was produced in large numbers made it the perfect candidate for modding. How in the world was I supposed to track how much time this torturous and necessary to graduate class had left? The only logical answer was to start wearing a watch.
All of my class notes were being written with a fountain pen, and a mechanical watch seemed like the next step. I was fascinated with all things esoteric, and at the time a mechanical was just the thing I needed. A tiny little machine with the single purpose of telling the time, powered by the movement of my wrist, sealed in an ultra waterproof metal case?
It took me two weeks to settle on which irrigation controller to buy for my lawn. Turns out that the world of watches was even more deep than I had thought. A few days later, the SKX was on my wrist. While I debated between the and the , something about the rectangular indices and different seconds hand resonated more with me. This watch opened up a whole world of strap swapping, gentle modding, and overall enthusiasm into the world of watches. It allowed me to bond with a co-worker over micro brands.
Without a doubt, the SKX will stay in my collection forever. It was the watch that got me into watches, and for that, it will always have a permanent residence in my watch box. In a world where so often function takes a back seat to form, Seiko has produced a classically styled watch that remains at its heart a true tool watch.
And an affordable one at that. When I first began to lean toward dive watches, I of course started to look at Seikos. And of course, there were lots of Seikos, including the SKX It definitely caught my eye, the overly functional form, with those enormous and bright lume plots and the arrow tip minute hand. So many times I nearly bought one, but I kept going back to the vintage Seikos, like the and the models.
But it grew on me, and eventually I decided I had to have a Seiko diver. When you compare these two, you can readily see the roots of the design that led to the SKX I absolutely love everything about the , and that love for its design details kind of soured me on the detail evolution seen on the SKX But at least they kept the bezel and hands, and I do like the second hand with the back-end lollipop tip.
My personal taste idiosyncrasies aside, the SKX has certainly left its indelible mark on the watch collecting world. It is at its core an extremely well designed diver that is overly robust and functional, and at a price-point that is accessible to all. It is basically a purpose-built tool watch diver that is equally at home on a desk diver as it is on a professional diver.
I know many collectors that have dozens of rare and very expensive watches that have an SKX in their collection as an every day, grab and go watch that they can wear without worry. It has also been a gateway watch for many folks, starting with one and then branching out as their watch addiction takes hold…. I have owned, and still own, a lot of Seikos. I have reviewed a lot of Seikos.
Though, in its heyday, a could be had for a couple of hundred bucks, or less, I managed never to pick one up. And, perhaps, that was because of their sheer popularity. They were always around. Friends and colleagues had them. As a watch to establish your tastes with, for the price, it really was unrivaled. In fact, I get it more than I used to. And you know what? I like that.
Perhaps as watches get more complex and manufacturing more capable, particularly at lower prices, a return to something so simple and true will be in demand. The case, though perhaps a touch large for current tastes at The only thing that throws me a bit is the 22mm lug width, which just looks a bit wide to my eyes.
But more importantly, it has those great Seiko curves. That rounded off, polished underside that lets your wrist flex and deceives the eye into reading the case as thinner than it really is. The crown at four not only increases comfort, but ties it into the rich history of Seiko divers, bringing the Capt.
Willard to mind. Though inexpensive and easy to overlook, the packs a whole story behind its design in a way that only a watch can. Perhaps now is actually the perfect time for me to pick up a The similarly-styled Seiko 5 Sports has taken up the mantle of the design, but with a different purpose at heart.
Though perhaps its simple appearance was a sign of a different era of manufacturing, the result is a watch that just was what it was. It just was meant to tell the time, above and below water. How oddly refreshing. My first serious exposure to this hobby was a bit unusual. Much of it revolved around rather high end manufacturers in the pre-hype days, with my taste being informed by hanging out with the likes of Ben Clymer in the early days of Hodinkee think auction scenes, high-end indies, and nerding out over A series Royal Oaks and gilt dial Subs.
Thankfully, I quickly found my own ways to enjoy the hobby. This hinged on my discovery of Seiko dive watches, and the SKX in and guise in particular. Jumping into the world of Seiko divers was revelatory. Here was a group of watches I could nerd out over in the same way I enjoyed in the high end stuff, with the noted difference that I could afford what I was looking at. Popular Watches All Watches. Shop by brand. Shop By Gender. Men's Women's Unisex Kids. Shop by band type. Bracelet Strap.
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