Monday, October 21, 2013

Seiko 5 Sports Automatic SNZJ09K1 - A Very Capable Daily Use Watch

This Seiko is the piece that started my journey into the world of horology. I got it in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. The suggested retail price was USD450. When I got it on 23 November 2010, I got it for SAR1,000 or MYR838.

This model is part of the Seiko 5 Sports series.


The dial is brown and the 3 hands plus the indexes are covered with Lumbrite, Seiko's proprietary luminous paint. It comes with a Day Date Display complication with with Arabic and English Options. The case size is about 42 mm wide.



This watch has the uni-directional compass turning bezel. This is a very interesting concept that allows one to find the direction of North by using the time. Please go to http://www.seikowatches.com/support/ib/pdf/SEIKO_RCR07.pdf for more details.

The case as well as bracelet uses stainless steel. Lug width is 22 mm. The crystal used to cover the front of the watch is Hardlex, a special artificial crystal tailor made by Seiko.


The case-back of the watch is transparent and is a screw down. The same Hardlex crystal is used. Here you will be able to see the Seiko 7S36 Caliber with 23 jewels. This particular Caliber is a non-winding and non-hacking automatic movement. This particular Caliber is not extremely accurate but sufficient in performance.


The crown in not a screw-down hence water resistance is only up to 100 meters.


The bracelet has the standard fold-over-clasp with double-push-button safety mechanism. Solid steel construction.


Overall, a very capable daily use watch.

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