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 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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