The Seiko 5 is one of the few entry level watches that are ubiquitously recommended. Amazon is selling them for just $50 for today only (10/15). We recently reviewed the Timex Weekender (another great entry-level watch) and while the Seiko 5 is a little bit more expensive, the automatic movement is a little bit geekier. There’s something neat about self-winding mechanical watches over those with batteries. It’ll be quieter than the Weekender, too!
Both offerings are Stainless Steel. There’s the white dial (pictured below), as well as an option for the blue dial Seiko 5. Still, the shield logo with the 5 in the middle tells you it’s the same pedigree of watch that’s been a mainstay for decades. Plus the exhibition back on both watches? Hnnng.
From GearPatrol’s Seiko 5 writeup:
It’s a flawlessly performing timepiece with a mechanical manufacture movement, made by a company whose current president & CEO is directly descended from the founder — and the thing will run practically forever with little or no maintenance. To be blunt, that’s more than can be said for some watches 100 times more expensive.
Our only gripe about these Seiko’s is that the bracelet is ugly. Functional, but ugly. We’d spend an extra $10 to put a more casual 18mm Nato Strap on it.
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