Seiko Monster Review

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We have reviewed Seiko Automatic Divers watch last time, you may ask me why do we review Seiko divers watch again? The answer is simple, we want to review those popular and high quality models. Seiko is a great watch company that making good watches for mass market. Most of the divers watch in the market looks similar but not this one. How’s Seiko Monster Diver watch different from other divers watch?

Seiko Orange Monster

We like watch with unique design. Many diver watches in the market looks similar to Rolex Submariner. Rolex is one of the most successful watch company. Rolex has a good reputation in making robust and high quality watch. Their watches are popular among the world, especially their Rolex Submariner model. This may be the reason why the design of many diver watches looks like Submariner. As a customer, we want something new, we want more choices. We don’t want every diver watch looks like Rolex Submariner. So, here comes to Seiko Orange Monster Diver watch for our review.

 

Seiko SKX781 Orange Monster Automatic Dive Watch

Seiko SKX781 Orange Monster Automatic Dive Watch

When you look at the Seiko Monster watch, you can see that the watch is not classic diver watch design. The design of Seiko Monster watch has a strong personality that you can easily see the different when comparing to the those classic diver watches.

Bezel

When we first look at this watch, bezel is one of the most attractive part of the watch. The robust bezel makes this watch remarkable and impressive. The size of the bezel is large and this make the watch face relatively smaller than other diver watches. The minute markers at the bezel are large and bold. The markings are not printed but engraved. There is a luminous 60 minute indicator together with 15, 30, 45 minutes markers. The extra large and bold font really make the watch stands out. Bezel is 120 indents that allow an extra precise time measurement compare to the 60 indents. The bezel moves smooth and precise.

Seiko Orange Monster Bezel

A closer look at Seiko Orange Monster Bezel

Design

The color of the watch face is orange (Black face called Black Monster is also available) and it is smart and sharp. Seiko used this color as i believe this can make the watch information can be read easily in most of the situation, especially under the water. The hours markers are very large. The hour markers together with the over sized bezel are the signature of Seiko Monster watch series. Luminous for minutes and hours hands are very good. There is not difficulty to read the watch information under the water.

Seiko Monster includes day & date window at the 3 o’clock position. Weekdays are black text while Saturday is blue and Sunday is red. Changing the date requires around four hours and it is slower than those high-end Swiss movements that the date can be changed instantly.

Case

The case 42mm stainless steel case is not too large. Seiko does not intend to make a extra large and oversize for Seiko Monster series. The case is 13mm thick, it is not as thick as I think. The back of the case is Seiko’s SCUBA emblem which is interesting. The lugs (Seiko Orange Monster SKX781) are 20mm and the drilled through lug holes make it easy to adjust the bracelet size. The screw-in crown is at 4 o’clock. It is large and solid. The screw-in crown provides an extra safety measure for water resistant when diving.

Strap

Seiko Monster models came with rubber or stainless steel strap. Choosing rubber or stainless is up to your own preference.

Crystal

The crystal of the watch is Hardlex. It is an in-house material that Seiko claimed to be more resistant than mineral crystal but less scratch resistant than sapphire crystal. I found the coating is anti-reflective and i can read the watch information clearly under the sunlight.

Movement

The movement is Seiko in-house 7S26 automatic movement. It is quite accurate. Power reserve for the movement is around 40 hours. That’s mean in case you don’t wear it during weekend, the watch will be stopped. I like Swiss automatic movement as it also supports manual winding. I can manually wind the Swiss auto movement during weekend so as to keep the watch running even if i don’t wear it. For this watch, you may need a auto winding device to keep the watch when you don’t wear it in order to keep it running. However, there shouldn’t be an issue if you wear it every alter day as it can reserve around 40 hours of power.

Amazon is selling this stylish and high quality real diving watch around $200, check it out here.

Seiko Black Monster

In case if you don’t want an orange watch, there is an option for black color, called Black Monster. All the configurations and specifications are the same as Orange Monster, check it out in Amazon here.

Comparison

Seiko Black Monster

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Seiko Black Monster

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Seiko Orange Monster

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Model# SKX779 SKX779K3 SKX781 SKX781
Crystal Hardlex Hardlex Hardlex Hardlex
Case Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Dial Black Black Orange Orange
Water resistance 200m / 660Ft 200m / 660Ft 200m / 660Ft 200m / 660Ft
Case diameter 45mm 42mm 42mm 42mm
Case thickness 11mm 13mm 13mm 13mm
Band material Stainless steel Rubber Stainless steel Rubber
Movement Seiko Automatic Seiko Automatic Seiko Automatic Seiko Automatic
Date & Date Yes Yes Yes Yes
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