Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Which Should You Get?

We checked out the Seiko SKX007 vs SKX009 in one of our recent reviews. However, today, we pit the contest between the Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013. Are they really different from each other, and if they are what’s the big difference? Why should you go for one rather than the other? Our review answers all of that. We leave no stone unturned.

So, first off, for those who don’t know, the SKX series represents Seiko’s lineup of divers watches. These watches typically come value priced and are literally as tough as nails. They can practically go through anything unscathed. It’s no wonder really they are always popping up on different blogs and review sites. These guys are just too good at what they do.

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We spent hours researching on the Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013 and our research opened our eyes to a couple of things we will show to you in this review. So, without further ado, let’s find out what watch you should be adding to your shopping cart between the Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013.

Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Comparison Overview

As usual, Seiko does not disappoint at all in making these watches. We found both watches to be of excellent quality. In fact, picking one watch over the other is purely going to be a matter of personal preferences not necessarily because one is “better” than the other.

When it comes to diver’s watches, there are few things that are as important as ensuring the watch follows the ISO 6425 standards. We checked and these two meet all of these standards. So, it’s not just that they are popular, or good-looking, they are also well made. As you know, this could be the thin line between having a nice time underwater and risking death.

Now, even though these watches are divers watches, there is nothing to say that you can’t use this as a semi-formal watch. The jubilee bracelet option can instantly transform your watch into something you can wear and not look too sporty. And there’s also a rubber option too which might be more appropriate for your underwater adventures.

But even more interestingly, these watches are easily compatible with all kinds of bands and straps. You can change out your strap for Nato if that’s what you want.

Overall, the Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013 get gold stars from us for features and performance.

Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Worth The Money?

Of course these guys are totally worth the money. Mind you, you get to own any of the Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013 for only a couple of Benjamin Franklins. That’s more than affordable for all the value they bring to the table.

41 hours of power reserve, automatic movement, 200 meters of water resistance, a tough casing, and much more. Everyone knows that for a watch that’s not even up to $500, what you get is a quartz movement. In this case, however, you’re getting an automatic movement. Yes, it might not be the fanciest Seiko has to offer but hey, if you know anything about watches, an automatic anything in a sub-$500 watch is a benevolence.

So, yes the Seiko SKX007 and SKX013 are both worth the money. No question.

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Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Comparison Of Major Specs And Features


Seiko SKX007

Seiko SKX013

Movement Seiko 7s26 Automatic Seiko 7s26 Automatic
Complications Day/Date Day/Date
Power Reserve 41 hours 41 hours
Display Type Analog Analog
Case Thickness 13 millimeters 13 millimeters
Case Diameter 42 millimeters 38 millimeters
Band Width 26 millimeters 24 millimeters
Band Length Men Men
Band Color Black Black
Clasp Buckle Buckle
Band Material Jubilee Metal / Rubber Jubilee Metal / Rubber
Case Material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Crystal Hardlex Hardlex
Water Resistance 660 Feet / 200 Meters / 20 Atmospheres 660 Feet / 200 Meters / 20 Atmospheres
Bezel 120 click One Way Rotating Elapsed Timing 120 click One Way Rotating Elapsed Timing
Bezel Material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Bezel Color Black Blue/Red (Called the Pepsi Bezel)
Dial Color Black Navy Blue
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Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – What Situation Is Each Watch Best For?

Seiko SKX007

Seiko SKX013

Seiko designed the SKX series to be a line of tool watches. In essence, these watches were designed and they work well too.  

Primarily, this a professional diver’s watch and it meets all of the ISO 6425 standards. This already says a lot as the standards are quite many and painstaking to keep. Meeting all these standards, therefore, you can confidently use this on your next underwater adventure.  

There’s a small advice we’d like to offer here though. This watch is said to be water-resistant up to 200 meters underwater or 660 feet. We do not doubt that this watch was tested, after all, if it wasn’t it won’t meet the ISO 6425 standards.   However, you have to keep in mind that, many times, in real life, 200 meters might be a little far and removed from the reality. So, it might just be better to err on the side of caution and not actually go down 200 meters deep with your watch.  

That said, the Seiko SKX007 is also a cool looking watch even for casual wearing. It definitely isn’t a luxury piece. But if it’s just a casual outing, then you can put this on and still look great.  

Moreover, its jubilee bracelet makes the watch a great outing watch. You can also swap the strap for leather or nato to switch your style.  

In essence, get you a Seiko SKX007 if you need something that’s tough yet cool and also doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Now, the SKX013 is a smaller wristwatch than the SKX007. Its band measures at 38 millimeters which is 4 millimeters smaller than the SKX007’s 42 millimeters.  

Of course, this naturally makes the SKX013 better suited for people with smaller wrists. Being smaller than the SKX007, it also follows that the SKX013 is somewhat lighter than the SKX007. So, as you can see the watch practically chooses its wearers and buyers.  

Every other thing about the SKX013 is the same as that of the SKX007. You can refer to the preceding column to see other reasons to get the SKX013.

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Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Which Features Do They Have In Common?


The cases on the Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013 are of the same material which is stainless steel. On the top surface, this stainless steel is brushed while the side surfaces have a polished surface. The combination is aesthetically pleasing especially when you consider the way the bezels’ exterior and the outer profile of the cases fit snugly together.

The back part of the case also comes in stainless steel obviously. This is a diver’s watch after all, and you need the watch to be water-resistant. And to improve this feature, the back of the watch locks in a screw-down fashion. So, generally, these are water-tight watches which is good for your underwater adventures.

Also, on the back of these watches, there’s an interesting insignia which depicts a Seiko tsunami wave. This also signifies the water-resistant capability of the watch.


The dials of these two watches are more functional than fancy and also come in black. Other details about the dial we explain in the “features unique” section.

The Crystals

The Seiko SKX007 and SKX013 have the same type of crystal. This isn’t exactly a luxury piece but it’s good enough. At such a low-end price tag, it’s nearly impossible to do better than Seiko has on the crystals.

In both watches, Seiko has used its Hardlex scratch-resistant mineral crystal which we’ve already explained to be somewhat cheapish. Consequences? Well, it means that the surface of your watch will smudge much more easily and you’d most likely find yourself wiping the face of your watch constantly on your shirt.

Also, this watch tends to scratch quite easily if you ever decide to put it to the test. Nevertheless, it would be unfair not to mention that this watch is one tough piece. Even though it scratches relatively easily, it still requires a decent level of force for that to happen and the effect most times goes unnoticeable from a distance.

Furthermore, the crystal of both watches level with the flat surface of the bezel. And together, they stick out in an old fashion helmet sorta way. Probably a design choice by Seiko to suggest that this is a diver’s watch.

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The Crowns

The crowns are located on the 4 O’ clock position on the Seiko SKX007 and SKX013. On each watch, the crown is relatively large for the size of their host watch. However, it’s not overwhelmingly large. The crown guards which extend the total height of the crown keep the crown somewhat unobtrusive.

And they look good too, the crowns that is. In fact, you could even say they look quite stylish especially for a tool watch. The slight dome shape, as well as the fine teeth along the edges of the crowns (which improve your grip on the crown) are both functional and eye-catching.

How To Use The Crowns Of The Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013

Both crowns on the Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013 work the same way and we’re about to show you how. They are easy to work with too.

  • Changing the date: simply pull out the crown to the first click such that it’s not full out, just somewhere in the middle. Changing the date, the crown moves clockwise but changing the day, the crown moves counterclockwise. By the way, the time remains unaffected while you set the date and day.
  • Changing the time: This one is quite intuitive and you probably don’t even need us to tell you how. But for the records, you pull the crown totally out to the second click. Afterward, rotate as needed to change the time.

Now, always ensure that you push the crown full in once you’re done adjusting the time, date, or day. You want to ensure that the crown is always full in and not at the middle once you’re done adjusting the parameters.

Also, you want to ensure that you take off your watch completely when making your adjustments so you don’t cause any damage.

The crowns on both watches are easy to use and work with.

The Bezels

The Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013 have stainless steel bezels which look a lot alike. The only difference is that the SKX013 comes with a smaller bezel than the SKX007.

The ribbed surface of these bezels are also polished so they look really attractive.

As for the paint on the bezels, it comes in black in both cases and is also really attractive too with its metallic shimmer. Plus, it gives the watch a sporty look that matches the purpose of the SKX007 and SKX013 as diver’s watches.

These bezels come with time markers which are important because they help you keep track of time while you’re underwater. Here’s how to operate the bezel of your diver’s watch.

First off, you turn the bezel until the large triangular marker lines up with the minute hand on the dial. Now, the bezel, just like the dial, has markings that mark time in seconds/minutes from 1 to 60. So, while the minute hand moves on the dial keeping time generally, it also marks the amount of time you’ve spent underwater which you get to read from off the bezel instead of the dial.

Now, bezels usually rotate in just one direction as a safety measure. This way, if you mistakenly hit something and the bezel moves thereby causing the minute hand to read the wrong time, you would have spent less time underwater rather than more. Of course, this is far more preferable than spending a longer amount of time underwater.

Markers On The Bezels Of The Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013

Like we mentioned, the bezel of these watches both feature a large main marker in the shape of an arrow. This arrow also has the center lume dot and you use the arrow to set your bezel like we explained earlier.

In addition to the large arrow, the bezels of these watches also come with second and minute markers. There are small white dots which mark every 1 second or minute. After that are the thin white lines that mark 5 seconds/minutes. And then finally, we have the Arabic numerals which mark the seconds and minutes in tens.

We like the choice of font for the numerals on the bezels. They aren’t too fancy which is a good thing. Seiko focused more on legibility and simplicity, going for a more classic font which makes it easy to read the bezel.

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There are two choices to pick from when deciding between the Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013. There’s the jubilee metal band option and then there’s the rubber band option (here’s the ruber band option for the Seiko SKX007 and the rubber band option for the SKX013). These bands differ in that the SKX013 is narrower than the SKX007’s 22 millimeters.

The jubilee bracelet is stainless steel and a good choice if you’re looking to get either of these watches as a dress watch. The bracelet is a 5-link design with hollow ends. Its brushed effect of the outer links in contrast to the polished effect of the inner links are also really cool and attractive as well.

Even if you’re not into flashy jewelry, we’re quite confident that you’d like the jubilee bracelets. They are quite understated especially because of the brushed look Seiko chose to go for the larger main links.

During the summer, the jubilee bracelet Seiko SKX007 or SKX013 would make a nice match.

They close using a deployment with a fold-over clasp and safety flap. The safety flap of the watch also carries the brand’s name on it as well.

And then there’s the rubber strap option which makes a more preferable option when going diving. It’s less dressy, sportier, and more functional for diving purposes. After all, rubber does not get wet and is also a lot easier to clean than the jubilee bracelet.

The rubber strap comes in black color and, a clasp closure in both watches.

Finally, one other thing we really like about these two watches is that they are quite versatile. This means that you can swap out your current band for a different one depending on how you feel. Common choices with users from our research are nato and sometimes leather.


These two watches each have a fantastic engine. It might not stand up to those you find in luxury watches but consider how much you’re paying for each of these. Even put together, they still do not cost as much as half the price of certain timepieces.

The mainspring is Diaflex and is practically unbreakable even under excessive winding. The Diashock shockproof also keeps your watch functioning properly even when it comes in contact with a sudden impact.

The 21 contact points in each of these watches each have their own jewel. These jewels are there to ensure that there’s no friction in between the moving parts and this ensures that your watch is not only durable, it’s also accurate.

For a closer look at the pros and cons of this engine, please refer to the pros and cons section of this review.

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Water Resistance (200 meters)

The Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013 are both diver’s watches. So, they are supposed to be water-resistant down to 200 meters underwater as they are.

We still advise people not to follow such ratings hook, line, and sinker as many times they don’t apply in real life. Many times, the watch depth is shallower than what’s stated by the company. Better to err on the side of caution and stay above 200 meters.

Dive Ready

To say that a watch is dive-ready, it has to meet the ISO 6425 standards which we have described in a review before this one. You can check it out here to understand what we’re talking about. But here are some general features all good divers’ watches share.

For one, the back of the case always comes properly screwed down to ensure water doesn’t seep in. Also, the sides should be easy to grab, bezels easy to read, and watch hands luminescent. In fact, the hands should be so luminescent, you’re able to read them from a distance of 25 centimeters in pitch blackness.

All these are features you find in the Seiko SKX007 vs SKX013.

Automatic Movement

An automatic movement means that you don’t have to wind the mainspring of the clock to get it moving. Just by moving your arm, the watch winds its mainspring by itself which is why it is called an automatic movement. It is different from the older and cheaper quartz movement which depends on batteries.

Now, Seiko has all kinds of automatic movements. However, the one you find on these watches is the 7s26 automatic movement. This is like the runt of the litter somewhat. It works but it isn’t as fancy as some others that Seiko has.

But hey, we would take that over a quartz movement any day. In the first place, having an automatic movement in a watch this affordable is already a deal that’s too sweet to pass up.

40 Hours Power Reserve

The Seiko SKX007 and SKX013 are excellent power reserves. These watches can be kept away in your drawer for 2 days without use and still work when you put them on. That’s the power of 40 hours of power reserve!

You should know though that as the power on your battery begins to deplete, the timing of the watch also gradually becomes more inaccurate. And sadly, there’s no way of hacking the watch which also further compromises the accuracy of the watch whenever you have to set the time.

But hey, inexpensive watch, so you can’t expect too much.

Here’s a video that explains the difference between automatic mechanical and quartz movements if you need it.

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Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 Features Unique To Each Watch

Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Features Unique To The Seiko SKX007

Time Markers

The hour markers on the dial of the Seiko SKX007 are large white circular markers. However, just like most watches, those for the 12-, 3-, 6-, and 9 O’ clock positions are somewhat different.

At 12 O’ clock, you have a large white downward-facing triangle with a syringe extending from its tip. The 6- and 9 O’ clock positions have similar representations with a capsule-shaped marker which also have syringe-like protrusions extending from each of their tips.

The 3 O’ clock marker is no marker at all. Instead this is where you find the day/date complication. Weekdays on both watches are rendered in black, Saturdays in blue, while Sundays are rendered in red.

The rest of the hours simply get regular vertical white markers.

And now to the minute/second markers… Minutes and seconds are represented by tick marks which lie on the stationary ring on the outer edge of the watch.

This outer edge ring attaches to the watch at a steep angle which gives your watch a really cool recess effect worth complimenting. So, get ready for loads of that.

Besides the markers, there are other small details on the dial of the Seiko SKX007 like the logo which is right below the 12 O’ clock marker followed by the word “automatic.” Also, above the 6 O’ clock marker, there’s “DIVER’S 200m” as well representing the obvious.

Coming in an orange accent, this text adds a bit of flare to the entire look of the watch’s dial making it more interesting and energizing.


The hands on this watch differ from one another. So, the hour hand is different from the minute hand which is, in turn, different from the second hand. Let’s begin with the hour hand.

The hour hand comes as a syringe-like body with a needle-like pointer. The minute hand, on the other hand, looks more like an arrow, a bold one with a needle pointer just like on the hour hand. Lastly, the second hand looks more like a lollipop (yeah we know, cute!). It does not have the needle pointer of the hour and minute hands though.

But here’s something about the second hand. It might not have the needle pointer but it’s still quite interesting. The pointer side comes in white while the counterbalance side comes in black. We find that it makes it easier to focus on the pointer side of the second hand which makes your time reading more accurate even when you’re preoccupied.

The sliver of silver on the outline of the hands also causes the hands to catch the glint of light – another interesting feature.

Case Dimensions

The Seiko SKX007 is a bigger watch so its case dimensions are larger than that of the SKX013. It measures at a diameter of 42 millimeters with a thickness of 13 millimeters. Of course, this already lets on that this isn’t exactly the slimmest watch on the block. Well, divers should be used to this as diver’s watches typically come a bit chunky in size.

In essence, the SKX007 is a bold watch that might be better suited to wearers with larger wrists. It would definitely look a little out of place if you have thin wrists.

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Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Features Unique To The Seiko SKX013


The dial of the SKX013 and that of the SKX007 are basically the same except for a few things. For one, the dial on the SKX013 is smaller of course which means that the dial of the SKX013 looks a bit more cramped. Remember that it’s about 4 millimeters between the diameter of the SKX007 and the SKX013 and we’re guessing they took a huge chunk of that from the dial of the watch.

The markers are all the same as on the SKX007, however, the hands are somewhat different. In the first place, their edges are not as sharp as the ones on the SKX007. Plus, the lume does not stretch towards the edges the way it does on the SKX007.

Furthermore, the hour hand of the SKX013 looks more tapered as it progresses toward the arrowhead than the SKX007. The SKX007 seems to have a thicker base and a sharper arrowhead on the other hand.

There’s also another difference in the second hand as well. On the SKX013, it’s thicker and has a more tapered tip than the super-slim hand with black base of the SKX007.

Both second hands are well lumed though.


The case of the SKX013 is 4 millimeters smaller than the SKX007. It measures at 38 millimeters and makes a better choice for people with smaller wrists or people who do not care for heavy timepieces.

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Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Unique Pros

Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Pros Unique To The Seiko SKX007

  • The hands of the SKX007 seem to be better lumed which might be easier to read in the dark.
  • It’s a better fit for wearers with large wrists.
  • More affordable.

Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Pros Unique To The Seiko SKX013

  • A better fit for people with smaller wrists.
  • Lighter than the SKX007.

Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Unique Cons

Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Cons Unique To The Seiko SKX007

  • A little too heavy and too large for some folks with smaller, thinner wrists.

Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Cons Unique To The Seiko SKX013

  • Not a good fit for people with large wrists.

Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Common Pros

Seiko SKX007

Seiko SKX013

Both watches are super affordable selling for only a couple of hundred bucks Also affordable.
Tough as nails, this watch is super durable and can endure practically anything. Although a little prone to smudging, the crystal, that is, it is still quite scratch resistant to an extent. Also applies.
You can afford to get creative with your choice of bands or straps. There’s the jubilee bracelet option and rubber option as well. You can also choose to do something completely different and go with nato or leather Same here.
Although slightly heavier than the SKX013, this watch is still considered pretty lightweight The SKX013 is also lightweight and is even lighter than the SKX007
Day/Date complication available Also available here.
40 hours power reserve which means that your watch continues ticking for 40 hours non-stop even after you’ve kept it in your drawer.   NB: the watch gets less accurate as the power runs down. Same applies here.
Regulating your watch is easy using the right tools. If you can’t do that yourself, you can also take it to your local watch shop. However, if you’re interested in picking up the skill (which is pretty easy by the way) check out the video below this table. Also applies here.
With the lume markers, this watch is super easy to read even in pitch blackness. This is a super important benefit especially as you dive deeper into the water. As you know, the lower you go, the darker it becomes. Same here.
It’s really easy to adjust the bracelet if you have to. Bracelet is also easy to adjust

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Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Common Cons

Seiko SKX007

Seiko SKX013

This watch does not support hacking which means that the second hand continues to move when the crown is fully pulled out. In other words, you can’t set the time accurately down to the second. Small issue for some, big issue for others. Also applies here.
This is an automatic watch that charges with the swinging motion of your hand. It does not come with a manual wind which might sometimes be a small challenge since you can’t kick-start the watch at the drop of a hat. Same goes for the SKX013
The day/date takes a fairly long time to change over, beginning at 11 pm and ending at 4 am. While some people might not have any issues with that, it might be a big deal for those who prefer a snappy midnight changeover.  

Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – General Feeling Among Users

Seiko SKX007

Seiko SKX013

For many, the Seiko SKX007 has proved to be a truly loyal partner thanks to its durability. According to most users, it works as promised. It’s water-resistant at normal depths. Also importantly, we got reports that the watch does not fog too when underwater. This is great for readability.  

In the looks department, the Seiko SKX007 also made the pass mark in most users’ books. We reckon from the testimony of these users you’re up for a good number of compliments if you decide to get this watch.  

Now to a few bad comments.  

Most of the bad comments users had for the Seiko SKX007 was the rubber strap. It was a little too tough and some even found it somewhat cheap-looking and ugly. This is probably the reason most people replaced their rubber straps with nato.  

In all, we think most customers found this to be a reliable timepiece. It would need occasional servicing just like all regular tool watches but overall, users were happy campers.
We have to comment on the collective sigh of relief most people with smaller wrists heaved on finding the SKX013. It was like “finally!” Lol. And you can imagine, finding a good watch, especially a men’s watch that’s not large can be a difficult task. However, Seiko has come to the rescue with the SKX013.  

How did customers like it especially in comparison to its big brother – the SKX007? Well, they loved it.    

The hatred for the rubber strap seemed to be a general thing though. There were several complaints about its bulkiness and thickness. So just like on the SKX007, most changed out for Nato.  

Another complaint, or more like a semi-complaint was about the display. Most people could understand that, being a smaller watch, compromises had to be made. For one, the dial was more cramped and the hands and markers appear thicker. Also, the day/date seemed like it was cut to accommodate the smaller case diameter.  

Altogether though, customers were satisfied. Finally, a watch in their size. Plus, it’s affordable too and not so thick. It does snag a little though as a few customers complained, but many agreed that it wasn’t such a deal-breaker.

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Seiko SKX007 Vs SKX013 – Parting Thoughts

The Seiko SKX007 and SKX013 are both excellent watches and we had a nice time reviewing them. Choosing between them though shouldn’t be such a hard decision. They already have their users cut out for them. Larger wrists should go for the SKX007 and smaller wrists should go for the SKX013.

We will also add here that the SKX013 will also work for the people who need a watch to wear while they work. The watch is well constructed and much more comfortable for typing than the SKX007 due to its lighter weight. No jangling or jingling, so it helps your focus and reduces the inconvenience of working with a watch.

Seiko SKX007

Seiko SKX013

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