Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Detailed Comparison

It’s easy to see why Seiko has such a huge following in the watch industry. With its different watch lines, Seiko has proved to the watch community that it is a brand to reckon with. Today, our review of the Seiko Turtle vs SKX compares two of Seiko’s most popular lines – the Prospex and the SKX line.

So, if you know Seiko, you’d know that these lines are quite different from each other. Although generally, Seiko watches are quite affordable, the SKX line is particularly known to be value-priced, costing significantly less than the Prospex line.

As expected, therefore, the Seiko Turtle brings more sophistication to the table than the Seiko SKX. Nonetheless, we have to give it to Seiko as, though the Seiko SKX line is less sophisticated, quality is not in the question.

These are two good quality watches anyone would enjoy using.

So, because this review is going to be a pretty lengthy one, and not everybody has the time, we have prepared a comparison overview section. The comparison overview gives you an executive summary of the review to help you make a quick but informed decision.

Of course, there’s only so much information we can cram into an executive summary. This is why we recommend that you read the entire review before sinking your hard-earned money into the purchase of any watch.

That said, let’s get this show on the road. You know what they say, time waits for no one.

Table of Contents

Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Comparison Overview

Generally, Seiko watches are great watches, and the SKX and Turtle are no different. You can depend on the quality and durability of these watches. And importantly as divers’ watches, they meet ISO 6425 standards – another reason you can count on them.

In looks, both watch lines are good, although many might lean towards the SKX for its size. The SKX (the SKX013 in particular) is much smaller and flatter than the Seiko Turtle. The Turtle, on the other hand, only comes in one size which is considerably large.

As for the movement, of course, the Turtle has a more sophisticated movement – Seiko’s 4R36. That of the SKX, on the other hand, is the 7s26 – an automatic movement that leaves us pleasantly surprised considering the price. But as you may expect, there’s a small catch though.

The 7s26 does not hack, neither does it come with hand-winding. But then again, like the fancier 4R36, it comes with 41 hours of power reserve as well as a day/date complication.

When it comes to offerings, the Seiko Turtle has way more watches in its lineup than the SKX line, which has just three watches in its lineup. So, naturally, the Turtle gives you more options just not in size. They all come in one size.

Finally, when it comes to the bracelet, both watch lines have two options you can select from – stainless steel and silicone rubber. And if you don’t like any of those, you can also change out the bracelets for leather or nato.

Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Our Opinion On The Price/Value Ratio

First, these are affordable wristwatches on every count. And at their budget price, these watches still hold their own easily in the market. In fact, they over-deliver.

Secondly, they are durable, pretty accurate, and meet all the ISO 6425 standards.

Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Which Is More Affordable?

The Seiko SKX is the more affordable line, and expectedly, it comes with its compromises here and there. But, even at that, it’s still a wonderfully sturdy watch.

In essence, if you can’t afford the Seiko Turtle, the SKX is not a bad choice. It is missing the hacking and the hand-winding, which we agree is a big deal. But generally, it’s a great watch.

Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Comparison Of Major Specs And Features


Seiko Turtle

Seiko SKX

Movement Seiko 4R36 Seiko 7s26
Case Diameter 45 millimeters 38 millimeters to 46 millimeters
Case Thickness 13.4 millimeters 13 millimeters
Strap Thickness 22 millimeters 24 – 26 millimeters
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Video: Comparing the Seiko SKX and the New Seiko Turtle Watches

This video gives you a detailed comparison between Seiko SKX watches and the newer model Seiko Turtle watches

Seiko Turtle vs SKX – What Situation Is Each Watch Best For?

Seiko Turtle

Seiko SKX

The Prospex line which the Seiko Turtle belongs to is Seiko’s range of professional watches. This is the reason it sells for a price that is significantly higher than that of the SKX watches.  

The Seiko Turtle would make a fine choice for wearers with large wrists. Think about 7 inches. The watch is quite the bold one.  

You already know this is a diver’s watch. It might not meet everyone’s tastes, but we can assure you that this watch is solid for your diving needs.  

It comes with a range of strap options which includes silicone rubber that’s great for underwater use.  

Now, if you’re looking for precision, of these two watches, you might have to go with the Seiko Turtle. Not only is its 4R36 movement more accurate, but it also comes with hand-winding and hacking which the 7s26 lacks.  

For casual everyday wear, the Seiko Turtle also works. However, we are not sure we can recommend this as a dress watch because it looks too sportsman-like.  

But hey, to each man his own, right?
The Seiko SKX line comprises workhorses that are not afraid to get wet.  

Compared to the Seiko Turtle, the Seiko SKX can suit a wide range of wearers.  

The SKX line contains watches with case diameters of between 38 millimeters and 36 millimeters. So, there’s a watch for all hand sizes here. From the slim to the large.  

Besides that, the Seiko SKX is a less expensive line compared to the Seiko Turtle. It’s a great entry-level choice for those just getting into diving.  

Just like the Seiko Turtle, the Seiko SKX also makes a great casual wristwatch. It might also work as a low-budget dress wristwatch (emphasis on “low-budget”).    
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Seiko Turtle vs Seiko SKX – Common Features

What are the Common Features of Seiko Turtle and SKX?

The following are the common features of Seiko Turtle and SKX:

1. Stainless Steel Cases

2. Dials

3. Shatter Proof Hardlex Crystal

4. Crown

5. Unidirectional Bezels

6. Bands

7. Engine

8. Automatic Movement

9. Dive Readinesss

Having seen the list of features common to both watches, we will now analyze them in full.

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1: Stainless Steel Cases

What is the size of the cases of Seiko Turtle and Seiko SKX?

These two Seiko dive watches come in various sizes ranging from 38 millimeters to 46 millimeters. The smallest watch you can find between the Turtle and the SKX comes from the SKX line – the SKX013 which measures at 38 millimeters. This is followed by the SKX007 which measures at 42 millimeters.

The Seiko Turtle watch has just one case size for all its various models. It measures 45 millimeters, and that is only bettered by the Seiko SKX009.

The largest of them all also come from the SKX – the SKX009, which comes at a massive 46 millimeters. This is a pretty large watch which automatically makes it a picky watch. You’d need, at least, 7 inches on your wrist to be able to wear this comfortably.

If you’re familiar with sporty watches, then you probably know that they tend to come quite chunky. So, if you’re not into large watches, neither of these might work for you. If, however, you need these for diving purposes, then you should know that the beefiness of these watches is in your best interests.

What type of material is used in making the cases of Seiko Turtle and SKX watches?

Seiko uses steel, brushed on the top surface, and polished at the sides. The combination of these makes these watches quite attractive, especially when you take into the account the exterior of the bezel and how it fits the case snugly. This is the material Seiko uses for all its dive watches.

The back of the case is also made of stainless steel and is closed by the use of screws. This is to keep water from sipping into the engine of your watch.

Also on the back of the case is the characteristic “Seiko Tsunami” insignia – a symbol of the water-resistance quality of the watches.

2: Dials

What are the features of the dials of Seiko Turtle and Seiko SKX?

The dials of the Seiko Turtle and Seiko SKX are quite similar. The dials of both watches have similarly styled hands.

We have the hour hand which comes in a rectangular shape, with a triangular end and a needle-like tip. As for the minute hand, this one also looks like the hour hand, except that the end does not look triangular. It also has a needlepoint as well.

As usual, the second hands on these watches are super slim. But what we really like is that the parts before and after the place where the hand is fixed are differently colored. This makes it easier to see the direction the hand is going.

The markings are also similar. Just like you have on all Seiko watches, all markers besides 12, 6, and 9 o’clock hour markers are circular dots. The “3” marker is replaced by a day/date complication.

The seconds/minutes markers are little dashes that run around an outer ring just above the dial, with the dash thickening every 5th second/minute.

The hands and markers are well luminesced for ease of recognition underwater. Besides that, luminescence is also a really important criterion for meeting the ISO 6425 standards.

Seiko Turtle vs Seiko SKX – Common Feature: Dials

Seiko Turtle

Seiko SKX

The Seiko Turtle has various models with differently colored dials.  

But before we discuss that, let’s look at other inscriptions on the Seiko Turtle.  

Beginning at the 12 o’clock marker. On the Turtle, it’s a downward-facing triangle with sharp angles.  

There’s also a needle-like partitioning that runs through the triangle starting from the base, protruding out of the apex.  

Underneath the 12 o’clock is the brand name written in capital letters.  
The 6 o’clock marker and 3 o’clock marker are similar except that they are slimmer and the partitioning only protrudes from the tip.  

Above the 6 o’clock marker, are the following written in descending order “X (for Prospex),” “Automatic,” and “DIVER’S 200m.”    
The markings on the SKX watches differ only slightly from the Seiko Turtle watches.  

At the 12 o’clock position, the marker is similar to that of the Turtle except the angles are not as sharp.  

Also, the needle-like tip does not run from the base of the triangle.  

As for the 3 o’clock and the 6 o’clock, these come in a cylindrical shape also with needle-like tips.  

Under the 12 o’clock marker, you find the following words written in descending order – “SEIKO,” and “AUTOMATIC.”  

Above the 6 o’clock marker are the words “DIVER’s 200m.”

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Dial Colors





Seiko Turtle      
  SRP777 and SRPC44 Black White
  SRP773 and SRP779 Navy Blue White
  SRP775 Black Gold/White
  SRP PADI Blue Sunburst White/Red
  SRPC65 Orange White
Seiko SKX      
  SKX007, SKX007P8, SKX007K2, SKX007J1, SKX007K Black White
  SKX009, SKX009P9, SKX009K1, SKX009K2 Navy Blue White
  SKX013, SKX013K1, SKX013K2 Black White
  SKX011J1 Orange White

3: Shatter-Proof Hardlex Crystal

What type of glass do the Seiko Turtle and SKX use?

Seiko is using its own trademark Hardlex crystal for both of these watch lines. This crystal is quite tough and can withstand a decent force without budging.

Another thing about the glass of these watches is that it is completely flat. They join the bezel at an angle and generally look good without being too overwhelming.

However, this is not the best crystal that you can get for a dive watch. It might be okay for the SKX watches as they are supposed to be value-priced watches. The Seiko Turtle, on the other hand, is more expensive and we’d expect a better crystal.

But then again, to be fair, considering how much you spend getting the Seiko Turtle with the improvements in other quarters, the price is fair. So, the crystal is just one of those trade-offs you’d expect.

The problems of this crystal are, first, it gets smudged quite easily. You’re going to have to wipe the face of the watch constantly. This isn’t something anyone would enjoy.

Secondly, the Hardlex crystal scratches easily as well.

4: Crown

What are the features of the crowns of Seiko Turtle and SKX watches?

All watches in the Seiko Turtle and SKX lines have their crowns at the 4 o’clock position and they are all pretty much the same.

The crowns on these watches are large but they also come with crown guards on both sides. This makes the crowns look less intimidating. We also like the flow of the crown guards and how they fit with the crowns. It gives the watch a polished look, even though it’s a tool watch.

For the sake of a firm grip, the crown comes with fine teeth on the edges. This makes it easier to set the time.

To set the time in both watches, it requires that you pull the crown full out and then move it intuitively to set the time. As for the date and time, move the crown half out and rotate clockwise for the date and counterclockwise for the day.

Make sure that you’re not wearing the watch when making the adjustments in order to avoid damaging your watch.

5: Unidirectional Bezels

What are the features of the bezels of Seiko Turtle and Seiko SKX?

The bezels of both Seiko Turtle and SKX come made of stainless steel with a ribbed and polished surface. This helps bring out the beauty of these bezels.

What grabs your attention when you look at these bezels though is the paint on them. All the bezels have paints that glow in the dark, including the markers as well. This is important because this is a watch with which you’d be diving.

Another good characteristic of these watches is that the bezels are unidirectional. This means that they only rotate in one direction which is important for diving.

With a unidirectional bezel, whatever happens, even if you mistakenly hit something, you won’t read the time wrong and spend more time underwater.

The bezels of these watches are ribbed to help make the grip firmer which comes in handy when you’re in slippery conditions.

Now, to the markers. The main marker is a large arrow just like you’d find on any bezel with a small circle right inside of it, called the lume dot.

The time markers on the bezels are tiny dashes and get thicker every 5th second/minute. The 10th second and minutes get Arabic numerals. This is important because you want your bezel super easy to read underwater.

Whether you prefer a bi-colored bezel or a solid-colored bezel, there are different options available for you with either watch and we will get to that in a bit.

Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Bezel Colors




Seiko Turtle    
  SRP773/SRP779 Navy Blue/White
  SRP775/SRP777 Black/White
  SRPA21 PADI Blue/Red (Pepsi)
  SRPC44 Black/Gold
  SRPC95 Blue/Orange
Seiko SKX    
  SKX007/SKX013 Black/White
  SKX009 Blue/Red (Pepsi)

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6: Bands

What type of bands do Seiko turtle and SKX use?

The Seiko Turtle and SKX watches both offer two choices when it comes to their bands. There’s the jubilee bracelet made from stainless steel and there’s the rubber option as well.

In thickness, these straps are about the same. However, the Seiko SKX watches are thickest. The least thickness of and SKX strap measures at 24 millimeters. That is 2 millimeters thicker than the Seiko Turtle that has a measurement of 22 millimeters.

The jubilee bracelet (stainless steel) comes with a 5-link design as well as hollow links at the ends. The main links are brushed while the inner links are polished which gives a nice flare.

But note that this bracelet isn’t flashy.

The Closure is a deployment with a fold-over, safety clasp. The brand name is also boldly inscribed on the safety flat of the closure.

A more preferable option for diving, though, might be the silicone rubber option. It gives the watch a sportier look. Of course, that’s what you want to achieve when going diving. Plus, rubber is easier to maintain as it is great underwater and cleans easily too.

The rubber band closes with a regular clasp.

7: Engine

What are the features of the engine in Seiko Turtle and SKX?

The engine used in Seiko Turtle and SKX comes with the unbreakable Diaflex mainspring. This holds it down even with excessive winding of the crown.

There’s also the Diashock feature which is what protects the watch from the shock of sudden impact. This way, even if your watch suffers an impact, the hands of the clock will remain unaffected.

Besides these, there’s also the magic level as well. This magic level is what allows you to wind the watch both clockwise and counterclockwise.

To reduce friction between the constantly moving parts, these Seiko watches come with 21 jewels for each of the 21 contact points in these watches. With this, the durability as well as the accuracy of your watch is preserved.

8: Automatic Movement

What type of movement do Seiko Turtle and SKX come with?

Both Seiko Turtle and SKX watches come with an automatic movement. For the SKX watches, this is especially a big deal considering the prices at which they sell. At such an inexpensive price point, an automatic movement is nothing but a great deal.

While the SKX watch uses the 7s26 movement, the Seiko Turtle uses the more improved 4r36 movement.

Now, expectedly, these two movements, although automatic, are somewhat different and we shall be comparing them shortly. You might be surprised, though, that the movement of the SKX line is not so far behind that of the Seiko Turtle.

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Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Comparison of Automatic Movement

Seiko Turtle

Seiko SKX

The movement in the Seiko Turtle is the 4R36 which isn’t as good as the 6R15 found in the Seiko Sumo – another watch in the Prospex line.  

But just how well does this movement actually perform?  

The Seiko 4R36 gives you 21,600 beats per hour. So, in a second, you get 6 beats. It’s easy to see, therefore, that the Seiko 4R36 is a pretty accurate movement.  

In terms of power reserve, the Seiko Turtle only has about 41 hours. But the good thing is that the 4R36 supports hand winding.  

This means that if the power goes out on your watch, you can easily crank your watch up by hand and get it working again.  

Now, you want to keep in mind that the accuracy of your watch drops as your watch loses power. So, over time, your watch might need some regulation to be precisely accurate again.  

While some say this is easy to fix on your own, except you’re really good at it, we’d advise that you take it to your local watch shop.  

It’s easy to mess up with the watch and compromise the ISO-6425-compliant features on the watch.  

Another good thing about this movement is that it is hackable. So, whenever you pull out the crown to set the watch, the second hand actually stops ticking.  

Again, this is great for time accuracy.  

Finally, for complication, the 4R36 comes with the day/date complication.
The movement on the Seiko SKX is the 7s26.

Although an automatic movement like the 4R36, this one is, definitely, the runt of the litter among Seiko’s automatic movements.  

It’s a workhorse. But hey, at this price point, we didn’t get a quartz movement. That’s actually something to celebrate.  

In fact, if we’re being completely honest, the 7s26 movement has a number of similarities which it shares with the 4R36.  

For instance, it comes with 41 hours of power reserve and also has a day/date complication.  

The main challenges with the 7s26 movement are that the movement isn’t hackable and does not support hand winding.  

So, if power is out on the watch, you’d have to wait for it to charge normally (as you swing your wrist). You can’t just crank it if you need it urgently.  

It’s a small problem considering how that watch accuracy drops as power reduces on the watch.  

Of course, you can always set the time. But since the movement is not hackable, the second hand doesn’t actually stop which could affect the accuracy of the watch.

9: Dive-Readiness

What classifies Seiko Turtle and SKX as divers’ watches?

Watches that are said to be dive-ready or diver’s watches are watches that meet the ISO 6425 standards. There are a number of qualities a watch must possess to be considered a diver’s watch by ISO 6425 standards.

First, it must be water-resistant down to 200 meters, at least. Both these watches meet that criterion.

Secondly, it’s important that the back of the casing is screwed down to prevent water from seeping into the watch. Both watches also have this feature.

Thirdly, the sides of the watch must be easy to grab on to. This, also, is a feature presen in both watches.

The bezels must be read easily, hence, the hands and markings must be luminescent. And not just luminescent, you must be able to read the markings clearly on the watch from a distance of 25 centimeters in pitch blackness. All these are present in Seiko Turtle and SKX. Therefore, they are both dive-ready.

Before we move on, please note that, even though a diver’s watch is said to be water-resistant down to 200 meters, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Oftentimes, in reality, the rating on the watch is far less than the actual distance the watch can remain water-resistant underwater.

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Seiko Turtle Vs SKX – Features Unique To Each Watch

None of these watches have any unique feature except that the Seiko Turtle has a characteristic turtle shape. They share common features with little differences here and there which we have discussed in the section.

Seiko Turtle Vs SKX – Unique Pros

What are the Pros Unique To The Seiko Turtle?

The pros unique to Seiko Turtle are:

• The Seiko 4R36 is a better and more sophisticated movement than the 7s26. It supports hacking and hand-winding while the 7s26 does not.
• It Comes with more options and colors in the line than the Seiko SKX line.

What Are the Pros Unique To The Seiko SKX?

The pros unique to Seiko SKX are:

• This is an affordable watch line.
• Bezel and crown grips better on the SKX than on the Turtle.
• It has a wider range of selections for people with all wrist sizes.

Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Unique Cons

What Are the Cons Unique To The Seiko Turtle?

The cons unique to the Seiko Turtle are:

• Although not exactly pricey, Seiko Turtle watches are relatively more expensive when compared to the SKX watches.
• The Bezels and crown of the Seiko Turtle don’t grip as well as on the SKX and movement isn’t as smooth either.
• It is limited to people with large wrists only.

Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Cons Unique To The Seiko SKX

  • The 7s26 is not Seiko’s best automatic movement. Plus, it doesn’t come hackable neither does it support hand-winding.

Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Common Pros

Seiko Turtle

Seiko SKX

Although more expensive than the SKX, all things considered, this is still a lineup of pretty affordable watches.

Plus, the Seiko Turtle has a good number of watches to pick from which is great.
Value-priced watches that are worth the money.
Seiko’s Hardlex used on these watches is quite durable and will hold up even with decent force applied to it. Also applies to the SKX.
There are different band options to pick from with these watches. There’s the stainless steel jubilee bracelet for regular wear and the silicone rubber option for diving purposes. Also applies here.
The movement here comes with day/date complication. Also comes with day/date complication.
There are 21 jewels for each contact point on these watches to reduce friction and ensure the smooth working of moving parts. Same goes for the Seiko SKX.
This watch beats an amazing 21,600 beats per hour. This means that the second hand moves 6 beats per second which makes for an beautiful, clean sweep. Same goes for the Seiko SKX.
You get 41 hours of power reserve on this watch which is close to two days of non-stop power. Also applies to the SKX.
Passes all of the ISO 6425 standards, making it a dive-ready watch. Same here.
The stainless steel bracelet is quite easy to adjust. Same here.
Brushed and polished effects on the casing and bracelet are quite attractive. Also applies here.
The watch regulates quite easily. You can easily get that done at your local watch shop or you can also do that yourself with a little learning. Also applies.
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Seiko Turtle Vs SKX – Common Cons

Seiko Turtle

Seiko SKX

While the crystal of the Seiko Turtle is great for the price, it smudges easily and we can see how that would be a problem for some. Same here.
The day and date on these watches take forever to change over. Usually, it begins at 11pm and would go on till 4 am.  

It might not be a big deal for some people, but those who prefer a snappy changeover might find it an issue.  

Also, this seems to be a general Seiko problem.
Applies here too.

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Seiko Turtle vs SKX – General Feeling Among Users

Seiko Turtle

Seiko SKX

You can easily tell that customers who got the Seiko Turtle were quite impressed.  

The watch looks good, and though large, seems to feel quite comfortable on the wrist. So, it wasn’t surprising to learn that few people wanted to take this off after putting it on.  

Besides that, there were watch enthusiasts who simply loved this watch for the sake of owning it. Apparently, the shape of the watch was it for them, making the Seiko Turtle a collector’s item to them.  

Of course, there were a few complaints about size. But, overall, we’d say that complaints about size weren’t so common.  

It seemed most customers already knew what to expect when getting the watch. So, for most, it wasn’t an issue.  

Now, this one was a common complaint – chapter misalignment.  

We’ve come across this complaint commonly among Seiko’s Prospex watches. The Seiko Sumo has the same issue and the Seiko Turtle also has the same.  

Needless to say, a few customers weren’t pleased.  

Overall though, these watches impressed most people and you could tell from their satisfied comments on different ecommerce platforms.
The Seiko lineup really did it for many users for a number of reasons.  

For one, many were excited to finally lay their hands on a male wristwatch that wasn’t so large.  

The SKX013 with its 38 millimeter case diameter was, indeed, a miracle for many.  

As for accuracy, for an inexpensive watch, customers seemed to be quite satisfied with how accurate the watches turned out to be.  

These watches have a 3-second accuracy. So, over the course of a long period, they don’t lose too much time, which is great.  

For overall looks and aesthetics, well, that was going good until it got to the rubber strap. Not many people seemed to be enjoying the rubber strap that came with this watch.  

The major problem seemed to be the toughness, and so, we did see a number of customers swap that out for a Nato.  

A few customers did mention about servicing the watch regularly. But you already know that, right?

So, considering all that, we’d say the SKX did fantastic by its buyers, even at such a giveaway price.
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Seiko Turtle vs SKX – Our Verdict

Of these two watch lines – the Seiko Turtle and the Seiko SKX – our pick would be the Seiko Turtle. However, this is only because of the movement in the Seiko Turtle.

Honestly, the Seiko SKX put up a fantastic fight which makes it a great contender especially for the money which the watches are priced at.

However, when it comes down to the workings of this watch, we’d say that the Seiko Turtle makes a better pick. Its movement is hackable and supports hand-winding – two benefits of an automatic watch you always want to have.

Seiko Turtle vs SKX – FAQs

How do I take care of my Seiko rubber strap?

There are a few easy things that you need to do to take care of your Seiko rubber strap. To rid the rubber strap of dirt and debris, you need to clean it regularly with water and a bar of mild soap. After washing, allow it to air dry thoroughly before using it again.

The frequency of the cleaning depends on how you use the watch. However, you can clean it every 10 – 14 days. Anytime your watch comes in contact with chlorine, salt, or excessive sweat, you should rinse it with water immediately. 

Rubber straps do not last long compared to other types of straps. So, it should be changed every 18 – 24 months. 

How do I care for my metal watch strap?

Caring for metal watch straps can be a little bit tricky. That is because dirt can get lodged between the segments. To clean your metal watch strap, use a dry rag to dust it off. 

If you need to do a deeper cleaning to get the dirt off the segments, you will need a soft brush with water and mild soap. Use the brush to gently brush the segments. After that, use a dry cloth to wipe it dry, immediately. 

It is not advisable to use water to clean your metal strap regularly. This could cause discoloration of the strap or make it lose its gloss. Make sure you store the watch properly to prevent scratches. 

When is the best time to set my Seiko automatic watch?

The best time to set your Seiko automatic watch is between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm. Do not try to set the time in your automatic watch between the hours of 9 pm to 3 am. In automatic watches that have a day/date complication, there are sets of gears that activate the automatic setting of the day/date. These gears become active between 9 pm and 3 am.

During these hours, if you attempt to manually set the time, you could accidentally damage any of these gears. If that happens, your watch could be completely damaged. But after those hours, those sets of gears become inactive, and you can go ahead to manually set your time without any problem.

Is it bad to allow my Seiko automatic watch to stop?

It is not bad to allow your Seiko automatic watch to stop. It stopped because the mainspring has become completely unwound. As a result, it can no longer power the watch’s movement to run continuously. 

This means that your power reserve has run out. At this point, the escape wheel will no longer get power. The escape wheel is what makes your watch to “tick” multiple times per second. 

The escape wheel stops to interact with the pallet fork when there is no more power coming to it. And the pallet fork will not be able to make the balance wheel move back and forth. Once the balance wheel stops, the watch also stops. 

How long will a Seiko 5 automatic watch last?

On average, a Seiko 5 automatic will last about 20 years. However, the exact number of years it will last depends on certain factors. Those factors include the frequency of the servicing and the care given to the watch by the user.

Being a dive watch, the Seiko 5 automatic watch is built to withstand a lot of rough rides. However, without giving it the proper care that it requires, you may not get the best out of it. A Seiko 5 watch needs to be serviced at least every 3 – 5 years. It is better to take it to a Seiko authorized service center for the best result. Maintaining the straps is also important.

Is Seiko a popular watch brand?

Seiko is one of the most popular watch brands in the world. It is one of the most iconic watch brands in the world. Being a foremost watch brand, they pioneered a lot of innovations in the watch industry. The most notable innovation attributed to the Seiko brand is the introduction of the quartz movement.

This was a breakthrough innovation that ushered a lot of development into the wristwatch industry. What makes Seiko’s popularity more notable is the fact that most Seiko watches cannot be bought in the open market just like other watches. But for it to still remain popular, despite the stress involved in getting one, is quite impressive. 

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