Hello everyone, thanks for taking the time to help me figure this out. I've spent the last several weeks doing research online and in all of the watch shops/authorized dealers in my area, and I have decided that I really love the Seiko designs and pricing as well. Now, here is where I think I need some of the expert advice that I have seen so abundantly on this site.
In particular, I really like the design of the SKX007 and the boxier face on the SKX173 as well. From what I've found online, the only difference between these two models is that the 173 was made specifically for the American market whereas the 007 was meant for non-US market (if there are any other notable differences, please correct me as it might make my decision easier?). I want the watch to be somewhat for dress occasions, but also wearable in an everyday situation, which is why I have decided that I want a metallic band over the rubber; the jubilee bracelet in particular.
Now, online I have found a good deal on an SKX007K with jubilee bracelet for around $175 with free shipping and sizing. After searching loads of stores in person, I have located an authorized dealer who has given me a great deal on an SKX173 with rubber strap that he will order directly from the factory this week, with no tax, for $210. The $35 difference doesn't seem like a whole lot, but if going the cheaper route will save me the trouble of locating the strap I want, I will go that way. However, if the SKX173 is in someway more desirable or is worth more than $210 brand new, I will go that way (I also somewhat favor the rectangular design on the watch face at the hour marks).
So my question is this: Should I go with the slightly cheaper SKX007 that comes with the strap I like, or should I go with the slightly more expensive SKX173 with rubber strap that I will quickly replace with a jubilee bracelet (or keep as a spare for non-dress occasions; that is however assuming that I'm not already hooked on these things and won't want to collect more and more of them.... )
Thanks for enduring my incoherent rant, I just wanted to make sure I listed all the information I had in order to make it easier for you all to give me better advice. Best wishes to you all.
I know everyone (including myself) loves pictures, so here are some pulled from google.
007 that is available to me:
The 173 as it is available to me: