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    Official BFK Owner's Club: post yours here!

    Yes, it's been around for a while, but I get the feeling there's still love for the mighty BFK out there, otherwise known as the 'Big Friendly Kinetic' (or whichever F-word you prefer). Seiko, in their boring way, call it the SKA371.



    Like most of us, I can't pass a mall jewellery store without casting a quick eye over the watches, though there's rarely anything of interest there (A whole wall of Michael Kors? Really?). Even in the Seiko section, it's rare to see a non-quartz watch, and, well, quartz watches, ho-hum.

    However, over a few weeks, I noticed that one watch stood out for me, and every store I went past, it was in the window, and every store I stopped and pressed my nose against the glass like a schoolboy to look at it. It's a striking watch, partly because it's just bigger than anything else in the window.

    Well, I like big watches, and I cannot lie. Eventually I popped in to try one on, just for the fun of it. The weight of the thing is palpable. It's like strapping a polished steel brick to your wrist, and the hefty rotor spins loudly like a roulette ball ("No more bets!").



    The bezel action is extremely smooth and positive, with a discreet but efficient click like an expensive socket set. The tank-like case with its gently curved lugs and alternating brushed and polished surfaces recalls the Sumo, while the aggressively cut bezel edge and 3 o'clock crown have a little of the Shogun about them.



    Wrist test completed, I handed it back to the majestically uninterested assistant and left the store. But if you've ever had a watch sneak up on you, you'll know what happened next. First you look around at a few new prices on the web, then you start browsing eBay ads for used models. "I'll just put this on my watch list so I can see what it sells for," you tell yourself. "I'm just keeping an eye on the market."

    Before you know it, the watch is turning up at your door, and you're giving your wife a pleading look as if to say, "It followed me home, can I keep it?"



    The lume is excellent, as you'd expect from a Seiko diver, though the skeleton hands are hard to read at night. I find the best thing is just to look at the big blob of the hour hand and see where it is; the minute hand gets mixed up with the hour indices. I'm not surprised that a popular mod for this watch is to either change the hands, or fill them with lume. However, it does have a certain unique, quirky charm, and that's why I love Seikos.



    Overall, it's a solid and high-quality watch, which of course keeps impeccable time thanks to the little flake of silicon inside. It's an attractive, if slightly brutal diver, with plenty of character. Not just a pretty face, either, as forum torturers will attest. They sell in the UK for about two hundred pounds, and with the possible exception of the new Monsters I don't know many better watches for the price.





    I've shown you mine, now show me yours! Bonus points for lived-in BFKs, especially if it looks like you use it to hit rocks on a regular basis.
    Wrist king Seiko Sumo SBDC001 Big beast Seiko Black Monster II SRP307 Bathing beauty Seiko Orange Monster II SRP309 Massive tool Seiko BFK SKA371 Wake-up call Seiko Bell-Matic 4006-6050 (1975) Atomic bomb Casio Edifice EQW-T610D-1AJF Stealth fighter Casio G-Shock GD-350-1B Father Time Tudor Auto Oyster cal. 951 (1946)

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    Re: Official BFK Owner's Club: post yours here!

    Enjoy your new BFK-Here is mine.the watch wears great. bracelet makes the watch. some of you have seen this mod before. Im thinking of changing the dial, but not sure about it.

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    seikoboy clasp really works well on the watch

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    Trying for those bonus points here! Had mine for a while now and it's been through the wars - battle scars only add to its rugged reputation. Built like a tank and just keeps on going. The only problem so far has been sand trapped under the bezel after a day at the beach - quickly fixed though! I agree with the bracelet comment - great quality. Hefty watch but wears really well - great fit and very comfortable. This is now like that old favourite shirt - the immediate ahhh....... as it goes on - great to slip on after all the others have had a shot and wondering why it took so long to get round to it again!
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    Mine, down the beach, at sunset....... Love mine, it works hard, goes surfing on a regular basis!
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    MM300, Doxa Sharkhunter 1200T, Doxa Searambler 1200T, Blue Citizen Orca, (Orient Saturation Diver 300m) (SRP453) SARB035, SKX171K (slightly modded) SSC019 Pepsi, (SKX009 PMMM/Sumolike)Blue Soxa, Blue Bell-Matic, BFK, OM, Ecozilla, Tag F1, Orient 20 bar quartz (1990 - my first Diver!) and a couple of Nixon ..... I'm almost done! Just sold a watch! First one ever!

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    some of you have seen this mod before.
    Great hands, where do they come from?
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    Wrist king Seiko Sumo SBDC001 Big beast Seiko Black Monster II SRP307 Bathing beauty Seiko Orange Monster II SRP309 Massive tool Seiko BFK SKA371 Wake-up call Seiko Bell-Matic 4006-6050 (1975) Atomic bomb Casio Edifice EQW-T610D-1AJF Stealth fighter Casio G-Shock GD-350-1B Father Time Tudor Auto Oyster cal. 951 (1946)

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    Mine on MM300 rubber.

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    Great photos!
    Wrist king Seiko Sumo SBDC001 Big beast Seiko Black Monster II SRP307 Bathing beauty Seiko Orange Monster II SRP309 Massive tool Seiko BFK SKA371 Wake-up call Seiko Bell-Matic 4006-6050 (1975) Atomic bomb Casio Edifice EQW-T610D-1AJF Stealth fighter Casio G-Shock GD-350-1B Father Time Tudor Auto Oyster cal. 951 (1946)

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