My name is Ash, and I am a long time watch nut who has not so far taken much part in forums such as this, although I've been a member for a little while.
I'm about to treat myself to a new Seiko, and have wanted an orange face diver for a while. Of course the obvious choice is the monster, but I have also had my head turned by the SNE109P1 solar watch. So far my perspective is that the Monster has a more beautiful case and bezel arrangement, and is generally a little 'glitzier'. The Solar has a more traditional case and bezel arrangement in comparison.
Accuracy: from both experience of other automatics and what I've read here and elsewhere, the Monster is not amazingly accurate, and will quickly run out of power if not worn regularly. The Solar, on the other hand, will run for ten months on a full charge. This is important to me as I currently own a few G Shocks, and all of them have both radio controlled accuracy and solar power.
I'm really torn! The monster is an unmistakeable classic, but the Solar seems a little more modern. I'd also say that the marketing shots at least seem to show a more brushed finish to the Solar which I prefer to the slightly shinier Monster. If anyone reading this has some real world experience to either confirm or refute this I'd be very grateful.
So, gentlemen, please give your thoughts, regardless of whether you own one, both or neither. All fellow watch enthusiasts' perspective greatly received!