I got my first Seiko 5 about a week ago. I was looking for an all-around watch, basic DJ style with a silver dial, which I immediately found at the local department store. Forgot what the exact model is but I do know the first and last part of the model number: SNK K1. Anyone know what it is? Anyway, here are some pics:
First thing I did was replace the bracelet with one that I had on an old Seiko Chronograph. The Chrono didn't have end links but, luckily, the center links are exactly the same size as the original one's, so I just use the original end links. The original bracelet was really quite poor in comparison to the watch itself:
The original bracelet has folded links. Feels like tin. And sort of dull looking. The Chrono bracelet was a better fit with the overall design. It has solid links, secured with pins (which I prefer over folded links).
Only problem was that the end links of the original bracelet has a brushed center. So, I took out some sandpapers; 1200 and 1500 grit and went to work polishing the center. Then I got some Eagle One wadding polish and my rotary tool and made the center more polished looking. Of course, it won't be as polished without rouge or finer grit sandpaper but I suppose it's passable.
Anyway, here's the finished product:
WR: 30 meters
Light and comfortable
Runs a little fast
Overall, I really dig this watch. So far, I've worn this all day and night. It's comfortable to wear, you hardly feel it. The way it looks now, I can use it for every occasion; jeans, shorts, semi-formal and maybe formal? It's a Seiko 5 though so it's generally not something to brag about but at that price range, it's got the BEST bang for buck. Amazing what Seiko is able to do with so little money. Only letdown is the bracelet but, again, it can be replaced. Just hope they offered more bracelet varieties though. It's also a little fast, but I guess a little regulation or adjustment would fix that.
Again, at this price range, can't complain.