Hello guys, here's my review on the legendary SKX007, let's start off with the specifications:
7s26 21 Jewels automatic movement
41mm Stainless steel case(brushed with polished sides)
Screw down crown at 4 o'clock
Unidirection diver's bezel(with lume pip)
Screw on caseback
Thick stainless steel case with 22mm lugs, the oversized screw down crown and crown guard does it good job clearing the wrist. The total height measured from bezel to case back is 13.25mm. The caseback is in polished stainless steel with the legendary tsunami logo(along with all the information engraved). The lugs takes the Seiko's beefy "fat spring bar" like many of their diver's.
Tight and positive click uni-directional bezel gives it a real tool diver feel, 120 clicks total. The grip on the bezel is decent, wish there's more area to really get a good grip. Lume pip on 12 o'clock position is lit up nicely.
The Skx007 is using Seiko's own Hardlex crystal, it has a flat face with a chamfered edge. Not sure if the edge treatment have anything to do with increasing chipping resistance vs a flat polished edge. However it does give you a really cool looking distortion of the lume dots on the dial if you look at it side way.
21 jewels automatic Seiko's own 7s26, I am averaging in the 5 second range out of the box(before "breaking in"), 4x hours power reserve. Non hand windable and non-hacking, which is expected for many similar movement at this price point.
Clean, understated dial design that maximize readability in less than ideal situation, the chapter ring is usable and readable, not something a lot of watch can claim. The Lumibrite is a torch at night, especially with all the oversized lume dots on the dial, likewise the hands have plenty of lume. Date/Day feature like wise is oversized and very easy to read(unlike the date window on my Ecozilla), day display is available in Spanish as well. However it's a dragging date/day change, the wheel will start to rotate around 11 pm and will not complete until 1 am the next day(something ETA movement user will need to adjust to).
The K1 version is supplied with the "Jubilee" style bracelet, it's built with solid link with a folded endlinks. 22mm at lugs and tapers down to 20mm at clasp. Personally I think it's a stylish design(polished center with brushed side) but with a heavy watch head the bracelet felt a little out of place. If you are one of those folks that prefer a loose fit with your metal bracelet, the jubilee would even feel more loose and noisy. I personally prefer the a tight fit on bracelet and it's not that bad once you get used to it. With that said, most people would agree it's a really comfortable bracelet to wear since it gives a great deal of flex.
Watch comes with a white paper outer box, which holds the silver international manual and the white cardboard Seiko watch box. The white watch box has a removable top lid, inside there's a cotton filled watch holder.
Being one of the best seller for Seiko, the skx007 is a easy watch to like. Build quality rivals many other diver 2x the cost, timeless tool diver styling with all the nut and bolt feature to make it a solid value diver's watch.
+Built quality is superb, easily to rival other diver's at twice the cost.
+High visibility, great lume
+Simple understated tool diver styling
+Very affordable price tag
-Bezel can use more gripping surface
-Non-hacking and non-handwindable movement
-"Me too" and somewhat dated styling
-Jubilee bracelet felt filmy comparing to the head
I hope you enjoy my review of the SKX007, let me know if I missed anything or if you have any question, comment or concern.
Edit: Custom polished center Seiko oyster bracelet added