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    Are the higher end Seiko worth getting?

    I'm not talking about Grand Seiko or Credor.
    Are the higher end SEIKO like the Landmaster or the Marinemaster 300 or even the SLA017 worth getting?
    I mean they're starting to push into Grand Seiko territory without the prestige or finishing.

    Some people love the SLA017 but at the same time, it's priced higher than GrandSeiko and doesn't have that prestige.
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    Re: Are the higher end Seiko worth getting?

    But, Grand Seiko pricing is continuing to increase substantially. I remember hesitating about the $5700 MSRP of the SBGW253, and passing on the one I saw at the boutique in Madrid, but now that seems like an absolute bargain compared to what Grand Seiko routinely asks for their new models.

    I wasn't particularly impressed with the SBGW253 case, as it was fully polished and did not have very sharp edges. I have the same criticism of the Nomos Lambda cases. Interestingly, at the same boutique, I saw the SLA017, and I have to say I found that to be much more interesting to me than the SBGW253.
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    Re: Are the higher end Seiko worth getting?

    SLA017 equipped with a high-end Seiko movement, calibre 8L35, which was specially designed for dive watches – we’re not talking about an entry-level movement here, not at all. This movement is based on the architecture of the Grand Seiko 9S55, is finished in a very pleasant way, boasts 50h of power reserve, beats faster than standard Seiko movements (28,800 vibrations per hour) and is hand-assembled and hand-adjusted (rated to -10/+15 sec/day). These are the good news. But bad news is; to my opinion it is overpriced because limited edition.

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    Re: Are the higher end Seiko worth getting?

    I would say that yes, that high end seikos are worth having.

    However, even a $250 turtle is an amazing watch. You don’t have to spend thousands to enjoy seiko quality, but you can.

    Is a marine master 10x the watch that the turtle is? The price difference might suggest this, but maybe not a direct back to back wear test.

    My bottom line is that you can’t really go wrong with many Seikos... you just need to match the right one to your style and budget.


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    Re: Are the higher end Seiko worth getting?

    Quote Originally Posted by pardayan View Post
    SLA017 equipped with a high-end Seiko movement, calibre 8L35, which was specially designed for dive watches – we’re not talking about an entry-level movement here, not at all. This movement is based on the architecture of the Grand Seiko 9S55, is finished in a very pleasant way, boasts 50h of power reserve, beats faster than standard Seiko movements (28,800 vibrations per hour) and is hand-assembled and hand-adjusted (rated to -10/+15 sec/day). These are the good news. But bad news is; to my opinion it is overpriced because limited edition.
    While the 8L35 clearly has good bones, it's disappointing that Seiko rates it no better than a standard grade ETA 2824-2 (+/- 12 spd).
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    Are the higher end Seiko worth getting?

    Former owner of the SLA017/SBDX019 and I think it was worth every bit of its price. It remains one of the best looking watches I have ever seen and it’s finishing and build quality was exactly what you would expect at that price. Also had no problem with its accuracy despite its specs, though I am not a stickler for that kind of thing.

    Haven’t handled other similarly priced Seiko but have seen them and if you like them, they are worth the price.


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    Re: Are the higher end Seiko worth getting?

    Look again at the finishing.....while the bracelet is not well finished, the case and watch are.



    Agree that the MSRP is insanely high,.....and so are many other brands.
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    Re: Are the higher end Seiko worth getting?

    Short answer: yes, usually, depending on your tastes and needs.
    Long answer: sure, but prices are getting a bit steep for the collective conscience in regards to a Seiko's worth; get it from a camera store in Japan for discount off MSRP and the duty and credit card bonus (~10%), and go back to my short answer.

    That said, we need to start looking at The Citizen Chronomaster line as alternative; there is something good happening there.
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    Re: Are the higher end Seiko worth getting?

    Quote Originally Posted by mleok View Post
    While the 8L35 clearly has good bones, it's disappointing that Seiko rates it no better than a standard grade ETA 2824-2 (+/- 12 spd).
    That's one of my gripes against Seiko

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    Re: Are the higher end Seiko worth getting?

    Quote Originally Posted by imaCoolRobot View Post
    I'm not talking about Grand Seiko or Credor.
    Are the higher end SEIKO like the Landmaster or the Marinemaster 300 or even the SLA017 worth getting?
    I mean they're starting to push into Grand Seiko territory without the prestige or finishing.
    They are mostly ugly, so no.
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