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    Exclamation Do NOT Buy the Solar Tuna If You're Looking for a Beater!!

    I bought a Seiko PADI Tuna 2 weeks ago with the intent to use it as my beater watch. I haven't even gotten the chance to use it outside the house.

    Today, I accidentally had a light knock against a painted wooden door frame which I've done with many watches before. It usually leaves some scratches/scuffs on where I hit it and I have the Rolex and Omega scars to prove it. The plastic shroud took 100% of the impact and there is no visual damage on the bezel, the screws, or the lugs. "Cool," I thought, "the shroud handled it like a boss as designed!"

    Then I noticed something.

    Did I scratch the Hardlex? I took out my loupe to confirm. The dial had cracked. It extends from under the chapter ring, through the 1 o'clock marker, into the center stack. The entire watch looks to be in perfect condition except for the dial. The shock was transferred from the case directly to the dial. WTF? It certainly wasn't there before as I was taking macro shots of the dial yesterday.

    Yes, it was my fault for carelessly knocking the watch against the door frame (wear & tear, right?) but this is beyond a bad design when the entire watch shows zero wear from a light knock but the dial is destroyed. I've purchased quite a few Seikos in my lifetime but this will be the last Seiko will ever see of my money.

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    Re: Do NOT Buy the Solar Tuna If You're Looking for a Beater!!

    Sad to see you new purchase already damaged, but seriously this seems more a case of 'freak accident damage' rather than its Seiko so it is junk.
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    Re: Do NOT Buy the Solar Tuna If You're Looking for a Beater!!

    Ouch! That is a bummer, I have to ask is this a model with the resin/plastic case.?

    I'm thinking of a solar but it has a SS case..

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    Re: Do NOT Buy the Solar Tuna If You're Looking for a Beater!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 6R15 View Post
    ...but this is beyond a bad design when the entire watch shows zero wear from a light knock but the dial is destroyed. I've purchased quite a few Seikos in my lifetime but this will be the last Seiko will ever see of my money.
    Agreed. You should not have to baby a watch, especially one such as this.

    Probably one of those freak things, not sure swearing off Seiko forever is warranted, but then again, if it were me, I’m sure I’d be pissed as well.
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    Re: Do NOT Buy the Solar Tuna If You're Looking for a Beater!!

    Which is precisely the reason why if I’m looking for a beater watch with solar charging, I head straight for a G-Shock (square case only).


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    Re: Do NOT Buy the Solar Tuna If You're Looking for a Beater!!

    Ugh you better change your name to ETA2824-2

    Also I wonder about the digital tuna.
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    Re: Do NOT Buy the Solar Tuna If You're Looking for a Beater!!

    Wow that's a tough one to swallow, it's probably one of the strangest things I have ever seen break on a watch.

    Out of curiosity have you been in touch with Seiko about this?

    I'm betting you might find them very sympathetic and personally I would be sending them on some pics. A diver by nature is a beater so the dial should not break that easily at all.





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    Re: Do NOT Buy the Solar Tuna If You're Looking for a Beater!!

    That sucks.

    I had a Seiko solar (SBDJ011). I whacked that thing against a metal door frame harder than hell on accident. Me and another person were passing through a doorway at the same in opposing directions. I just had to rub some paint from the doorframe off the bezel.

    If I were you, I’d try to work with the seller and/or Seiko to see if they will help you in any way. And like somebody else said, this seems to be a freak occurrence. I understand your frustration and there’s no God damned skin off of my back if you never by a Seiko again, but it seems like the stars lined-up against you and this happened under perfect (imperfect?) conditions.
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    Re: Do NOT Buy the Solar Tuna If You're Looking for a Beater!!

    The SOLAR dial (which is some kind of glass pane I assume) must've been stressed or under pressure, and this was the jolt it needed to crack. Really unfortunate, I wonder if it's indicative of the design or as others have pointed out - a freak accident.
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    Re: Do NOT Buy the Solar Tuna If You're Looking for a Beater!!

    terrible bad luck .

    though i'd be fighting tooth and nail with your local seiko repair centre for some sort of compromise / good will gesture to get it "sorted".

    its very bad indeed to have failed from such a minor impact in just 2 weeks - i'd be arguing that there must already have been a latent manufacturing weakness in the dial for it to have broke from an impact that left no mark on bezel / casing - take no prisoners.....
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