After considering for almost 6 months of having strong urges of which Seiko Divers I should purchase, I've finally decided on the legendary SKX007J, again. Here's my story.
I've previously owned (in chronological order) the First Generation monster ("SKX779"), "SKX007J", Seiko Kinetic BFK ("SKA371") and Second Generation Monster with 4R36 movement, ("SRP307J") all which I've sold to fund my other watches. I sold my first SKX007J after 6 months due to it running slow (-20 Seconds) a day. I understand that it's within specs for the 7S26 but I cannot tolerate my watches running slow, my other Seiko were running fast. I wore for 6 months to make sure the movement was broken in, but still, it was running slow.
After I've sold my last Seiko, the SRP307J, I've been wearing my Sinn U1 since 2013. I begin to feel a sense of emptiness, a void that I do miss having a Seiko Divers in my collection. I do get urges to purchase another Seiko Divers now and then but I managed to hold off these urges till 2014, when Seiko introduced at BaselWorld the "New Prospex", which includes the Second Generation Monsters, which irks me. Make no mistake, I love the Japan Domestic Market "JDM" Prospex line. MM300, Tunas, Sumo etc... but with the New Prospex, they are charging more for the identical existing product, with a additional new logo printed on the dial and caseback, and the branding of "Prospex". This doesn't make sense to my wallet. However, on the Corporate decision point of view, I do not blame them. (Increasing Sales numbers, releasing new products and making shareholders happy etc...) This Seiko decision did not stop me from loving this brand, but managed to suppress my urge to get another Seiko for a whole year.
And then, early this year, the urges came back...
So, what made me choose the SKX007J?
1) It's the one of the few iconic models that doesn't get the "New Prospex" treatment. Good thing for me. I like my watches simple and I'm quite particular with such branding stuff. (Imagine getting the regular SRP307J again and in your mind you know there is a New Prospex version out there. Essentially they are the same product, but the New Prospex SRP581K monster is "newer", and not forgetting the new JDM SBDC025 monster with the 6R15). I'll probably lose sleep over this, lol.
2) The 7S26 movement. Non hacking and non manual crown winding. I like the 6R15, 4R36, and my Sinn U1's SW200-1 (Essentially, the ETA2824-1), too. But the 7S26 is unique as it lacks those additional features. Just pure automatic movement.
3) It has its DNA roots tracing back to the first Seiko Diver watch, enough said. One of the most, or the most iconic Seiko Divers ever made. The monster has its own iconic cult status and following, too. But the SKX007 has roots tracing back all the way back to its ancestors of diving watches.
4) It is the most widely debated watch in history. SKX007J or SKX007K. Made in Japan? or Made in elsewhere? , No, do not start this again.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. And there you go, some mandatory pictures and wrist shots. Oh, the rubber feels slightly softer as compared to my first SKX007J.
I purchased my SKX007J from my regular store. They were kind enough to provide me a few pieces to choose from, as they know that the SKX007/009/011 series are notorious for having the chapter ring alignment issue. Thankfully I managed to find one that is 99% perfect, looks like its off alignment by a hairline to the left. Not too bad considering the others have worse alignment, which I took photos of it as well.
Full set of stuff given! Box, papers, hand-tags, even the iconic Seiko 5 Made in Japan Strap tag!
Seems like my 007 was made in 2014, May.
The new SKX007J with his new friend, the Sinn U1.
Lastly, the wrist shot!
Other choices with bad alignment chapter ring: