It's been a LOOONG time coming, but I am finally the proud new owner of a mechanical Seiko. I have a quartz Kinetic Seiko dive watch that doesn't seem to like to hold a charge, and I do not wear, but that is another topic (hence my 'mechanical' caveat).
Co-worker who is also a watch nerd bought the blue bezel one while in Taiwan, and on my last trip there, I did the same at the same shop with the same salesman, but in black. The price was below anything I have seen in the US/online in the US, so it was too good to pass up. Also, the Ball listed in my signature was my 'travel/beater' watch, but I no longer like it and it will be sold/traded and this Seiko will take its place. I don't need the GMT feature, I know when I am in Asia everyone at home is asleep when I am awake
First impressions are excellent. I was initially a 'little' let down by the very fine points of fit and finish (mainly the bracelet)...until I realized I was comparing it to my Explorer which costs an order of magnitude more and cannot be a comparison. For what I paid (or even full MSRP), this is a fantastic watch and is silly-cheap considering what you are getting. It fits me very well, is very comfortable, and just looks great. Hard to explain, but it just 'pops' every time I look at it (more than the honeymoon phase, been in this hobby long enough to know what I like, dislike). And the icing on the cake is the fact it is Made in Japan (though not sure if the bracelet comes from outside) and has a great in-house movement (I know all Seikos do, but still...)
QUESTION - what OEM rubber strap option(s) are there? I'd like to pick up a black one to try.
Thanks, and look forward to most posting, questions here!