Seiko SBDX001 Marine Master vs. Orient Star WZ0251FD 300m Review!

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    Seiko SBDX001 Marine Master vs. Orient Star WZ0251FD 300m Review!

    i'm not sure if these 2 watches have been reviewed together. but, now that i have these 2 bad boys, i decided to take some pics of them. now, i'm not a horological expert by no means , so i'll just let the pics do most of the talking...



    as you can see, the os300 dwarfes the mm300 in both width...


    ...and height!!!
    i like them both equally, but there's a few things that are very different between these two watches, besides the size.
    - their movements (to me of course ) are equal. i mean this purely in their accuracy. the os300 has kept an amazingly -0.5 sec/day right out of the box. the mm300 runs an excellent -2 sec/day. i know the mm300's got the "higher grade" high beat movement and it can be hacked and handwound, but, the os300's slowbeat, non-hacking/handwinding movement will rack up reserve time very quickly!
    - bezel insert (though they're not really inserts..at least in the mm300's case) goes to the os300. it's very scratchproof, matte black, has the cool white numbers...i don't know...i just like it ! the mm300's is polished and scratches very easily, plus since it's actually a part of the bezel, it'll need replacing if it's badly scratched up. i wish seiko had used a ceramic or sapphire cover for the bezel...oh well, it does still rock . i like the looks, just not it's toughness, or lack thereoff.
    - bezel action is equal, except the mm300 is a 120 while the os300 is a 60 click bezel.
    - bezel edge or outer edge of the bezel definately goes to the seiko. it's mean AND elegant at the same time. it's seriously, imho, the best looking bezel edge!!! the os300's is too "rolex like" for me.
    - dial/readability. i like them both...but, the date on the os300 is a bit small. the seiko's dial is more elegant looking also. i think if i had the black os300, i could do more of a fair comparision here.
    - crowns both equally screw down at least 4-5 times to seat them...which is great.
    - hands go to the seiko!!! just an amazing attention to detail on their part!!! they're almost 3 dimensional. the os300's hands are just a bit flat looking. in turn, the seiko's are a bit too short, while the os300 hands are just the right length...for me anyways .
    - lume...is almost equal, but the os300's is bit brighter and longer lasting.
    - case goes to the seiko. it's multiple polished/brushed finishes also give it, like the hands, a 3 dimensional look!!!
    - crystal. the mm300 has a sweet curved hardlex crystal. i prefer it's shape, but at this price, a sapphire would've been cool, but it can be replaced if it get banged up with a sapphire...if i can find one somewhere! the os300 has a 5.5mm thick (i believe) sapphire crystal...awesome, but it's flat, which i don't like. i prefer curved crystals, but this is purely aesthetic on my part. this goes to the os300, BUT i wish it was curved!!!
    i guess that's about it. if i sound naive...well, i probably am. i just know what i like and this is not at all an "experts or professional" review...just my "laymans" review .
    see you all on the forums...and remember all of the above is imho, so please forgive me if i ruffle any feathers.

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    Re: Seiko MM300 vs. OS 300m review!

    Two of the best divers from the Far East. I prefer the MM300, but that yellow dialed OS300 is quite the looker too! Thanks for sharing

    Here's another thread with a pic comparison/review between these two beauties:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...ht=mm300+os300
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    Re: Seiko MM300 vs. OS 300m review!

    how did you get that mm300 more accurate , when i sent it to you it was +4 to 5 seconds.

    I still have this watch in PVD, been wearing it when I get home, its getting to grow on me bid, if it does not get sold, it could be a keeper.

    I am so glad the MM300 found a very nice home.

    thanks for the review and photos.

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    Re: Seiko MM300 vs. OS 300m review!

    thanks for this post.
    I WANT MM300!
    but i still love my OS300. :)

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    Re: Seiko MM300 vs. OS 300m review!

    Excellent informative comparison. Thanks!
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    Re: Seiko MM300 vs. OS 300m review!

    Two great watches, and a neat honest review. It's sacrilegious coming from a Seiko enthusiast, but I prefer the OS300 over the MM300. I know the movement is not as high end, but it's still got character and I don't care about accuracy that much (I never wear a watch for more than 2-3 days!). The tough OS300 bezel is what clinches it for me.

    Enjoy your Japanese diver awesomeness!

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    Re: Seiko MM300 vs. OS 300m review!

    Thanks for posting the nice head to head review!!!!

    I'm partial to the MM300...but the gold accented Orient kinda intrigues me. Nice to see two beefy watches.

    That's a great look on the MM with the low vis 4 ring zulu. You make a tall watch even taller!!!


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    Re: Seiko MM300 vs. OS 300m review!

    Things that I don't like the Orient are:

    1) hands..IMO very ugly;
    2) date window without frame;
    3) case just like a enlarged 007.

    While for sure the movement itself is an issue which for a watch close to 1k, hi beat seems minimal.

    Having said so, the finishing of the yellow dial is one of the best I've ever seen even though I hate those broken indexes of 1 and 2.

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    Re: Seiko MM300 vs. OS 300m review!

    Quote Originally Posted by HR F1 View Post
    Two of the best divers from the Far East. I prefer the MM300, but that yellow dialed OS300 is quite the looker too! Thanks for sharing

    Here's another thread with a pic comparison/review between these two beauties:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...ht=mm300+os300
    you're welcome! i thought i'd seen a review before ! oh well, it was fun to do my 1st review .

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    Re: Seiko MM300 vs. OS 300m review!

    Quote Originally Posted by newmedia View Post
    how did you get that mm300 more accurate , when i sent it to you it was +4 to 5 seconds.

    I still have this watch in PVD, been wearing it when I get home, its getting to grow on me bid, if it does not get sold, it could be a keeper.

    I am so glad the MM300 found a very nice home.

    thanks for the review and photos.
    as far as accuracy, this was after 1 day. 2 days into it it's running on the minus side...-5 sec/day . still fine with me. i don't get too crazy about accuracy personally. as long as it's not +/- 30 sec/day, i'm easy going! thank's again for a great deal!!! i wanted to get your pvd mm300 initially, but now after REALLY looking at the watch, i prefer it's original finish.

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