Due to family coming to visit and stay this week, packed up and stored all my watches. Partially to protect them from two young grandchildren and secondly, no need to advertise vices !
Anyways, set aside my SKX009 on an Uncle Seiko president/endmill bracelet for a couple of weeks of continuous wear. Reason for that choice was, spending lots of time in the pool, it is an "every day" sort of watch, meaning that it is versatile and also not an expensive watch so no concern if it get's a ding or scratch. About the 3rd day in, thought to myself, "Hey, forgot how nice a watch this is". After several more days of wear, a deep respect began to set in for what a great watch that Seiko created.
There are many reasons why the SKX is considered a classic. For me, it is so versatile, looks great no matter what I am wearing, rugged/practical, extremely comfortable to wear (outstanding case work), perfect size/dimensions and one of its virtues is that you can dress it up or down and it doesn't look unbalanced. Here's what I mean, if you are strictly utilitarian, put it on a rubber or perlon strap and it is ready to handle just about any physical abuse that comes its way. It has that classic Seiko diver look (and exceptionally comfortable) on an OEM Jubilee. Plus it has that rare ability to go to the next level on a quality bracelet such as a president/endmill, meaning that you can take a $175 watch, invest another $75 in a bracelet and it looks like a $350 watch...few watches can pull that off.
About the only aspect of the watch that could be upgraded is the 7S26 movement but even then, that is one of the SKX virtues. The movement is legendary for its ruggedness and reliability. Like most 7S26 movements, my SKX009 is position sensitive which I use to keep the watch within 1-2 SPD accuracy, "doing the dance". After achieving a reasonably "full" charge, mine will gain 3-4 seconds thru the day while wearing. I leave it "crown down" overnight which pulls 3-4 seconds. Net result after setting it a week ago, it is currently running 2 seconds fast.
Oh yes, if you look closely at the photos below, you will see that the dial and chapter ring are slightly misaligned but suppose some would say that means it is authentic Seiko SKX!
To wrap this up, I am an unrepentant dive watchaholic and have a lot of divers. I have other divers that are better watches or that I may like more but can't think of another diver at this price that offers so much. With some experience under my belt now, I can say that if the SKX009 were my only diver I would not feel deprived at all.