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SKX007 VS SKX009 Review  

A Fight Between Brothers [2020 update]

The two watches are very much alike. That’s why we have provided you with this Seiko SKX007 VS SKX009 review.

Thankfully, you don’t have to look any further. What’s more, we’ll take a look at which of the two is worth your money the most.

The Watches - At A Glance

Let’s first look at some of the specs of the two watches. This table covers the features present in the SKX007 and the SKX009, letting you evaluate them more objectively.
Preview
Seiko Men's SKX007K2 Diver's Automatic Watch
Seiko Men's SKX009K2 Diver's Analog Automatic Stainless Steel Watch
Product
Strap
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Case
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Case Size
1.65 inches (42 mm)
1.65 inches (42 mm)
Bezel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Movement
Swiss Automatic
Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance
660 feet (200 m)
660 feet (200 m)
Preview
Seiko Men's SKX007K2 Diver's Automatic Watch
Product
Strap
Stainless Steel
Case
Stainless Steel
Case Size
1.65 inches (42 mm)
Bezel
Stainless Steel
Movement
Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance
660 feet (200 m)
More Information
Preview
Seiko Men's SKX009K2 Diver's Analog Automatic Stainless Steel Watch
Product
Strap
Stainless Steel
Case
Stainless Steel
Case Size
1.65 inches (42 mm)
Bezel
Stainless Steel
Movement
Swiss Automatic
Water Resistance
660 feet (200 m)
More Information

The Watches - A Comparison

Cases

The cases of both watches are the same. The SKX009 and the SKX007 come with a stainless steel case that is brushed. We’re a fan of the brushed effect as it makes the two feel more premium. On the side of their cases, there is polishing, which adds a much-needed shine. 

The cases on both of the watches are quite big. They’re around 1.65 inches (42 mm) in diameter. This makes the SKX007 and SKX009 a bad choice if you want a chic, slim watch. This is especially true since they’re both on the chunky side at 0.51 inches (13 mm) in width. 

On both, you will see crowns in the 4 o’clock position. This is something Seiko is known for as it makes their watches more comfortable.

If you’re not aware, when it’s in the 4 o’clock position, you’re less likely to jam your hand. 

Moreover:

Their crowns are designed well. They come with ample toothing, helping you with grip.

Movement

The SKX009 and the SKX007 are both automatic watches. They come with the 7S26 movement. This means neither of them comes with the ability to hack. The 7S26 movement also means they don’t have a self-winding feature. 

Other than this, both have a 40-hour power reserve. This is a long period of time, so you won’t be bothered by the absence of a self-winder much.

With a 72S6 automatic movement, the two SKX watches come with 21 jewels inside them. This keeps the time as accurate as possible as friction is lessened.

Water Resistance

Both the watches can take you up to 660 feet (200 m) underwater. This means they’re both dive watches.

They’re fit for underwater use as they’re both ISO certified. If you’re wondering up to what degree, the SKX009 and SKX007 are rated at ISO 6425

They’re ready at all times due to the degree of sealing they have. With one look at their backs, you will see how tightly they’re sealed up. 

Their luminous displays also help with underwater use. They’re covered in LumiBrite paint, allowing the watches to be read in the dimmest lit environments.

Bezels

The bezels in both watches look very different. The SKX007 has a bezel that’s black while the SKX009 has one that is a combination of red and blue. 

The red and blue helps with diving as the red marks the ‘danger zone’. This helps divers track their oxygen supply when underwater.

Both have rotating bezels that come with 120 clicks. Although it’s great, this is a feature that’s nothing special. 

If you look closely, you’ll see markings for minutes and seconds. This makes the tracking of a diver’s oxygen supply much easier. This goes hand-in-hand with the red ‘danger zone’. 

If you’re wondering, the SKX007 and SKX009 have bezels made from stainless steel. The material keeps water erosion at bay.

Straps

They both come with a stainless steel strap which gives a classy look. If you’re not a fan of stainless steel bracelets, you’ll be happy to know you can have a polyurethane band added on instead. 

The SKX007 and the SKX009 have a fold-over clasp. This type of clasp is notoriously annoying to maneuver, so keep this in mind.

Displays

If you’re not a fan of Seiko’s Hardlex crystal, you won’t be happy with the two watches. We’re a big fan of the crystal as it’s quite tough. However, it’s not as strong as sapphire. 

We have a problem with their displays. For some reason, the SKX007 and SKX009 easily smudge. If you hate getting fingerprints all over a watch, stay clear of the SKX007 and SKX009 as they will drive you insane. 

The two watches don’t have Arabic numerals. Instead, they have circular markings that represent the minutes. What’s great about this is that they’re large in size which makes them easy to read if you have bad eyesight, or are deep underwater.

As the circular markings are big, they pack a punch when it comes to luminosity as their large diameters have a lot of LumiBrite in them. 

Other than this both have a black display. This contrasts with the whiteness of the circular markings, making them even easier to read. 

There is a calendar feature on the SKX009 and theeSKX007. It’s on the 3 o’clock position on both watches. The calenders only carry the day and date, so keep this in mind.

There is a cool recessed effect on their displays. The recessed effect is on a ring that is on the outside of their dials. It carries tick marks that help you read the minutes and seconds that pass.

If you take a look at their displays, there are needle and syringe shaped hands. The needle-shaped hand marks the hours while the syringe shaped one marks the minutes. As the needle-shaped hands have an arrow, this makes it even easier for you to read the time.

Alternatives

Having gone through the similarities and differences in the SKX007 and the SKX009, let’s take a look at some of their best alternatives.

Seiko SKX013

Water Resistance
Like the SKX009 and the SKX007, the 013 is water-resistant up to 660 feet (200 m). It also comes with a heavily sealed back and a Lumibrite display. 

Display
Seiko’s Hardlex display is present in the SKX013. 

It also has no Arabic numerals. Instead, you’ll see markings that show the minutes and hours that have passed.

Movement
Similar to its siblings, the SKX013 is an automatic watch. It comes with the JS26 mechanism.

Strap
The watch comes with a stainless steel strap that also has a fold-over clasp.

Case
Its case is stainless steel. However, the SKX013’s case differs in its dimensions as it is smaller and slimmer

Seiko SNZF17

Water Resistance
The watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet (100 m) underwater. 

Display
It also comes with Seiko’s Hardlex Crystal display. There is an absence of Arabic numerals and its calendar feature is on the 3 o’clock position. 

Movement
The SNZF1 is an automatic watch. Instead of the 7S26 mechanism, it comes with the 7S36.

Strap
The SNZF1 comes with a stainless steel bracelet that has a fold-over clasp like the SKX009 and the SKX007. 

Case
The case is stainless steel. The SNZF1’s case is 1.61 inches (41 mm) instead of 42. Other than this, it is also 0.511 inches (13 mm) in width. 

Seiko SKX173

Water Resistance
Like the SKX007 and the SKX009, the SKX173 is water-resistant up to 660 feet (200 m) underwater. 

Display
The display is made from Hardlex crystal. Instead of circular markings that replace Arabic numerals, there are rectangular markings present.

Movement
It is an automatic watch. It comes with the 72S6 mechanism.

Strap
Unlike the other two, it comes with a polyurethane strap.

Case
Its case is also stainless steel. The SKX173’s case is 1.61 inches (41 mm) in diameter and 0.551 inches (14 mm) in width.

Conclusion

With that being said, there’s no doubt that the SKX007 and the SKX009 are very similar. In fact, the only major difference is in their:
• Bezel
• Price

In terms of price, they’re not too different either. However, the SKX007 is cheaper. This is why we think it’s a better option.

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