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A SEIKO SKX013 REVIEW - A LOOK AT SEIKO’S BEST DIVE WATCH? [2020 UPDATE]  

Great divers have amazing dive watches by their side. So, which watches are most worth your time? The SKX013 is a good place to start. Not only is it an incredible timepiece, it’s pretty affordable too. Read ahead as we run through everything you need to know abouin our Seiko SKX013 review below. 

SEIKO SKX013 REVIEW

The Watch - At A Glance

Before we dive in, we think that giving the below table a little read is a good first move. 

Preview
Seiko SKX013
Seiko SKX013K2 Black Dial Automatic Divers Midsize Watch
Water Resistance
660 feet (200 m)
Movement
Japanese automatic
Strap
Polyurethane
Bezel
Stainless steel
Colour
Black
Case
39 mm
Crystal
Hardlex
More Information
Seiko SKX013
Preview
Seiko SKX013K2 Black Dial Automatic Divers Midsize Watch
Water Resistance
660 feet (200 m)
Movement
Japanese automatic
Strap
Polyurethane
Bezel
Stainless steel
Colour
Black
Case
39 mm
Crystal
Hardlex
More Information
SKX013

Seiko SKX013K

The Watch – A Review

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DESIGN

If you’re looking for a watch that looks expensive, the SKX013 is right up your alley. The Seiko SKX013K2 looks a lot like the Rolex Submariner. You’ll easily fool people into thinking you bought a watch as expensive as a small car. Who wouldn’t want that?

MOVEMENT

Unsurprisingly, the SKX013 is an automatic watch. If you know anything about Seiko, you’d that they love Japanese automatics. It comes with the 7s26 movement. Although we’re fans, we’re not too keen about its lack of hacking or self-winding. They are quickly becoming automatic watch essentials. 

That being said, you get 21 jewels inside its gears. The more jewels present, the smoother your watch will run. 17 is the norm, so your SKX013 will move like butter. 

You’re probably wondering about its power reserve. Well, the Seiko device comes with a 41-hour reserve, which isn’t that special, to be honest. 

Automatic watches are pinnacles of craftsmanship. They have so many fine gears in motion, which is why it would be cool to watch the SKX013 at work. The watch doesn’t come with an exposed back, unfortunately. However, this omission was the right move as it makes the timepiece more water-resistant. 

WATER RESISTANCE

Without a doubt, you can’t review the SKX013 without talking about how great of a dive watch it is. It can handle 660 feet (200 m) underwater. Being a superb dive watch, it’s even ISO 6425 certified, so you can dive without a worry in mind. 

The SKX013 bracelet is a jubilee strap. It’s made out of high-quality stainless steel, so it won’t rust. It’s shiny and dresses outfits up more than rubber does. Who wouldn’t want that? 

Polyurethane goes hand-in-hand with diving as well. It doesn’t carry the risk of corroding and most importantly, is very easy to clean. No surprise, the SKX013 comes with a variant made out of the material, the Seiko SKX013J.

Seiko loves its luminous paint, LumiBrite. They were generous with the paint, slathering it all over the timepiece. The watch’s numerous are especially thick, so there’s enough space for the lume to shine on. To put things into perspective, know that LumiBrite can shine brightly for around 5 hours, which is mind-boggling. 

What’s more: 

Its bezel rotates. It lets you track your oxygen supply underwater. This is especially great as its bezel ticks as it turns. 

DIAL

Are you a fan of sapphire watches? We are too, which is why we were bummed that the SKX013 doesn’t come with a sapphire display. Instead, it has a Hardlex crystal on. Hardlex is Seiko’s creation, basically an improved mineral. Seiko says that it’s better, which is true to an extent. 

There aren’t any Arabic numerals on its dial. Instead, you get large, circular markers. They’re easy on the eyes and have enough lume on. The markers are white too, so they pop against the dark dial.

There are large watch hands as well, making the watch even easier to read. You’ll be using the watch deep underwater, so the SKX013 covered all bases, ensuring that you get an easy-to-read, luminous timepiece. 

CASE & BEZEL

You might look like a giant with the SKX013 on. Its case stretches 1.53 inches (39 mm) across. 

Like any good dive watch, it comes with a high-quality stainless-steel case. It keeps rusting at bay, but the steel case didn’t pique our interest. It’s pretty common in water-resistant watches. 

We were intrigued by the position of its crown, however. It’s on the 4-o’clock position, making sure that you never feel the pain of slamming a crown into your hand again. 

You’ll also notice that its crown is screwed down. This is to prevent water from seeping in, which isn’t a surprise. 
We have to talk about the grooves across its bezel. They’re eye-catching, but do they have a purpose? Not really. They just make the SKX013 look pretty. 

Other than this, there’s nothing much to say about its bezel. It’s made from the same steel as its case if you were wondering.

Alternatives

I think that we can both agree that the SKX013 is an amazing dive watch. Although pretty sweet, it has a bunch of alternatives that are just as great. Let’s stack it up with two of them below.

Seiko SKX007

When talking about the SKX013, an SKX007 vs SKX013 review is a must:

With one look at the two, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. However, the SKX007 is the larger variant of the 013, being 0.11 inches (3 mm) larger. 

The timepiece comes with a 7S36 caliber movement. You’re already familiar with it as we met it in our SKX013 review. To be honest, we still don’t know how to feel about its lack of self-winding and hacking.

We’re also met with a dial that has large rhomboid markers, full of luminous paint. If you loved seeing LumiBrite on the 013, you’ll love it on the 07 too. Like its counterpart, you even get the lume all over its hands. 

Being so similar to the SKX013, it’s no surprise that the SKX007 is a spectacular dive watch. It can handle 660 feet (200 m) underwater. It’s also ISO 6245 certified, so you have nothing to worry about. 

You also don’t have to worry about its crown poking and probing you. It’s on the 4-o’clock, which you know we’re fans of. 

At the end of the day, both watches are eerily similar. The only thing they differ in is size

SKX009

The SKX009 is a big watch. Its case is 1.65 inches (42 mm) across, just like the SKX013’s brother, the SKX007. You’ll also see Hardlex crystal inside it. This isn’t a shocker as most of Seiko’s budget watches come with it. 

You’re probably intrigued by its bezel. No, it isn’t red and blue just to spice things up. The red marks the ‘danger zone’ a diver faces. It reminds you to surface before your oxygen supply runs out. 

Being a SKX013 alternative, it’s no surprise that the SKX009 can handle quite the dip underwater. It’s resistant up to 660 feet (200 m), so get your scuba gear ready.

It’s also no surprise that its crown is screwed down. This ensures that you never have to worry about water leaking in. The fact that it’s ISO 6425 certified helps as well. 

Although its polyurethane strap is easy to maintain, you may want something extra. No need to look any further, the SKX009 comes with a jubilee strap variant. 

Of course, it has LumiBrite all over its dial. With one look at it, you’ll notice this as its markers are tainted a lime green. Speaking of its markers, they’re identical to the ones in the SKX013. 

What about its movement? The 7S26 we’ve seen time and time again is present. 

Conclusion

When we said that the SKX013 is an amazing dive watch, we weren’t exaggerating. It lets you dive 660 feet underwater, is ISO 6425 certified, and checks all the boxes you may have. 

However, is the SKX013 Seiko’s best dive watch? We don’t think so. Its alternatives are similar, so they’re just as good. We only ran through two of them, but know that the rest is like the SKX013 too. 

Let’s also not forget that there are Seiko alternatives that can withstand a 1000 feet (300 m) underwater, beating the 013 any day of the week. 

But should you make the purchase? Definitely! The watch comes jam-packed with goodies and is cheap, yet it is an amazing Submariner dupe. It’s everything a diver would want. 

 

What did you think about our review? If you enjoyed learning about the Seiko timepiece, we have more info on dive watches on our Facebook page. We regularly update it with tidbits that any watch lover would enjoy, so make sure to check it out too.

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