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