Seiko and Citizen differ quite a bit when it comes to movement. Citizen has a love affair with solar-powered watches
. They have an extensive range of them in their Eco Drive collection. Although Seiko has solar watches, they can’t compete with Citizen’s.
The fact that Citizen utilizes solar-powered watches is great, but this doesn’t answer what type of mechanism they use. Well, Citizen famously produces Japanese Quartz watches
Meanwhile, Seiko is known for their automatic watches
. This doesn’t mean they’ve only put out automatic watches.
Both Seiko and Citizen have released atomic watches. If you’re curious, they’re the Seiko Astron and the Citizen Satellite.
Citizen watches are more accurate
than Seiko’s. Why? Because Citizen is not a fan of automatic watches. Although automatic watches are cool, they’re very inaccurate when compared to their Quartz counterparts
Frankly, Citizen and Seiko put a lot of effort into their watches. It’s very hard to figure who wins in terms of quality.
That being said, we did promise you an in-depth guide, so see below:
Seiko has the Grand Seiko line. It hosts its most high end, quality watches. Citizen doesn’t have a line that can compete with the Grand Seiko. So, technically, you could say that Seiko produces better quality watches
Both the brands have put some pretty great-looking watches out there. You’d find it hard to find someone who’d disagree with this.
In terms of their watches, they look extremely well put together, having a well-rounded finish. We believe Seiko puts out watches that are more classic looking
. Having more classic watches doesn’t mean Seiko produces better-looking watches, but to us, it does.
On a side note, Seiko and Citizen do not use precious metals or gems in their watches. But there is an exception to this. The Grand Seiko 130th Anniversary SBGW252 comes in gold.
can be very expensive. Some of their most expensive pieces are around $70,000. This doesn’t mean all of their watches cost an arm and a leg as some of them are around $100.
Most of Seiko’s expensive watches are in its Grand line. They usually start at $1000 and go up, so get ready to max out your credit card.
In terms of Citizen, their watches are also expensive. However, they are not as costly as Seiko’s. Citizen’s most expensive watches are around $20,000. The cheaper ones start at around $100.
Citizen’s most expensive watches aren’t as expensive as Seiko’s due to their quartz movements. Quartz watches are cheap to produce compared to automatic ones. So, in a way, Citizen’s most expensive watches could go head-to-head with Seiko’s
In terms of diving, both Seiko and Citizen are great. They have watches made from mineral glass. Of course, you’d see Seiko’s favorite Hardlex crystal used (their version of mineral). Mineral is impact resistant, making it excellent for diving.
Most of their dive watches come with stainless steel straps. This doesn’t mean there aren’t any with polyurethane as we prefer rubber over stainless steel any day.
The majority of Seiko and Citizen’s watches come with 200 m (660 feet) of depth resistance. Although great, this is a pretty standard rating.
That being said, you could say Citizen is better at producing dive watches. They have the Citizen Promaster
which can withstand depths up to 1000 m. Unfortunately, Seiko’s answer to this, the MarineMaster
is a lot more expensive than the Promaster. As we’re all for saving, we’d reach for the Promaster any day.