It’s quite clear that both watches are identical. They only differ when it comes to minor details.
If you like what you see but want more options, read ahead. We’ll be running through some alternatives.
and the SKX007 are brothers. As they’re so similar, they can be compared to the 013 as well. So, let’s see how it fares against the two:
It utilizes the same 7S26 automatic movement found in the SKX013 and SKX007. Because of this, it comes with a day and date function which is pretty handy.
As it has the 7S26, you don’t get a hand winder or a hacking feature.
If you’re wondering, it has a power reserve of 40 hours, which is similar.
In all three watches, their cases are identical. They’re all made of stainless steel.
The SKX173’s bezel looks a lot like the 013 and 007. Its chamfered, coming with a polished finish.
The watch is 1.61 inches (41 mm) across. Although not the smallest, it’s smaller compared to the SKX013
Similar to the SKX007, the watch is ISO certified.
The watch is ISO 6425. Although great, this isn’t anything to write home about. This seems to be the norm with most of Seiko’s mid-upper mid-range dive watches.
The SKX173 can travel with you up to 660 feet (200 m) underwater. Its Lumbrite display along with rotating bezel helps with this.
All of these features are present in the SKX007 and 013 as well.
The dial is made from Seiko’s Hardlex Crystal. All in all, the insides similar, but not identical to the SKX013 and SKX007.
Arabic numerals are not present in the SKX173. Instead of large circular markings, they’re rectangular. A calendar in the 3 o’clock position can be seen here too.
The ‘divers 200 m’ is in red, not orange.
Another watch from the SKX line. We think it’s a great alternative.
It is an automatic watch. It comes with the JS26 movement. Hence, it’s the same as the other two, having no winding or hacking features.
As it comes with the JS26, you’ll see a day and date function. Like its counterparts, this replaces the 3 o’clock numeral.
You should know that it has 21 jewels inside it, helping its gears move smoothly.
Its luminosity will help with deep dives. It comes with LumiBrite so your watch will glow when the lights go out.
As discussed above, the pigment is very sensitive and is one of the best luminous paints out there.
The SKX011 can last 660 feet (200 m) underwater.
Its screwed-down case will help with this. Now, we haven’t talked about a screwed-down case before, but the SKX013 and SKX007 have this as well. It prevents water from seeping in through the back.
The display looks very different from the SKX013 and SKX007. This is refreshing.
Its display is orange. This is a sharp difference to the deep grey we’ve seen in the other two.
This time, the ‘divers 200 m’ is in black. This contrasts with the brightness of the yellow in the bezel.
The differences end here. All three of them have large indentations, a Hardlex Crystal mirror and a calendar feature replacing the 3 o’clock position.
The case is made from stainless steel. This is the case for the bezel as well. The bezel is completely black with its markings in bright yellow.
The bezel rotates. It has 120 clicks, so you track yourself underwater.
Yes, it’s 1.69 inches (43 mm) across. This is almost identical to the SKX013, especially since it’s 0.5 inches (13 mm) thick.
Well, here is a watch that’s not from the SKX line. How will it do?
It’s an automatic watch. That being said, it doesn’t have the 7S26 movement. Instead, it functions with the 4R36.
Because of this difference, the watch has a winder and lets you hack it. If you don’t know what hacking is, it’s when you adjust the watch’s hands to make the time more accurate.
Unlike the other two, it comes with a 40-hour power reserve. In terms of jewels, there are 21 of them inside, similar to the SKX007 and SKX0013.
In terms of resistance, this is where the differences end. The Seiko Turtle has the standard 660 feet (200 m) we’ve seen so far.
You’ll notice that its strap is rubber. This is great as personally, I think rubber is a better material for diving. It’s easier to take care of than stainless steel. If you’re not a fan of this, you can get a model that has a stainless steel strap.
Well, the dial is identical to the other two. If you pair them together you won’t be able to tell the difference between the Turtle, 013 and 007.
The only thing that gives the Seiko Turtle away is the wording of the ‘Divers 200 m’. Instead of bright orange, it’s white.
The size of the circular markings is the same, even the removal of the 3 o’clock for the calendar feature.
Of course, you may be wondering what type of window it has. It’s none other than Seiko’s favorite Hardlex Crystal.
The case is stainless steel, no surprises here. The stainless steel is also in the bezel. If you look closer at it, you’ll notice that it’s grooved like the 2 SKX watches. In fact, it’s polished as well.