No one likes a heavy watch. There’s a fine line between a premium heft and a flat out wrist work out. Unfortunately, this line is crossed with the Seiko pepsi diver
(skx009). It is noticeably heavy as it’s a little over 7 ounces (198 g).
This is much heavier than the SKX007 as its counterpart is just 3.17 ounces (89 g).
You’ll never have to worry about replacing its battery. The SKX009 is an automatic watch. Not only does this save you money, but the fact that it moves with you is very cool.
As you know, it’s compulsory that you always have automatic watches on. This is the case with the SKX009 as well. It has a 40-hour reserve
, so it can only last 2 days of not being worn.
If you don’t wear it very often, you’ll have to buy a winder. The watch doesn’t come with a hand-winding feature, so this is an added expense.
As it is automatic, you have to be very careful of your surroundings. If you’re too close to a magnet, you could totally disrupt the watch's gears. The magnet doesn’t have to be that strong, as long as it’s near the watch, its gears are in harm’s way.
The watch is pretty eye-catching. The first thing you’ll see is its red and blue bezel. The colours contrast against the stainless steel body of the watch.
If you take a closer look at it, you’ll notice it’s matte. The stainless steel plates
have been brushed to get rid of glare that may hurt your eyes.
This is especially important near pools as water can reflect quite a bit of light.
Typically, a watch’s crown is placed at the 3 o'clock position. SKX009 sticks with SKX’s signature feature, having its crown at 4 o’clock. If you’re a watch enthusiast, you will find this interesting.
According to Seiko, there is a reason for this placement. Being placed at 4 o’clock, you’re less likely to jam your hand into the crown; we’re all guilty of this, unfortunately.
Its hands are quite cool. They’re noticeably pointy and better looking than many watches that have tapered hands.
If you buy the SKX009, you’ll have a stainless steel strap
. This gives it a formal flair as you can take the watch with you to formal functions.
If you’re an avid swimmer, the version made from rubber may be the best. That being said, the stainless steel plates are equally great for water use as they won’t corrode away.
If you’re lazy, a stainless steel strap isn’t a great commitment. You’ll have to maintain it well. So expect to wipe its plates down often.
Every dive watch needs to have a heavy-duty display. This is the case with the SKX009 as well.
It’s made from a Hardlex Crystal display. The display makes it hard for scratches to occur. However, Hardlex isn't the most heavy-duty material out there.So if you do drop it, you can create quite a dent.
Not only is its display pretty scratch-resistant, but it’s great for outdoor use. Hardlex Crystal is nonreflective
so you can easily view your watch in the sunniest conditions. For an everyday user, this is an added benefit, especially if you have bad eyesight.
Although it can easily be worn as a dress watch, at the end of the day it was made for diving. With it by your side, you can expect to go up to 660 feet (200 m) underwater
It can perform such a feat because of its build. Its Hardlex crystal display helps keep up with water pressure, and its stainless steel body doesn’t give into corrosion.
These aren’t the only things that make it suited for diving. The SKX009’s crown is screwed down and much of the body is sealed off as well.
Because of this, the watch is ISO-6425 certified
That being said, you can easily damage the watch. If you meddle with its crown underwater, you’ve drastically increased the chances of water seeping inside.
What’s more, Seiko advises that you give its crown a regular cleaning. This reduces the risk of it losing its flexibility.
Its bezel is something you won’t always come across. This is due to its design. Not only is it very appealing, but it’s highly functional.
The red portion of the color pattern is purposefully placed between the 0-20 minute mark. If you’re a diver, you know that this is the danger zone, so you should steer clear.
The bezel reads up to 60 minutes, moving with a ratchet mechanism
. So you can hear every tick, helping you sort out how you’re going to deal with your oxygen supply.
Being a watch enthusiast, you know how great Seiko’s lume is. With the SKX009, it uses LumeBrite paint
The paint is scattered across the display. It's all over the watch's hands and indices. A touch of it has been added on the bezel as well, making it look better.
Its lume is very beneficial. In a dark room, it’ll shine at full power for up to 5 hours
. If you’re not aware, this is 10x more than the regular amount.
Of course, you need to expose the watch to sunlight regularly. Anything over 500 lumes will do the trick, charging the paint up.
Even without the lume its display is easy to read. Its indices are large and in white, which contrasts the dark blue background.
Such luminosity makes the watch perfect for diving. Of course, it works well if you’re out in the dark too.