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Seiko SKX175 vs SKX009 – Are They Really That Similar? [2020 UPDATE]

You may be interested in the SKX175 or its brother, the SKX009. The thing is, they’re two versions of the same watch – the SKX009 is its sibling’s international version. There are some differences, which we’ve discussed in our SKX175 vs SKX009 review.

skx175 vs skx009

The Watches – At a Glance

Instead of diving right in, going through their specs will show you how alike and different they are.

Preview
SKX175
Seiko Men's SKX175 Stainless Steel Automatic Dive Watch
SKX009
Seiko Men's SKX009K2 Diver's Analog Automatic Stainless Steel Watch
Water resistance
660 feet (200 meters)
660 feet (200 meters)
Movement
Japanese automatic
Japanese automatic
Case
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Strap
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Case (size)
1.65 inches (42 mm)
1.65 inches (42 mm)
Crystal
Hardlex
Hardlex
Colour
Blue and red (dark)
Blue and red
SKX175
Preview
Seiko Men's SKX175 Stainless Steel Automatic Dive Watch
Water resistance
660 feet (200 meters)
Movement
Japanese automatic
Case
Stainless steel
Strap
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Case (size)
1.65 inches (42 mm)
Crystal
Hardlex
Colour
Blue and red (dark)
More Information
SKX009
Preview
Seiko Men's SKX009K2 Diver's Analog Automatic Stainless Steel Watch
Water resistance
660 feet (200 meters)
Movement
Japanese automatic
Case
Stainless steel
Strap
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Case (size)
1.65 inches (42 mm)
Crystal
Hardlex
Colour
Blue and red
More Information
SKX175 and SKX009

The Watch - A Review

Design & Comfort

They both have stainless steel bodies and Pepsi bezels. However, the hues are different. The SKX009 is darker – more reminiscent of the Rolex Submariner.

Speaking of the Submariner, the two have shark-like bezels. They don’t have a purpose, other than paying tribute to the Rolex piece.

They aren’t that small. Their cases stretch 1.65 inches (42 mm) across. If you have smaller hands, they might swallow up your wrist.

Also known as the all is lost watch, the SKX009 has a bit of heft to it. It comes in at 7.05 ounces (199.98 grams). This makes the watch feel well-made. But it might also weigh your wrist down.  We, unfortunately, have no idea what the SKKX175’s weight is. If we had to guess, we’d say it weighs as much as its brother.

They don’t come with wide straps. This helps as wide straps collect sweat. We’re also happy that the stainless steel on them is high-quality. You’ll never worry about scratches again.

Dial & Case

There are rhomboid markers on their display. They look like the Rolex Submariner. Their watch hands don’t look like the Rolex’s, though. What’s great about the markers is that they’re wide and full of lume, LumiBrite, in this case. It’s arguably the best around. It can glow for 3-5 hours, which is 10x than the norm.

The devices don’t come with regular crystal windows. There is hardlex on them. The glass is much tougher than mineral but is not as resistant as sapphire.

Their dials are easy to read. This is mainly as they’re dark blue with large, white hour markers. This is especially true for the SKX009 as its display is darker than its brothers’.

There’re calendars on both of them. They are in the 3 o'clock position, so they’re not at an awkward angle. They read the day as well as the date. They’re in pretty bold fonts, so your eyes won’t be strained.

You’ll notice that both watches have their crowns in the 4 o'clock position. When crowns are at this angle, the chances of them slamming into your wrist are low.

Strap

The SKX009 and SKX175 come with jubilee straps. However, some variants have rubber on them. Rubber is waterproof, so it’s perfect if you’re always in the pool. The material also keeps mud and other muck off it.

The straps have deployant clasps. They’re standard for stainless steel pieces. What’s great about them is that they include safety mechanisms.

Water Resistance

Seiko is known for its water-resistant pieces. The SKX009 and SKX175 were made to handle considerable depths. They’re resistant up to 660 feet (200 meters) underwater. Since they’re made from stainless steel, they are waterproof. The material also keeps corrosion and rust at bay.

If you’re wondering whether you can dive with them on, we have some bad news – they are not ISO 6425 certified. If it’s any consolation, the watch company says they’re fit for snorkeling.

As you know, there is ample lume on their displays. Seiko’s LumiBrite is great at reading the time underwater.

They both come with rotating bezels. When they turn, they tick. They act as timers for you to time yourself in the pool.

Movement

You’re looking at two automatic watches. Unfortunately, they don’t come with exposed backs. The 7S26 movement is in the timepieces. It’s one of Seiko’s favourites and is a workhorse.

You’re getting a 41-hour power reserve and 21 jewels between their gears. If you’re not familiar with automatic watches, you probably have no idea what any of this means. Well, the jewels aren’t real. They’re pieces of glass that prevent gears from rubbing against each other. The more of them there are, the smoother a watch will be. 21 isn’t that big of a number – it’s pretty standard.

Power reserves are kind of tricky to understand. Know that automatic watches use the energy from your arm to power their gears. When it’s off your wrist, they’ll keep moving through the energy they collected. How long they can do this is their power reserve. Like the number of jewels, 41 is a pretty standard amount.

The two don’t come with self-winding and hacking. Hacking is the ability to halt a watch’s second’s hands, adjusting its time. It lets you make your timepiece extra accurate. Self-winding is the ability to wind an automatic device manually.

Price

One of the major differences is their price. The SKX175 is sometimes sold for almost double the robert redford all is lost watch price. This is as the SKX175 is made in the United States, at a much lower quantity. You’ll find the watch sold for the SKX009’s price during sales of course.

Alternatives

We think it’s a good idea to compare the two with a couple of alternatives.

Seiko SNZF15

The watch comes with a Pepsi bezel. The blue is on the darker side, just like the SKX009. The timepiece is the same size as the SKX009 and SKX175. It isn’t as heavy, though. It comes in at 5 ounces.

It has a stainless steel body. It’s quality steel, so corrosion will never be an issue. What’s great about the timepiece is that its steel body is waterproof. Speaking of water, how much can it handle? 330 feet (100 meters) underwater. Seiko advises you to not dive with it on.

If you were a fan of the rotating bezel on its alternatives, you’ll love to know that it’s on the SNZF15. There are also shark-like teeth on it, but they aren’t that profound.

There are large numerals full of lume. Just like its counterparts, you’re getting LumiBrite on them. There’s a calendar on its dial too. It reads the day as well as the date.

What kind of movement does it have? You’re looking at a Japanese automatic device. The 7S36 is inside it. This means you get a 40-hour power reserve and 23 jewels between its gears. The 23 jewels make it smoother than the SKX175 and SKX009.

Sadly, Seiko didn’t place its crown in the 4 o'clock position.  But we’re happy that Seiko placed a skeleton back on its rear. Watching its gears move is a great way to pass time.

If you’re wondering what kind of window it has, it’s Seiko’s favourite Hardlex.

Seiko SNZF15J2

The watch isn’t as big as its counterparts. Its case only stretches 1.57 inches (40 mm) across. It comes with a Pepsi bezel too. However, the blue and red colourway is at a different angle than its brother’s.

The watch is light. It’s a little over 3.5 ounces (99 grams). It won’t feel as well-built. But it’ll be more comfortable on your wrist.

The timepiece comes with a hardlex crystal. You already know how we feel about it. You will peek into a dial that’s dark blue, with large hour markers. They’re full of lume just like its counterparts. Yes, Lumibrite is in them.

You can’t use the watch that deep underwater. It’s only resistant up to 330 feet (100 meters). You definitely can’t dive with it on.

Although its case and bezel are stainless steel, its strap is rubber. As you know, the material is waterproof. It doesn’t make the SNZF15J2 look that formal, though.

Of course, it’s an automatic device. The 7S36 movement is inside of it. You’re getting a 40-hour power reserve and 23 jewels inside its gears. This means its gears are smoother than the SKX009 and SKX175’s. Yes, there is an exposed back for you to watch its gears move.

Final Thoughts

Let’s sum things up! Our Seiko SKX175 review concluded that the watch is similar to the SKX009. They’re very similar, but not identical. One of the main differences is the colourway. The SKX009 is much darker. They’re both fantastic automatic watches, but you’ll usually find the SKX175 sold for more.

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