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SEIKO SNK807 REVIEW - RELIABLE & RUGGED [2020 UPDATE]

Seiko’s known for its dive watches more than its field ones. The SNK807 is an awesome field watch. It’s for men and women, so everyone can enjoy it. Let’s discuss it below.

SEIKO SNK807

The Watch - At a Glance

We wouldn’t blame you for wanting to dive right in. However, looking through the watch’s specs will help you digest our review better.

Preview
SEIKO SNK807
Seiko Men's SNK807 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Canvas Band
Water resistance
100 feet (30 meters)
Crystal
Hardlex
Movement
Japanese automatic
Strap
Canvas
Case (size)
1.45 inches (37 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
More Information
SEIKO SNK807
Preview
Seiko Men's SNK807 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Canvas Band
Water resistance
100 feet (30 meters)
Crystal
Hardlex
Movement
Japanese automatic
Strap
Canvas
Case (size)
1.45 inches (37 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
More Information
SEIKO SNK807 watch

The Watch - A Review

Design & Comfort

The SNK807 has the exterior of a standard field watch. It comes with a wide dial, letting you easily read the time. The timepiece has a thin metal ring around it. Although its display is wide, its case is not big. It stretches 1.45 inches (37 mm) across.  We think this is the perfect size for any wrist.

Made for the outdoors, the Seiko 5 SNK807 doesn’t look the fanciest. Its strap is canvas, so it’s quite rugged. Canvas is pretty comfortable on your skin. It’s smoothed down, unlike nylon.

We like its blue body. Watches that come in navy blue aren’t that common. The watch doesn’t weigh that much as well. It comes in at less than an ounce (28.3 grams).

The device has an exposed back. This is not something you usually see in field watches, but it lets you peek into its gear moving. We have to say – it’s a good way to waste time.

Dial

You’ll be looking at its dial through its Hardlex window. The crystal is tougher than regular mineral but pales in comparison to Sapphire. The glass is widely seen on Seiko devices.

We love that its face is so wide – this lets you read the time easily. It’s especially easy as there are Arabic numerals in place.

The timepiece has 2 rings on its dial. One of them reads the minutes in an hour, while the other reads the hours. Such rings aren’t uncommon for its watch type.  

Its display is a deep blue, and its numerals are white. This helps you read the time better.

There is luminous paint on its face, but it’s not that strong. It’s decent enough to be read in dim settings.

We’re fans of timepieces with calendars on their dial. The SNK807 has the feature on the 3 o’clock position. Along with the day, it also reads the date. It’s in a bold font, so reading it is not difficult.

Water Resistance

The timepiece can’t handle that much water. It’s only resistant up to 100 feet (30 meters). As its case is stainless steel, worrying about corrosion will never be an issue.

You’re not supposed to swim with it – Seiko says the SNK807 can only handle a splash or two. Considering that field watches are supposed to be worn outdoors and not in the pool, this is perfectly fine.

Remember that its strap is canvas. The material is not water proof, so it’ll get wet. It’s a fabric so it’ll especially be hard to dry.

As you know, it comes with a luminous dial. The lume lets you read the watch when it’s dark out, but it’s not bright enough to be read when submerged.

Movement

The device is automatic. This is strange for a field watch. They were made to be worn by the military, so they’d need accurate time. Automatic pieces are unfortunately not as accurate as their quartz counterparts.

The mechanism in place is the 7S26. It comes with a 43-hour power reserve and 21 jewels between its gears. The more jewels a watch has, the more accurate it will be. 21 is a standard amount. Power reserves are how long you’ll be able to have your timepiece off your wrist. If you didn’t know, the gears in automatic watches move through the kinetic energy you produce.

The SNK807, unfortunately, doesn’t offer hacking. This is when you adjust a watch’s seconds’ hand. It doesn’t come with self-winding either. These 2 features have become pretty standard in the industry, so we’re disappointed.

Alternatives

So, what do you think about it? If you haven’t made your mind up yet, let’s see how well the SNK087 compares against alternatives.

Seiko SNZG09J1

Unlike its counterpart, the SNZG09J isn’t blue. It comes with a green body. We’re personally not fans of the colour. If you’re planning on hunting with the watch, you’d be able to camouflage better, though.

The timepiece is bigger than the SNK807. Its case stretches 1.61 inches (41 mm). It’s not only bigger, but heavier. You’re getting a device that weighs over 3 ounces (85 grams).

It’s water-resistant. However, it can’t handle serious depths. It can only go 100 feet (30 meters). Like its sibling, you’re not supposed to swim with it. Seiko says that a splash or two is fine.

Its case is made from stainless steel, so corrosion won’t be an issue. Its strap is made from canvas as well. Hopefully, you’ll know that it’s not waterproof. It’s also very hard to dry.

There’s a calendar on its dial. It reads the day as well as the date. It’s not as bolded as in its counterpart, so it’s not as easy on your eyes.

Speaking of its dial, yes there is lume on it. But it’s weak.

The SNZG09J1 is an automatic watch. It comes with the 7S26 movement. As you know, this includes a 43-hour power reserve and 21 jewels between its gears. Unfortunately, you don’t get self-winding or hacking.

There are 2 rings on its display. Both of them read the hours in a day – one does it in military time while the other in the 12-hour standard. We think it’s easier to read than the SNK807’s.

Seiko SNK803

We’re getting a different coloured watch again. This time it’s beige. Like the green, the beige helps you camouflage better.

The device isn’t that big. Its case stretches 1.45 inches (37 mm) across. It not only is the same size as its brother, but it comes with the same canvas strap too. It’s durable but not very waterproof.

How much water can it handle? It’s resistant up to 100 feet (30 meters) only. Just like the SNZG09J1, you can’t swim with it. Seiko says that it can only handle a couple of splashes.

Its case is stainless steel, so it won’t corrode over time. It comes with a hardlex crystal. We’re fans of it, but know that sapphire is tougher.

There is lume on its display. It’s unfortunately not the brightest. However, the beige dial and black numerals make reading the time easier.

Yes, you’re looking at another automatic watch. Seiko’s a huge fan of the watch type. The SNK803 has the 7S26 movement inside of it. You already know everything it offers.

Like its counterpart, the SNK803 has 2 rings on its dial. One of them reads the minutes in an hour while the other reads the hours in a day.

Of course, there’s a calendar on it. It’s in the 3 o'clock position so you won’t be straining your neck trying to read it. Its beige and black colourway makes it easy to read.

Seiko SNK809

The timepiece looks chic. It comes in all-black body that is sleeker than its sibling’s blue. However, it might not camouflage you well – unless you’re out at night.

The watch is the same size as the SNK807. They both have canvas straps. We think the strap on the SNK809 looks the best due to its colour.

You’re looking at a water-resistant piece. Just like the other entries, you might’ve guessed that it can’t handle that much water. You’re only getting 100 feet (30 meters) of resistance. As you know, its canvas strap isn’t the best for hitting the pool.

Its display has luminous paint. However, we found it to be weak just like its brother. Its display is easy to read, though. There are white Arabic numerals that contrast sharply against its black dial.

Speaking of its dial, there are two rings on it. They’re similar to the ones on the SNK807 – one reads the hours in a day while the other reads the minutes in an hour.

Once again, you’re met with an automatic device. The timepiece comes with the 7S26 movement. You’re already very familiar with it.

What about its crystal? It’s Seiko’s favourite hardlex.

Final Thoughts

Our Seiko SNK807 review should have painted you a clear picture of the timepiece. We think the watch is great for everyday use. It’s also cool that it comes with an automatic movement, as field watches are usually quartz. It performs well but it has a kind of rugged look – depending on the outfit you’re wearing, this may not work.

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