Seiko SNK809 Automatic Watch Review


8.2 Total Score
Sleek Automatic Seiko Watch!

The activity where a watch should perform the best is telling the time. The Seiko SNK809 does just that and brings a drop of style, quality and utility along the way.

User Rating: 3.45 (3 votes)

  • Good design
  • Quality Materials
  • Great illumination
  • Automatic Movement

  • Sub-par water resistance
  • 37 mm case is pretty small

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Some say it is a military watch. Some say it is perfect for EDC (Everyday Carry). Others say it is a field watch. What I say is that this is a great watch and since there is no right or wrong answer among the ones enumerated before, I will concentrate on the reasons why this watch might represent one of the best purchases you can make in this price range.

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First and foremost Seiko has proven over time that they are not joking around with either the quality, design or value for the money of their watches. And I would say that the Seiko SNK809 is an accurate representation of the ideology Seiko imposed over time. Seikos are in general watches that offer the best possible features, design, and quality at the lowest rates. That is why Seiko managed to conquer a large chunk of market share over time. It is highly unlikely that a human did not see at least once a Seiko watch during his lifetime.

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But enough with that, let’s speak more about the watch itself. At first glance, the Seiko SNK809 seems to resemble a classy mid range watch. And that is because the materials used are of great quality. The case is made of a quality brushed stainless steel which is very pleasant to the touch, the window is made of a relatively tough mineral crystal and the strap is in most cases a canvas type. Although this varies a lot from seller to seller. A good aspect of this watch is that being so popular there are a lot of replacement straps available on the market. I personally prefer a leather one because it makes look even more premium.

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The movement on this Seiko is an automatic 21 jewel with analog hands. This type of movement uses the shakes of your wrist to produce the energy required to run the internal mechanisms. If you do not know much about this topic you should know that in general, automatic watches have to be worn regularly to be precise as opposed to quartz. If you know that your watch might sit in a drawer for longer periods of time until the next wear then you should most probably choose quartz to avoid having to constantly set the watch.

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The illumination is very good considering the market standards in this price range. The lume paint on the hour markers and index hands is bright and good looking. I would say there is nothing to complain about this aspect.

It is true that it has its drawbacks, but I think nobody expects perfection from a watch in this price range.

Features List:

  • 21-jewel automatic movement
  • Canvas Band
  • 37mm Stainless Steel Case
  • Date window
  • Mineral Crystal Window
  • 100 ft. / 30 m water resistance

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