I picked up this SEIKO SNK393 about a month ago for a little over $100 on Amazon, and boy had it blown me away. Now this is my first automatic watch so I don’t really have anything to compare it with directly but it really has exceeded my expectations so far. Here are my thoughts after a month:
Case: The case on this watch is solid. It isn’t titanium or anything fancy, but the stainless steel does the job well. I haven’t picked up any scratches so far which is good. The clear back is great, especially for newer collectors like me who haven’t been able to experience and automatic movement firsthand before. The crown is set into the case a little bit which I like, as it doesn’t get caught on anything or bother you at all.
Dial: The dial is what really drew me to this watch. The beautiful clean design with indices at every hour, and the 12 and 6 give the watch a distinguished, but yet still casual feel. The date window is outlined, which looks really nice and helps it to pop and is a great addition to the face. The hands are well designed and I especially like the look of the seconds hand. The lume on the hands and indices has been ok. Doesn’t blow me away like other parts of the watch, but it does the job.
Band: The steel bracelet that comes with the watch was fine, but the clasp wasn’t awesome, and overall it just didn’t impress me. I opted to buy a black benchmark rubber band for about $15, and it looks amazing! It fits my style, and the watches style better and it really makes the watch pop. I would definitely recommend you at least check it out.
Movement: Now this is where some of my inexperience in watches will show. The movement in this watch is more of a workhorse than something to admire I believe, but I still think it’s pretty sick to watch. So far in the month I’ve had it, I’ve lost about 2-3 minutes. I don’t think that’s great, but it’s serviceable and I don’t mind sacrificing a bit of accuracy in a watch.
Conclusion: I really think Seiko knocked this one out of the park. It really seems like they put a lot of thought into where to allocate their limited budget, and the result is great! I really couldn’t have asked for more at this price point.