Not much time goes by between the moment one's interest in Watches is awakened and someone recommending a Seiko 5 as "the Perfect" introduction into the Mechanical Watch owners' world.
And yet, after extensive research, I had decided. My first watch would not be from Seiko but from a Chinese brand called ADDIESDIVE.
But Why? Isn´t an in-house calibre from the arguably most accomplished Watch manufacturer in history always a better choice than some no-name Chinese brand?
Well, as far as Specs go, this handsome little Flieger truly beats the Seiko SNK809, a watch that comes highly recommended for beginners, at nearly everything.
Sapphire Crystal; Screw down crown for 200m Water resistance and an engraved Caseback. Also, it has a better Seiko movement than the SNK809´s 7s26, boasting a reliable NH35. Not bad for 65 Euros.
Not even Seiko´s newest field watch (of the same line as the SNK809), the SRPG39K1 comes close to the specs of this watch with its 100m Water resistance and Mineral Glass Crystal, although it arguably has a much more attractive dial, with applied indices and AR coating on the Crystal.
The continuously rising Price-point of new Seiko´s does beg the question: is spending the extra 160€ really worth it, knowing what Watch brands like Addiesdive have to offer for a fraction of the price?
How much is the name of the Brand really worth? Nowadays, even a new SNK809 goes for 130€.
Does Seiko still offer the best "Bang for the Buck" for people just getting started in the Watch world, or more broadly even in the Budget Watch Market?
What do you think? I´d love to hear your thoughts in the Comments!
And what I´d really like to know: can you name a Watch that more than Equals a Seiko at around the same price point or Lower?