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Want new dive watch

Discussion in 'Watches' started by Cullen bohannon, May 20, 2017.

  1. Cullen bohannon

    Cullen bohannon Empty Pockets

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    I'm wanting to get my first dive watch. I'm down to the Seiko skx173 and the newer srp 777. Can anyone speak for either? Is the srp worth the extra $100
     
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    I owned an SKX007 which is very similar to the SKX173. It is a great watch but I didn't like it. For me, the styling wasn't what I wanted and it just didn't feel like a it was well made. From what I've read, the 007 is better made than the 173.

    The 173 and SRP 777 have different movements and cases. I believe the 173 is manufactured in Malaysia. That alone could account for the difference. I also prefer the dial of the 777.

    The 777 is a different model line-up of Seiko called Prospex. This is were the really nice Seiko divers come from. I have to say that if you want a well made diver from Seiko start here.

    If it were me, I would spend the extra cash.

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    I own an SKX171 and a SKX007 for 12 years now. This watches are nice and reliable. At the end, your choices are both Seikos, so you can't buy a bad watch. Just one hint, don't care about the price, that's what bothers you just once. To look at your watch and see, it is just the cheaper alternate, will bother you more and more every time.
    Take a good look at the options of the movement. If I compare this two waches I say you get what you pay for. So yes, the extra 100,- are OK.
     
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  4. BklynBoy

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    Speaking of reliable Seiko's, mine was a gift from my father in 1971 and still runs fine today. It is one of the 'Pepsi' models
     
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    The SRP has a more featured movement that has hacking (second hand stops to change time) and handwinding. So if that and the styling are worth it to you, the SRP is a winner.

    The SRP is a modern homage to the classic 6309-7040 from the '70s and '80s. I was thrilled to see Seiko make a modern version. If you can get one on bracelet, it's a good one with a diver's extension and push-button release; and a steel bracelet allows it to more readily dress up and down.

    My SRP:
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    My 6309-7040:
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  6. Cullen bohannon

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    I really like the look of the srp, aallmost as much as the 6309. I think ill just hold off a little more and save for that one.
     
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    Is that the 775? Is it a gold or tan coloring?
     
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    Correct, it's the one with gold accents. Since I have the 6309-7040 I thought I'd go with a different color scheme.
     
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    I have both... The SRP is my EDC, perfect watch IMHO and worth the added money.
     
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    All of those watches mentioned, skx007/173 and srp77x are made in Seiko factory in Malaysia, including the Made in Japan ones. None are made in Japan and some are still made in Singapore. Seiko has pulled productions of low-to-mid value watches from Japan long time ago as it didn't make financial sense in their books.

    The differences you may notice between models is simply due to allowable manufacturing tolerances. There are still people who like spending a little extra for that Made in Japan text on the dial, though. To each their own.
     
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    I have an skx171 and an orange monster. I would recommend a black monster as your first dive watch. I like it a lot more than the 171.

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    My 171 is wearing the bezel of the 007, that makes it a lot prettier, even than the regular 007.
    Just search for "poor man's Marinemaster".