Furthermore, while I’m sure that many of you have owned (or at least read about) the Seiko 5, did you know that the “5” stands for something? True to the specific and focused way in which Seiko produces watches, the “5” is in reference to five base qualities that should be offered by any Seiko 5 watch. These includewinding, a day and date display, water resistance, a protected/recessed crown, and a durable case and bracelet. That feels like a recipe for an excellent and reliable sports watch and, from the Speed Timer of 1969 to perennial favorites like the SNXS77, the SNK381, or the truly wonderful SNK803 (or any SNK80x), Seiko 5 became synonymous with entry-level mechanical watches that didn’t skimp where it counts. Go ahead, Google Seiko 5 and see how often one (or several) pop up in listicles for the best watches under a given price. This is with plenty of good reason, as you can still snag an SNK803 for less than $100.
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