The 10 Best Seiko Watches for Men
This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in February of 2018. Seiko may not have the luxury brand association of Rolex or Omega, but, nevertheless, the company still produces some of the finest watches in the world. Unlike some manufacturers, these timepieces are available to meet all budgets, and come in a wide range of designs to suit all tastes. We've ranked their best offerings here by accuracy, durability, style, and features. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
July 31, 2020:
Seiko has had a heck of a year, especially as so many manufacturers have turned tail on 2020 and delayed most of their announcements until 2021. Models like the "Captain willard" and the GMT in our special honors section are among over a dozen new releases to hit the market this year.
With this iteration of our list, we wanted to make sure that every model on offer was actually something from the company's current lineup, where previously we included some widely available models, like the SKX007, which are discontinued but still highly sought after. We also continue to included models from Grand Seiko, which is technically a subsidiary of Seiko, even though they make most of the company's high end luxury watches.
There are some straight Seikos that come in as steep prices, however, like the Marine Master 300M SLA021J1. This is often thanks to the inclusion of the company's innovative spring drive movement, an automatic movement that integrates a quartz crystal to regulate a brake in its powertrain and increase accuracy to within one second per day. You'll also see this movement in the Grand Seiko White Snowflake SBGA211, and a model from the Elegance collection in our special honors section.
June 06, 2019:
Seiko is a massive company that has an incredible amount of watches on the market, so deciding what to include in a ranking is going to come down to taste, variety, and features. Our previous ranking, in this writer's humble opinion, was too heavily laden with dive watches, and that decision was made all the more egregious by the fact that some of them weren't even suitable for recreational diving. We've remedied that by removing some of the less enticing dive models, including a previously included dive computer that's barely a watch to begin with and that wouldn't serve many users for more than a few days out of the year. In their places, we've added the new Grand Seiko GMT Automatic that premiered this year at Basel World, as well as another Grand Seiko that offers the company's much lauded spring drive mechanism. There's also a fun model added from their sports line that has a kind of mock tourbillon added for visual effect only. And we made sure to keep an SKX in the mix because it's probably the most highly regarded entry-level automatic dive model ever produced.
Grand Seiko SBGA407 Snowflake If blue is your color, then this model is a smart choice, as it boasts a deep blue leather strap with a crocodile print, as well as one of the most attractive dials on the market, which is made by layering its finishing material in slow, steady succession. It's a Spring Drive offering with a power reserve indicator and a second hand made of blued steel. grand-seiko.com
Prospex SPB151 Captain Willard This is a faithful reissue of a model worn by Martin Sheen's character in the epic Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now. While the original wouldn't have been military issue, plenty of servicemen bought Japanese watches on-base to obscure their national identity if captured. This selection boasts an automatic movement and the ability to resist up to 200 meters worth of water pressure. seikowatches.com
Grand Seiko SBGJ237 This model features a two-tone bezel in blue and white that allows users to track up to three time zones and to know whether those other regions are experiencing day or night. Unusual to the brand's design language, the hands on this model don't come to sharp points, but are cropped to keep them from intterfering with the GMT complication. grand-seiko.com