I think the watches are good, but the customer service via the Australian repair centre - Pfffff.
For instance, I tend to buy very few things, but I want them to be GOOD things, things that will last me my life time and I will enjoy going to great lengths looking after them.
With this watch, and it's very good sealing system, I never take it in the shower, or the rivers etc., I want it to be hermetically sealed forever. I want the seals to keep it sealed.
If I put it down and forget about it, and it runs down, rather than wearing out the threads and seals in the adjustment cap, by getting it going and the adjusting the time, I will ju...st watch the computer / phone clock and then start it up around 20 seconds ahead of the real time and then put it back on. So anyway, after a decade or so I got influenced to send it in for a service, to replace the seals and to put on a new band, even though my technical knowledge of static seals, tends to make me think the service center staff were feeding me inaccurate information. Seals tend to stay sealed - for decades - inside engines, gas lines, etc., especially if they are NOT exposed to corrosive or harmful chemicals like oils, acids, sun screen, soaps, UV light, ozone, salts etc., and most especially in combination with sliding shafts and friction.
It's bullet proof
I bought my first Seiko SKX171 in 2001. Wore it everywhere surf, pool, work, play. After a few months I ditched the black rubber band and bought a nice stainless steel bracelet. The watch was faultless until I had it serviced in late 2012, a few months latter I bought a tag heuer aqua racer and the seiko was not getting much wear, when I tried to start the seiko up again there was a strange noise inside. I blame getting it serviced.
Different people say different things about service intervals for automatic watches, for the tag I was told 1...yr (from people on watch forums), 5yrs from an Omega repairer and don't bother unless you got problems (the jeweler who sold me the watch. I am now of the opinion "if it ain't broke...." Don't bother unless you notice problems. If the watch was a $20,000 submariner then I might consider it but otherwise, pfft. It did tend to run fast but I work around magnets so it is expected, it an automatic. A lot of watch people don't like the bezel on the watch but I love it. I just received my second skx171 from eBay today and I have no doubt it will be bullet proof also. A beautiful watch, in my honest opinion and would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of buying one, especially since they can be so cheap on eBay! I paid $500 in 2001 and paid $205 in 2014. It's a brilliant watch! Bullet proof, solid case, easy to read, has day and date, great bezel. Easy to read in most conditions.
Great snorkelling, freediving, spearfishing, booging and casual wear watch!
Have worn this watch quiet regulariuly since 2004 when I purchased it for $425. Its been on every preverbial water based excursion with me and thats included - snorkelling, freediving, spearfishing, booging and even just as a casual wear watch...
The OEM resin band started to break down after 6 months of wear, and I replaced it with a divers specific double redundancy strap which ensures that if one pin breaks the other holds the watch to the strap. Its a good idea to tip the original strap ASAP and invest in one of these straps which comes ...in a variety of colours. The watch itself is a completely automatic watch, that means that when you wear it and you move it winds the internals via a centrifuge pendulum internally - which means after 12 hours of stand still it may stop. There are automatic watch winders purpose built for these watches which are cheap to buy - but its not hard to keep them going at all - just shake it every now and again. The watches body is "SOLID" stainless steel and the whole watch is very heavy in comparison to other watches that are 'diver' specific. The crown which you wind out and in to lock it down and this is a good sign of quality and how waterproof it is, this is recessed and never really able to be knocked around like other watches I own. The glass is also thick and the rear casing is bombproof - the watch strap pins are also heavy duty and will never break under normal and or extra ordinary use. If I haven't broken it yet - its not going to break at all! All I do once and a while is clean it with a mild detergent solution and with a old toothbrush and pop it into a ultrasonic cleaner which gets all the grit from the rotating bezel, most of the gunk is skin, oil and grit and after that it feels 100%.
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Good watch but might be better with batteries.....
Great looking chunky watch. Comfortable to wear. I do a lot of manual work and as an example....if I was banging a lot of pegs in the ground the shaking would make the watch go fast. Automatics need regular servicing so by the time you pay for services every 1 to 2 years it works out cheaper to buy a battery every 5.......
Great solid watch. Have been through hell and back with it
More services than if it ran on a battery. Original seiko band didn't like sweat. It died after only a few months or working in the tropics
We were a little weary buying a kenetic watch as we have never had one before, but in saying this we are very pleased with the outcome. The style of the watch is modern. Not to bulky for the wrist. Easy to read face. Self changing date. Great time piece to keep. would difinately recommend the seiko watch
Great looking watch, looks stylish and compliments most outfits. The fact that I brought this for a reasonable price for my partner and he loves it. Great water resistance considering he does surfing. No batteries to buy. excellent if you want to save time and money.
nothing to dislike
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I need a battery operated divers watch , simular to the skx171. help?
Not sure why you would want a battery operated divers watch when Seiko make such a great 'automatic'??? If your a guy like me that doesn't wear it much other than diving or generally in the water you have to set the date and time every now and again (it does keep going for about 24 hours after you wear it) - but thats a small price to pay. Otherwise there are battery drivel automatic watch winders that slowly twist the watch - good idea but unnecessary for me... Andrew
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