Do you enjoy breathing compressed gas mixtures whilst waving at sea turtles underwater, perhaps expecting them to wave back at you? Do you hate the idea of replacing batteries on your quartz watch, but hate the idea of spending lots of money on a fancy automatic watch even more? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then this Seiko 5 could be the watch for you.
The Seiko 5 line delivers an almost absurd amount of value into incredibly affordable watches, of which the SRP605K2 is a prime example. You get a Seiko 4R36 21-jewel automatic movement that beats at 21,600 bph and features a 40-hour power reserve, a 44mm stainless steel case, Hardlex crystal, display case back, unidirectional rotating bezel, day-date display, and 100m of water resistance, all for $150 on Massdrop. Designed specifically for diving, the SRP605K2 also gives you a rubber accordion strap and shrouded crown with knurling for easy grip. While 44mm is certainly on the larger side for a watch case, on a dive watch the extra size should give you some added visibility under water.
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