Alright, we’ve got another one for you. As you likely already know, Seiko makes some of our favorite affordable mechanical watches, but the Seiko 5 line in particular holds a special place in our hearts here at Gear Patrol. Why, you might ask? Because they’re cheap, that’s why — and Seiko has been making them for decades, which means there are myriad dial designs to choose from on both the vintage side as well as the modern side.
This particular 5 SNKD99K1 is a particularly cool one for a few reasons: for one thing, you get a perfectly sized 37mm stainless steel case and a day-date display in both English and Spanish (why is this cool? Because you can brush up on your Spanish by looking at your wrist, that’s why!). You also get a beautiful blue dial, the Seiko 7S26 21-jewel automatic movement, 50m of water resistance, a mineral crystal, a display case back, a fixed bezel and a stainless steel bracelet. The only weird thing I should warn you about is that you can’t easily swap the bracelet out — it’s got a semi-integrated design in which the lug width is effectively reduced to roughly 10mm, so good luck finding a 10mm strap to fit in there.
If you like the steel bracelet, however, for $77 this Seiko 5 is sort of a no-brainer.
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