It’s tough to argue with the Seiko 5 as a contender for “best starter mechanical watch.” Though the line has been updated numerous times since its launch in 1963 (it was fully overhauled last year), the previous generation that so many of us know and love is still available online.
Right now, you can dip into the SNK collection of Seiko 5s for just $77. That’s right — for less than a Benjamin, you get a 37mm, stainless steel-cased field watch equipped with the Seiko caliber 7S26 movement with a 40-hour power reserve.
Featuring an exhibition case back, military dial with day-date display, 4 o’clock crown, scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal and 30m of water resistance, the SNK line features everything you could ask for in a “beater” watch, perfect for weekend adventures. Grab one today on a beige, blue, green or black dial on a matching fabric strap, or a black dial on a steel “Oyster”-style bracelet.
The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now:
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