Read more here. That's competing with the likes of the JLC Gyrotourbillon; elite stuff and priced stratospherically.
Dial indication: Central hours & minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Above you'll find a a collection of dressy style Seiko Solar watches that are currently available in the US. The watches are a bit small at 37mm wide, but were probably created for the Asian market first. They are all in steel cases, some with gold tones applied and are water resistant to 30 meters. Movements have the time and a day/date complication. They are part of the "SNEXXX" range which are all model references numbers starting with "SNE" followed by three digits. My favorite of the pictures pieces is ref. SNE039. Prices for most Seiko Solar watches are between about 0 - 0.
Looking at the pushers, Helson used a classic design to manage the problem of waterproofing. Particularly for a 500m-rated watch, pushers leak, so the solution is to have threaded sleeves as shown here that screw down and lock the pushers in place into their gaskets. Simple, robust, proven. On the negative side, you can't use the stopwatch underwater, but the only exceptions I know to that are much more expensive watches like the IWC chronograph and such. For dive timing, the idea is that you use the bezel anyway.
Thanks to Christopher Ward for the review unit. Opinions are 100% independent.
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Still, the carbon fiber model speaks to me a lot more. I am actually not a big fan of all those black on black watches. Mr. Biver calls the look "visible invisibility." The titanium and green model looks a bit like a toy to me. I mean, it is toy. Maybe a serious toy, but still a toy. This is another watch that I call "Hollywood movie prop." Pick your fav sci-fi or action movie and I bet this watch will look appropriate on some character. The carbon fiber one is a bit more mysterious and sinister. It also has the benefit of being the only carbon fiber cases dive timepiece that I know of - and that is pretty cool. I am pretty hot on the idea of carbon fiber cases. I was very skeptical about them at first, but brands like Hublot have convinced me that they are worthy. In addition to being light and having a smooth feel to them, they are really tough and naturally absorb shock.
Therefore, brands create artificially high prices and invest heavily in marketing to craft an image that it hopes will adhere to concepts of luxury that you value given your desire to have nice things that are well made and that other people who "know" might appreciate.
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The following timepiece auction analysis post is by Chris Meisenzahl. He is a long-time watch enthusiast and daily Speedmaster Pro wearer. He blogs at The Pretense of Knowledge and can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/speedmaster.
The models are simple looking with steel cases and nicely legible dials. The real style point is the X style cross hairs on the dial which works nicely with the sparse gauge look and Arabic numerals. The design isn't utterly unique, but presented in a novel way and feels satisfying. Though sometimes you might have to play "spot the seconds hand."
You can tell that there are three versions of the dial. White, black, and black with white chronograph subdials. The watch dial looks great. Vintage looking font for the Arabic numerals, with all the necessary marks for easy reading. Lots of SuperLumiNova on the dial. the hands are an interesting mix between the two genres as well.