It’s been a few weeks since I received my Seiko 65 chrono, and in that time it has become a staple of my watch rotation. Its style is versatile, and as I mentioned in my initial impressions, the chronograph offers unique functionality. Since first getting the 65, I’ve addressed my only major gripe with the watch, its strap, with zulu and bond straps. Pictures and more after the jump.
Case: Stainless Steel with black ion coating
Movement: Seiko 7T92 quartz 1/20 second chronograph w/ date
Dial: Black w/ while detail
Lens: Seiko Hardlex Crystal
Case Back: screwdown stainless steel
Strap: Black Double Layered Nylon w/ Steel Buckle
Water Res.: 10atm (100m/330ft)
Lug Width: 22mm
Warranty: 1 year
As I mentioned in my previous post about the Seiko 65, this watch provides a lot of complexity and styling in an affordable and incredibly versatile package. The face features an active second dial at nine o’clock, a 1/20 second dial and 12 hr dial for the chronograph, oversized 12, 3, 6, and 9 digits, a non-rotating inner bezel with hour and minute marks and the Seiko insignia. Comparably thick hour and minute hands and the orange active second hand make reading the busy face easy. Meanwhile, the lume is incredibly bright and responsive to even a bit of exposure to daylight or your average office lighting. Zach and I have checked the 65’s lume to that of the Lum-Tec M33, and the Seiko definitely holds its own. I will say that I find the date function slightly difficult to read, given that it is very thin white text on black, which is not conducive to legibility.
Adding to the complexity of the 65 is the 1/20 second chronograph function. Basically, when the chrono is in action, you
have the large orange second hand ticking, a 1/20 second hand spinning one rotation per second and a 12 hour dial spinning with hands for both hours and minutes. That’s pretty impressive. Unfortunately we don’t have any videos of this (yet) but here’s one I found floating around the internet. Take note of when the chrono is reset: the 12 hour dial goes CRAZY! This may seem like a silly function to geek out about, but seeing all these dials in action is a lot of fun. And although I don’t have much daily-use for such a precision chrono, having the added accuracy is reassuring of the quality of the watch.
As you may remember from my initial impressions post, my major beef with the 65 is the strap that it comes with. It is completely boring and poorly made. However, throw on a more quality strap and the 65 comes alive. I purchased two Zulu
straps, one military green and one Bond style, both from broadarrow.net, a great site if you’re in the market for watch straps of all varieties. With each strap I purchased, the sheen of the higher quality nylon really complements the somewhat reflective black ion coated 65 case. As I mentioned in my previous post, the Seiko is definitely shinier than many pictures posted online may suggest. This isn’t a bad thing, but the strap that comes with the 65 is matte, and makes the sheen of the 65 seem awkward. A more appropriately styled strap really brings the watch together, and makes the natural sheen of the case more appealing.
Especially with these new straps to utilize, my favorite feature of the 65 is its versatility in styling. The Seiko 65 goes with
many outfits. Put on a military green strap and you have a casual watch that you can wear on the weekend or to the office on Fridays. Throw on a Bond strap and your all set for a pair of khaki shorts and boat shoes (or something to that more preppy effect). The Seiko is definitely a watch you can wear everyday, and frankly, it’s the watch that you should wear everyday. It’s beautiful, well designed, unique and versitle. Not to mention, it can garner some attention. I work with a watch-head with an affinity for Sinn’s, and he has made note of my 65’s styling. And if you recall back to my first impressions post, so have others.
In closing, I’d just like to say that the Seiko SNDA65 is an incredible watch, for its styling and for its value. In many ways, it really epitomizes what worn&wound is all about: it’s a watch you can afford, a watch that’s beautifully made, and a watch that you’ll want to wear.