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<100 | Articles | Under $1k | 10.21.2011

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A few months ago I reviewed my Seiko SNDA65, a very attractive and very affordable chronograph, coming in at around $150.  Well, right now on amazon.com, you can pick up the Seiko SNDC47 for under $100; same unique movement, similarly great looks, even better price.  You can’t go wrong. 

The Seiko SNDC47 is a great value for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, when you’re dealing with watches at such a low price point, many are of poor construction and feature low quality components, like a crappy, easily scratched lens or a no-name quartz movement.  But when it comes to Seiko, you can guarantee an acceptable base level of quality construction and components.  This means a Seiko movement and Seiko’s proprietary hardlex crystal, which if you own a Seiko, you know is quality.

Secondly, the SNDC47 has some very nice features. As I mentioned earlier, it has the same chrono that you find in the slightly more expensive SNDA65, which features a large second hand, 12-hour sub-dial and 1/20 second sub-dial.  There is also a 60-second active sub-dial at nine o’clock.   I especially like this feature on quartz watches as it masks the “click” of a quartz second hand.  You’re also getting a date function and a tachymeter on the internal bezel.

Lastly, and most importantly, the SNDC47 is great looking.   It’s got a very simple black and white coloration, and features simple but well implemented military styling.   This watch should look great on the metal band it comes with, a military strap or maybe a black leather strap.  The face has a lot going on, but pulls it off well.  There are numerical minute markers on the external (stationary) bezel and double hash marks at each hour marker on the face.   The hands are all white, but I imagine would stand out well against the black face of the watch.  The chronograph dials are also well placed, with the active second sub-dial being slightly smaller that the two chronograph sub-dials.  This should help when reading the chrono in action.

So check the SNDC47 out for yourself here, and if you happen to be in the market for an everyday chronograph, pick one up.  Its not like its going to break the bank at less that $100!