Those who know us know our feelings on Seiko: they make some of the finest watches on the market. If you follow the forums, you’ll see we’re not alone in this sentiment; countless watch-lovers swear by their Seiko timepieces, be they the common but great Seiko SKX-divers on the affordable end of the spectrum, or the beautifully finished Grand Seiko timepieces on the higher end. But the watch community is a weird little bubble, and outside of that bubble “it’s just a Seiko” is a common refrain–one that is especially true in America.
However, American consumers are not the ones to blame. Seiko’s offerings in the US have been for the most part forgettable, and have been largely relegated to inexpensive quartz watches and not to timepieces one would pass down to their kids, though with Seiko expanding their American presence, this may certainly change. The fact remains that some of the coolest watches in Seiko’s catalogue are intended for the Japanese Domestic Market (or JDM). I am taking watches that can easily put their Swiss competitors to shame, all at a fraction of the price. So we thought we would highlight five of our favorite JDM Seikos currently available, with the vast majority selling for well under 2K. Ready your wallets, gentlemen.
(please note, all of the watches featured are available from Seiyajapan.com, though this article is neither sponsored or affiliated with the site)