Today, we’re rectifying a huge omission on our part. After 4 years, we’re finally reviewing the Seiko SKX007. The SKX007 is one of the most iconic divers currently on the market. If the Submariner is the quintessential modern dive watch in the luxury market, then the SKX007 is, without a doubt, its affordable counterpart. The SKX007 is usually the first watch budding collectors buy after making the jump to mechanicals, but it’s also prized by seasoned enthusiasts for its robust build and good looks, ISO-rated case, and epic nighttime luminosity. It has a street price of around $150–depending on the vendor and availability–so it makes for a super solid beater that you don’t have to worry about. But price aside, it’s simply a really well-made watch that’s equal parts versatile and equal parts utilitarian, all from one of the most respected firms on the planet.
The lineage of the 007 can be traced back to Seiko’s earliest divers, starting with the iconic 62MAS and moving through the 6105, 6306/9, and the 7002. First produced in 1996, the SKX007 is one of several modern divers from Seiko powered by the brand’s automatic 7s26 movement. Other variants feature the same case paired with different dial designs and colors, some of which were conceived for specific international markets. There are even variations based on where the watch was manufactured, and some collectors prize the “made in Japan” versions above all others. To become better acquainted with all the available variants, check out this incredibly informative post.
I could honestly end the review here and feel confident simply saying, “Go buy one.” It’s a no-brainer. But this is worn&wound, after all, and it wouldn’t be a review without us geeking out over some of the watch’s finer points. So let’s get into the nitty gritty of it all. The watch reviewed here is my own.
Pure classic! Thanks for such thorough review as well as the video 🙂 Was always tempted by 007, but still thinking… If it had symmetrical no-date no-day dial – I would have been running for it immediately! BTW, has anybody tried the watch on Tropic strap?
You can get one modified easily with a date only dial. Check my site if you like. Search for DaddyCode Watches.
Thanks for sharing! Looked through photos on your site, but couldn’t
fine one 007 with date only. Is it possible to make no-date clean
symmetrical dail (same marking at 3 as at 9, just inversed)?
If you want an SKX lookalike with date only, consider an old Seiko 7002 diver. A new SKX can easily be modified with an aftermarket 7002 dial from ebay. However I tend to use non-Seiko dials from Dagaz Watch and Yobokies, and these are usually date-only too. Haven’t seen a Seiko-style symmetrical dial with no date at all though, sorry!
Great review on this piece. It’s one I looked at before getting a SRP347.
Surprised there was no mention of the oyster bracelets from wjean.
i think the Seiko SKX013 is worth a shout-out here… basically the exact same watch as the 007 but with a case size around the 38mm mark, and therefore better sized for those of us with smaller wrists or those who simply prefer a smaller sized watch.
I’ve been considering getting one, the only draw back for me is Seiko’s Hardlex which I find gets scratched up far too easily. If not a sapphire why not merely fit an acrylic crystal which can be at least re-polished?
You could consider getting a (domed) sapphire crystal from Dagaz and get it retrofitted.
It’s very easy to polish out all but the deepest scratches in the Hardlex crystal using cerium oxide or diamond polishing compound
It’s pretty easy to polish out all but the deepest scratches in the Hardlex crystals using diamond polishing compound or cerium oxide glass polish.
Great review! What perlon strap is that? Love the 007 so much that by next week I´ll have a 009 to make it company!
A few years ago, someone on one of the watch forums ‘torture tested’ an SKX007 just to see how much water pressure it could take before failing.
The person testing the watch ended the test at 420m, because he was afraid of the crystal cracking if he pushed the test further. The watch itself took over 200% of it’s indicated rating without failure.
Seiko SKX-series divers are truly apocalypse-proof.
Love this watch. I just bought a SKX031 the other day & work next to a guy who wears an SKX175. The SKX line are the best watches for the price hands down IMO. Great review.
Where did you find a SKX031!?
Wassup Ilya, another great review! I won’t be getting a SKX007 as I have a Mako, but I’m picking up a Shogun tomorrow.
Thanks! I had a Pepsi Mako a few years back. Great watch.
I have the Yellow 🙂
I wish I knew where to get that for 150 bucks. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Amazon shows one in stock for $167
Thanks, but for some reason Amazon.com doesn’t send Seiko to Canada and when you go to Amazon.ca it is considerably more.
Also direct from Japan via Rakuten.com. Best pricing, but you have to add shipping cost to that.
Thanks, never ordered from there before. I think it’s time to take the plunge.
Yeah; also the purchase experience is a bit weird. After you buy they send you a link via e-mail, and from there you can process the payment via Paypal (or credit card I suppose). Then they send you the tracking number by e-mail. I’ve purchased from both Seiko3S and Cybertime; both were great, shipped the watch very promptly.
Depending on where you ship it too it is possible that the customs office adds some import duty. This happened to me but it wasn’t a major amount.
I’ve purchased from amazon for 170 with prime shipping
I believed the James Bond nato strap wasn’t available in 22 mm… I need one! 🙂
The rubber strap is much stiffer than the review suggests :/
Check Amazon again, Just purchased one for $22 dollars with prime shipping
It is available, you have it on ebay for less than 5$
If I am not mistaken, the 7s36 in your Seiko is a variation of the 7s26. There are two additional jewels for the 7s36 vs 7s26 that I have read to be essentially unnecessary additions to the gear train. The 7s26 features a 4 o’clock crown while the 7s36 can be used in watches with a 3 o’clock crown in addition to a 4 o’clock crown.
On a recent vacation to Hawaii I took 4 watches, but the Seiko 009 got worn more than any other (they were all more expensive 😉 ).
Diving, snorkeling, or just hanging at the beach, it’s one of the perfect vacation watches, especially on a nato.
Based on this excellent review I just bought one from Jomashop. It makes a rattling sound when I shake it. Is this normal? Several blogs are saying yes, I called Seiko USA and they said no. Any thoughts?
If it’s like a rattling whirring noise, it’s normal. It’ll be the sound of the weighted rotor turning… That’s the bit that winds it up automatically when you’re moving.
I don’t know if it’s been mentioned yet, but the luminous lollipop second hand serves a function as part of the ISO 6425 requirements, as did the luminous circles on the front of older Seiko diver second hands. It acts as a running indicator, allowing a diver (in darkness) to quickly check that the watch hasn’t stopped. A very real utility, if one is diving or doing something in similar low-light conditions.
Mine, after regulating, -1 sec/day when worn.. but +1 sec/day when I put it all day with dial up, flat.. has never been love the watch like this..
is it true that after 2004 they stopped making skx007?
No, although they may have stopped production now, after the ‘Turtle’ reissues came out (though they’ll still be in plentiful supply anyhow).
I just got mine. According to the serial, made 2015 DEC. I wonder if they made any in 2016, or was that the last run?
Surely on of the best diver watches ever! So iconic and beautiful, great tool watch and for everyday wear.
Where can I buy it for 150$?