Seiko is kicking off the summer with a fun new watch that’ll make an excellent companion for your cross timezone travels. For the first time ever in the 5 lineup, Seiko is offering an affordable and handsome GMT watch in three fun colorways. There was some disappointment in the watch world when Seiko discontinued the classic SKX and replaced them with a slightly less capable counterpart in their 5 Sports line. However, I’m happy to see them iterating on the classic SKX style even further with GMT functionality. These new “SSK” GMTs are based on the same design as the SRPD “divers” that we reviewed in depth here. The case looks largely the same, but is a scant 0.1mm thicker to accommodate the new movement inside. Let’s take a closer look at these new GMTs from Seiko 5 Sports.
The Seiko 5 Sports lineup has taken over for the classic SKX, dropping a few key features along the way, but still maintaining that classic Seiko design spirit. If you’re looking for a true dive watch, then you’ll probably find yourself wading in the Prospex pool. I don’t mean that in a way that undermines the 5 Sports lineup. They’re still plenty capable and water resistant enough for most everyday activities (and then some) at 100m. If a fun GMT with an affordable price tag is more your speed, then these new SSKs pack a lot of value into a truly tempting package.