Whenever someone thinks of coveted battery-powered quartz watch movements, Swiss-made timepieces are the first to come to mind. However, Japanese-based watchmakers at Seiko were the first to utilize the quartz movement nearly 50 years ago. This ingenuity propelled the brand’s popularity, which is why it has remained as a mainstay among the most popular quality watchmakers for over 130 years.
To celebrate its lasting heritage, we’ve compiled some of our favorite time-telling companions from Japan’s storied brand. Here are the best Seiko watches for men.
Seiko 5 Sports SRPD79
Every man needs a versatile timepiece in their accessories arsenal and this sleek, all-black silhouette might just be your missing piece. It offers a durable, hard-coated stainless steel casing and a hardlex crystal glass — not the strongest scratch resistant material but it offers a great cost-to-quality balance — as well as a sturdy nylon band, precise automatic movement, and a handy day-date display.
Seiko Prospex SNE537P1
If you like to spend time under the sea, you’re probably looking for a diving watch that will last on your excursions. For the occasional diver who needs to keep track of time while submerged beneath the waves, this puppy boasts 200 meters (or 660 feet) of protection for all types of water activities. Although it’s dubbed the Solar Diver watch, it provides a unique silhouette that is versatile enough for urban living, from casual to business attire.
Seiko Prospex SLA025J1
For the more extreme underwater divers, this limited-edition Prospex is a recreation of Seiko’s most iconic diving watch design. It carries a steeper price tag, but you can blame that on the watches added benefit. It offers up to 300 meters of water protection, a sturdy and curved sapphire crystal, and a sleek black and gold appearance for life onshore.
Seiko Prospex SSC629P9
This design was made with precision and reliability in mind so those airborne can “take control of the sky.” Pilots and word travelers alike now have access to a 24-hour world clock and chronograph functions that are backed by powerful radio wave synch technology that receives signals from all over the world. The watch also boasts solar-powered ability and a rotating slide around the exterior for pilots to keep track of important details such as distance, fuel load, and speed.
Seiko Coutura SSA313P9
Along with a durable stainless steel case and soft calfskin leather band, this Courtura is the better-looking member of Seiko’s mechanical family. Featuring a strong sapphire crystal, automatic movement, a 24-hour hand, and a function to stop the second hand for accurate time-syncing, it’s a daily watch you can rely on. We absolutely love the look of the sleek white dial and rose gold accented minute markers, and it showcases a peek into the gears working behind the clock face.
Seiko Presage SSA346J1
The Presage collection combines Seiko’s quality craftsmanship with the beautiful Japanese aesthetic the brand was founded on. This stainless steel watch sports a stunning rose gold and burgundy colorway, a power reserve and date display, automatic movement with manual winding capacity, and a function for stopping seconds.
Seiko Presage SRPD07J1
Although it doesn’t offer much in terms of rugged durability and functionality, this is truly one of the more uniquely designed pieces in our list of the best Seiko watches for men. It flaunts a patterned dark clock face, a soft calfskin leather band, and Roman numeral dials for added sophistication. Other features include an automatic movement and a date display.
Seiko Courtura SSC700
Donning a bold and classy design, this watch is the epitome of a great everyday watch. Not only does it offer flexibility through wardrobe changes, but this Courtura design also supplies features such as a perpetual calendar, an energy-efficient solar-powered battery, a month-day-date function, and more.
Seiko 5 SNKK52
This model takes the cake for the most flare you can finagle for your buck. It’s a classic gold-toned, stainless steel design that packs an appearance that says you mean business. It’s simple in terms of function, it’s not suitable for swimming or tough excursions outdoors, but sometimes telling the time is all a man needs to get through his day.
Seiko 5 SNK803
Seiko also has a ton of extremely affordable options if you’re searching for reliability at a bargain price. This automatic timepiece is offered in multiple colorways, all of which feature an analog dial and a fabric strap, which supplies just enough unique style to make even the most fashion-forward man happy, especially if you’re trying to add a new and refreshing watch style to your collection.
Seiko Recraft SSC667
The Recraft style showcases Seiko’s storied Japanese quartz chronograph with a bold and radiant appearance if you’re looking to add some color to your timepiece collection. The watch features other helpful utility, too, including stopwatch functionality, a 24-hour sub-dial, and solar-powered charging ability. It can even gather battery juice from most indoor lighting systems.
Seiko Astron GPS SSH009J1
The Astron series is Seiko’s premier collection, boasting high-quality, high-performing timepieces that work as hard as you do while also offering the classic accessory style you desire. So, the price tag is easily justified. The GPS signal reception updates to whatever time zone you’re in. It also has a solar-powered battery movement, a world timer, and a heap of other functional features.
If you don’t see what you like, check out our guide to the best watches under $200, under $500 and under $1,000. We’ve also got picks for the best smartwatches, dive watches, field watches, tactical watches, skeleton watches, and more, as well as favorites from brands like Casio and Timex.
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