Seiko SKX031/33 Automatic Dive Watch
Seiko Holdings Corporation is a Japanese company that manufactures and sells watches, clocks, electronic devices and jewelry domestically and internationally. Seiko was founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo, Japan and is currently the largest manufacturer and seller of watches in Japan. In 2009, Seiko Holdings Corporation absorbed the Orient Watch Company; Seiko also distributes Pulsar and Lorus brand watches in the United States.
The Seiko SKX033 is an automatic dive watch from Seiko. The specifications of the watch are as follows:
- Model Number: SE-SKX033
- Band Material: Stainless Steel
- Band Width: 22 Millimeters
- Band Color: Silver
- Bezel: Bidirectional Rotating Dive Bezel
- Bezel Color: Dark Blue
- Case Back: Solid
- Case Diameter: 40 Millimeters
- Case Thickness: 12 Millimeters
- Clasp: Fold Over
- Crystal: Hardlex
- Dial Color: Black
- Features: Day and Date Complication at 4 O'clock Position, 120 Click Bidirectional Rotating Dive Bezel
- Movement: Seiko 7S26 Automatic (Self-Winding)
- Power Reserve: 43 Hours
- Water Resistance: 100 Meters
The Seiko SK033 is a discontinued automatic dive watch produced by Seiko. The watch has some similarities to the newer Seiko SKX007, which is pictured side-by-side with the SKX033. Both watches are automatic dive watches with day-date complications at the 3 O'Clock position; both watches have 22 millimeter lug widths and closed case backs; and both watches house the in-house Seiko 7S26 movement.
However, the watches also have aesthetic and practical differences. The SKX033 has a bidirectional rotating bezel that consequently reduces its water resistance to 100 meters (whereas the SKX007 has a unidirectional rotating bezel and a water resistance of 200 meters). The SKX033 also has a crown at the 3 O'Clock position (rather than at the 3 O'Clock position), a slightly "cleaner" bezel insert and dial layout, different hands and markers, and a different stock stainless steel watch band. The SKX033 is also slightly smaller in case diameter and less thick than the SKX007/009.
Despite these differences, both watches offer an impressive number of complications and value for their price. Both are modeled after more famous (and expensive) dive watches and are durable and versatile. The SKX033, however, is a discontinued model and hence rarer and (sometimes) sold at a higher price than the SKX007/009. Nevertheless, due to its design and functionality the Seiko SKX033 is recommended by Lion Stationers. It can be purchased from the following vendors (click on the company name to go to the website's listings):