The Seiko SNK807 is a watch that was released in July 2012. It features quartz accuracy, 316L stainless steel case and bracelet (and more).
The "Seiko SNK807 Review" is a watch that has a lot of features. It can be purchased for $130 on Amazon.
- Round watch featuring blue dial with day/date windows at 3...
- 37 mm stainless steel case with Hardlex dial window
- Automatic self-wind movement with analog display. Case Back:...
- Canvas band with buckle closure. Case thickness: 11 mm
- Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft): In general, withstands splashes...
The SNK807 is the beloved SNK809’s blue sibling.
View the black SNK809 by reading our evaluation of the device.
A watch may sometimes come along that really doesn't require any introduction. Such a watch is the SNK807 by Seiko, a well-known member of the Seiko 5 family that is even more well-known. It is a very affordable automatic watch for about $60.
Such a cost raises the issue of not whether Seiko cut shortcuts but rather where. Let's begin immediately.
The SNK807 Has a Gorgeous Blue Dial.
The SNK807's gorgeous blue dial seems like a well crafted study in restraint. Seiko done a wonderful job keeping the dial clear and readable and there are no distracting components to be seen.
The SNK807 has an outer track with minute markers and an inner track showing the hours on a very faintly textured backdrop. Similar to the inner hour track, which has Arabic numerals at each hour, the minute markers contain Arabic numerals at five-minute intervals. Additionally, Seiko added tiny lume pips to the dial's extreme edge. The lume is more than enough, but not being nearly as bright as on other watches.
At 12 o'clock on the dial, there is a prominent Seiko 5 logo. The day/date window was introduced by Seiko at the third hour. Although I'm not a huge fan of date windows myself, this one is well done and goes well with the watch. The day disc's inclusion of two languages—Spanish and English—is a wonderful touch.
For the hours and minutes, the SNK807 is equipped with sword hands. The seconds hand resembles a straight pin in appearance. The crimson tip at the end certainly adds some appeal to the watch overall. The lume filling on the hour and minute hands is more than enough for their respective functions. Lume is found in the counterweight of the second hand.
Technical Information on the SNK807 by Seiko.
- Identifier: SNK807
- MSRP: $185
- 37mm case diameter
- Alternative Models: Several
- Seiko 7S26C automatic movement
- Problems: Day/date display
- Energy Reserve: around 40 hours
- 30m/99ft of water resistance
- The crystal is made of hardlex.
The SNK807’s Case & Finishings
With the exception of the polished edge of the caseback, which is constructed of stainless steel, the SNK807's case is entirely matte brushed. It is 11mm thick and 37mm in diameter, so it should fit just about everybody. It features lugs that are 18mm apart and somewhat bent.
Seiko added a flat Hardlex crystal to the watch's front and back. Even without any finishing, the movement is still really interesting to observe in action. Although it's not a feature one would anticipate at this price range, it's a fun extra. One issue, though, is the needless and rather cheap-feeling print on the caseback crystal.
The crown, which is rather modest and located at 4 o'clock, is visible. The push/pull crown serves its purpose despite its size. It's simple to set the day, date, and time.
The blue canvas strap that the SNK807 comes with needs more criticism. The watch has done a great job up until now of concealing its real cost. Unfortunately, the strap detracts from that. It gives the watch a rather shoddy, even childish appearance. It doesn't actually help the watch in any way. Additionally, it doesn't seem to be particularly resilient; after a few days, deterioration was already evident. All prospective purchasers of the SNK807 are advised to do away with the strap. Even a simple, basic black or brown leather strap can significantly improve the look of the timepieces.
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The SNK807 is powered by the Seiko 7S26C Movement.
The Seiko Calibre 7S26C, a low-cost movement used in many Seiko 5 and Seiko SKX-divers, is the movement that comes with the SNK807. It has a 40-hour power reserve, which is about average.
I had anticipated seeing big compromises in the movement, but Seiko has really raised the bar with the last two releases. The 7S26(A), which was formerly known for losing up to 30 seconds per day, has now been reduced to a very respectable 3-5 seconds per day by the 7S26C.
The 7S26C does not allow manual winding and does not have hacking seconds, however it does not imply that Seiko has not made any compromises. Although it would have been wonderful to have them included, it is difficult to hold Seiko accountable for leaving it out of a $60 watch.
- 21,600 beats per hour
- Precision: -20 to +40 seconds each day
- Jewels: 21
- Hacking: No
- No hand winding
Last Words on the SNK807 by Seiko
With the SNK807, Seiko has accomplished something really extraordinary. They succeeded in making a very cheap automatic watch, adding a day/date complexity as a bonus, and successfully concealing its real cost.
Significant compromises must be made at this price range, but Seiko has managed to make them less obvious and uncomfortable. The end result is a watch that, while not flawless, does a lot of things quite well at a very low price.
As a result, the SNK807 is a fantastic weekend beater watch or first watch for someone just starting out with mechanical watches. However, do yourself and the watch a favor and discard the blue strap regardless of how you use the SNK807!
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