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Review Date: November, 16, 2012

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
The Seiko 5 SNK381, simple elegant design. Tags and plastic film covering watch band.

Why I ordered this watch

After years of going without a watch I felt the need to return to using a simple wrist time keeper. I was tired of pulling out my smartphone every time I just wanted to quickly check the time. My main goal was to go back to my roots of simplistic analog design but with a classy neo-pilot/military style.

After researching literally thousands of watches online for a few weeks I decided to lean towards analog type watches for their simple functions yet classy, elegant designs and readability. Most, if not all the watches I was interested in had to have a lumed dial, did I mention i'm a bit of a lume freak when it comes to watches. I decided on the classy yet affordable Seiko 5, SNK381 wrist watch for its elegant design, basic features such as luminous hands/dial, simple functions and reliability, (no battery changes.)

Watch Features and Info
- Year, Brand, Model: 2000-2012, Seiko 5, SNK381
- Display: Analog, Day, Date
- Strap, Clasp: Stainless Steel Band with Push Button Deployment Clasp
- Bezel: Stainless Steel
- Size: Case diameter 38mm, Case thickness 11.5mm
- Lug size: 18mm
- Luminous: Yes, hands and numerals
- Weight: 109g or 3.8 oz
- Movement: Japan 21 Jewels, Automatic Self-Winding Movement
- Water resistant: 30 Meters
- Special: Self-winding movement, no battery to replace, extra-bright dial luminosity

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
Won ebay bid on Oct. 30th and received the Seiko 5 SNK381 watch two-weeks later on Nov. 13th via USPS, really decent shipping coming all the way from Singapore. (Click image for large view)

Ordering
I ordered my Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch from ebay.com on Tuesday night, Oct. 30 and received the watch on Tuesday afternoon Nov. 13. Since the watch was being shipped from Singapore and had to go through customs it was fairly quick shipment. The price including shipping was $62 including shipping which is a fair price for a quality Seiko timepiece.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
Packaging was fairly simple large styrofoam peanuts.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
After a little digging I found the prize, no official Seiko box at this price, just a simple plastic sleave with a watch and tags inside. (Click image for large view)

Appearance
I love the simplistic look and classy style of this watch. It resembles and has traditional basic pilot or military design overtones with a classy stainless steel bezel and watch band. The watch case size is 38mm which may seem small to other larger, "more masculine," styles of today's watch trends but the 11mm thickness of the watch beefs it up some and makes it seem almost like a 40mm size watch. The Seiko SNK381 has the basic elements of a pilot or military style watch and at the same time it looks refined enough to be dressed up a bit.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume

Simple elegant dial with a classy stainless steel watch with very clean lines. (Click image for large view)

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
Close up of the watch dial, a simple, easy to read pilot/military style watch with date and day display. (Click image for large view)

Strap - Wearing the Seiko SNK381
The size and weight of the Seiko SNK369k watch looks a feels great on my 7.75-inch wrist without looking too small. After buying half-a-dozen watches recently this is one of the few watches where the original watch band fits perfectly and is not too small. So if you have larger than normal wrists this may be one of the few watches where you don't have to pony up and have to buy a new watch strap just to wear your watch.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
Stainless steel watch band fits large wrists and is also adjustable. (Click image for large view)

Lume Display - Does it glow?
The Seiko 5 SNK381 watch comes with a lumed face, which means it has a glowing-luminous display, expose the watch to a bright light and the luminous dial will glow for hours. The hands and numbers feature a rich very bright greenish-blue lume glow. Seiko uses SuperLuminova lume which performs much better than your run of the mill drug store watches which also have the lume feature. I have recently purchased a few really affordable watches made in China from ebay which have a lumed dial and they do not even come close to lume brightness or lasting power of Seiko's luminosity.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
The hour and minute hands along with numerals have a very bright and strong lume which lasts for hours. Did I mention the lume is extremely bright? (Click image for large view)

Performance - Kinetic Movement Watch
The Seiko 5 SNK381 sports a kinetic drive movement, also know as Automatic quartz, which features a swinging pendulum, meshing gear and pendulum to power the watch. So when you are wearing your Seiko watch and your wrist and arm normally moves though out the day the movement automatically self-winds and generates electricity to power the watch. This means you won't have to wind or buy watch batteries.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
The back of the Seiko 5 SNK381 watch features a see through back design. Pretty cool to see the Kinetic movement in action. (Click image for large view)

Fit and finish
I am absolutely happy with how the watch looks, feels and performs. The size of the Seiko 5 SNK381 bezel, 38mm, leans towards the smaller spectrum of todays trendy large masculine styles and sizes but I don't have a problem with how it looks on my wrist. The Seiko 5 SNK381 simple and elegant design is easy to read and the dial lume performs quiet remarkable, really outstanding, compared to other watches in the same price range. The watch band fits perfect out of the box on my 7.75-inch wrist and can be sized down for smaller wrists.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
A simple, easy to read field/military style watch with bright luminosity. (Click image for large view)

Final core-reaction

The Seiko 5 SNK381 is an extremely affordable watch and packs a classy elegant design with a simple, functional performance. The look and feel long with the really fantastic luminosity is quite possibly a "perfect" watch within its class.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
The Seiko 5 SNK381 38mm case size looks about perfect on my wrist. (Click image for large view)

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with great lume
A simple, easy to read pilot/military style watch with very bright luminosity. (Click image for large view)

Note: All photos were taken using an Olympus XZ-1 digital camera.

Seiko 5 SNK381 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch

PURCHASED PRICE: $62.00, (Normal retail is around $250.00 US) you may be able to find it for much less.

WHERE TO BUY: ebay.com, Search for "SNK381"

COMPANY SITE: http://www.seikowatches.com

WIKI SITE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seiko

KEYWORDS SEARCH REVIEW TERMS: Watch review, Seiko 5 SNK381 watch, Time, Lume, Luminous, Luminosity, Quartz, Automatic quartz, Kenetic drive, Night Vision, Glow, Glowing, Stainless Steel watch band.

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