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WATCH REVIEW:

Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume

Review Date: January 9, 2013

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume
The Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 has a simple, bold, yet slightly elegant design. Just FYI the model also comes in number SNZG17J1, the only difference is I believe where the watch is manufactured the K1 being manufactured in Malaysia and J1 made in Japan, other than that, the watches are identical. (Click image for large view)

Why I ordered this watch

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 SNZG17K1 wrist watch for its simple design, basic features such as luminous hands/dial, simple functions and reliability, (no battery changes).

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume
The Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Military style wrist watch. (Click image for large view)

Watch Features and Info

- Year, Brand, Model: 2000-2012, Seiko 5 SNZG17K1
- Display: Analog, Day, Date with Black Background
- Color: Brushed Stainless Steel with TiCn coating give a Gunmetal color finish
- Strap, Clasp: Brushed Stainless Steel Band with polished sides and Push Button Deployment Clasp
- Bezel: Brushed Stainless Steel
- Size: Case diameter 42mm (45mm with crown), Case thickness 12.5mm
- Lug size: 22mm
- Luminous: Yes, hands, numerals and hour markers
- Weight: 164.4 grams or 5.8 ounces
- Movement: Japan 23 Jewels, Automatic Self-Winding 7S36 Movement
- Water resistant: 100 Meters
- Special: Self-winding movement, no battery to replace, extra-bright dial luminosity

Ordering
I ordered my Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch from ebay.com on Sunday night, Dec. 9th, 2012 and received the watch about two-weeks later on Monday afternoon Dec. 24th, 2012, Merry Christmas to me! Since the watch was being shipped from Hong Kong and had to go through customs it was a relatively quick shipment. The total price for this Seiko watch including shipping was $128.50 which is a great price for a quality Seiko timepiece FYI MRSP is around $280. You can typically find the SNZG17 K1 or J1 models for sale at certain online watch stores and on ebay going for around $145. On a side note U.S. consumers will only find this watch for sale online from europe or asian countries, you will not find it for sale directly in the U.S. As I understand Seiko decides what watch portfolio they will sale to watch distributers and this model was not included for direct U.S. resale, not sure why.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume
Attractive gunmetal color TiCn with brushed stainless steel band. (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 gunmetal stainless steel bezel and watch band. The watch case size is 42mm, 45mm with crown which keeps up with today's large masculine style watch trends and the case thickness is a nice 12.5mm. The Seiko SNZG17K1 has the basic elements of a pilot or military style designed watch and at the same time it looks refined enough to be dressed up a bit. One feature which I like is the watch's gunmetal color which is not a deep black. The watch's gunmetal color "tone" will change slightly depending on lighting conditions it may appear to be black or blackish or dark greenish or brownish tints depending on the lighting condition.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume
The Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 has a 42mm, 45mm with crown, and fits nicely on my 7.75-inch wrist. (Click image for large view)

Strap - Wearing the Seiko 5 SNZG17K1
The size and weight of the Seiko SNZG17K1 watch looks a feels great on my 7.75-inch wrist without looking small or too large. 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. The SNZG17K1 band secures on your wrist by a brushed stainless steel with polished sides and push button deployment clasp.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume
Attractive gunmetal color TiCn with brushed stainless steel band and polished edges. (Click image for large view)

Lume Display - Does the Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 glow?
Hell yes it glows! The Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 watch comes with lumed numerals, hour markers, hour and minute hands on the dial 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 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 lumed dials and they do not even come close to lume brightness or lasting power of Seiko's luminosity.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume
The hour and minute hands along with numerals and hour indices have a very bright and strong greenish lume which lasts for hours. Did I mention the lume is extremely bright? (Click image for large view)

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume

Performance - Automatic Self-Winding Movement Watch
The Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 sports an automatic self-winding 7S36 23-jeweled 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 thoughout 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, just shake the crap out of it for 30 seconds or so every day or so.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume
The back of the Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 watch features a see through design. Pretty cool to see the Automatic Self-Winding Movement in action. (Click image for large view)

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume

Fit and finish
I am absolutely thrilled with how the Seiko SNZG17K1 watch looks, feels and performs. The size of the Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 bezel, 42mm, fits very nice on my 7.75-inch wrist. The Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 simple and elegant design is very easy to read and the dial lume performs outstanding, really really outstanding. 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 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume
Won ebay bid on Dec. 9th and received the Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 watch two-weeks later on Dec. 24th via USPS, really decent shipping coming all the way from Hong Kong. (Click image for large view)

Final core-reaction

In my humble opinion the Seiko 5 SNZG17 models are some of the best of the best Military style watches I have seen. The Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 is a affordable watch and packs a classy elegant design with dead simple functional performance. The look and feel along with the really crazy fantastic luminosity is quite possibly a "perfect" watch within its class. I love it.

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume
The Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 42mm, 45mm with crown, case size looks perfect on my wrist. (Click image for large view)


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

WATCH REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 Men's Automatic Self-Winding Watch with outstanding lume

PURCHASED PRICE: $128.50 including shipping, (Normal retail is around $280.00 US) avergae prices are around $145.

WHERE TO BUY: ebay.com, Search for "SNZG17"

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

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

KEYWORDS SEARCH REVIEW TERMS: Watch review, Seiko 5 SNZG17K1, SNZG17J1, watch, Time, Lume, Luminous, Luminosity, Quartz, Automatic quartz, Kenetic drive, Night Vision, Glow, Glowing, Stainless Steel watch band.

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