Watches can be expensive, and not everybody has the budget to invest in a really high-end model. And if we’re being honest, we wouldn’t even want to necessarily spend as much on a watch as the asking price for this Seiko Prospex Samurai; but if you’re looking to invest in a quality dive watch that offers all the style and features of a premium model without the corresponding price tag, the Prospex is a perfect choice.
A 44mm brushed stainless-steel case gives it a look reminiscent of older Seiko dive watch designs, in addition to being water-resistant down to 200 meters; Hardlex glass over the black dial also adds impact-resistance and waterproofing. The automatic movement is powered by hand or wrist movement and requires zero batteries, and it has a power reserve lasting 41 hours, ensuring your watch never goes dead with regular wear.
The hands and indices feature Lumibrite, a fluorescent coating that retains illumination from the sun to light up for close to 5 hours (useful both at night and if you happen to take it diving). There’s a unidirectional rotating bezel, screw down crown, and 23 jewels. A stainless steel 3-fold clasp wristband finishes up the ensemble.
All that being considered, this classic from Seiko is a solid deal, and you can snag it at a fraction of the cost that most dive watches run for. It’ll look just as good, however.