Last Updated:  January 8th, 2021

Best Seiko 5 (Sports) Watches: Affordable Quality

Seiko 5 Sports series features some of the brand’s most reliable and durable watches. Most of them are affordable, with enough features to make you think wow, that’s a really good deal!

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Whether you’re looking for a dress watch, a diving watch or a solar-powered timepiece you can take into the mountains, you’ll find at least one great option here! So, read on to see our favorite Seiko 5 watches, and find that one that is just right for your needs!

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Seiko Men's Seiko 5 43.5mm Steel Bracelet & Case Hardlex Crystal Automatic Blue Dial Analog Watch SRPB37K1
Seiko Men's Seiko 5 Automatic Blue Dial Watch
  • 46mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Day and date windows
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Seiko Men's SNKK71 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Black Dial
Seiko 5 Men's SNKK71 Automatic Watch
  • 32mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Automatic self-winding movement
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Seiko SRPD95 Seiko 5 Sports Men's Watch Black 42.5mm Stainless Steel
Best Dress Watch
Seiko 5 SRPD95 Automatic Watch
  • 42.5mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Automatic movement with self and hand winding capabilities
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Seiko 5 Sports SRPC59 Men's Rubber Band Orange Bezel 100M Automatic Dive Watch
Best Sporty/Diving Watch
Seiko 5 Sports SRPC59 Men's Rubber Band Watch
  • 45 mm stainless steel case
  • Silicone rubber band
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Seiko Men's SNE329 Sport Solar-Powered Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Nylon Band
Best Solar-Powered Watch
Seiko 5 Men's SNE329 Sport Solar-Powered Stainless Steel Watch
  • Japanese quartz movement is solar-powered
  • 43mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
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Seiko Men's SNK805 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Green Canvas
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Seiko 5 Men's SNK805 Automatic Watch
  • 37mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Nylon strap with buckle closure
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Seiko Men's SNK366K Seiko 5 Automatic Gold Dial Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Watch
Seiko 5 Men's SNK366K Automatic Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Watch
  • 37mm gold-toned stainless steel with hardlex crystal
  • Luminous hands and hour markings
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Seiko 5 Automatic
Seiko 5 SRPD51 Automatic Watch
  • 42.5mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Three-fold stainless steel bracelet with push button release
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Seiko Men's SNKK27 Seiko 5 Stainless Steel Automatic Watch
Seiko 5 Men's SNKK27 Automatic Watch
  • 38mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Automatic movement with 21 jewels
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Seiko Men's Seiko 5 Automatic Blue Dial Watch

Seiko Men's Seiko 5 43.5mm Steel Bracelet & Case Hardlex Crystal Automatic Blue Dial Analog Watch SRPB37K1

This particular Seiko 5 watch is a great option if you want something that stands out. If features a blue dial with white and gold time markings that are beautifully contrasted for easy legibility. This is an automatic self-winding watch, so all you have to do to keep it ticking is wear it regularly.

It features a 46mm stainless steel case and bracelet with a hardlex crystal cover. Hardlex is just a tougher version of mineral crystal developed by Seiko, and it boasts excellent resistance to scuffs and scratches.

This watch can easily work for diving since it features a unidirectional rotating bezel and is water resistant up to 100 meters. The only issue might be the standard push down crown (as opposed to the screw down crown usually used for diving watches), but that’s the worst thing I can say about this Seiko 5 watch.

It features day and date windows at the three o’clock position, as well as luminous hands. Overall, it’s a good deal for the money and a great option if you want a sports watch that’s still quite sophisticated at the same time.

Specifications

  • 46mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Day and date windows
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
  • Stainless steel bracelet with push button deployment clasp
  • Luminous hands
  • Automatic self-winding movement
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Seiko 5 Men's SNKK71 Automatic Watch

Seiko Men's SNKK71 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Black Dial

Just because Seiko 5 is primarily a sports series, that doesn’t mean they can’t do a beautiful, elegant watch. And that exactly what the SNKK71 is – a simple and sophisticated watch that’s great for any occasion.

This watch features a black dial with silver hands and hour markers for great contrast. It’s easily legible in direct sunlight and even in pitch black thanks to the lume in the hands and markings. There’s also a day/date window at three o’clock, which blends in with the rest of the dial seamlessly.

The 32mm stainless steel case is protected with hardlex crystal, for superb durability and reliability. The bezel is fixed, but that’s expected on more basic watches like this one. Also, The stainless steel bracelet features brushed links on the outside with a middle row of polished links, for a more elegant appearance.

This watch is also water resistant up to 30 meters, but it’s not intended for swimming. It has a very simple crown that won’t do much in terms of keeping water out of the mechanism. The water resistance is there merely to ensure that it can withstand the occasional splash.

Specifications

  • 32mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Automatic self-winding movement
  • Day and date window
  • Water resistant up to 30 meters
  • Stainless steel bracelet with fold over clasp
  • Luminous hands and hour markers
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Best Dress Watch

Seiko 5 SRPD95 Automatic Watch

Seiko SRPD95 Seiko 5 Sports Men's Watch Black 42.5mm Stainless Steel

The SRPD95 watch is from Seiko 5’s Suits Style series, so it’s a bit classier than the others. It features a minimal stainless steel case that barely extends under the bezel. But it’s still a pretty wide case at 42.5mm, making this watch best for people with larger wrists. There’s hardlex crystal on both sides of the case, protecting both the dial and the exposed automatic movement.

The classic black dial features luminous hands and hour markings and it’s encircled by a ring with minute markings. The ring outside the dial is white, so it’s really easy to read it during the day. Also, this watch features a unidirectional rotating bezel as well as good water resistance (up to 100 meters), so you can even take it for a spin underwater.

It’s not a proper diving watch though, since it lacks that screw down crown that protects the mechanism from water. The bracelet is silicone, and it features a rather stylish beaded design. It’s also really lightweight, which balances the watch pretty well, since the bulky case is quite heavy.

This automatic watch features both self and hand winding capabilities, so it’s easy to keep it ticking even if you’re not wearing it every single day.

Specifications

  • 42.5mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Automatic movement with self and hand winding capabilities
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
  • Luminous hands and hour markings
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Lightweight silicone strap
  • Day/date window at three o’clock
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Best Sporty/Diving Watch

Seiko 5 Sports SRPC59 Men's Rubber Band Watch

Seiko 5 Sports SRPC59 Men's Rubber Band Orange Bezel 100M Automatic Dive Watch

Seiko 5 Sports SRPC59 watch is a great option if you’re looking for a diving watch specifically. It features a generous 45mm stainless steel case with a rubber band and a transparent case back. The automatic mechanism with 24 jewels is exposed, allowing you to admire it in all its glory.

Also, this Seiko 5 watch is equipped with a unidirectional diving bezel that lets you track how long you’ve been underwater. It is orange for the most part, so it should be really easy to read in the dark. The same goes for the dial but not because it’s orange – it’s not – but because of the lume in the hands and time markings.

This is a diving watch so it’s no surprise that it’s water resistant up to 100 meters. However, it boasts a push crown – the preferred option for diving watches is a screw down crown since it’s much safer for underwater adventures. But if you’re certain you won’t accidentally bump it underwater; I don’t see why this wouldn’t work as a diving watch.

One thing I want to comment on is the rubber band. Your first instinct might be that Seiko’s cheaping out here, but I don’t think they are. Silicone rubber is a lightweight material often used in sports watches because of its excellent durability. The entire watch weighs just 12 ounces, which is pretty impressive considering how large the steel case is.

Specifications

  • 45 mm stainless steel case
  • Silicone rubber band
  • Unidirectional diving bezel
  • Day and date window
  • Luminous hands and time markings
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
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Best Solar-Powered Watch

Seiko 5 Men's SNE329 Sport Solar-Powered Stainless Steel Watch

Seiko Men's SNE329 Sport Solar-Powered Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Nylon Band

The Seiko 5 SNE329 looks like a rather simple sports watch until you realize it’s solar-powered. And that feature is just cool enough to make us forget all about that fixed bezel ad basic nylon strap!

This watch features a 43mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal. It has a nylon band that’s not very elegant, but which is exceptionally durable and resistant to elements. And the Japanese quartz movement is solar powered, which means you’ll never have to change the batteries in the watch. Just wear it when it’s sunny outside and it will keep charging itself.

This is really great for hikers and generally people who spend a lot of time in the nature. The excellent durability is a must for watches you wear in rugged conditions, while the solar feature means you’ll never run out of juice in the watch.

On top of that, this Seiko 5 watch is water resistant up to 100 meters, so it’s perfectly suitable for swimming. And it has luminous hands and time markers, so it will be really easy to tell time even in the dark. However, the lack of a rotating bezel and screw down crown don’t make this a good option for diving and I would recommend you avoid going scuba diving with this Seiko 5 watch.

Specifications

  • Japanese quartz movement is solar-powered
  • 43mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Day/date window
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
  • Luminous hands and time markers
  • Rugged nylon strap
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Best Military-Inspired Watch

Seiko 5 Men's SNK805 Automatic Watch

Seiko Men's SNK805 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Green Canvas

Seiko 5 SNK805 is an automatic sports watch with a transparent case back. It features a 37mm stainless steel case with the brand’s proprietary hardlex crystal cover for excellent scratch and impact resistance.

What’s interesting about this watch is that it has a smaller dial with hour markings and then a pretty wide bezel around the dial with minute markings. The hour and minute markings are all Arabic numerals, making the dial quite busy.

But it’s not confusing and it’s easily legible even in the dark, thanks to the luminous accents on all three hands. Also, there’s a day and date window at the three o’clock position, so you do get some extra features.

The outer bezel is fixed and the watch is water resistant only up to 30 meters, so it’s not a great option for swimming or diving. It can survive the occasional splash, but you shouldn’t keep it submerged for longer periods of time. Especially since the crown at four o’clock is a basic push-down crown.

Specifications

  • 37mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Nylon strap with buckle closure
  • Automatic movement with 21 jewels
  • Water resistant up to 30 meters
  • Day and date windows
  • Luminous hands
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Seiko 5 Men's SNK366K Automatic Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Watch

Seiko Men's SNK366K Seiko 5 Automatic Gold Dial Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Watch

If you want a show-stopping watch, this is certainly one that should be high up your list. It’s gold-toned so it looks extravagant and luxurious, but it’s actually made from stainless steel and it doesn’t cost a small fortune.

The watch features a 37mm case with a fixed bezel, which makes it a decent option for a dress watch. The hardlex crystal does an excellent job at protecting the dial and ensuring you can easily read it even in direct sunlight.

The hour markings and hands are luminous for easy legibility in the dark, which is a convenient additional feature. But considering this whole watch shines bright like a diamond, I wouldn’t call it a necessary feature. It is water resistant up to 30 meters, but it’s by no means designed to be a proper diving watch.

In addition to that, the Seiko 5 gold-toned wrist watch has day and date windows at the three o’clock position. And it’s an automatic watch, so you don’t have to worry about winding it. The case back is transparent, so that beautiful Japanese movement with 21 jewels is exposed, allowing you to really show off this watch properly.

Specifications

  • 37mm gold-toned stainless steel with hardlex crystal
  • Luminous hands and hour markings
  • Day/date window at three o’clock position
  • Water resistant up to 30 meters
  • Automatic self-winding watch
  • Transparent case back
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Seiko 5 SRPD51 Automatic Watch

Seiko 5 Automatic

The SRD51 automatic watch is an interesting option if you like the general appearance of diving watches. It lacks a screw down crown to be a really good diving watch, but all other features are more than suitable for underwater adventures. So, it’s a pretty good watch for swimming and some light snorkelling.

The watch has a 42.5mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal on both its sides. The unidirectional rotating bezel allows you to track how long you’ve been underwater, while the luminous hands and time markings make it easy to read the watch even in the dark.

In addition to the luminous hour markings, the watch also has an internal bezel with minute markings. They’re not luminous though, so you’ll only be able to read them during the day.

This Seiko 5 watch boasts automatic movement with 24 jewels. You can wind it manually, but that won’t be necessary if you wear the watch often. Also, the case back is transparent, so that beautiful movement is exposed allowing you to show it off whenever you want.

Specifications

  • 42.5mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Three-fold stainless steel bracelet with push button release
  • Automatic movement with manual winding ability
  • Luminous hands and time markings
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
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Seiko 5 Men's SNKK27 Automatic Watch

Seiko Men's SNKK27 Seiko 5 Stainless Steel Automatic Watch

Seiko 5 SNKK27 is a rather unique sports watch from the brand. It has a smaller 38mm stainless steel case with a fixed bezel, but the dial design more than makes up for the simple exterior. And there’s also the transparent case back that exposes the automatic movement with 21 jewels, so you can admire it in action.

It’s a self-winding watch, so as long as you wear it often it will keep ticking. The bracelet is also made from stainless steel and it features a push-button deployment clasp that keeps it secured to your wrist.

The blue dial features luminous dashes for the hours markings, except in the three o’clock position where you’ll find the day and date windows. The first third of the dial (12-4) is orange and stands out from the rest, making the watch look much more interesting. But other than matching this part of the dial with the second hand, there’s really no other purpose to the different color.

Also, the dial features Arabic numerals for minute markings just below those luminous hour markings. And there are dashes in between the hour markings, making it easier to track exactly how many seconds have elapsed.

On top of all that, the hour and minute hands are also luminous. And the watch is water resistant up to 30 meters, but it’s not suitable for showering, let alone swimming or diving.

Specifications

  • 38mm stainless steel case with hardlex crystal
  • Automatic movement with 21 jewels
  • Stainless steel bracelet with push-button deployment clasp
  • Day/date window at three o’clock
  • Water resistant up to 30 meters
  • Luminous hands and time markings
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