The Best Seiko Chronographs in 2018
Seiko makes a tonne of different watches, some of them the most iconic in the industry. Watches like the Pepsi dive watch, the Turtle, the Tuna and more.
They also make a whole lot of different chronographs, with various bezel configurations, colors and movements (solar and quartz).
So, with all these options on the market it can be kind of hard to choose.
That is why I have collected some of the most popular and timeless Seiko Chronographs on the market today.
Have a scroll through and see which one you like the most…
Seiko SNN241 Stainless Steel with Leather Band
This is one of the simpler and more affordable chronographs that Seiko offers. It comes with a stainless steel case and classic brown leather band. The chronograph is a little unusual with only two dials at 6 and 12 o’clock with minutes and seconds. They measure for up to 60 minutes.
The hour and minute markers are very simple bars, with a triangle at 12. There is surprisingly also a date window which is smack bang in the middle of the chrono dial, perhaps an odd choice by Seiko.
This is a great watch for anyone seeking a clean, simple and classic Seiko that is easy to read and will last you for years to come.
Seiko SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Casual Watch
Another casual chronography from Seiko is the Solar X SSC081 which also has a compass on the outer ring of the dial.
Like the model above, the chrono dials are at 6 ands 12 o’clock, but the date window is in the classic 3 o’clock position which I think makes a lot more sense and makes it easier to find and read.
The dial is obviously a lot busier looking with the extra two rings of information (degrees and bearing for the compass). The inner ring is for the hours, but I find the oversized arabic numerals to be a bit too large for the limited space the dial has. Having said that, it is definitely a unique looking watch which you will either love or hate.
Seiko SSC021 Solar Diver
Seiko is famous for their dive watches like the Pepsi, but they also do dive watches with a chronograph. This watch is also fully solar powered, which means you can forget about having to wind it or change the battery every 6-12 months.
It has a full 3-dial chronograph in the standard 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions, and a somewhat hidden date window between 5 and 6 o’clock.
Everything is in matching black and white including the dial, bezel and markers, which are lumed well as you would expect.
It is also a rather large watch (44mm), with big, easy to find buttons, which is great for more serious diving use when visibility is at a premium
Seiko SSC015P1 All Steel Diver Chronograph
Following on from the above rubber strap diver is this all stainless steel model.
Fundamentally it is the same model but with a few differences. The 3 piece stainless steel bracelet is the most obvious change. But the buttons are also matching in stainless steel with the crown having a red ring (to match the red second hand) which gives a nice clean finish to the design.
It is also slightly smaller at 43x12mm (compared to 44×15) so would suit anyone with a smaller wrist who still wants a great solar diver from Seiko
Seiko SSC017 Prospex Dive Chronograph
A more upmarket version, the Prospex Diver from Seiko is similar from first glance to the two dive watches above.
The first obvious difference is the addition of the blue Pepsi style 0-15 minute band of color on the bezel and the matching ring and second hand. Seiko is nothing else but a stickler for detail.
For the rest, the chronograph also has the 24hour, minute and second dials, and the date window is also at 5/6 o’clock.
Seiko Silvertone Solar Chronograph
This is perhaps the most “Pepsi” like of all the chronographs from Seiko. You almost feel like you have the SKX009 in your hand.
This watch has the same specs as all the other divers, with a large bezel, 3 chrono sub-dials and big buttons for easy use.
Seiko Excelsior Black Ion Finish Solar Chronograph
A very unique piece indeed. The Seiko Excelsior is another 3 dial chornograph with a date window, but that is where similarity to the other watches in this review ends.
The futuristic look of the curved band and case, that are gracefully intertwined, along with the sword shaped hour makers and all metal/gray hands and markers makes this a stunning watch to see.
It is also solar powered quartz watch, like almost all Seiko chronographs, and will keep on running, at least while the sun is shining
Seiko SSB031 Chronograph With Tachymeter
Adding specialities to the outer ring is something watch makers have been doing for decades and the tachymeter is a favorite. Used by airmen originally to help measure speed, it is now a very useful calculator if you know how to use it.
The rest of this watch is very reminiscent of other Seikos, mixing in the buttons and sub-dials from the Diver chronographs above, along with the more refined minute marker train on the outside. The rhomboid hour markers are also a little different to the others in this review.
Seiko SNA411 Flight Alarm Chronograph Watch
Leaving perhaps the most unique until last. The SNA411 Flightmaster is an aviator watch with a lot of fans and I have reviewed it in detail before.
With all the various numbers on the bezel you can calculate almost anything with this “watch with a sliderule”. Add the 3 dial chronograph, date window, alarm and 200m water resistance, and you have one hell of an impressive watch.
It may be a little busy around the bezel for a lot of people, but if you love it, then it might be your new best friend for years to come.
Which Omega Seamaster Homage Should You Buy?
If you want to stick with quality watches and only pay a hundred or two, then the Seiko SKX007 is one of your best bets. The Invicta Pro Diver or Orient Ray II are two others I would also take a closer look at if I was buying it for someone else.
If you are after a super-top quality watch that is just an alternative to the Seamaster but no cheaper, the Tudor Pelagos is the way to go.
And the award for perhaps most similar and yet still insanely cheap goes to the Reginald. You just can’t beat less than 50 bucks!
But, in the end, it is a matter of taste and budget. All these watches are different in many ways, even though it may seem subtle at first. You just have to spend a little time looking and see which one you fall in love with!
Header Image Credit: Luke Price