Last Updated:  January 11th, 2021

Best Seiko Compass Watches

Seiko is a watchmaker that is renowned all around the world for their quality, affordable watches that also cover the whole range of tastes.

They make everything from stunning and renowned dive watches, military-style field watches, and more practical aviator and compass watches.

In this quick overview, I want to highlight some of their more stunning creations that include a compass function.

So, without any more fuss, here are 4 Seiko compass watches…

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Casual Watch
Seiko SSC081 Prospex Chronograph
  • Seiko Solar movement
  • Curved Hardlex Crystal
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Seiko Men's SKZ211K1 Five Sports Stainless Steel Automatic Watch
Seiko 5 Atlas/Landshark Automatic (SKZ211K1)
  • Seiko Automatic movement
  • Hardlex Crystal
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Seiko Men's SNA411 Flight Alarm Chronograph Watch
Seiko Flightmaster Aviator Watch (SNA411)
  • Seiko Japanese Quartz movement
  • Hardlex (scratch-resistant) mineral crystal
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Seiko Men's Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch with Leather Calfskin Strap, Brown, 20 (Model: SARB017)
Seiko Alpinist SARB017
  • Japanese automatic movement
  • Sapphire Crystal
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Seiko SSC081 Prospex Chronograph

Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Casual Watch

Seiko has gone all out on this watch from their higher-end Prospex collection. Not only is this watch a 2 sub-dial chronograph with a date window, but it also comes with a solar-powered movement.

Of course, it the SSC081 also has a compass function that is controlled by the alternate crown at 10 o’clock. The standard crown for date and time setting is at 3 o’clock of course, and above and below it are the two pushers for controlling the chronograph.

In terms of style, this watch is quite modern and will suit almost anything you wear with it. The stitched brown leather strap gives it a more casual feel, along with the busy dial with the oversized hour markers.

Seiko has given the SSC081 100m water resistance, so you can certainly get it wet, but with a leather strap, swimming with it is definitely not practical!

Specifications

  • Seiko Solar movement
  • Curved Hardlex Crystal
  • Stainless steel case
  • Calfskin strap
  • Date window at 3 o'clock
  • Chronograph
  • Water-resistant: 100m (330 feet)
  • Case size: 42 x 13.2mm
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Seiko 5 Atlas/Landshark Automatic (SKZ211K1)

Seiko Men's SKZ211K1 Five Sports Stainless Steel Automatic Watch

The Seiko Atlas or Landshark is quite a remarkable watch in the Seiko 5 Sports series because it comes with 200m water resistance. Something you certainly won’t normally see on these budget-oriented watches.

But that is not all that is impressive on this affordable watch. It has a 23 jewel automatic movement with a day/date function and of course a compass function.

The compass is controlled by the secondary crown at 9 o’clock (also protected) which rotates the inner bezel ring in matte black.

As this is also a diver watch it has a screw-down crown and a uni-directional bezel for setting the dive time. The hands are also very utilitarian yellow, which is great for those wanting legibility on a watch.

Overall, quite a unique Seiko compass watch with a myriad of great features.

Specifications

  • Seiko Automatic movement
  • Hardlex Crystal
  • Stainless steel case & bracelet
  • Date window at 3 o'clock
  • Chronograph
  • Water-resistant: 200m (660 feet)
  • Case size: 42 x 14mm
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Seiko Flightmaster Aviator Watch (SNA411)

Seiko Men's SNA411 Flight Alarm Chronograph Watch

If you know Seiko at all then it will be no surprise that one of their more famous models appears on this list of Seiko compass watches – the Seiko SNA411 Flightmaster.

This is the kind of watch you get when just one complication is not enough. This aviator watch has almost all of them: a slide rule on the bezel, compass function, tachymeter, date window. 3 sub-dial chronograph, alarm and more.

For many the dial is way too busy to be practical, but if you like the style of such an aviator, then the functionality you get is stunning. And, if you don’t like black, it also comes in blue.

 

Specifications

  • Seiko Japanese Quartz movement
  • Hardlex (scratch-resistant) mineral crystal
  • Date window at 3 o’clock
  • Chronograph with 1/5 second increments
  • Dual timezone with 12hr alarm
  • Bezel with slide rule for complex calculations
  • Water resistance: 200m / 660ft
  • Case size: 42 x 13mm
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Seiko Alpinist SARB017

Seiko Men's Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch with Leather Calfskin Strap, Brown, 20 (Model: SARB017)

Last, but certainly not least is the classic and also updated and re-issued Seiko Alpinist SARB017.

This classically styled Seiko compass watch is unique enough that you either love it or hate it. The green dial with gold accents is certainly not everyone’s taste, which is why have made it in a few other variations.

Although it is a functional watch with 200m water resistance, a compass and date window, it is very much in the dress style in terms of markers, bezel, and the alligator leather strap. Seiko has also included an automatic movement on this watch, so although it is more dress style, it is not thin at 12mm.

Specifications

  • Japanese automatic movement
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Stainless steel case
  • Crocodile-patterned brown leather strap
  • Date window at 3 o'clock
  • Water-resistant: 200m (660 feet)
  • Case size: 39.5 x 12mm
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