Seiko SSC017 Review
Seiko SSC017 “Solar Dive” men’s watch – This is a fine-looking, robust and very practical watch that looks much more expensive than it is. The rounded case edges, sturdy domed back cover and very bright, long-lasting lume on the hands and time marks of the watch face round out a very practical and attractive timepiece.
It utilizes quartz movement which takes its energy from light and stores it in a self-recharging battery which never needs to be changed. With this it also features protective Hardlex crystal dial window, chronograph subdials, diving bezel, three-link bracelet, luminous hands and markers, and fold-over clasp with double push-button closure.
Japanese Quartz Movement
This timepiece utilizes quartz movement which takes its energy from light and stores it in a self-recharging battery which never needs to be changed. Japanese quartz movement is an extremely accurate electronic movement developed in Japan that utilizes the natural frequency of vibrations of a quartz crystal to regulate the operation of the timepiece.
The dial has been impressively built is quite easy to read and use. Seiko obviously spent considerable engineering effort making sure this watch had the features and quality to back up its stated purpose. For example, the timing bezel on most dress “dive watches” in this price range is an afterthought and functions poorly. They are often stiff and difficult to set or read.
Competing chronographs in this price range (and some priced 10x higher) have buttons and crowns styled to look as if they have screw-down positive locking, but do not. This Seiko has the real thing. The chronograph hand in the center sub-dial is sky blue, which goes well with the black watch face. The large second hand on the main dial is used for the chronograph function only, to display seconds/fifths of a second, and is finished in sky blue.
Three smaller sub-dials in the lower half of the watch face display seconds, elapsed minutes (for the chronograph function) and 24-hour time (locked permanently to the main hour hand).
Stainless steel Band
Diving case needed equally strong and stylish stainless steel bracelet which is given in this watch. Fold over clasp with safety release makes sure that your watch is never in danger. Three-link pattern provides it an edge.
- Name: Seiko Men’s SSC017 “Solar Dive”
- Movement: Japanese quartz
- Band: Stainless steel
- Special features: Chronograph, diving bezel and water resistant
This watch is a keeper and has outstanding value. Moreover there simply is not much else this solidly built, attractive, readable and functional in the price range. Except for the diver’s extension, it does exactly what it promises to do.