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Seiko 5 SNKL23 - UPDATE: SNXS79K

  1. OmeGez May 15, 2020

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    Morning all,

    I am looking at getting a watch for my fathers birthday. As Diverse as I am with watch enthusiasm, I’m a complete novice on Seiko.

    I’m looking for a reliable, plain design Seiko, which made me stumble across this SNKL23.
    Now I know this is discontinued and now commands a ‘premium’ - it ticks all the boxes for what I’m looking for. £150 still seems an utter bargain?

    What I do like is that Hodinkee have reviewed the watch and rated it highly - so I kind of like this because it gives a ‘cheap’ watch some significance.

    He doesn’t have a massive watch interest - but it’s a nice stainless and it’s a good automatic. The clear case back also provides a nice upmarket feel.

    Does anyone own one and care to share their thoughts on this model?


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    Gez.
     
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  2. JimInOz іди нахуй May 15, 2020

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    If I received that from my Son I'd be very happy.
    It's a classic style from a well respected brand and houses the workhorse 7S26 movement.

    I like it.
     
  3. OmeGez May 15, 2020

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    Cheers Jim!

    I think he’ll appreciate it too.
     
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  4. ZIELSZIEK May 15, 2020

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    I considered this model too, but I did not pull the trigger fast enough before Hodinkee drove the prices up. I have to admit that put me off.
    Anyway, It is indeed a very nice watch for the money.
    While I cannot comment on this exact piece from an owner's point of view I can as a Seiko enthusiast. It is a very nice watch that can be worn daily, to say the least.
    The 7S26 is a proven movement that you don't have to worry about. I bought this used 5 years ago and I have no clue about the service history. It still keeps great time and power reserve. IMG_20200125_095254.jpg

    Also, since you want something with a little "flair" how about this? They do command a "premium" but with some shopping around they can be found for a tad under what the snkl23 goes for. Not everybody's cup of tea but a nice dial, imho. i6ms2z4zijrz (1).jpg

    Regardless, let me tell you that what you are doing is a very nice gesture. Your dad will surely enjoy it.
    Too bad mine doesn't like wearing watches anymore.
     
  5. OmeGez May 15, 2020

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    Also, do I need to do more research on these? I can’t see a £150 watch being faked?

    Should I be fine just making sure the watch matches the certificate?
     
  6. ZIELSZIEK May 15, 2020

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    They do fake cheap watches too, sadly.
    The execution ranges from poor to somewhat convincing. What I have seen is that they rarely bother to engrave the rotor with the proper markings, so that should be a giveaway. I have not seen this exact model being faked, but who knows. Anyway, a close look will usually give a fake Seiko away, being that they are cheap the fraudsters don't put in too much effort.
    The watches pictured below are fake
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    Pics taken from here: https://www.quartzimodo.com/how-to-spot-a-fake-seiko-watch/
     
  7. OmeGez May 15, 2020

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    @ZIELSZIEK Thank you for your input, it’s massively appreciated.

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t see him wearing the Arabic dial style. He’s quite reserved in taste, which I think is why the SNKL ticks the boxes - It’s a lovely unassuming looking watch, with what seems to be a robust movement.
     
  8. OmeGez May 15, 2020

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    Can anyone help with movement shots, please?

    This is the Hodinkee article one:

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    And this is the one I’m interested in:

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    The only thing I can point out is that the one I’m interested in, doesn’t have ‘Malaysia’ engraved in the rotor or on the clear back case.
     
  9. vintage hab May 15, 2020

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    I think it's a beautiful watch. I bought a blue dial Seiko 5 day/date as a teenager. I wore it for 15 years without issue. I loved that watch: kept great time and was thin. My wife didn't like how thin it was, so bought me a luxury watch one year, and I put the Seiko in a drawer where it's bounced around for almost 20 years.
    Unfortunately, I didn't take care of it. Your photo is pushing me to resurrect it & get it serviced. Probably not worth the money but it has sentimental value. Thanks for your post!
     
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  10. OmeGez May 16, 2020

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    I’ve submitted an offer for one...! Wish me luck!
     
  11. pongster May 16, 2020

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    Good luck
     
  12. OmeGez May 16, 2020

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    Just to update this.

    After another look around this evening, I actually decided to go for the Seiko 5 SNXS79K Automatic.

    After stumbling across this, it was a no brainer. I can still get my hands on this model new, so that left me not worrying about a fake. Also, I liked how it shares ‘some’ similarities with the
    Date Just.
    I bought it off GBWatchShop for £126 delivered. I know they’ve crept up in price over the last couple of years, but it’s a price I’m happy with.

    I can’t thank you all enough for your inputs, much appreciated.

    I shall update this when my father receives the watch :)

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  13. wagudc May 16, 2020

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    Classic, classy watch. Could wear it anywhere, but the most formal of places.
     
  14. JwRosenthal May 16, 2020

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    My lady wears the same one a @ZIELSZIEK showed in his first pic. She has some spectacular watches (including 5 vintage Omegas and a Tudor I will never get back), but that her go-to watch for work (she works in a bakery), so it gets beaten to death and dumped in sinks and buckets of frosting and flour- scrubs up perfectly in the sink and has never missed a beat. I find myself coveting it when I see her wearing it.
     
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  15. OmeGez May 17, 2020

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    I’m actually quite excited to get it now. Already had the confirmation of it being posted.

    I’d wear it myself! Excited to see his reaction.
     
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  16. OmeGez May 20, 2020

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    The Seiko arrived yesterday...!

    I will upload some pictures tomorrow, on my day off work. First impressions look good!
     
  17. NT931 May 20, 2020

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    Good to hear that! These Seiko 5's are tough, unpretentious, and affordable. Good choice!
     
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  18. OmeGez May 20, 2020

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    Can anyone shed some light, please?

    The Seiko 5 has an English day date and a French date.. it shows the English day and then flips to the french day word for the other half of the day.
    So it fully rotates through Mon/Tue/Wed...etc and the same in French too..

    There is a way to set it to English only, but the instructions seem a little vague?


    Any tips? :)
     
  19. vintage hab May 20, 2020

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    My old Seiko is not working, but the day is in both English and German. I would push on the crown to switch between languages. But it never did half and half.
     
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  20. OmeGez May 20, 2020

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    I might be exaggerating saying the ‘other half’ I only fiddled with it briefly. I’ll have a good look tomorrow and I’ll upload pictures here anyway :)

    thank you buddy.