Seiko are a company that most people will have heard of, and for good reason. They have been revolutionizing the way that the majority of people think about timekeeping since all the way back in 1881, when they were producing wall clocks in Tokyo. They built themselves a solid foundation as a reputable company when they produced the world’s first quartz watch, and they have stood at the forefront of the industry ever since. If you are looking for precision and reliability, then they are two things that Seiko have sewn directly into the heart of their company.
SNE329 Case & Strap
At a glance, the Seiko Men’s SNE329 Sport Solar-Powered Watch features a 43mm stainless steel case, initially giving this timepiece the perfect appearance for everyday use. The case isn’t too big, and it isn’t too small. Simplicity is also evident at just a glance, as the coin-edged bezel features just a single triangle adornment directly above 12 o’clock.
It is worth noting that this particular watch does feature a blue nylon strap, and some consumers would find it more aesthetically appealing if it had a metallic strap. One benefit of the nylon strap is the color, as it fits in with the color scheme of the entire watch. Looking closely at the strap we can see a fantastic example of the durability that this particular product offers, as the holes have all been sewn in with leather.
The dial window of the SNE329 is rather special, as it is made out of a material called Hardlex. A lot of Seiko customers will only buy watches that feature Sapphire Crystal windows, but there are some notable benefits when it comes to having a Hardlex dial window. One of the most noteworthy is that it doesn’t shatter the way that Sapphire Crystal does when dropped hard, instead it simply cracks. It is slightly easier to scratch, but it can resist an incredible amount of impact.
Dial & Hands
The dial on the SNE320 has a classic and elegant look to it due to the color scheme, yet the actual watch as a whole has a more casual look to it. The actual face of this watch is what makes it stand out among the crowd. In both photographs and natural light, it looks black, whereas as soon as a strong light hits it appears to be a metallic blue. The contrast of the white hands against this bold backdrop makes the watch ‘pop out’ from your wrist.
The hands of the watch, and all of the markers on the watch are easy to read. This is because they have all been painted using a product called Lumibrite, a luminous paint. Lumibrite is commonly used by several different companies in the industry, and it glows on a much brighter scale than previous generations of luminescent paints could. You would be able to read the time on this watch regardless of how dark your surroundings are. An additional benefit of Lumibrite, when compared to older versions of luminescent paint, is that it is completely non-radioactive.
This model also features Japanese quartz movement, which is simply a mechanism for keeping the time. It does it to a good standard, and it results in almost silent hand motions.
One of the best features that this watch can offer any consumer is the fact that it is both solar powered, and affordable. It can be unusual to see that combination in this price range, and with a solar powered watch you will never have to worry about remembering to recharge batteries, or purchasing batteries.
There is also a safety mechanism in place to stop the watch from overcharging itself, and it has a back-up reserve that can produce ten months’ worth of power. It is worth noting that you probably shouldn’t leave the product in a drawer for ten months, as it will eventually run out of power if it isn’t exposed to a light source.
Remember, unfortunately this watch is not a multi-function watch, and it could be considered to be rather basic when compared to other watches that you can find on the market. A lot of consumers might find that it is the basic nature of the design that gives this watch a classic, every-day look.
Overall, the Seiko SNE329 Sport Watch is an excellent timekeeping device, and while it does not have a number of modern functions, it can perform its own function perfectly. It is not intended to be revolutionary, but it is perfect for basic requirements. It comes with the expert built quality that Seiko offer as a company time and time again, and when looked after, it will last for years.
So, if you are looking for a military-style watch for daily use, then this could be the ideal product for you. But, it could also be used as a statement piece due to the bold color scheme, your imagination is the limit.