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    Seiko Solar Chronograph Diver - SSC021 (1 year in)

    Ok my first attempt at a watch review, please excuse the phone pics!

    I bought this a little over a year ago (following much research and a scramble to find this particular model when I finally decided to get one).



    I have a few dive watches, all at the 'affordable' end of the spectrum. Like many, I ebbed toward auto diver's but this particular series was getting some positive musing and a real acceptance as a serious diver.

    There are 6 models in the series and if anyone has the other models please feel free to add a few pics in this thread.

    I went for the SSC021



    This model comes on the Seiko polyurethane strap, which I find terribly uncomfortable and immediately changed out for a Nato,

    A little Web browsing led me to choose a black and yellow with SS hardware. This had gained a playful nickname as the 'Bumblebee' solar.



    Ok some of the tech info on this one.

    It houses a calibre V175 solar-quartz- chonograph movement in a 44mm stainless steel case.

    It's 51mm lug to lug, 14mm thick and 20mm (drilled) lug width

    The crystal is hardlex and the bezel grown and chrono pushers are ion plated.



    Has 3 subdials . 24hr, seconds and a 60 minute chronograph elapsed toner.

    Also has a date window between the 4 and 5 hour markers.



    The bezel is 120 click and unidirectional.

    Has a screw down crown (with quick date set) and a screw case back giving the watch an ISO rated 200m WR.

    Lume is typical Seiko



    Ok now for my thoughts a year in...

    This watch and it's bold design possibly isn't for everyone, it really spoke to me and the unboxing didn't dissapoint. I had the bumblebee Nato ready and waiting and immediately threw it on.

    Having 7" wrists I was a little concerned the head size would be a little big and on reflection the 20mm nato seemed to confound my worries. I committed a cardinal sin and started to squeeze 22mm Natos in.





    I think I almost get away with the 44mm case size and as with most of us...wear what makes you happy



    A wee size comparison with a new monster



    The watch has held up very well in the first year, only damage was stupidly self inflicted!



    I'd highly recommend any of the models in this series, robust and can be a real novelty reaching into your watch box and no winding/setting.

    Lost charge once, afternoon on a window sill and it was fine.

    A couple of downs - The date window is illegible with anything less than 20/20 vision and the 60 minute chronograph subdial?

    These retail ~ 395 and can be had grey for around 200

    So 1 year in and despite the damage I've done, this is a keeper!
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    well for a first attempt I hope they are all this good nothing wrong with the pics either
    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    been thinking on getting the blue bezel one for some time

    h.samuels does the blue bezel at 279 at the minute was going to see if they was going to do a sale on it but think as you say grey market about 150 ish ?
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    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    Yes that's a very popular model

    Seiko SSC017 (Internet pic)


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    will have to hunt a pic I saw that got me wanting it will be back as arnie would say
    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    that was to easy here is the pic you probably remember me putting it up an age back mate

    Seiko SSC017

    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    http://www.instagram.com/iyonk_strap/
    http://wristwatchreview.co.uk/

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    Great review

    Then there's the SSC031 pepsi bezel

    Or on a zulu



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    Nice review pep could easily wear this as my only watch for the rest of my days!!

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    I was hoping you'd chime in with your fab pics of the SSC 017 chico.

    Thanks to to you too Sharky, truly are great pieces for an incredible price!

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    Well done! Great watch and great review!

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