Top positive review
Love the dial
March 13, 2014
Pictures and videos hardly do it justice. I think a previous buyer said it best: it's just an incredibly rich blue. It made my other blue watch dials seem gray or slate by comparison. The lume is very bright and clear when its absorbed enough, and having a dab of lume on the second hand I found appealing. The yellow accent is barely noticeable though, but I don't consider that a strike against it. It consistently runs fast, but I've found through my own research that that is considered typical of Seiko 5's straight out of the box (suspected as a long-term insurance against the inevitable slowdown of mechanicals over time), and since it's only been gaining an average of +5.44 seconds per day (varying as low as 2s and as high as 12s), that's within acceptable standards for a mechanical watch. I guess it could get regulated by a skilled watchmaker or jeweler, but I don't consider that necessary.
If I had to lodge a complaint against it, I'd rail against Seiko's decision to include a paltry 10MM gap between the enormous lugs, but really that's kind of my own fault for being so enamored with the dial that I didn't even notice that case design since it's right there in the picture. This basically means there is no plan B if the strap breaks, but given its stainless of decent quality folded links, I don't anticipate that happening barring some serious rough and tumble which I'm not likely to see.
My first mechanical, and already my other watches are jealous that this one is stealing so much wrist time. I just love the blue of the dial.