Top positive review
Fantastic entry-level auto watch for any beginner, enthusiast, or WIS
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2016
This is an absolutely fantastic timepiece. This could be considered an entry level into the world of automatic watches, and with its workhorse 7S36 movement, it should be a serviceable and fantastic companion for any new or old school watch lover.
The size is fairly spot on for my size wrist. I tried the 37mm SNK805 version prior to this purchase, but decided to return it on account of my larger wrists that need a bit more watch to fill it out correctly. If you have skinny wrists, or like a smaller dial, be sure to take a look at the SNK805. It uses basically the same movement (7S26) and is equally as stylish (I actually like the dial a bit more, but the size was just too small).
I've only had this for a couple of days - so I can't speak to the reliability of my particular example, but it is keeping outstanding time through the first 24-48 hours of use. Within +/- 2 seconds per day. As previously stated, this movement is quite robust, and has been around a long time. It's not uncommon for watches equipped with this movement to withstand some serious abuse and survive neglectful owners who are a bit lazy with the service intervals.
I specifically purchased this watch to bring with me on an upcoming European vacation. I felt a little uneasy bringing my Omega, for fear of damage or theft - and I thought this would be not only an exceptional daily beater, but a great piece for the ever growing collection. I'm growing quite fond of these cheaper auto military and divers watches, mostly due to their versatility, durability, and frankly, heritage. This Seiko 5 Sports watch could be considered the "entry-level" for automatic watches, and I would certainly agree, but you can wear this out and about with pride. It's excellent.
I placed mine on the "DASSARI Tribute Vintage Italian Leather Watch Strap in Rust" because I felt the green/brown combo really brought this piece to life.
Zero regrets. If your'e interested in auto watches and legacy timepieces, place the order. If you choose to, be prepared to become a WIS and fall down a very expensive rabbit hole...