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Seiko provides quite a number of lines that many watch enthusiasts adore. Although many get the same attention, there are certainly some models that are much more beloved than others. It may be because of the ability to get the lines while on a budget or the option to customise those watches.
Some fan-favourite Seiko lines consist of the SKX, SRPD and SRPE lines. SKX was loved by all, as it provided what seemed like the ideal value for money. With models like the SKX007 falling in the $300 price range, it was surreal to get the shock, water and magnetic resistance that it provided all in one. There’s no worry about taking a dip in the water when wearing this.
The excellence that the SKX provided was part of the reason why the line’s unfortunate discontinuation had so many people devastated. The SRPD and the SRPE watches are close runner-ups for those diver-friendly watches, but which one provides more appeal that allows it to come close to the SKX models? Which offers better value for money in the long run?
Here are some of the criteria that you can analyse Seiko lines with:
It took a while for Seiko to release watches that offered hand-winding features where you can manually power up and stop the movement of the timepiece itself. SKX was able to introduce that option after quite a long time, but the 4R36 and more under both 5 Sports Lines can allow you to do so.
Getting shock, water and magnetic resistance all in one has been quite a joy for any water sports enthusiast, and it can be tough to find any that comes close. Although there are different price points, the SRPD watches offer the same abilities of water resistance. Consider changing up the watch parts to further improve its overall protection.
Design variation may not matter in the long run if you’re hoping to personalise things, but it’s still good to be faced with many choices. SRPD and SRPE have this edge over SKX, as various collaborations between Seiko and other companies have brought forth quite a selection for you to choose from.
Watch Crown and Caseback
What sets the SKX line apart from other Seiko lines in terms of value was the screwdown crown and transparent caseback that offered quite a bit of appeal to so many watch collectors. Aside from how beautiful it was, the components were functional in offering better shock resistance. Unfortunately, 5 Sports Lines have a push and pull crown that would have to be modded.
What made the SKX lines attractive was the available mod parts for people to utilise. It was unique enough to look good on its own, but there was so much room for modders to work with to make it their own.
The watches under the SRPD line come a little close, as different design choices can be placed on there as well. Plus, there are so many cross-compatible parts between the SKX and SRPD available on the market compared to the SRPE.
In conclusion, there are many Seiko lines that still provide value for money for modders and watch collectors alike. The SRPD is considered the closest predecessor that the SKX has, with the SRPE coming considerably close as well.
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