3 Seiko 5 models you can still buy (under £200)

Everything else is too expensive these days

There aren’t that many things you can’t do with a Seiko 5. The collection consists of hundreds of different models and variations of said models. The most popular, the SKX, was discontinued a while ago so you can’t get it new, and prices for pre-owned examples have skyrocketed as a result.

No one knows for sure what the ‘5’ name stands for, but the commonly accepted explanation is that it is a reference to the five attributes that every 5 model had to have: a self-winding automatic movement, water resistance of 50 mt or more, a day-date in a single window, a recessed crown and a durable case.

Some 5 models are becoming too expensive and it’s hard to justify spending £500 or £600 on a watch that does the same things a much cheaper Orient, Citizen or Casio can do. Mind you, there are still a few reasonably-priced models that you can get for under £200.

Seiko SNK809

This is the gateway to watch collecting. And Seiko. And field watches in general. The price fluctuates a lot, but it’s consistently remained under £150 for years so you should be safe.

It is available in blue, green, beige and black, and equipped with Seiko’s patented Hardlex crystal and a Seiko cal 7S26 21-jewel movement with a 2-day (give or take) power reserve.

I have one of these, it was a gift for my birthday about a year ago, and the one thing I have to say is that it wears quite small, (37mm), so if you like big watches, this probably doesn‘t do it for you.

Seiko SNZJ05

Fun fact, if there’s a ’J’ in the name, the watch was made in Japan, whereas if there’s a ‘K’ in the name, the watch was made outside of Japan, almost always Malaysia and Singapore. That’s why Seiko K models are often cheaper than J models.

The SNZJ05 is an exception. This model could be included in the JDM category, were it not for the fact that it’s actually readily available pretty much everywhere else.

It‘s a ‘5 Sports‘, which means you can use every day, for anything, because it can take it. Under the scratch resistant Hardlex crystal and black dial, you’ll find a 7S36 movement (23 jewels) with a 2-day power reserve. Water resistance is 100 mt so you can also swim with it.

I’ve found it on creationwatches.com and eBay for around €170 (£140-£150).

Seiko RPD59K1

The orange dial is a bit out there, I guess some will love it, some won’t, but if you’re looking for a good watch that’s a bit unusual and different from the traditional black or white dial format, this is an excellent choice.

It’s equipped with Seiko’s Hardlex crystal and underneath it, there’s an automatic winding, 24-jewel 4R36 movement with a 41-hour power reserve. Water resistance is 100 mt.

This is probably the most expensive watch of the three, usually costing €200 or more (£170), the only place where I could find it under €200 is creationwatches.com

Do you own a Seiko 5 and/or have you ever owned one?

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Comments (11)

  • ORANGE! I'm out there and yeah, I would rock it.

    Don't have one but it's interesting. I'd try it on for size first. I'm not a real stickler on that issue. Just has to be 'right' = aesthetically pleasing to my eye.

      1 month ago
  • Yeah I own and have owned several Seiko 5 models. They used to be a no-brainer when it comes to value for money, but with the prices going up they are facing some serious competition when it comes to specs. Also, on the cheaper models, complaints about QC issues such as bezel alignment have become plentiful. I'm not saying they're bad, it's just that they're no longer the default choice.

      1 month ago
  • 3 Seiko 5 models you can still buy (under £200) @tribe

      1 month ago
  • I like all of them.

      1 month ago
  • i adore seiko 5 models. I currently have a Seiko 5 Motor Sports - SNZH69K, which I am thrilled with. The special thing about this model is, it does not have a rotating bezel unlike most Seiko 5 Sport model.

      15 days ago