Automatic and Affordable
This Seiko 5 Is a Ton of Watch for Just $70
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We thought about putting the breaks on our nearly incessant Seiko 5 coverage, but then we thought better of it, because that would be doing you, dear reader, a disservice. The Seiko 5 is a venerable paragon of horological affordability, a mechanical object bereft of extraneous features that commands respect by virtue of its simplicity and utility. None may speak ill of it!
This one’s also on sale for $70. Who can argue with a $70 mechanical watch? You get a perfectly sized 38mm case, 30m of water resistance, a scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal and a beautiful blue dial with lumed hands and a combination of slim indices and Arabic hour markers. An automatic Seiko 7S26 movement gives you 40 hours of power reserve and a day-date complication, and you also get a matching steel bracelet.
We’re gonna keep harping on this because it’s true: the Seiko 5 line provides one of the best values in affordable mechanical watches, full stop.
Gear Patrol also recommends:
Timex Expedition Scout 40 ($37+)
Citizen Eco-Drive Field Watch ($89)
Bertucci A2-T ($160)
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