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Best Seiko Watches under $1000, Tradition & Modernity in a Pack

Best Seiko under $1000 that won't break your bank.
Jun 25, 2021

Seiko watches are always here to bring you to the next level of robustness and masculinity. Those two main keys are applied in the two series of best seiko watches under $1000 below with deep historical value of Seiko’s craftsmanship. Both of them are carrying cultural heritage in design while at the same time still following the improvement of modern technology. The affordable high standard Japanese pieces that you must have are going to be discussed here.

Presage Crown Automatic Black - Ltd Ed 1964pcs Ref. SARX073

Paying tributes to their Promethean, Seiko recalled their first chronograph edition by introducing Presage Crown Automatic Black - Ltd Ed 1964pcs Ref. SARX073. This is the latest model of the Presage collections which is currently difficult to find. Seiko is calling it a limited edition since they are only available for 1964 pieces, the same number when the first Seiko’s chronograph was released.

Presage Crown Automatic Black - Ltd Ed 1964pcs Ref. SARX073

Before running the specifications, I want to let you know that every watch in Presage lines combines a Japanese sense of art with traditional craftsmanship, and Seiko’s ingenuity in mechanical watchmaking. They highly commit to offer you an enduring performance, excellent quality, and fascinating watch. Therefore, Presage could go worldwide and become a top collection among other Seiko watches.   

It measures 41.3 mm in diameter, 11.3 mm thick, and 49.3 mm from lug to lug. A bit slimmer when I compared it to the previous Chrono at 42.3 mm diameter case and a 15.3 mm height. I totally love how the watch stands perfectly on my wrist with its latest size. 

The mid case and solid case back is finished in full polished. When you look closer to its case, it brings you back to the 60’s vibes, but also done in modern polishing using Seiko’s Zaratsu. More details can be seen throughout the satin brushed on top and full gloss polished on both sides and the bevels.

Presage Crown Automatic Black - Ltd Ed 1964pcs Ref. SARX073

You could find the push-in crown for setting up the time and date that is located at 3 o’clock. There is an “S” character engraved beautifully on it. I personally think that the crown size is proportional since I never find any problem every time I want to adjust it. 

Move on to the dial, I’m the type of person who loves a minimalist look and fortunately, this series provides what I want. The black dial with circular pattern is outstanding, featuring paired stick indexes on it. Once you look throughout the indexes, they will bring you back to the 60’s era of Seiko. 

Further, the two hands that come in dauphine give you impressions of clarity. All markers and hands are applied with tiny blocks of lumibrite that will constantly glow brilliant green when you are standing in periods of darkness. 

In the necessity of reading the date, the window is situated at 3 o’clock. Seiko also put a sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating on the inner surface to prevent everything inside from any bump.

Presage Crown Automatic Black - Ltd Ed 1964pcs Ref. SARX073

This black edition of the best Seiko watches under $1000 uses a 6R35 automatic caliber which has been upgraded from 6R15. It vibrates at 21,600 beats per hour with hacking and winding capabilities. They conduct new updates by adding more jewels to 24. Increased up to 70 hours, the power reserve lasts longer than the previous series that has only 50 hours.

With a traditional touch outside and modern technology inside, this one of the best Seiko watches under $1000 can be your perfect everyday watch. Go get the limited edition of Presage Crown Automatic Black - Ltd Ed 1964pcs Ref. SARX073 here.

Prospex Monster Double Black Vintage 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY037

This brand is following today's trend in the watchmaking industry. Prospex Monster Double Black Vintage 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY037 is categorized to be one of the best Seiko watches under $1000 with its blackout style, very detailed engraved, and unique display on the dial. Others may think that the nickname of “Monster” is bad, but it is purposely designed to be savage in an attractive way.

Prospex Monster Double Black Vintage 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY037

As you know, this series is the latest edition in the Monster line which is built more refined for every professional. Therefore, Seiko upgraded the timepiece with high standards. It has been boosted using a 4R36 caliber that has 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hertz) with hacking and winding capabilities during time adjustments, while the previous series is powered by the old 7S26 caliber that launched in 1996.

The new movement allows me to set a calendar display individually with a Kanji or English character. Once again, Seiko never fails to give a cultural vibe to their product through this Kanji character.

Prospex Monster Double Black Vintage 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY037

The entire case is mainly finished in satin brushed, also coated using Diamond-like Carbon (DLC), such a synthetic diamond, to give more protection on the surface. On the ride side, you can find the screw down crown that comes in a well-balanced size and offers you 200 meter water resistance.

Take a look at the “Monster” bezel that is undoubtedly incredible, concave slightly with prominent engraved that fully comes in black. It rotates smoothly into 120 positions. The bezel also has zero play with anti-clockwise directions.

Did I mention that the model is based on a vintage watch? Yes, it is! You can see the vintage color is applied on the baton index markers featuring silver trims. This whole combination brings you a monochromatic vibe. They are all painted with LumiBrite that glows awesome through the darkness.

Prospex Monster Double Black Vintage 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY037
I almost forgot to tell you the case dimensions. The semi-shrouded case measures a 42 mm diameter, 13.4 mm thickness, 49 mm lug to lugs, and is surrounded by a stainless steel bracelet. In conclusion, I won’t think twice to consider the Prospex Monster Double Black Vintage 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY037 as one of the best Seiko watches under $1000. If you want to know more about this wristwatch, check the detail here.

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