Seiko Velatura Diver Watch: Innovative Kinetic Direct Drive Movement Gets More Manly Exterior

aBlogtoWatch

Seiko Velatura Diver Watch: Innovative Kinetic Direct Drive Movement Gets More Manly Exterior   watch releases

New for Basel 2008 Seiko has released a bevy of new watches. Even in the shadow of some of the new Seiko Spring Drive watches, the often overlooked Velatura line has a wonderful new diver watch. The Velatura line was introduced last year, the highlight being the Kinetic Direct Drive movement discussed by aBlogtoRead.com here. The movement is really fun to operate, and comfortable to live with. Offering much more than the standard Kinetic movement, but not quite as much as Spring Drive. Regardless, the Velatura line that features the Kinetic Direct Drive movement, was interesting, but not exactly a stunner.

In response to the confused looking (but nice) watch, Seiko has added a few models to the Velatura line, but did something interesting. Not all of them have a Kinetic Direct Drive movement. In back the diver watch shown here has a traditional automatic made by Seiko. The movement (Seiko 8R28 automatic) in the new Seiko SRQ001J, could most easily be compared to an ETA Valjoux 7750, in terms of functions. Oddly enough, this new automatic is only rated at 100m water resistance, while the two quartz models are rated at 200m resistance. Don't asky why, but 100m resistance is not considered a true divers watch, which 200m will cut it, and 300m is the standard. Take my word for it. The cost of the Velatura diver automatic will retail for about 2,500 Euros. This is serious watch territory, but other Velatura watches are still in the sub $1,000 dollar range.

Seiko Velatura Diver Watch: Innovative Kinetic Direct Drive Movement Gets More Manly Exterior   watch releases

Looking at the Velatura Diver you see familiar features, such as the 12 hour chronograph and rotating bezel. Seiko has added some friendly legibility accents such as the different colors on the dial. The case is a combination of steel, carbon fiber, and urethane. The sum of the parts is a handsome looking, if not avant garde dive watch that appears instantly capable.

The first set of pictures represents the Velatura Diver watches with the new Seiko automatic chronograph movement, while the next two images represent a different version of the watch with a standard Seiko quartz chronograph movement (7T92) and a different feature set (dual time chronograph). The quartz models are about $500 street price.

I like these models a lot. I've always been a fan of Seiko, but for me, their looks have always "just missed the mark." However, they are slowly featuring better and better watches that take steps which are more bold that most Swiss companies. The Velatura Diver line looks pretty darn good and masculine. Perhaps not a boardroom timepiece, they are acceptable just about anywhere else, and will put up with a good beating for a long time to come.

See Seiko Velatura watches on eBay here.

See Seiko Velatura watches on Amazon here.

Seiko Velatura Diver Watch: Innovative Kinetic Direct Drive Movement Gets More Manly Exterior   watch releases



Seiko Velatura Diver Watch: Innovative Kinetic Direct Drive Movement Gets More Manly Exterior   watch releases
Seiko Gents Premier Kinetic Direct Drive Moon Phase SRX007P1 Watch RRP 675
$1,080.75
Time Remaining: 2h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $1,080.75
Buy It Now
Seiko Velatura Diver Watch: Innovative Kinetic Direct Drive Movement Gets More Manly Exterior   watch releases
Seiko Gents Premier Kinetic Direct Drive Moon Phase SRX008P1 Watch RRP 716
$1,147.13
Time Remaining: 6h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $1,147.13
Buy It Now
Seiko Velatura Diver Watch: Innovative Kinetic Direct Drive Movement Gets More Manly Exterior   watch releases
New Seiko Mens Luxury Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive Moon Phase WR100M SRX009P1
$450.00 (33 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6h 51m

Bid now

Seiko Velatura Diver Watch: Innovative Kinetic Direct Drive Movement Gets More Manly Exterior   watch releases
New Seiko Mens Sport Elite Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive Power Reserve SRH006P1
$273.00 (41 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6h 56m

Bid now

Seiko Velatura Diver Watch: Innovative Kinetic Direct Drive Movement Gets More Manly Exterior   watch releases
NEW Seiko Mens Sport Kinetic Direct Drive VelaturaTiCN Blue Date Watch SRH017P2
$250.01 (22 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 21m

Bid now

Seiko Velatura Diver Watch: Innovative Kinetic Direct Drive Movement Gets More Manly Exterior   watch releases
NEW Seiko Mens Sport Kinetic Direct Drive Velatura TiCN Blue Date Watch SRH017
$271.02 (28 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 21m

Bid now




View eBay Listing Page:   
« Previous12345...1617
6 comments
Delfin T. Garcia
Delfin T. Garcia

The kinetic innovation is awesome I got educated by former name "automatic generating system" AGS. I saw in a big scale how kinetic works, Awesome! because you enjoy a perpetual movement without battery at the same time you solve the problem of innacuracy that even chronometer watches can;t deliver (SORRY thats how I observe the most sophisticated mechanical"chronometer" wrist watch). But I admire the preservation and continuous improvement of old technology mechanical movements, still amazing. But the "kinetic" is a quantum leap. Japanese are Genius!

admin
admin

Steve,
I am delighted and honored by your readership! Thank you for sharing your good experience with your Seiko. They have an excellent reputation. Take care and I hope to hear from you soon; watch person to watch person.

Steve
Steve

Hello again,

I love my new Seiko quartz movement, its stylish and I have had many comments on it not to mention it is holding perfect time. I live in Australia and they retail $1300, this is not bad for a watch with its specifications and style.

Being a watch person myself I enjoy reading your reviews and think it is great that a website offers such a service. Keep up the good work.

Steve :-)

admin
admin

Hi Steve,
Well you are right as to one part, I did make an error as to the alarm. The reason was that the Seiko calibre 7T62 (alarm chronograph) and Seiko calibre 7T92 (dual time chronograph) look almost identical from a layout perspective. The only difference really are the numerals on the lower subdial and the small "alarm" written there. I made an error in not looking a bit more closely as these can be somewhat esoteric differences. I appreciate your correction.
As for the water resistance, I don't think I initially mentioned it, but I added some language in there about it. You are correct, and it is odd that the Seiko "Diver" Automatic is not even rated with enough water resistance to be a true diver. Oh well, it still looks nice. Are you happy with your purchase overall? Thanks again and keep reading.

steve
steve

Hello,

I was just reading your review on the new Velatura range and i was a little confused.

I have just purchased the new Seiko Velatura divers watch, model No:SNDA59P, it is the one in the photos with the large numbers on the bezel.

After reading your review you stated the new velatura automatic with the different colours on the dial was a divers watch, this is the watch that has a price range of about 2500euros. After looking on the seiko website it was noted that the automatic model only has a water resistance of 100m = 10bar, which means it is not recommended for scuba diving. It is only the quartz movement velaturas that have 200m rating there for are true divers watches.

Another error i picked up on is that the last two quartz movement models do not have an alarm,(as stated in the 4th paragraph) they do have chronograph but i have played around with mine and read the instruction booklet front to back and am 100% sure there is no alarm available on these models.

regards,

steve :-)

admin
admin

I agree that while the concept is simple, all the minor details that go into making the kinetic system work, as well as the improvements there-on are so impressive. My holygrail for this type of technology is the Seiko Spring Drive. Eventually I will have one! Thanks for commenting.