I have not been a big advocate of Quartz/Solar/Kinetic watches being that I am a big fan of Automatic/Mechanical watches… but was very impressed having worn one recently. This Seiko Solar Diver Chronograph SSC031 was surprisingly comfortable for having a 44mm stainless steel case given my six inch wrist. It felt smooth and conformed to my wrist rather well.
This Diver is a good looking watch… attention to detail on the dial is not overpowering given the chronograph, date complications and large Lume markers. It’s a certified diver with screw down crown and screw down chrono pushers. Very solid watch indeed. The SSC031 comes in a metal or rubber black strap from the factory but looks really sharp with a NATO style strap (not included) with coordinating colors. The rubber strap was removed on this piece and a coordinated strap added… Straps run from $12.99 to $39.99 on Amazon or Overstock or any online outlet.
The crown has a colored gasket between crown and case and coordinates with the chronograph second hand which comes in three color schemes; blue, red or yellow. The bezel on this diver has the red with blue non ceramic. The blue colored dial is a very deep rich blue as seen in many high in watches. The movement is Solar powered and receives its energy from any light source whether indoors or outdoors which is pretty amazing technology from Seiko. At a full charge the stored energy can last up to six months. This SSC031 retails at around 375. USD or around $225. USD online. This is a monster of a watch, great work horse and even better diver. Whether using this SSC031 as a diver, casual wear or even in a dresser setting this watch just looks good.
Below you will see I opted out of the rubber strap and tried a stainless steel mesh and it looks great as well…
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