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Seiko 5 SNKF51K

Having purchased a few Japan domestic Seiko’s such as the Alpinist, Samurai’s, and Sumo, I turned my attention to the local market. There are a couple of new Seiko 5’s out in the market that I simply could not ignore. One particular model caught my eye but before I go on and talk about it, I want to highlight that there seems to be a change in the lug width specifications of the Seiko 5’s. I mentioned in an earlier post that the new Seiko 5 Sports now comes with 22mm lug width instead of the usual 20mm. The new Seiko 5 ‘non-sports’ model that I bought comes with 20mm lug width instead of 18mm that is prevalent in the previous models. I am not sure if this will be a permanent change but I see 20mm as today’s standard lug width for any dress watch with 37mm diameter and I am glad the Seiko 5’s are keeping up with the times.
Here’s the new Seiko 5’s that I bought. Model number is SNKF51K. There are also other color variants in this series.
Please click on the thumb to see a larger image

There are a few things I like about this series. Firstly, the do not have integrated bracelet which means I can wear them on any 20mm leather straps that I like. Secondly, each of them comes with a sporty bezel that makes them more interesting than the conventional Seiko 5’s. Last but not least, they are powered by the newer 7S26B movement. And let me repeat again, they come with 20mm lug width.
The SNKF51K that I bought is the type of simple mechanical I like to wear. It is very GS-like. The sword hands and rectangular hour markers makes it look like a poor man’s GS. The black dial and bezel makes it look like the SD GSGMT. A mini version.
Another interesting characteristic of this watch is the textured dial. At a glance, it looks like a carbon fiber dial but I’m sure it isn’t. A carbon fiber dial has a 3D effect that looks like a hologram. This one does not have that effect. It’s just a textured black dial with checker patterns.    
Besides the textured dial, I like the rectangular hour markers. This type of markers seem to be Seiko’s trademark. I see them in the GS line and many vintage Seiko’s. Each of these markers has a corresponding lume dot. They are round shaped and very nicely applied. Together with the framed day/date window, sword hands and red second hand, this is the kind of dial combo I am looking for a Seiko 5. Needless to say, I will be spending a lot of time staring and smiling at it.

Collecting Seiko has just become more interesting.   



15 responses to “Seiko 5 SNKF51K

  1. mm88 23/01/2009 at 9:42 pm

    very nice.. you have tempted me to buy it as well. where did you buy it?

  2. Yeoman 25/01/2009 at 8:50 am

    Hi mm88, I bought it from a shop at People\’s Park.

  3. mm88 30/01/2009 at 1:23 am

    possible to tell me which shop so i can check it out… but then again you posted this quite long time ago..will such models still be available in SG? I see similar one but not with the texture you have shown in the photos.

  4. Yeoman 30/01/2009 at 9:45 am

    I can\’t remember the name of the shop but it is on the 2nd floor, near the escalator leading to the 3rd floor. You can also try Skywatches on the 3rd floor. It is possible that the watch could be out of stock since it was released quite some time ago. If you really can\’t find it, try Citychain. 🙂

  5. mm88 30/01/2009 at 7:44 pm

    hehe i found it.. but not at people\’s park. ;D now must find strap to change – the given one very o-biang. haha got recommendations for me where to find nice strap? 😉

  6. Yeoman 31/01/2009 at 8:33 am

    K2 has a selection of nice and cheap leather straps. For more variety, try to buy online:

  7. mm88 01/02/2009 at 2:49 am

    thanks!! im thinking of getting carbon fiber with red stitching to match with the watch. u see it before in K2?

  8. mm88 01/02/2009 at 2:50 am

    ohh.. i enjoy reading your blog – kena "poison" liao..

  9. Yeoman 01/02/2009 at 8:11 pm

    K2 doesn\’t have carbon fiber straps. However, there is one in the link I posted below (near the end of the ad). You can use a red permanent marker to colour the stitches. White stitches is fine IMO.

  10. mm88 04/02/2009 at 11:16 pm

    thks. I just got 1 problem. something seem to be wrong with my seiko. it is gaining time too quickly. i notice with 1hr after i set the correct time, it gain 2-3mins. after 2-3hrs later, it gain 15mins. did i do something wrongly or there is something wrong with the watch?

  11. Yeoman 05/02/2009 at 9:42 am

    I think something is wrong with your watch. It needs to be regulated. If it comes with a warranty card, bring it to Thong Sia Service Centre. Otherwise, bring it back to the seller.

  12. mm88 06/02/2009 at 8:24 pm

    brought it to service centre and really soemthing part was loose. everything back to normal now..phew….

  13. Yeoman 09/02/2009 at 9:34 am

    Now you can finally enjoy your watch 🙂

  14. Jsaw 22/11/2011 at 6:57 am

    Im a beginner in automatic watches and I was wondering if you could tellme how long seiko 5 automatic watch should work when left unused given that it was fully wound before and when it is actually fully wound?

    • Yeoman 23/11/2011 at 8:45 am

      It should last for about 40 hours. For 7Sxx models, it is hard to tell when it is fully wound. I suppose it should be after you swirl it in the air for 15 minutes.

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