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Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53

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Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53 Specifications

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Seiko
Model number SNZH53
Part Number SNZH53
Model Year 2017
Item Shape Round
Dial window material type Mineral
Display Type Analog
Clasp Fold-Over Push-Button Clasp with Safety
Case material Stainless steel
Case diameter 42 millimeters
Case Thickness 14 millimeters
Band Material Stainless Steel
Band length Men’s Standard
Band width 22 millimeters
Band Color Silver
Dial color Blue
Bezel material Stainless steel
Bezel function Unidirectional
Calendar Day and date
Special features Luminous, measures-seconds
Item weight 5.82 Ounces
Movement Japanese Automatic
Water resistant depth 330 Feet

Seiko is king in the world affordable mechanical watches and if you talk to several members of the watch hobbyist community, it is a safe bet to assume that their collection started with a Seiko. There are a number of models that have been recommended, many of which are some iteration of Seiko 5 or the Classic SKX007. Today, it is all about Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53, a watch that is just a tad bit underrated and something many collectors can turn to if they are put off by the strictly utilitarian nature of several other entry-level Seikos.

It is hard to miss but the Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53 is heavily influenced by the design of Blancpain’s breakthrough Fifty-Fathoms, leading many to refer to this as some kind of homage.

The Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53 case

In typical Seiko Fashion, the proportions on the Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53 are spot on. If you are messed with a few divers from the brand, you will probably find this to be one of the more compact designs available. It has a pretty universal fit thanks to its 42mm wide case that is also 45 mm lug to lug/ There is also a bit more refinement if you compare this to something like 007, with plenty of polished surfaces along the sides, brushing on top of the lugs, and curvy lug design that makes the entire package little more fun. Thickness is 14mm and the bubbly Hardlex crystal makes for some romantic, vintage vibes.

The Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53 bezel

The bezel action 120 click is also very smooth with plenty of play. I think it should be noted that this is really more a dive-style watch, not a full-on diver. So really, the bezel play didn’t bug me all that much and it was perfectly fine with basic timing in the kitchen. A small, push-pull crown is all you get and besides the small variety of finished surfaces mentioned previously, it’s pretty straightforward. The lug width is 22mm and water resistance is apparently 100m, but I wouldn’t count on that feature for anything other than hand washing.

The Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53 dial

The dial is just as attractive as the bezel, with a glossy, almost sunburst-like finish that really works with the faceted baton hour markers. You also get a nice, pronounced trail of minute hash marks, an even distribution of text, and a framed day/date window that really doesn’t feel obtrusive.

The Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53 bracelet

The Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53 bracelet is really something, it is perfectly appropriate for the price, but is just so chunky. It does not taper much is a bit rattly and honestly just does not elevate the way un anyways. Thankfully, this is a Seiko and the 22mm lug width means you are going to have plenty of strap options. Personally, I think these look best with sailcloth strap, which really completes the whole Fifty Fathoms look if that is what you are going for.

The movement on Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53

Inside the Seiko Fifty Fathoms, SNZH53 is the brand’s 7S36B automatic movement, it is a 23 jewel movement that operates just like 7S26 while offering reliable and relatively accurate timekeeping. Understandably, folks often have difficulty with bad batches and receive units that are almost comically inaccurate and very hard to repair/adjust. But, there were no issues with this specific example and unlike the SKX, the SNZH53 offers a cool display case back that lets you check out the movement itself.

 

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Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53
Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53
Seiko Fifty Fathoms SNZH53 a true diving watch way back in 1953, now it is renowned and with better design, and more comfortable to wear.
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PROS
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel to calculate diving time
  • Bold large markers for easy of reading time
  • Lume on the markers for underwater and low light condition usage
  • Solid case back
  • Water resistant up to 91 meters
  • Automatic movements
  • Anti-magnetic frame
CONS
  • Weak lume
  • No solid end links on bracelet
  • Non-hacking and cannot manually wind
  • Stainless steel bracelet on Seiko's lower end watches are really disappointing