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    The death of the SKX lineup

    I guess the saying "all good things must come to an end" is true. This morning I read a post on the main site about the death of the vaunted Seiko SKX lineup. See the post here if you missed it.

    Gotta say, I was disappointed to read this. I own the SKX009 and love the watch. In fact on several occasions I have had complete strangers compliment me on the watch, right out of the blue. Whenever I need a tried and true watch for travel or weekends or whatever, the SKX009 came to the fore.

    I suppose new 5KX will in time fill the void left of the SKX lineup. However in the interim I may try to hunt down an Orange SKX while the hunting is good.

    #2
    I often go out of my way to compliment guys when I see them wearing the SKX or one of the original Monsters. To this day, I regret not buying an SKX009 when a local jeweler was going out of business, had it listed for $150 but said, "Make me an offer." I suspect I could have had it for $100.

    The new 5K lineup is fine, though it seems like it's the same watch over and over again. I think my problem is that I have Good Ol' Days Syndrome and I'm comparing it to the SKX.

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      #3
      I am going to get a black one. I have had them in the past and always liked it. Seiko likes to discountinue fan favorites while they are still popular. then the second hand market goes nuts.

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        #4
        Meh. Ok, it was a legend. However, the orient divers in the same price category as the SKX was are better watches in every way. Moreover, if you wait for the right sale (often at Macys), you can get an actual seiko prospex diver (sumo, turtle, mini-turtle) for $300 or so. Still further, there are a ton of great microbrand divers.

        The SKX used to be a one of a kind value. Now there are a ton of watches out there offering the same or more. Hell, coming back to Orient, Long Island Watch is currently selling the Orient Mako II Usa for $199, and that's a better watch in every way than the SKX, and even has sapphire. https://www.longislandwatch.com/Orie...p/aa0200ab.htm

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          #5
          Originally posted by Hebrew Barrister View Post
          Meh. Ok, it was a legend. However, the orient divers in the same price category as the SKX was are better watches in every way. Moreover, if you wait for the right sale (often at Macys), you can get an actual seiko prospex diver (sumo, turtle, mini-turtle) for $300 or so. Still further, there are a ton of great microbrand divers.

          The SKX used to be a one of a kind value. Now there are a ton of watches out there offering the same or more. Hell, coming back to Orient, Long Island Watch is currently selling the Orient Mako II Usa for $199, and that's a better watch in every way than the SKX, and even has sapphire. https://www.longislandwatch.com/Orie...p/aa0200ab.htm
          In every way? Subjective. I like the style of the six better and the available fitted straps like crafter blue and strapcode. I do agree that the skx has kind of outpriced itself. It used to be readily available for $200 on sales. Now it's pushing $300 and hardly ever on sale. I blame the strong modding market..that I was a part of lol.


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            #6
            Originally posted by idvsego View Post
            In every way? Subjective. I like the style of the six better and the available fitted straps like crafter blue and strapcode. I do agree that the skx has kind of outpriced itself. It used to be readily available for $200 on sales. Now it's pushing $300 and hardly ever on sale. I blame the strong modding market..that I was a part of lol.


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            The one thing that a Seiko SKX line offers and Orient does not, is a dive watch for smaller wrists. The SKX013 at 38mm sits better on my 6.5 inch wrist compared to the Orient Mako's and Ray's that are around 42mm. Now I do own the Orient Mako and love that watch, but the size of the SKX013 appeals to me more.

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              #7
              Originally posted by TheManJournals View Post
              The one thing that a Seiko SKX line offers and Orient does not, is a dive watch for smaller wrists. The SKX013 at 38mm sits better on my 6.5 inch wrist compared to the Orient Mako's and Ray's that are around 42mm. Now I do own the Orient Mako and love that watch, but the size of the SKX013 appeals to me more.
              true. I have debated that one for a while too. Ultimately, I wont pay $300 for an skx but I will kick myself for not keeping one of the many I have had over the years. At $200ish, it was a great watch. at $300 you are opening up to a lot more competition, especially if you like micros...and I do. I will be trolling the used market though. But if the SARG, Spork, or monster lines are any indicator, the second hand market will start climbing.

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                #8
                Originally posted by TheManJournals View Post
                The one thing that a Seiko SKX line offers and Orient does not, is a dive watch for smaller wrists. The SKX013 at 38mm sits better on my 6.5 inch wrist compared to the Orient Mako's and Ray's that are around 42mm. Now I do own the Orient Mako and love that watch, but the size of the SKX013 appeals to me more.
                Even the SKX007/009 works remarkably well for smaller wrists. The lug to lug is only 45 mm where most larger divers are +47 mm. My wrists are also 6.5 inches and I exchanged a 013 for a 007. Beside being too big, the Orient divers just don't do it for me. Neither does the Seiko mini turtle which I guess is supposed to be the real replacement for the SKX line. I'd love a Seiko Prospex but they're huge. So the SKX is still appealing to me even with the antiquated movement. Now that the line is officially dead I've been thinking about picking up a 009 because I love the looks of the SKX and the Pepsi dial works so well on it.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Geo View Post
                  Even the SKX007/009 works remarkably well for smaller wrists. The lug to lug is only 45 mm where most larger divers are +47 mm. My wrists are also 6.5 inches and I exchanged a 013 for a 007. Beside being too big, the Orient divers just don't do it for me. Neither does the Seiko mini turtle which I guess is supposed to be the real replacement for the SKX line. I'd love a Seiko Prospex but they're huge. So the SKX is still appealing to me even with the antiquated movement. Now that the line is officially dead I've been thinking about picking up a 009 because I love the looks of the SKX and the Pepsi dial works so well on it.
                  Thanks to this thread, I ordered an 009 on rubber yesterday and got the OEM bracelet as well since I tend to switch straps around fairly regularly. While it's no "make me an offer" from that old jeweler several years ago, at $220 with a coupon, I'm happy with my purchase. Plus, now I have a Pepsi diver for my twiggy wrists. Can't wait for Fed Ex to show up!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by idvsego View Post
                    true. I have debated that one for a while too. Ultimately, I wont pay $300 for an skx but I will kick myself for not keeping one of the many I have had over the years. At $200ish, it was a great watch. at $300 you are opening up to a lot more competition, especially if you like micros...and I do. I will be trolling the used market though. But if the SARG, Spork, or monster lines are any indicator, the second hand market will start climbing.
                    Agree about the price of SKX. I am seeing prices of around 400 CAD at places and that's outside my desired range.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by MediumTex View Post
                      Thanks to this thread, I ordered an 009 on rubber yesterday and got the OEM bracelet as well since I tend to switch straps around fairly regularly. While it's no "make me an offer" from that old jeweler several years ago, at $220 with a coupon, I'm happy with my purchase. Plus, now I have a Pepsi diver for my twiggy wrists. Can't wait for Fed Ex to show up!
                      That's the SKX that I have. The Pepsi. Awesome watch. I have sold two of my friends on the watch too after they saw me wearing mine. Each of them went out and sourced and SKX for themselves.

                      Originally posted by TheManJournals View Post
                      Agree about the price of SKX. I am seeing prices of around 400 CAD at places and that's outside my desired range.
                      Yup. That's what I am seeing too. I want to pick up another SKX but with prices hovering around $400 CAD that's not what I am willing to spend. I certainly did not spend that on my original SKX back in the day. There is always the used market I suppose. Still. Would be nice to have an orange monster in my collection. Why, I am not really sure to be honest.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                        That's the SKX that I have. The Pepsi. Awesome watch. I have sold two of my friends on the watch too after they saw me wearing mine. Each of them went out and sourced and SKX for themselves.



                        Yup. That's what I am seeing too. I want to pick up another SKX but with prices hovering around $400 CAD that's not what I am willing to spend. I certainly did not spend that on my original SKX back in the day. There is always the used market I suppose. Still. Would be nice to have an orange monster in my collection. Why, I am not really sure to be honest.
                        I am seeing the 009 on amazon for $220. Not sure if this will apply to the Canadian market:

                        https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-Divers-...3827183&sr=8-6

                        I owned the Orange Monster and ended up selling it. The aesthetics were a little to “in your face” with the pointed hour markers in my opinion. It’s a fine watch, just didn’t gel with me.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Loafer28 View Post
                          I am seeing the 009 on amazon for $220. Not sure if this will apply to the Canadian market:

                          https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-Divers-...3827183&sr=8-6

                          I owned the Orange Monster and ended up selling it. The aesthetics were a little to “in your face” with the pointed hour markers in my opinion. It’s a fine watch, just didn’t gel with me.
                          and the black is $265. super annoying. I think I actually have a spare black bezel and dial to convert it but I kind of wanted an unmolested one.

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                            #14
                            I got mine at Long Island Watch with a discount code, which brought it down to $220. Also at Jomashop for about $239. All USD.

                            The J version is something like $279 at the same places.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by idvsego View Post
                              I am going to get a black one. I have had them in the past and always liked it. Seiko likes to discountinue fan favorites while they are still popular. then the second hand market goes nuts.
                              I think this is good and maybe necessary business for a watch company. They don't want to reinforce the idea that the watches are always going to be available. They don't directly benefit from the 2nd hand market, but if there is a belief the watches will appreciate, then that increases sales of newer watches, especially if they are cult. Plus they can always bring them back.

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