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Seiko 5 Sport SNZG Watch

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Do all of these models have lume on the numbers? Or is it only the metal bracelet offering?
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Mac11
The SNZG series only comes with lumed hands and hour markers, but not lumed numerals. These watches are tough as nails though
*I stand corrected, as the SNZG17 does indeed have lumed Arabic numerals (not into all black pieces personally, but this watch still punches way above its price)
StainlessOnly
I just learned the PVD "black" version comes with lumed numerals. Someone reviewed it on this drop thread. Check it out, looks nice. Amazon has it currently at $151. No doubt this watch is tough as nails, a good every day driver.
No manual wind, no hacking seconds, no buy..
They are all “K” versions. Made in Korea. Not Japan.
I got a SNZ ”J” version and I like it a lot. Its about 2 minutes off after a month when taken of when sleeping. It’s build like tank. Bumped it sometimes against the “glas”. No scratches at all.
Bassie
K does not mean Korea, it just means not Japan. They are otherwise identical.
Bassie
As boozed responded, the "K" and "J" are identical except for certain branding elements, like printing "Made in Japan" on it and having a different day disc. Seiko has been notoriously cagey about answering questions related to this, but the general consensus on the watch-enthusiast forums is that they are all made in the same factories (they make a lot of their watches in Malaysia or Singapore so the "K" likely doesn't mean Korea), and the different letters designate that they are for different markets. The "J" models are for the Middle Eastern market, hence most have a day disc in English and Arabic, and Seiko puts the company's country of origin instead of the product's origin. If it's important to you to have "Made in Japan" on the dial and it's worth paying the premium for it, then you should purchase the watch that makes you happy. Otherwise, they are essentially the same. Cheers!
Got my watch today, love it, thanks Massdrop! To my surprise it's more of a gun metal, dark grey colour than black, but I actually really like it.
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Other watch is to provide a black comparison. Really hard to photograph the colour.
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Yeah, that's right, mine is the SNZG17J, which I got from the previous drop, looks like it's not available this time unfortunately, I think the dark grey and lumed numbers are killer.
As MathistonDuck mentioned, unfortunately the lumed numbers are only on the SNZG17 model.
Mine arrived the other day and it looks great. But I was surprised that it had no warranty. This is the last watch I buy from Massdrop without checking for a warrant. We live and learn I gues.
If this is anything like the SNK, steer clear. I bought two SNKs from MD for my kids, wanting them to have analogue watches. Both would not keep time, and broke within months.
I have multiple Seiko watches myself, so I’m not biased against their watches - just the terrible ones that look like this.
Cods
I have two SNZG watches both "J" versions and both run reliably, no issues.
I also have an SNK watch which is my first automatic and only issue I have had with it is poor power reserve, a few times it fails to wind up enough while wearing to keep it running through the night.
dnoblett
Good to know the SnZG is a good one! :)
Hey folks, Mistakenly made a purchase on the black version of this watch. My intention was to see which blue version was offered. Massdrop, I've noticed does a poor job on clarifying what your buying. On this particular watch the description show a made in Japan model, but at check out there's no mention of the J in the model number. Some what deceiving. Well, in attempts to back out of the page I must have hit the purchase button. Is there any way to cancel this order? I tried going through transactions and was prompted to contact customers service. Which I also did. It's been 13 hours and no response. What can I do?
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It appears that the watches are K versions unless specified as a J version. The images of all the models offered previously do differentiate between the "regular K" and J versions (e.g. SNZG09 and SNZG09J1). Since they do indicate the black watch as a J version, it's safe to assume the SNZG09 and SNZG11 offered this time around are K versions and not J versions.
I agree that it would be nice if they included the K and J to make the difference explicit, but I don't think it's difficult to figure out as is.
eksuen
If the model numbers do not include "J1", they are the "K" version. I've gone and modified the options to reflect this.
Is the blue version made in Japan? The picture show both, one with Japan written at the 7 o clock and the other with out. The description is some what vague. Please help. Thank you.
Mac11
Yep, kind of vague on the blue and green watch SNZG09, SNZG11, Last time this one dropped I bought the SNZG09J1 which the indicated as a "J" and paid a +20 premium for it.
May I know the warranty with seiko or seller ? It never mentioned here? Any warranty card included?
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The likely reason for no warranty is that Massdrop probably isn't getting watches directly from Seiko or an authorized dealer/distributor. That's why they, and grey market vendors, are able to sell them for considerably less than an AD does. If your watch comes DOA or develops issues within the first 30 days, Massdrop does have a return policy that covers it; past that, you're S.O.L. Go to this link and scroll down to "Return Policy" for full details. > https://www.massdrop.com/terms Seiko watches are generally pretty robust but with so many being made, lemons do slip through.
JTrubs
Hey JTrubs
yep, I think you're right.. and as noted: MOST Likely a Seiko would be OK.. but: I'd not want to be the guy with a lemon.. with no recourse
I've found lately that Amazon or similar.. has the watches for literally a few dollars more.. and a 2 year warranty.. ...... the Warranty is worth spending a few dollars more.. , to me
How much does transport cost?
This is an awesome watch at an awesome price! I should get another one and make another one of these. Crystal and dial replacement and a quick polish of the case gets you this look. Take the movement from an Invicta and you have a watch that hacks, manual winds, and looks like a million bucks.
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OCDetails
So you're saying it's a great watch if you replace the dial, crystal, movement, and the strap..?
Chinspike
That's exactly what I was thinking...."just replace everything and it's awesome!"
Does the SNZG09J1 have the day shown in green, like in the massdrop picture, if you google it, a lot of the days are displayed in black?
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The day you see is actually light blue. Monday - Friday are black, Saturday is light blue, and Sunday is red. The SNZG09J1 is the Japan domestic market version and has days in English and Arabic. The dial is green. The chapter ring is a darker forest green and the center of the dial is more of an olive/army green
eksuen
Thanks for your help
mine came in the right box with instructions. but the date being in Arabic is pathetic considering it was not shown or stated in the pictures or description. that fact alone is extremely poor form from massdrop or the distributor. also its worth nothing that the instructions state that adjusting the date between 9PM and 4Am can permanently damage the movement. not knowing this could be a disaster for those who didn't know because they didn't get the instructions..
grax
Congrats! You got a Japanese made watch/made for the Japanese market.
Day shows in Arabic + English. Not good looking. Is this fake deal?? Nothing was mentioned also package wasnt original package. It doesn’t seems this is real one.
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Yeah Exactly!!!! I think this product is not a english version.
ice0306
Okay so I did some research and yes SNZG09J1 version is for middle east version. SNZG09JC version is for Chinese. SNZG09K1 version is for Spanish.
So the one which I purchased is middle east version. So it's not fake. Next time I should do some research before purchasing it.
but still watch box is different. Hope seller put wrong picture on the page.
Much better price and selection on ebay. This is not a good deal.
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I'm in agreement with cornerstonetom on this, ie: that some drops are done with vendors/distributors (quite a few, from what I've noticed) and not with the manufacturer. An immediate case in point is this Seiko drop we're discussing here. If the watches for this very drop were being supplied by the manufacturer (Seiko), then why isn't there a manufacturer's warranty included? Other than Massdrop's 30-day return policy there is actually no warranty of any kind with this drop. Go to this page and scroll down to "Return Policy" for MD's info on warranties. > https://www.massdrop.com/terms
Hey, thanks for the info. Unfortunately, I could not find Seiko sport 5 SNZG11J1 for a $100 on Ebay. Send a link if you come across one.
I'm wearing it today (non J version). The original strap is good too, I swapped it with my SRP turtle.
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Nice price on a goodcwatch. I bought one for my godson for xmas at $129 and I was impressed with the look and feel in person. No black though...
Is this a good deal or not? I’m so torn haha.
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Thanks for clarifying. I've seen wildly varying info, from 40 to 41.5 to 42.
Vintage1982Benz
Add some info for the appearance SNZG17K1, the bezel & bracelet have black grey (gunmetal?) finish. The body of the case has top brushed black, side looks polished black. The numeric hour for this version has lume.
WUT NOOOOOOOOoooooo BLACK??!?
I bought this as a wear-at-work watch. I like the size and looks. It’s comfortable enough. The crown will rub on the back of my hand, leaving a dark metal transfer smudge. Even though this is a cheap watch, I wouldn’t expect for the wrist band to be this weak. Several times I’ve broken off the clasp when driving or taking the watch off. Yesterday I was sweeping the shop and at some point the clasp popped off and I didn’t notice until I was done, there’s no way I’m finding that clasp. I’m going to order a NATO clasp and hope it isn’t so weak.
As a general rule it's always better to buy a watch "on the metal" vs. a strap because it seems to be more difficult (and expensive) to get a stock bracelet later than the leather/fabric strap. I realize only the black version is sold on the bracelet so for those who bought a different color and want the Seiko bracelet : https://www.totalwatchrepair.com/products/seiko-brushed-push-button-fold-over-clasp-22mm-solid-watch-bracelet-2?variant=18092561795 Cost is $32 USD P/N 300Z1JM, the strap which most people change out because it frays and can be difficult to use is P/N 4A211JL and goes for $22 on the same site. If the stock bracelet is too pricey any generic 22mm band will work but you won't get the fitted end links. Hope this helps!!
Seems like finding the steel bracelet on the aftermarket is not nearly as easy as I thought.
Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm curious about the end links looking right on the watch, do other Seiko 22mm bracelets do the trick?
What about something from Uncle Seiko?
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I went with metal band and splurge on the Made in Japan moder !
PR1962
Nice man... Nice! Make sure you shoe off some pics when you get it in the Wrist Check section
I have the SNZG15J1, I upgraded the band for a NATO style strap and also replaced the hardlex crystal with a Sapphire Double Dome crystal, which is not a hard modification with the right tools.
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At this price this is a very affordable and easily modifiable automatic watch, the 7S36 movement in these watches is a workhouse and very reliable, yes sometimes subject to rotor noise, but barely noticeable.
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A good 22mm NATO strap costs around $15 https://wristcandywatchclub.com/collections/n-a-t-o/products/black-n-a-t-o-1?variant=43804006989 The sapphire crystal cost around $40 https://crystaltimes.net/shop/all/seiko-5-sport/ct078/ I have seen 35mm saphire cristals elsewhere for $25 - $35 Then there are tools such as case back opener, crystal press, and other tools to work on watches. How to: https://youtu.be/T0Zqit4r0wM shown by Marc at Long Island Watch. One thing I have noticed regarding sapphire it is very smudge resistant.
dnoblett
Here's my SNZG09J1 with a green AR coated sapphire double dome installed.
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Is there anykind of warranty with this watch? What happens if there is a defect upon receiving?
Emanon999
Nope, no warranty. With Massdrop, there isn't a manufacturer's warranty unless it's specifically stated in the drop info. Otherwise an item is only covered by MD's 30-day return policy. Go to the "terms" page and scroll down to "Return Policy" for details. > https://www.massdrop.com/terms
JTrubs
Ok, understand now. At least you can return it if something isn’t right when the package arrives. If everything’s good on arrival I doubt there will be a problem with the watch down the road.
I'm not sure I'm seeing or understanding the difference between the SNZG13 and the SNZG13J1. Can anyone clarify that for me? Thanks!
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CB12
SNZG13 is a K model marked made in Malaysia and the SNZ13J1 is the Made in Japan model.
The J face, movement and case all have made in Japan marks on them the K does not.
CB12
Thanks for all the replies!
the SNZG13 (stainless bracelet and polished case) can be had on jomashop for $105 shipped with promo code XCLSV5. i think that the brushed case on these leaves makes the watch much uglier than it should be.
The SNZG15 is a very nice watch in terms of design, price and overall build quality. But there is one thing that gave me almost headache: the rattling noise of the rotor. Even the slightest move of my wrist made it sound like some of those rattling toys for babys...Maybe i just received a broken one, but i doubt that since it actually worked and accuracy of time was around +/- 5 sec a day. If u can live with that noise go for that watch. Apart from that 'feature' the watch is a really cool bargain.
1809
i have to put my snzg next to my ear and shake it violently to hear the rotor.
1809
They are not the most quiet for sure, but mine has never been intrusive either, but I will admit I am not attuned to paying attentions either, as all my autos have some audible noise.
Your putting up some nice watches, but your gona have to get it up to the 47 to 50 mm size before I'm gona pull the trigger
Rhodes6858
You must just like wrist clocks! That is just too big to look good on anyone, unless you have 10 inch or bigger wrists.
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KrazeeLemur
That looks awesome on the black bracelet
KrazeeLemur
There's my next watch. :D
I bought my first Seiko in 1975 for around $250, it was a typical clunky looking quartz. I still have that watch but removed the battery decades ago. I bought the SNZG11 (blue dial) about 16 months ago from an online discounter. Any price below $100 is excellent. I keep the Seiko on a Versa 2-watch winder along with my Omega Speedmaster Chronometer. It's interesting to see how close they keep time. After a few months the Seiko was 5 minutes fast, the Omega was less than 1 minute fast, ~30 seconds fast if I recall. The Versa winder is set to its maximum rotations/day so both watches stay fully wound. I'm not going to compare the watches as the Seiko has an MSRP of $250 and the Omega $8900. I did buy the Omega at a good discount through a retailer, not a grey-market online discounter. The Omega will go up in value and is an heirloom that my son will inherit someday. The Seiko is a decent everyday mechanical watch that is essentially disposable. If I lose it, damage it, break it, who cares. The the Omega is insured. That is the difference, low cost value Vs long term value. Two different watches for very different purposes and occasions. For seriously abusive activities and/or environments I wear a Casio Pro-Trek PRW3500 that I bought at Costco. Back to the Seiko: There are no negatives with the SNGZ itself. My only issue was with the strap. I have 8" wrists and I had to use the last hole in the Seiko strap to wear it. For me it was still a bit too tight. A quick swap on a NATO strap fixed that problem.
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A photo of the great lume that Seiko's have.
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Enjoy your Seikos. Great watch and a great value.
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Those are fantastic watches! What is the the blue one with the stainless bezel (second watch from the left on top)??? That is beautiful!
thennessey
That particular Seiko is a Seiko 5 SNZ389J1 with a 23 jewel 7S36A movement. I bought it around 15 years ago for something around $150. Here's a better photo of the watch. It keeps time like a typical Seiko with that movement.
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