I followed through and picked up the Nick Mankey Designs leather ruler watch strap (with nickel studs) via a MassDrop for the now strapless SNK809 - the results are in, what do you think? Although the nickel studs on the new strap don’t match the case, I think it still looks nice. Plus I can always look around for a pair of case matching studs at a later date.
The Seiko 5 SNK series automatics are rock solid, keeps excellent time, takes a punch when needed, and stays out of the way by not being too big or bulky as a weekend around the house tool watch. Just like the vintage Seiko 5 Automatic I wore yesterday (cal.6309-510A) the crown does not allow hand winding and the movement is non-hackable....bummer. Overall I love SNK series and Seiko 5 Automatics in general, I may step-up my game by going after a higher end $$$$ Seiko 5 next year….we’ll see.
Movement: Seiko Cal.7S26 21 Jewel Automatic (non-Hacking or Hand Winding)
Complications: Day & Date
Power Reserve: 40hrs
Case: Stainless 37mm Fine Brushed Stainless Steel
Case Back: Skeleton See-thru
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Hardlex
Band: 18mm Canvas