Almost as popular as the SKX007, the Seiko SKX009 augments the monotone face of the traditional Seiko diver with a Pepsi-style bezel and a dark blue dial.
The watch used in this review, an SKX009K2, is an international market version (K) presented on a steel Jubilee bracelet (2). For this review, I’ll be expanding on all the features of this prominent Seiko timepiece via the following sections:
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Seiko SKX009K2 Men’s Dive Watch
- Internal Market (Not Made In Japan)
- Case Diameter: 42.5mm
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- Crystal: Seiko Hardlex
- Water Resistance: 200M / 660ft
- Dial: Dark Blue, Lumed (Green LumiBrite)
- Bracelet: Stainless Steel Jubilee
- Movement: Seiko 7S26, Automatic
- 40-Hour Power Reserve
- Day & Date Complication
- Retail Price: Discontinued
Seiko SKX009K2 Case Details
The SKX009K2 possesses a stainless steel case that is 42.5mm wide (9 to 3 o’clock), 13.4mm in thickness, 46mm lug-to-lug, and has a strap size of 22mm (between the lugs).
While these dimensions may make it sound like the case is large in pretty much every dimension, I found the proportions to be ideal and therefore the watch didn’t wear too large on my wrist. This is in spite of the fact that I generally stick to watches no larger than 40mm.
Looking closer at the case, one can notice that two contrasting finishes of the stainless steel have been used. Most notably, the top side of the case has a brushed finish while the case flanks and crown guards have a mirror polish finish.
Pepsi Diver’s Bezel
This being a dive watch, the SKX009K2 has a unidirectional diver’s bezel in steel. The bezel has a textured outer perimeter and also has a metallic, blue-and-red “Pepsi” insert. It’s also worth noting that the diver’s scale on the insert is silver, has full 60-minute dots, and has a luminous pip at the top index.
The SKX009K2’s Dark Blue Dial
Aside from the Pepsi bezel, also differentiating the SKX009K2 from other Seiko SKX dive watches is the dark blue dial. Not unlike the depths of the ocean where this watch is intended to operate, the blue tone of the dial is indeed deep and often difficult to appreciate unless you’re can get close.
The dial has a slanted minute track with white minute calibrations and white hour indices that are painted with luminous material. More specifically, the lume is Seiko LumiBrite that shines a bright green tone in lower-light conditions.
The hands at center axis are large and presented in steel with a polished finish. Like the hour indices, the hands also have a generous amount of lume. Lastly, there is a day-date aperture at 3 o’clock with black text on a white background.
This being the international market version, the languages of the day are English and French. However, depending on where or from who you buy this model, the second language may differ.
Steel Seiko Jubilee Bracelet
This Seiko SKX009K2 is marked by its stainless steel Jubilee-style bracelet with folding clasp that does a great job of keeping the watch securely on the wrist. While the Jubilee bracelet is a band intended for dressier watches, it pairs quite well with this SKX009K2. Moreover, it also makes for very comfortable wearing.
A characteristic of the Seiko Jubilee bracelet as found on this SKX009K2 is the fact that the links are quite loose. I can only describe the bracelet as being “jangly” for the sound it makes. I wouldn’t call this a negative aspect of the Seiko Jubilee bracelet as I’ve come to enjoy this aspect of it, however, it’s worth mentioning.
If you’ve worn a Rolex Jubilee bracelet before, the direct inspiration for the Seiko Jubilee, you will note the significant difference in quality and sturdiness of the bracelet. This should come as no surprise, though, given the massive difference in price.
7S26 Self-Winding Movement
This SKX009K2 is powered by an automatic (self-winding) Seiko 7S26 movement. Initially introduced along with the first SKX watches in the ’90s, the 7S26 has garnered a reputation for being a tough movement. It will handle all the bumps and knocks expected of a well-worn sports watch and continue keeping time relatively accurately.
Additionally, this caliber doesn’t require frequent services and, when the time does come to have it overhauled by a watchmaker, it’s likely to be a cheap procedure.
Overall Review Of The SKX009K2
I’ve spent the past couple of months trying many different variations of Seiko dive watches. Broadly speaking, they all wear quite comfortably and the SKX009K2 is no different, especially when it’s worn with the Seiko Jubilee bracelet.
I mentioned earlier that the proportions of this SKX009K2 are on point and this bears repeating. Also, the full steel bracelet helps to balance out the weight of the watch on the wrist. As far as the looks – I think the Pepsi theme works beautifully on the SKX009K2 and goes right along with the dark blue dial. The colors are bright enough to have personality but not so much that they make it difficult to wear the watch in different settings.
Overall, if you’re searching for a sports watch that is your one-and-done watch, the SKX009K2 is a great candidate. Likewise, if you’re looking to add a versatile diver to an already existing collection, the SKX009K2 is also a commendable option. There is a reason why this Pepsi SKX is so popular and, ultimately, you’re going to have to try it yourself to see what it’s all about.
"There are many reasons why the SKX009K2 Pepsi is so popular and, ultimately, you're going to have to try it yourself to see what it's all about."
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