As much as we love luxury watches with bespoke movements and astronomical price tags we also have a definitive soft spot for entry level timepieces that are both thrifty and fun to wear. This is the Seiko SNZF45 and it is generally called the “baby monster” as it was styled after the extremely popular Seiko SKX781 and 779 divers that have been carrying the “Monster” nickname for years. The Seiko Black and Orange Monster models are considered to be some of the best entry level divers available on the market and are generally a gateway drug for new collectors.
This Seiko 5 Sports model was given its infant nickname because it is not a true dive watch, boasting just 100m of water resistance and a crown which does not screw down. What this white-dialed Seiko lacks in marine-readiness it makes up for in price as this Japanese automatic can be had for less than $150 brand new and still features a stainless steel bracelet, Seiko’s 7S36B automatic movement, and about as much lume as Seiko can cram into a single watch. Very few brands with Seiko’s history and experience are making automatic watches at this price point. You can expect our review in the coming weeks and until then we will be giving this bargain Seiko a closer look to see if this deal is simply too good to be true.