There’s something undoubtedly (and truly) fascinating about the Seiko Automatic Diver SKX007K1 that cannot be explained by mere words (for example, a work of art or an equally vague expression); perhaps the wedlock between economy and performance comes closest but even not that much. But duende is never meant to be explained fully; its truest appreciation is when you wonder at its how-s and only make guesses on its why-s.
Powered by Seiko’s entry-level 7S26B automatic movement (the one that replaced the 7002) the Seiko Automatic Diver SKX007K1 incorporates both day and date and a bi-directional, automatic winding that’s particularly helpful to rowers and kayakers; basically anyone who can’t deny a call to the open waters. And that’s just one reason why the Seiko Black Monster got hugely popular all over the world.
The Seiko Automatic Diver SKX007K1 features all the Monster trademarks, which is to say, highly luminous hands and indices (courtesy: Lumibrite treatment), screw-down offset crown (rather large) and a scratch-resistant glass (Hardlex crystal). The screw-down case back bears all the necessary etchings to mark it a Seiko. All that makes for some intricately detailed designs that put up some serious gallantry. Under the glass, it is the smooth sweeping seconds-hand that adds extra grace to the solid yet sharp, chunky appearance. The large, deep-set dial makes reading breeze and the luminosity exhibits a fantastic contrast, especially underwater. In simple words, the Seiko Automatic Diver SKX007K1 appears just amazing in the dark!