I'd probably go with the victorinox because I like the looks better. What is the price on the Seiko? One of these days I will probably add a victorinox to my collection.
Both are between $220 and $290, depending on where you look.
Here are the specs:
Watch InformationBrand Name: SeikoWatch Information
Model number: SKA369P2
Dial window material type: hardlex
Case diameter: 43 millimeters
Case Thickness: 14 millimeters
Band material: Stainless Steel BraceletBrand Name: Victorinox Swiss Army
Model number: 24136
Dial window material type: antireflective-sapphire
Case material: stainless-steel
Case diameter: 43 millimeters
Case Thickness: 10 millimeters
Band material: stainless-steel
The Swiss Army looks to have tritium tubes on the hands so they will glow all nite regardless of how much 'charge' they have had. Might be something to consider if you're using the watch at nite a fair bit. Otherwise, the Seiko lume is pretty much the best out there and will glow for most of the night with a decent charge. The Swiss Army also has a 24hr hand if you need to keep track of another timezone, assuming it's adjustable independent of the main hands.
The Seiko has a bit more tech in it with the Kinetic (wrist movement spins a weighted rotor to charge a battery/capacitor) than the Swiss Army, which is just a plain quartz battery movement. The Seiko won't ever 'die' on you due to a battery going flat.
For me, it'd be a tough call between the two. I think I'd settle on the Seiko; the blue on the dial is pretty nice IMO.
I'd go with the Swiss Army based solely on looks. The black face is simple, with the 24-hr indicators easily seen but not cluttered. The Seiko, on the other hand, looks kinda tacky and the hour indicators remind me of Pac-Man. The stubby hands of the Seiko also turn me off.
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I'd definitely go with the Seiko. It's much more solid than the Swiss Army. Swiss Army has the sapphire crystal and tritium tube lume, which is sweet but the bracelet on that thing is really flimsy feeling. Just didn't feel like a quality piece when I held it.
Yup, Seiko diver with a kinetic movement. I've been looking at various different Swiss made divers out there since I originally posted this thread a year ago. Mainly Christopher Ward C60 and Steinhart Ocean 1, both sporting sapphire crystals and ETA-2824 movements:
However, both of these options were almost twice the price of the Seiko. Seiko uses their Hardlex material for the crystal and based on my other Seiko with the same type of crystal, it is virtually scratch proof, and I am a klutz.
Also, both the C60 and the Ocean 1 options are an obvious homage to Rolex in terms of their appearance, more so with the Steinhart. It’s not a bad thing, because both of the watches have very attractive designs. But I think I would rather by a real Submariner when I can afford it. For right now, I prefer the Seiko since it tends to have more of its own personality.