I was ecstatic to try out the Seiko Excelsior Gunmetal SSC139 Solar Watch . Seiko always delivers in regards to reliability and smart features. They don’t make promises which they can’t keep, and I respect that. Even though the Seiko Excelsior Gunmetal SSC139 Solar Watch can’t be regarded as one of the best smartwatches on the market, because it isn’t a smartwatch per se, it is much more than just a simple timepiece. With a mid-range price, solid body, and a few handy features, the Seiko Excelsior reminds us how invaluable mid-range watches can be!
A Couple of Reasons Why
Nowadays, the market is packed with cheap wearables. Putting aside just $20 is enough to score you a pretty looking timepiece, whether you’re into pocket watches, smartwatches, or traditional pieces. However, I hate the fact that we are undermining true craftsmanship by settling for these cheap items. By saving a bit more money you’re able to get an accessory which not only looks great but actually serves its purpose diligently. You get a reliable timepiece. Durable. Oftentimes, packed with smart features.
The Seiko Solar is a perfect watch for those who are looking to get a macho-looking, lasting, and quality built timepiece which complements all fashion styles. Of course, if you’re much more interested in outdoor watches like the Casio G-Shock Mudmaster, or gadgety sports wearables like the Polar M400, the Seiko Solar might not meet your hopes and expectations.
To help you answer the question whether the Seiko Solar is a good fit for you, try answering the following questions:
- What is my budget? If you have around $250 to spend on a watch, then the Seiko Solar fits perfectly into it.
- What am I looking to get out of my watch? If you want a true man’s watch which will serve you through the thick and thin of life, as well as require almost no maintenance, the Excelsior might be the right way to go.
- Classic or contemporary design? As you can see, the Excelsior isn’t very traditionally designed. The snake-like bracelet and silver-gunmetal color combination make it perfect for those who are looking to mix things up a little bit.
The Seiko Excelsior Gunmetal SSC139 Solar Watch
The Seiko Excelsior Gunmetal SSC139 Solar Watch is a Japanese quartz movement watch. Instead of relying on batteries as a power source, the Excelsior was made to be eco-friendly. Meaning, it’s powered by the sun or any other light source which recharges its solar cells. When full, it can easily go on for up to 6 months! Equipped with additional features like an alarm clock and a chronograph (stopwatch), there isn’t much more you could ask from a mid-range timepiece. Compared to the Citizen’s Eco-Drive watch, which fairs pretty well on the market, the Excelsior provides a more contemporary design as well an easy-to-look-at dial. Both of these watches retail for around $250, but their design targets completely different demographics.
If you aren’t a very formal person, both professionally and privately, the Seiko Solar will most certainly complement your style better than an elegant timepiece like the Citizen Eco-Drive would.
- Silver-gunmetal color combination
- Hardlex window
- Luminous hands
- Solar powered
- It’s not universally appealing
- The band isn’t scratch-resistant
- The dial isn’t easy to read
Seiko Men’s SSC139 Excelsior Gunmetal and Silver-Tone Stainless Steel Solar Watch
- Two-tone watch featuring trio of subdials on black dial, date window at 3 o’clock position, and luminous hands/markers
- Features alarm settings, screw-back case, and solar movement powered by all types of light
- 43 millimeters stainless steel case with Hardlex dial window.When the measurement reaches 60 minutes the stopwatch automatically stops counting
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display
- Sculpted stainless link bracelet and foldover clasp with double push-button safety closure
What Makes The Seiko Excelsior Gunmetal SSC139 Solar Watch
The Seiko Solar uses the Japanese quartz caliber V172 movement. That particular movement is solar powered, meaning that battery lives aren’t something you’d have to worry about. Fully charged, the Excelsior lasts at least 6 months prior to needing a recharge. The movement is what makes this watch so eco-friendly and low-maintenance!
The Seiko Excelsior Gunmetal SSC139 Solar Watch comes with a 43.mm stainless steel case which is ornamented with silver half-moons on each corner of the gunmetal bezel. On the right side, there are two silver buttons in charge of controlling the chronograph. Traditionally, in between those two buttons lies the silver crown. The back cover is silver-finished as well as screwed down to the body, preventing the smallest of particles from penetrating the watch. Plus it is water-resistant (330 ft).
You could argue that the most eccentric part of this watch is its bracelet. Like the metal case, it follows through with the two-tone design. The gunmetal links are covered with what look like drooping silver horns. I can easily understand why this type of design is unappealing to some. But, to others, it looks awesome! Two sides of the bracelet are bound together by a traditional fold-over clasp with a dual-button release. Honestly, even though it looks cool, plenty of customers say that the bracelet could be more scratch-resistant.
The Seiko Excelsior Gunmetal SSC139 Solar Watch comes with a black dial. I personally am a fan of these, but only when they are combined with simple, not too busy layouts. This one, even though it’s pretty, isn’t easy on the eyes. Apart from the main one, the Excelsior is equipped with three separate sub-dials. One for the alarm, another a seconds counter, and the last one for the chronograph. Unfortunately, the chronograph can only measure up to 60 minutes, and then it needs to be reset.
Both the hour and minute hands are fluorescent, and so are the silver hour markings. Therefore, reading the time from the Seiko Solar won’t be a hassle when you wake up in the middle of the night. The hour hand looks like a tiny knife whereas the minute hand is sword-shaped.
Lastly, for safety purposes, the dial is covered by a Hardlex window. Even though it isn’t as tough as sapphire, Hardlex is still one of the best materials to use for the crystal glass. Moreover, it’s scratch-resistant.
But I Want Something Different
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch
For all of you in love with leather bracelets and more traditional designs, here is the Citizen Eco-Drive watch. Just like the Seiko Solar, it too doesn’t have a battery and is powered practically by any kind of light. Also, it is water resistant (up to 300 ft), has a chronograph, as well as three subdials. All in all, it is much like the Excelsior, except it looks more classy.
- Has a chronograph
- Rose-gold bezel and Croco-embossed leather make a killer combination
- The layout is a bit too much
- Original bracelet is a bit small
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch with Perpetual Calendar and Date, BL5403-03X
- Rose gold-tone watch with tile pattern on bezel, chronograph subdials with 12/24-hour time, 1/20-second time, and alarm
- Eco-Drive is fueled by light so it never needs a battery
- The 48mm stainless steel rose gold-tone case with screw-back complements the rich brown leather strap with white contrast stitching, and is 100M WR.
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display
- Croco-embossed leather band with contrast stitching and buckle closure
Vincero Luxury Men’s Bellwether Wrist Watch
The Vincero Bellwether watch is in the same price range as the Seiko Solar and the Citizen Eco-Drive. It too has a very distinct elegant design, but unlike the Citizen, it has a much more subtle layout. The bezel is made from 316L surgical grade stainless steel, the bracelet is made from Italian calf leather, the crystal is sapphire coated (scratch-resistant), and the watch is run by the Japanese Miyota quartz movement. The Vincero also features a chronograph.
- Looks amazing
- $50 cheaper than the Seiko Solar
- Has a chronograph
- Sapphire coated crystal
- Isn’t very eco-friendly
Vincero Luxury Men’s Bellwether Wrist Watch — Rose Gold/White with Brown Leather Watch Band — 43mm Chronograph Watch — Japanese Quartz Movement
- SURGICAL GRADE STAINLESS STEEL – The watch casing is constructed with 316L surgical grade stainless steel with a 43mm diameter that can be worn well in both casual and formal settings.
- SCRATCH & WATER RESISTANT – All luxury watches come protected with a sapphire coated mineral crystal glass that is scratch & scrape resistant.
- CITIZEN MIYOTA QUARTZ MOVEMENT – This watch features a very precise Japanese Miyota Quartz movement along with a date function. It also features three chronograph sundials that serve as timers.
- ITALIAN LEATHER BAND (22mm) – Our premium leather bands are cut from genuine Italian calf leather and built to withstand over time. They are 22mm wide and are Interchangeable with a easy release button on the back.
Here is a truly special watch. If you generally find wristwatches to be a bit too bulky or heavy, you might want to check out the Titan Edge . It’s one of the slimmest watches in the whole world. The case is 4.2 mm and the movement is only 1.15 mm thick! It comes with a skeleton case as well as a genuine leather strap. Much like pocket watches for men, the Titan Edge will bring a touch of class to your style. Guaranteed!
- Water resistant (up to 98 ft)
- Extremely slim design
- Sapphire crystal glass
- A bit too pricey for a minimalist watch($225)
Titan Men’s 1577TL01 Edge – Ultra Slim – Black Leather Strap Watch
- One of the slimmest watches in the world – 4.2 mm Case Thickness, 1.15 mm Movement thickness
- Winner of the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for best product design
- Skeletal Case structure in Titanium with Sapphire Crystal glass on both sides
- Black Leather strap with a Deployment Push-Button with Buckle clasp
- Water resistant up to 30m
If you ask me, there are a lot of things worth loving about the Seiko Excelsior solar watch. I would even go as far as to categorize it as one of the best watches under $500. Given its affordability and reliability, I am struggling to find a reason why purchasing this timepiece wouldn’t be a good idea. It looks different, it’s eco-friendly, it’s very low-maintenance…
You may think that there’s not much you could ask for from a mid-range $250 timepiece. However, Seiko reminded us that in fact you could ask and should ask a lot from it!
If you understand and share Seiko’s vision, make sure to check out the Seiko Excelsior Gunmetal SSC139 Solar Watch .