Every so often I come across a watch that makes me sit up and notice. And this is especially true of late as this time my interest is piqued by a Ladies watch – a subject so often neglected on watch web sites. Indeed I featured a Ladies watch not long ago, which I confess I was quite tempted to wear myself – but this one is smaller, very much a ladies size and affordable.
Nevertheless it caught my interest for two reasons. First it is a rather elegant and colorful model and it features a mechanical movement, not quartz. It also comes from Japan Seiko and
whilst many tend to lump Seiko in with the rest of the quartz revolution Brands, this is rather unfair as they manufacture a wide range of excellent mechanical watches.
This is the Seiko Lukia (Ladies) Automatic (with Swarovski elements) model – SSVM018.
A smart lugged Gold plated two tone case of 34.3 mm diameter and just 11 mm depth surrounds a dial set up that is both colorful and elegant. I particularly like the different colors for the fancy numerals used and the excellent contrast, which ensures good visibility. A Date window @3 is clear and highlighted cleverly by the gold colored surround and white background. The Swarovsky colored crystal highlights are additional and between the 5 minute markers.
Note the dot markers are coated in Lumi Bright and the elegant shaped hands are in-filled with the same luminous material, which is highly effective at night. This in itself is unusual for what is after all a Ladies dress watch, but very welcome in my opinion. There is also a center seconds hand – another feature often missed on Ladies models.
The crystal is Sapphire, so no need to worry about scratches and there is also a mineral see though glass on the back to view the movement. The movement is the Seiko 4R35, 24 jewel Automatic with both hand winding and a hack function. Power Reserve is 41 hours.
The watch also has a decent 10 ATM or 100 m Water Resistance.
The matching two tone deployment bracelet has a maximum wrist capacity of 170 mm, so careful note of that fact is important (my Wife would manage that – just) and the watch retails for approximately $340, so as I said, it is affordable and for what you get I think it pretty decent value.
So another Ladies watch to feature here – this could be a regular occurrence if they keep producing models like this – and that’s refreshing in that Ladies are not being forgotten about after all.
We could see more . . . . .