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Old 03-07-2012, 05:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Seiko Solar SSC021P Divers Chronograph and Variants REVIEW

Seiko Solar SSC0212P

Seiko Solar SSC Series Divers Watch - I am the proud new owner of one of these beauties, there are a fair few threads querying these watches so I thought I'd give a quick review. I already put this on WUS but thought it be nice here as well.

Direct quote from Seiko UK

"As the inventor of the quartz watch in 1969, SEIKO has led the watch industry for four decades in refining quartz technology for each new generation. Today, SEIKO also offers a full range of quartz watches powered by light, capable of converting all types of light into energy, with no battery replacement ever required. SEIKO Solar is a bright idea that is good for the planet. Solar powered generating system, meaning that there is no need to ever change batteries."

Seiko also state that this has 6 month power reserve when fully charged. Seiko list this watch as part of their Divers range and it is currently available in three styles;

SSC015P1 (Cal.V175) Black rotating bezel with red accents. Stainless Steel Strap

[size=0.7em]sourced from the Web

SSC017P1 (Cal.V175) Blue and Black rotating bezel with blue accents. Stainless Steel Strap

[size=0.7em]Sourced from the Web

SSC019P1 (Cal.V175) Red and Blue rotating bezel with red accents. Stainless Steel Strap

[size=0.7em]Sourced from the Web

SSC021P1 (Cal.V175) Black rotating bezel with yellow accents. Rubber Strap

The Seiko Cal.V175 has the following specifications (which I've taken from the manual)

Frequency of crystal oscillator 32,768 Hz (Hz = Hertz Cycles per second)
Loss/gain (monthly rate) 15 seconds at normal temperature range (5 C to 35 C/ 41 F to 95 F)
Operational temperature range 10 C to 60 C/ 14 F to 140 F
Driving system Step motor 3 pieces
Display system
Time/calendar 24-hour, hour, minute and small second hands
Date is displayed in numerals.
Stopwatch STOPWATCH 1/5-second and STOPWATCH minute hands
Power supply Manganese titanium-lithium rechargeable battery
Continuous operating time from full charge A pproximately 6 months if the stopwatch is used for shorter than 1 hour per day
Additional function Energy depletion forewarning function, overcharging prevention function
IC (Integrated Circuit) C-MOS-IC, 1 piece

As I own the SSC021P1 this is the variant I'll be reviewing.


The case diameter is 44mm including the crown (stores are giving this 43.5mm)
Thickness is 14.2mm
Lug Width is 20mm


Screw Down Crown and Pushers, 200m water resistance. Chronograph, Date functions

[size=0.7em]Taken from Manual - Copyright Seiko

Saw it and wanted it

Classic Seiko Divers looks but with a modern twist of Chronograph and Solar meant love at first sight. Sourcing the watch was pretty difficult . At the time of purchasing the watch was not listed on Seiko's UK website. I could not find any stock within the UK but was finally able to source one from Spain. The watch arrived in the correct Seiko Box with signed black outer sleeve. Full 2 Year Seiko Authorised Dealer European Gurantee was included.

I went for the SSC021 mainly for the all black bezel and rubber strap. I also prefer the yellow accents to the red offered on the SSC015.

The watch feels solid yet not overly chunky. The build quality is really good with the bezel turning very nicely with a smooth click. The screw down crown and pushers are the real deal and not just cosmetic styling. This is what gives the watch it's 200m rating.

Here are some more pics

The watch has 20mm lugs with them being drilled through to allow easy access to the pins. In my opinion the 20mm strap size is perfect for the watch, some may think otherwise and wish to change. The supplied Seiko rubber strap is really comfy with the buckle being signed Seiko underneath.

The Case and Bezel are really nicely built. The bezel is all black. The crown and pushers are what I can only describe as being the same colour as darkly blued gun steel This colour is also around the edge of the bezel. Not too sure if the finish on this will degrade badly with age/use, we'll have to see.

The rear of the case is marked with the following

'Air Diver's 200m'

Mine was produced in November 2011 with the serial number reading 1N9498

Here are some pics of the dial and hands. If you look at the 60 second sub dial you'll see that the hand has a lumed circle at it's rear. This is a real nice touch and looks really good in low light. The main chronograph hand is yellow and this was my only negative, the fact is that it is not a really smooth sweep motion.

The dial itself is 'tight' and this might be off putting to some. I have however seen far busier looking dials and this just looks 'right' to my eyes.

So just to finish off. This watch is ideal for those looking for the classic looks of Seiko Divers of by gone days. It has the modern technology of Solar Quartz which is also attractive to those that don't want the hassle of an automatic. Is this Solar Quartz the future for Seiko's quartz run watches? Could these be the death sentence for kinetic. What amazes me is that Seiko took so long in getting this style of Solar onto the market. Has it learn't it's mistakes in allowing Citizen's Eco-Drive to take centre stage. Well here's hoping so and I'm hoping to see a Solar twist on many of it's current Divers range. You can find these for around 200 new and are an absolute bargain

On the wrist is sits really comfy

Some Comparison shots with other Seiko models

With SNDA15

Showing comparable thickness with the Caesar

With Monster and 007

I hope this review was helpful and for those thinking 'should I or shouldn't I' , my advice is pull the trigger you won't regret it
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Thank you for your review. I followed your lead and I am very satisfied. Bezel is great. Screw down pushers cool. Crown threading could be a little more robust. I think a more conventional Seiko dive watch crown may have worked better. Think the 20MM choice for lug width works for this watch. Dial does not look solar. I think the dial is very pleasing to look at. Chronograph dials are busy by nature. 1/5 second increment chapter ring very well done. I an not a fan of skx diver series hands but they really fit in nicely on my model being painted all white. Metal around lumed dial markers nice but kind of has a fake feel to it's construction.
If 24 hour hand could be set independently, I'd be in heaven and could even live with the hardlex crystal and not wish for sapphire in my dreams. Flat crystal sits nicely just below crown Case quality is very good. Date change typical mid level quartz sloppy. Date is aligned well however. All my other stuff aligns quite well. Small second hand may be a little bit off but you'd need a loupe to see it and you'd still ponder whether it is a little off or not. After about two - three weeks I am still hitting just about spot on with an atomic clock. I have it on a Di Modell water proof leather strap at the moment. The watch exudes a build quality much higher than the low price you can get the watch for if you shop around.
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Being more of a Citizen guy... I was super impressed with this Seiko. I have the model with the blue/black bezel. It's large, but not too large. Meaning, it doesn't look trendy large like so many companies have gone. It looks like it needs to be that size due to the complicated chrono stuff. Very functional and looks great. Nice review!
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I bought this watch also and the plain diver Seiko solar i give to my son.
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Now this watch seem to be big and bulky, i dump it and wear the Seiko Preimer
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man I like that yellow faced one!
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