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Seiko Core SNE324 and SNE368 Review

I tried to post pictures with this but couldn't—rather draconian requirement to have five posts to be able to do a SERVICE and post a review that would be better with the pics, don'cha think? :3tens: And it was a lot of work to get the pics lined-up on host site and inserted. So, close your eyes while you read and visualize, just this once, because I don't think I'll be back for four more.

"Core" is the name of the Seiko collection the SNE324 is in. Bought this Stainless/Gold 2-tone, White-face, Date, Solar watch from Kohl's when it was on sale, plus got an American Express promo discount, so it was a good deal. Less than I paid for my old Seiko Gold w/Black face, Day/Date, Model 5y23-8a69 many years ago, which is, by the way, working just great and has never needed service, though the jeweler just replaced the battery and checked the gaskets and other things and said it looked good. I just bought the SNE324 because I wanted a change, liked how it looked, tempting price, and with it, I hope I'll not have to buy batteries anymore.

This model's charging code is Caliber V157, so I set it and put it under a florescent desk lamp for five days to give it a full charge (supposed to last 10 days w/o further charging light). If the second-hand started out at the low-charge, 2-second interval, it was so short I didn't see it, because as soon as I took notice it was at 1-sec clicks and has never been at 2-sec since. So far, it has been working just fine, only 14 seconds ahead of the internet time I set it to back on March 1st. I don't really wear it that often, and since it's a solar, when I don't wear it I keep it on a table where it gets reflected light from a 40W reflector bulb that's on 12 hours a day, pointed at a picture on the wall above it. All it gets is light reflected off the wall, picture and ceiling that comes from that light, because most of the time when I go out with it, it's dusk or night.

I had to remove three links from the standard men's band that it comes with, and I really like the feel of it, and the dual-push latch lock. I've read a lot of people complaining about adjusting the links, but the direction arrows are engraved on the inside of each link that's removable, so the task was straight forward, but a bit intricate, needing a small needle-nose pliers and a jewelers screwdriver with a small shaft to tap the pins out and back in.

If anything changes from the performance I've got now and expect to keep, based on my old
Model 5y23, I'll try to find this to update it... even though I guess that won't count as another post.

I plan to sell the Model 5y23 after I've had this working for a few months more, though it looks like I'd only get $50 on Ebay, so I don't know. I've left the stem out since the battery was replaced in December, so it's new. Might make a gift out of it for a nephew, or a niece if wearing men's watches is still in vogue for the college-age kids.

I also have a Victorinox Swiss Army Model 24378 that works fine, since 2003, which I might sell if I decide to buy the Seiko SNE368 (Gold w/Black face solar model) to go with this 324.

And I have a 214 Bulova Accutron (1967) with the stainless and gold (14K bezel), which looks good but doesn't work, so if I can't find a reasonable repair, I'll sell it for parts.


UPDATE - SNE368

I bought the SNE368 and it was delivered on May 10. The 368 has a different drive than the 324, but both have the same charge and duration specifications. The black-faced, day-date 368 is a larger watch, larger diameter face, and while I had to remove three links from the 324 bracelet, only one from each side had to come off the 368 for my fit.

I reset both watches in early May, and now, June 13, the 324 is only 10 seconds ahead of the government internet-site time to which both watches were set, and the more-accurate 368 is only 2 seconds behind the 324. I'd call that very accurate time keeping.

The two watches, the white-face, date 324 and the black, day-date 368 are beautiful, complement each other well, and both are easy to read without my glasses and feel good on my wrist. But if you have a smallish size wrist and like to wear your watch so it doesn't have much hang, you might find the larger diameter of the 368 face to be too much, and you might want to opt for one of the available models with the same features and smaller (a few mm) 324 face.

That's it.


 

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Kantzler

If you post a link to the album in your photo host site, provided you have made it public other members will be able to click on the link and view the album.

In respect of your Accutron (nice choice), I know of someone here in the UK who specialises in tuning fork watch repairs and his work is highly regarded and recommended. If you would like a link to his site, let me know.

And last, but by no means least, welcome to the forum.

Regards

David
 

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Kantzler

If you post a link to the album in your photo host site, provided you have made it public other members will be able to click on the link and view the album.

In respect of your Accutron (nice choice), I know of someone here in the UK who specialises in tuning fork watch repairs and his work is highly regarded and recommended. If you would like a link to his site, let me know.

And last, but by no means least, welcome to the forum.

Regards

David
I believe there was a prohibition about links too w/o posts, and I don't want to hassle with a more complicated procedure.

But thanks, and I'll pass on your UK guy because the shipping added to whatever the repair would put the cost out of bounds for me.

And I'm not sure it's the fork, because it worked years ago and I took out the battery and put it in a jewel box and didn't open it for 15 years, and it wouldn't work. Had to get special batteries to keep the voltage down but still no joy. Really don't know if it's the watch or the batteries.
 

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It's a 214 Accutron and therefore it is known as a tuning fork watch or a hummer if you like. I have the 218 version with a 1.35 volt Accucell fitted.
 
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