Monday, January 27, 2020

Review - Steel Dive Seiko Tuna homage from Aliexpress

Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage


Awesome Seiko Tuna homage by Steel Dive 
Despite of its massive size it wears quite small like a 42-43 mm watch and it feels comfortable even on my 7 1/4" wrist thanks to the short lug to lug distance. Fit and finish is absolutely stunning, I dig its superb brushed finish and the dual tone lume. The bezel action is also excellent and the bezel is nicely lined up with the indices on the chapter ring and the dial. For less than $140 shipped it's an amazing deal.


Pros:
- excellent fit and finish
- Seiko NH35 automatic movement
- sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating
- bright C3 lume on the hands and the dial
- full lumed ceramic bezel
- black date wheel
- drilled lugs & signed crown
- 300 m / 30 ATM water resistance
- bracelet with solid links
- excellent packaging
- very good price

Cons:
- the clasp on the bracelet feels a but clumsy out of the box, it needs time to break in

You can buy the Steel Dive SD1975 Tuna in 2 colors
with all sort of straps with or without logo on Aliexpress:

Details:
Diameter of the case at the bottom: 47.3 mm
Diameter of the case at the top: 43.5 mm
Thickness: 14.6 mm
Diameter of the crown: 7.2 mm 
Total weight with the resized bracelet: 179 g / 6.3 oz 
- signed screw in crown
- 120 click unidirectional bezel with full lumed ceramic insert

Full lumed ceramic bezel:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Lume shot:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage lume shot
Superb fit & finish:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Signed crown and drilled lugs:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Nice case back with the Steel Dive logo:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
The clasp with micro adjustment:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Classic diver style hand set:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Excellent packaging:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Simple link removal tool as gift:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
It sits comfortable on my 7 1/4" wrist:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage

More pics:
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage
Steel Dive SD1975 Seiko Tuna homage

16 comments:

  1. In general, I am not a huge fan of divers, and even less a fan of very large watches, but for some reason I dig this one LOL!
    This dual lume looks sweet and pretty bright.
    However, on a pretty overbuilt watch like this whose purpose is mostly for outdoor activities, not sure an automatic movement would be the right choice if used for the intended purpose, a quartz might have been the way to go (and I love automatic watches)

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    1. The Seiko version with quartz movement is around $1000. That's pretty serious watch but it's a bit over my budget at the moment. ;)

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    2. I understand that, what I don't understand is why this homage is with an automatic movement when quartz movements are usually cheaper and in this particular case, it would have made more sense.

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    3. Seiko designed a quite unique quartz movement for the Tuna. Probably cloning that movement would have cost more than using an existing automatic one.

      It's obvious that quartz movements are more practical but who adores them? :)

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    4. Oh, I have no love for quarts, however, for the watches that I use for outdoors or rougher activities, that's what I prefer as they are much less sensitive to shock and a bit of abuse than automatics.
      I still think that in this particular case, any decent quartz movement would have been a better option, no need to clone the one from Seiko Tuna.
      Anyway, beautiful watch, enjoy!

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  2. Hey Isti, do you know of any decent watch winder that doesn't break the bank?

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  3. Do you know of anywhere that has a more in depth review of this watch? Didn't find any.

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    1. Not really. Perhaps they're not keen on sending out free watches to "serious" watch reviewers. ;) I bought this watch based on my previous experience with the brand. If you compare the specs SteelDive offers the best bang for the money among similar brands (San Martin, HIMQ, Proxima, Sharkey etc.). That was enough for me to pull the trigger on this Tuna.

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  4. I have this watch and love it to bits,Steeldive are doing some great watches at a sensible price.I also have their version of the 1972 turtle or "captain Willard" and it's also great.If either one had been quartz I wouldn't have bothered,I already have an Apex Quartz diver modeled on the Tuna but slightly smaller and only available from dive equipment shops.

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    1. I also have the SteelDive "Willard" but an early no-logo version with a non full lumed ceramic bezel. Both of my SteelDive watches represent excellent value for the money.

      Be careful because there are a couple of new SD models on Aliexpress. They might be dangerous for your credit card! :))
      Willard in bronze
      Willard in green
      Tuna in bronze
      Darth Tuna
      Sumo ? I'm not sure about the Seiko version of this watch.
      Submariner

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  5. All the great comments and reviews are helpful. However, I never saw a single mention on wether or not this watch is certified! If not then it's only use to me is a glorified hockey puck! Wouldn't trust my life to it if it's not!

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    1. Even ~20 years ago - when I was into scuba diving - every one used a dive computer. I think the dive watches of recent times are a sort of men's jewelry with a rugged construction for worry free working, swimming or snorkeling.

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  6. Just ordered tuna version with black dial! I can't wait. It looks 😎😎

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    1. The Steel Dive Tuna is one of my favourites along with the Heimdallr Monster.

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