4 years ago

In the Watchnerd world, few watches signal your progress out of the department store and into the forums like buying something from the Seiko SKX range. Something of a dive watch "rite of passage," the drug of choice is often the SKX779/SKX781 (orange and black, respectively) dubbed "The Monster." Years ago, after buying and very much loving an SKX007, I was on the hunt for my next diver and came across the unique and rather un-pretty SKX779 "Black Monster".

Featuring the same simple but reliable 7S26 automatic movement, this cheap Seiko was exalted by my fellow dive watch forum brethren as being THE Seiko diver to own as it represented huge value thanks to an excellent bracelet, good bezel action, and stupendously bright lume. Being a relatively cash-poor student at the time, I looked at this sub $200 Seiko diver with much excitement and soon took delivery of my very own SKX779 Black Monster.

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