Seiko Prospex SSC021 Solar Chronograph Diver Review

Seiko Prospex SSC021 Solar Chronograph

The Seiko Prospex SSC021 Solar Chronograph diver’s watch is a fantastic deal in this price range. Prospex is Seiko’s line of premium watches, and they are all absolutely gorgeous, high quality timepieces. Finding one for under $200 is quite the steal.

Featuring solar battery charging (never worry about replacing a battery!), chronograph functions, 200m(660ft) water resistance, and a unidirectional timing bezel, the SSC021 comes with everything you need in a diver’s tool watch.

 

The Specifications

Seiko Prospex SSC021 Solar Chronograph

  • Solar powered quartz movement
  • Certified ISO diver’s watch
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel (120 clicks)
  • Hardlex crystal (harder than mineral, softer than sapphire)
  • 44mm case diameter
  • 14mm height
  • 49.5mm lug-to-lug distance
  • 20mm band width
  • Date window
  • LumiBrite markers (provides excellent, long lasting luminosity)

 

The chronograph functions come in very handy in a huge range of situations. While they do clutter up the dial a little bit, the SSC021 will still stay very readable even while diving.

 

The large second hand is actually tied into the stop watch functions, with the current seconds moved onto one of the subdials.

 

If you’re not planning on only using it for diving duty and would like to make the SSC021 a little more dressy looking pairing it with the Strapcode Super Engineer II bracelet would really make it shine. 

 

For some reason Amazon’s product page lists this watch as ‘suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not scuba diving‘ – but no need to worry, the SSC021 is perfectly suited for SCUBA diving, with a 200m water resistance and it conforms to the ISO spec for diver’s watches. I’m unsure why they’ve listed it this way.