Fantastic watch (Seiko SNE497P1) at a fantastic price!
I've long fancied a Seiko Tuna (so-named because of the tuna can shape of the watch case) but they've always been way outside my budget. These new Solar Tunas are a wonderful and affordable addition to Seiko's ever expanding and highly desirable Dive series. The watch, part of their higher end Prospex range, is a 200 metre ISO certified solar diver. The beauty of the solar movement, of course, is that the screw down watch back never requires opening for a battery change thus will retain the integrity of its waterproofing. It is a robustly contructed and beautifully proportioned dive watch (smaller than the original Tunas) with both brushed and polished faces on the case. It has a wonderfully smooth 120 click unidirectional rotating bezel with integral lume on the 0-15 min markers. The bezel is surrounded by a matt black plastic protective shroud that is secured to the case via 3 hex bolts at the 3, 8 and 10 o'clock positions. The scew down unsigned crown is meanwhile located at the 4 o'clock position, opposite a date complication on the dial which replaces the 4 marker. The dial is simple with heavily lumed hour spot markers and hands that are typical of the famous SKX series divers. There is minimal text on the dial: SEIKO on its upper half and SOLAR DIVERS 200M on the lower half. The text is well-proportioned and unobtrusive. The watch has short lugs with a 22mm inter-lug width. The attached stainless steel bracelet is of a very good quality, made of solid (rather than pressed folded) links that are held together with pins, making resizing a doddle. It has both brushed and polished elements. The Seiko signed clasp is well made with micro-adjustments and incorporates a divers suit extension. It is very comfortable to wear with no rattle. I have replaced this with a silicone strap for diving, however I will use the bracelet for smart, casual occasions.
All in all, I am very impressed with this rugged and highly desirable timepiece. Highly recommended.