REVIEW: Seiko 5 SNK809


The watch reviewed here, is the Seiko 5 SNK809 with a stock black canvas strap.

The Seiko 5 SNK809, is as simple as it looks, yet packed with lots of features, for a watch I paid roughly $70USD for. 

Seiko 5 SNK809 is the same model, which also goes under the model names, SNK807 (has a blue strap), the SNK805 (has a green strap) and the SNK803 (has a beige/tan strap). The only differences between the three, are the colors.

It is part of the Seiko 5 series, which is a series of watches Seiko designed, to have these five features: 

  1. Automatic winding
  2. Day/date displayed in a single window
  3. Water resistant
  4. Recess crown located at 4 o´clock position
  5. Durable case and bracelet

Not bad for a relatively cheap watch, to have the above features and also rock a look through caseback. 


Seiko 5 SNK809 

The SNK809 Tested on the island Sal, on Cape Verde 


 My particular watch was purchased online, at and my interest for it originated from lots of online blogs and vlogs, which all claimed this to be a watch of high value.  

Price on Amazon comes in at: $84

Lets do the review.....

Review of Seiko SNK809

The watch reviewed and shown on the pictures, is my own and I have had it since october 2017. 

It comes with a black canvas strap, which is quite flimsy, but nonetheless looks really good, with clear indicators and black dial. 

Seiko 5 snk809

The SNK809 right out of the box 



    • Case diameter: 37mm
    • Case thickness: 13mm
    • Band width: 18mm
    • Movement: Automatic 7s26
    • Crystal material: Hardlex
    • Water resistance: 30m
    • Case material: Stainless steel
    • Strap material: Canvas
    • Day-date display
    • Lume on hands

 If you have read my review of the Seiko SKX009 you will notice this SNK809 actually has A LOT of the same features, as the four to five times as expensive counterpart....


Dial & Lume

The dial on this SNK809 model (black dial and black strap) is a good looking dial, with hour indicators on the inside and minute indicators on the outside of the dial face. 

The day/date window is located at the 3 o´clock position. 

Not too much nonsense, the watch does what it was designed to do. Mainly showing the time and date, plus making you awe everytime you look at your wrist, realizing other watches costing thousands of dollars, can´t do more than this SNK809....!

dial snk809

Getting the shot out of a window on third floor.

The lume lights up the small dots on the outer face of the dial and the hands light up. 

Not the best lume, but it is there...



Tucked in at the 4 o´clock position, we have a pull out crown, which lets you set the time, day of the week and date.

A nice thing about having the crown at the 4 o´clock position, is that you don´t get any annoyances or marks on your hand, when bending your wrist. 

dial seiko snk809 

Close up of the $70 stunner


Case & Crystal 

Made of stainless steel, in a matte finish on the top face and polished on the caseback. This watch´s hidden secret is definitely the displayback! 

Having wanted a watch which has this capability, of looking directly into the mechanics and moving parts of the movement, is something I have always wanted! And now I do! :-) 

A previous article of mine, explains the red/pink jewels you see inside this movement. The article is called: What are Watch Jewels 

You can literally see the moving parts and when you rotate the watch, the watch self winds (it is an automatic).

snk809 review

The crystal is made of Seiko´s hardlex, which is a toughened mineral glass, which is highly resistant to knocks and scratches. So far I have not have any scratches in my watch´s crystal. 



The bracelet is, as mentioned earlier, a flimsy black canvas strap. Thats it.

Swap it out with one of my NATO Straps, and trust me it will feel and look a lot better. 



Movement (It´s Automatic)

Inside the watch sits a 7s26 automatic movement, which makes sure your time, weekday and date is on point.

With 21 jewels beating at 21600 BPH (beats pr. hour), it is a robust movement, that should last many years without service. Has roughly a 40 hour power reserve.

Downsides would be the lack of hand winding and hacking capabilities (stopping the seconds hand, when synchronizing your watch). 

The Case back, where the 7s26 movement is displayed


Hope you are still with me... If you like what you read, feel free to share this review, or if it is utter rubbish, definitely show me your dissatisfaction in the comments below. 

Just as the Seiko 5 line of watches has evolved through time, to become better, my own blogging style is also up for review.. ;-)


  • Automatic 7s26 movement
  • Cheap
  • Flieger style dial
  • Displayback


  • Flimsy strap
  • 30m water resistance
  • Seconds hand looks vulnerable (yet still is intact...) 


"You get what you pay for." Is sometimes what you hear, when you complain about a cheap purchase you´ve made... 
It is not the case, when you get a Seiko 5 SNK809 (or a 807, 805 or 803). The quality is there and it performs like a thousand dollar watch.

What you get is a smaller sized watch, with automatic movement, an awesome displayback, day/date display and an allround good quality watch.

In my belief you get MORE than what you pay for...! I bet you can tell your friends and family, that you paid WAY more, when you tell it is an automatic and show them the displayback.

And if joining the automatic watch movement is your wish, definitely pick up this watch!  


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