What do you look for in a chronograph watch? For me, size is a big issue, as I have a tiny wrist. On top of that, I like a date on my watch, and of course an hour recorder. Also, I like automatic watches, and a fly-back might be nice … With all those requirements, I’m moving swiftly into the £5,000 range of chronographs. Few will have those functions (Zenith 400Z, …), and the size requirement is out of the door.
Enter left the Seiko 7016-nnnn series. They come in many case shapes and sizes (Monaco style square cases, etc.), but for me, it’s the 7016-800n that appeals to me. Lovely dial, and 37mm width including the crown (which is sunken).
Here is the little wonder that is the 7016A. Day, date, automatic, fly-back, and an hour and minute recorder in co-axial arrangement. There are of course the other typical Seiko features, e.g. the auto winder which isn’t the most elaborate construction, and the lack of manual winding (which would destroy the auto winder, so you just can’t wind it manually). This isn’t a big problem, as the auto winder works well and reliably.
So what do we get for our money?
- three registers
- true fly-back
- quick-set day
- quick-set date
We all know what that would cost in a higher-end brand watch, so this is incredible value for money. Plus there is no other watch with those features in that size.
The movement is of course a Seiko movement, with the usual finishes etc. But who cares? It performs very reliably and well, and that’s more that can be said of other high-end chronograph movements (if you have seen past posts about the self-eating Zenith movements for example). Food for thought!