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Seiko SSC017 Review: Prospex Analog Quartz Solar Watch

The SSC017 is one of the popular dive watches from Seiko.

You may hear it being referred to as the Prospex or “Air Diver.”

It is a men’s watch, which can be classified under large pieces.

Many consumers say they love its bold nature.

Others like attractive it looks, whereas some love its simplicity when it comes to maintenance.

In this Seiko SSC017 review, we will pick out the things that stand out the most.

Seiko Men's SSC017 Prospex Analog Japanese Quartz Solar...
  • Solar-power bracelet watch with black dial featuring luminous hands and markers and three chronograph subdials,
  • 43 mm stainless steel case with Hardlex dial window
  • Stainless steel bracelet with fold-over clasp and double-push-button safety

Bold and Bulky Stainless Steel Case

Looking at the watch, you can’t fail to notice that it’s a bulky piece.

The case diameter of 44mm doesn’t confirm this. The case is also thick with a size of 14mm. Just like the case, the bezel looks big and this gives it a bold appearance.

The unit is made of stainless steel and has a brushed surface.

Everything on the case and the bezel is silver in color with the exception of the bezel section starting from the 12 o’clock indices to the 9 o’clock marker.

It comes in a bright blue color.

The silver shiny crown features a blue line/strip all around.

Seiko SSC017 close up

Plain Black Dial

Beneath the Hardlex crystal window is a solid black dial. It’s very noticeable against the shiny silver case, bezel, and straps.

It features 3 subdials for the chronograph look.

One is at 3 o’clock point, the other at 6 O’clock, and lastly at 9 o’clock point.

All the hour indices feature a silver whitish circle with the exception of the 12, 3, 6, and 9 markers. They are easily visible courtesy of being set against the black dial/ background.

The date/calendar window is at an odd place, between the 4 and 5 o’clock point.

It features a square cutout with a black background while the numbers are in white.

Due to the black background, which is similar to the dial, the subdial, and the small size, its visibility isn’t the best?

Exclusive Hardlex Crystal

Seiko SSC017 on wrist

Anyone who follows watches knows that the Hardlex crystal is synonymous with Seiko.

It is a special kind of mineral crystal that claims to be better than the normal type we are used to.

Like many pieces from the company, this timepiece also comes with a Hardlex crystal. It is flat and blends seamlessly with the bezel.

It does not leave any gaps between it and the bezel’s edge.

It gets positive recognition when it comes to clarity.

The numbers are easily visible in bright lighting as well as in the dark. It does a decent job of combating glare scratches, reflections, and stains.

It is easy to wipe, clean, and is resistant to shattering.

Solar Charged Japanese Quartz Movement

This timepiece comes with Japanese quartz movement.

However, while most other types rely on a normal battery, this one has a rechargeable battery that works with soar. It recharges via the sun’s rays.

When fully charged, you should expect as many as 6 months of service. This saves you from having to worry about replacing a battery.

It is non-winding but comes with a large crown for adjusting and setting time, date, and other things.

When talking about accuracy, this timepiece scores well.

Final Thoughts

This dive watch is elegant, practical, functional and accurate.

It is very versatile and can be used on many occasions. The dial is large and the numbers visible.

The stainless steel construction is sturdy and beautiful. The downside is that it’s fairly large watch and may feel a little heavy.

Taking all things into account, this timepiece is certainly worth every penny.