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Posted: 2/21/2010 2:51:18 AM EST
I'm looking to get a Seiko diver's watch, this one in particular:



Anyone have any experience with this watch? I've read a couple of reviews on the internet and they all seem pretty positive.

Any recommendations on where to buy it from? They've gotta ship down under.
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 2:53:58 AM EST
I know its not a divers watch, but it is a Seiko.




Here
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 3:01:32 AM EST
blue dial.com 179.00
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 3:04:37 AM EST
Nice,i've got a custom Yobokies 007 on myself .
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 3:47:05 AM EST
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blue dial.com 179.00


Bluedial only ships to the US...
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 3:51:09 AM EST
I bought my SKX173 on Ebay and got a good deal. Be sure to check the seller's feedback and you're GTG.



Be sure to get yourself a Zulu strap in 22mm for your Seiko. Many colors etc.
Look here

My Seiko is set up exactly like this. Bombproof.


Link Posted: 2/21/2010 3:52:40 AM EST
search ebay for a seller named:

pokemonyu

He is GTG
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 3:53:44 AM EST
fakewatches.com has them cheap.
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 4:04:44 PM EST
Bump for the Night Crew
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 4:15:44 PM EST
Tin foil hat time, but I would never buy a watch on line.





Too many Chinese fakes.

 
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 4:20:22 PM EST
The place with the answers you seek: http://forums.watchuseek.com/index.php
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 4:22:47 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 4:27:19 PM EST
I like Seikos but I will say that I would never buy any quality watch online....
Not to say that it can't be done, I just wouldn't do it....
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 4:35:10 PM EST
http://www.seiyajapan.com/category/1_grand_seiko/

Try this site, I bought a Grand Seiko SrpingDrive from Seiya. He's the best in the business
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 4:35:47 PM EST
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Tin foil hat time, but I would never buy a watch on line.

Too many Chinese fakes.  


Seiko doesn't import Divers into Australia by what I can see on their official website. So I'll have to go grey market.
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 4:45:42 PM EST

That one in particular is an SKX009J which is Japan made, costs a bit more and is more scarce that the malaysian model.

Chronograph.com is a very good seller.

Better pricing can be had however.

I've bought and sold hundreds of watches on line through watch forums.

Authorized Japanese Seiko Dealers such as Seiya or Rakuten or Chinowatch or Higuchi will take very very good care of you. They sell a ton of Japan only watches to US watch freaks. As AD's, they will also handle any issues, and you will get a new watch with a warranty.

The problem with buying Seikos on ebay (pokeymanu for instance) is the age of the watch. They sell the ones that are 8 to 12 years old (still new, but an auto that has sit for so long will need an immediate service).
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 4:54:19 PM EST
I bought a Seiko from Seiya and was charged a $50 custom fee.
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 4:59:09 PM EST
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I bought a Seiko from Seiya and was charged a $50 custom fee.


I've purchased from Seiya, Higuchi, and Chino watch many times and never paid customs fees....
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 5:06:21 PM EST
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I bought a Seiko from Seiya and was charged a $50 custom fee.


No problems here, no import duties/fees payable on goods under $1000 here in Oz.

I had a look at some of the Japanese dealers above - couldn't see the the SKX009J on them. Chronograph.com is they way to go then?
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 5:08:39 PM EST
I bought a Seiko SKX033 and an orange monster with rubber strap off ebay and both of them had to be reregulated as they lost minutes per day.  I bought one of them, can't remember which from pokemonyu.  Now, they work great and have for over a year.

I would love to have one like the OP is asking about though.  Just don't need to spend the money now.

patrick
Link Posted: 2/21/2010 5:12:17 PM EST
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Quoted:
I bought a Seiko from Seiya and was charged a $50 custom fee.


No problems here, no import duties/fees payable on goods under $1000 here in Oz.

I had a look at some of the Japanese dealers above - couldn't see the the SKX009J on them. Chronograph.com is they way to go then?


Send them an email and ask for that particular model. Use the contact information on the site(s). Stick with Higuchi, Seiya, or Chino

http://www.higuchi-inc.com/request-forma.html

http://www.seiyajapan.com/contact_us.cgis

chino email addy... [email protected]


They should have it, and they should be able to beat Chronograph.com prices.

Link Posted: 2/21/2010 5:15:08 PM EST
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
I bought a Seiko from Seiya and was charged a $50 custom fee.


No problems here, no import duties/fees payable on goods under $1000 here in Oz.

I had a look at some of the Japanese dealers above - couldn't see the the SKX009J on them. Chronograph.com is they way to go then?


Send them an email and ask for that particular model. Use the contact information on the site(s). Stick with Higuchi, Seiya, or Chino

http://www.higuchi-inc.com/request-forma.html

http://www.seiyajapan.com/contact_us.cgis

chino email addy... [email protected]


They should have it, and they should be able to beat Chronograph.com prices.



Cheers.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 9:18:10 PM EST
Quoted:
I bought my SKX173 on Ebay and got a good deal. Be sure to check the seller's feedback and you're GTG.



Be sure to get yourself a Zulu strap in 22mm for your Seiko. Many colors etc.
Look here

My Seiko is set up exactly like this. Bombproof.
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/westcoastime_2092_9563998



I think I'm going to copy you, but get a SKX007.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 9:19:14 PM EST
Amazon has a lot of the imports
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 10:00:32 PM EST
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Stick with Higuchi, Seiya, or Chino


Higuchi has been good to me.

SKX009J can be had for $200 at creationwatches.com with free shipping to Australia.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 4:22:42 AM EST
I have a 007 with a Jubilee Bracelet with a Japanese Movement.
Great Watch!
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 4:25:04 AM EST
Bought it already guys.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 4:28:33 AM EST
I want a Black Monster on the bracelet so bad. The only Seiko I have is a stainless quartz chrono. Although I wear a G-Shock 99% of the time.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 4:40:31 AM EST
Tagged for update pics.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 5:56:36 AM EST
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
I bought a Seiko from Seiya and was charged a $50 custom fee.


No problems here, no import duties/fees payable on goods under $1000 here in Oz.

I had a look at some of the Japanese dealers above - couldn't see the the SKX009J on them. Chronograph.com is they way to go then?


Send them an email and ask for that particular model. Use the contact information on the site(s). Stick with Higuchi, Seiya, or Chino

http://www.higuchi-inc.com/request-forma.html

http://www.seiyajapan.com/contact_us.cgis

chino email addy... [email protected]

They should have it, and they should be able to beat Chronograph.com prices.





Sorry for the hijack, but I was wondering:

Is it expected for a U.S. buyer to pay the list price as shown on those sites, or is bargaining expected or acceptable?  This would be as a first time and occasional future buyer, not a frequent or quantity purchaser.
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