Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Seiko Diver SBCM023 Discontinued

Just saw a tweet from Chino Watch that the Seiko Diver SBCM023 has been discontinued.  This model was a professional diver with the venerated 8F35 caliber inside delivering 20 seconds per year accuracy, perpetual calendar and 8 year battery life.  Many consider the 8F to be an example of high-end quartz and with its relatively low price it offered a good entry point for both quartz and diver fans.

Picture from Chino Watch

It is a shame to see this model be discontinued.  Because of its design similarity I often thought of the SBCM023 as the little brother to the SKX007 who went to college.  Unfortunately Seiko has been phasing out its various models with the 8F caliber so this doesn't come at such a surprise.  It is doubtful to me if Seiko has any intentions of updating the caliber.  Aside from the 7C caliber used in the Tuna and the 9F used in the Grand Seiko, the menu of quality quartz calibers currently available from Seiko is looking thin to the point where Seiko is not competitive with Citizen and Casio.
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