This is my first Seiko Kinetic. I like the gunmetal band that has a high quality feel to it (at least for me it does). I like the little window on the back of the case that lets me have a peak at the movement. I like the thought of rare battery purchases, if any. I like not having the need to reset the watch as long as I wear it once in a long while----but I like it enough that I'm wearing it quite often! Just had it resized today----a couple links out. Keeper? Yes.
If I sell my 5 Invictas, I may get a Seiko Sumo, but I may have to also sell my Seiko SUN007. Very nice black ice finish on it but between all my Monsters and other divers, it probably won't get enough wrist time to keep. Too bad. I sell two types of watches, those I no longer like and those I like but don't get enough wrist time because they're not high on the wrist time ladder. Watch collectors make decisions like this all the time.
Sometimes, there's a situation I call the "Chesapeake Bay Seafood House Factor." Back in the 1980s, we had a restaruant chain named Chesepeake Bay Seafood House. They didn't have a buffet----but it was all you could eat, and the server would keep bringing food to your table. Here's the thing: Prices started at $4.99 for all you could eat haddock. For 5.99, you could get all you could eat fried clams and haddock. $7.99 would give you all could eat catfish, clams and haddock. $10.99 might have added flounder. $13.99, crab. $17.99, lobster. So in other words, if you paid the top price, you'd get it all----anything on the menu, as much as you want. And the funny part is that just out of college, my friends and I would go, fully intending to just get the $4.99 haddock deal. But we'd sit at the table and say----geez, for only a dollar more, we get clams. Then we'd be ready to spend the 5.99----and rationalize that for only $2.00 more, you'd get catfish, which was really good there. By the time you knew it----the increments would have us close to the top of the menu. With watches or with anything else----once you're comfortable at a price point----if they offer you a little more for a little more money----you talk yourself into it. Before you know it, you're spending three times as much as you were last year. I mentioned guns----and it's the same with those. You get walked up the ladder---a little more for this feature. A little more for that feature----and all the sudden, the $795.00 pistol you were planning on is $1795.00.
But most important after hearing that the lume wasn't as good on the new model, I was happily surprised while napping yesterday in a pitch dark office that the lume on the second generation is excellent. The stark white markers stand out. Were they brighter than my old model? It seemed to be the case but perhaps that's simply the whiter color of the markers. In any event, there's nothing to complain about regarding their lume.