6 Of The Best Seiko Blue Dial Watches
James Elliott30 April 2021 | 8 min read
Seiko is one of the most popular budget watch companies in the world, successfully blending great style and functionality with wallet-friendly prices. Talking of popularity, since the turn of the 2000s, watch fans have ditched boring black designs and been crying out for more colour on their dials. Bring these two together, and you’ll notice there’s a wide range of Seiko blue dial watches.
In this article, we’re going to pull out some of our favourite Seiko watches to be graced with a trendy blue dial. We’ll look across the Sport, Dive & Formal watch categories to show you a wide range of models whilst comparing them all on their design, specs and price.
By the end of this article, we promise that if you’re in the market for a Seiko blue dial watch, you’ll have a great selection to choose from!
Let’s not waste any more time and bring up our first watch.
Seiko Blue Dial Sports Watches
We’ll pick out two of the best blue dial sports watches from Seiko to get us started. Both of these watches are perfect to wear on the wrist day-to-day, whether you’re heading into work, hitting the bar for a drink, or having a kick-about in the park with friends.
Why do we like it? – It combines clean stylings with a unique day indicator, all powered by a self-charging kinetic movement
The first pick for today’s round-up is a kinetic-powered blue dial piece from Seiko with the model number SRN047P1. It’s a watch that combines classic and straightforward stylings with modern twists to create a sports watch that looks great on the wrist.
The first thing you’ll notice about this watch is the size. At 43mm, we’re creeping towards large watch territory, so it will be great for those with bigger wrists. The stainless steel case and bracelet streamline into the deep blue dial very nicely to create a smart and simple outer design.
On the dial itself, you get a smooth mix of steel hour markers, dauphine hands and the Seiko Kinetic branding at 12 o’clock. It’s in the complications where this watch gets interesting, with the date window at 3 o’clock partnered with a day indicator across the 4, 5 and 6 positions. It’s a unique design for the day indicator and one which helps the watch stand out from others in this round-up.
The watch is rounded off with a good quality, scratch resistant hardlex crystal and 100m of water resistance. If you like the look of this kinetic model, the good news is this watch won’t break the bank. At just $155, it ticks all the boxes when it comes to a tremendous entry-level, blue dial sports watch.
Why do we like it? – High-class blue sports watch that’s perfect for staying stylish during any type of adventure
One of Seiko’s most talked-about watches is the Prospex Alpinist, thanks to its rich history, high-quality specs and gorgeous design. Whilst the watch comes in several different styles, it’s the two blue-faced models which caught our eye, with the SPB157J1 model shown below.
First things first, this is a beautiful watch. At 38mm, it’s a good size to appeal to those with small and large wrists without looking out of place on either. The stainless steel case is highly polished, giving an incredible shine, with this model matching it together with a blue calfskin strap.
As you move onto the dial, this is where the watch comes into its own. The dial pattern is an interesting one with an almost speckled finish on top of a deep blue colouring. The stylings stay true to the original 1959 design, with the silver chapter ring markings matched to alternating numerical and triangular hour markings. This is rounded off with a date window at 3 o’clock and lollipop style hands we’re all familiar with from Rolex.
You’ll also get some premium features thrown in, such as an AR sapphire crystal, 200m of water resistance and an exhibition case-back. This is one of Seiko’s most premium watches, and as such, you can expect to pay around $700. If you’re looking for a blue dial sports watch that’s just oozing with class and premium performance, we can’t recommend the Seiko Blue Alpinist SPB157J1 enough!
Seiko Blue Dial Dive Watches
Perhaps the area that Seiko is best known for is their Dive watch collection. Both of these watches are smart enough to be worn day-to-day but come into their elements when diving to the depths of the ocean!
Why do we like it? – Big, bold & strong dive watch from the excellent Prospex range that looks great with a blue dial
For our first dive watch, we pull out another model from Seiko’s Prospex range with the ‘Monster’ model under the code SRPD25K1. As the name suggests, the first thing you’ll notice about this watch is the size – and at 42.4mm in diameter and 13.4mm in thickness, it’s a chunky watch.
The size is bulked out further by the large black bezel that sits on top of a nice and chunky steel bracelet. As you move onto the dial, you get a sleek and shiny blue finish that’s packed with great dive features. The bronze coloured markers are large and covered in high powered lume, with the combination of arrow and spear hands making it easy to keep track of time. It’s all rounded off with a day/date indicator at 3 o’clock that’s accompanied by a cyclops lens.
Seiko’s 4R36 movement delivers 41 hours of power reserve and a super high level of timing accuracy. From a diving perspective, you’ll get 200m of water resistance, and of course, that bezel is uni-directional to help you keep track of time! The only downside here is the crystal which isn’t sapphire and instead comes in Hardlex. It’s still going to withstand all your bumps and scuffs, though, so there’s nothing to worry about when heading diving.
The Prospex range is packed full of great diving watches, so there’s a wide range to chose from. But if you like the look of the SRPD25K1 Monster model, the good news is you’ll be able to get your hands on one for around $400. At that price, you’re getting a beast of a watch, both in terms of size and capability!
Why do we like it? – Classic Seiko diving watch that’s got its design roots in the past with a modern blue dial twist.
If you’re a fan of classic Seiko diver watches, you’ll be equally as impressed by the SKX009J1 model. It builds upon the look and feel of some of the original Seiko dive watches, such as the SKX007, to deliver a dive watch that looks great on the wrist when diving with friends.
A large 43mm case is matched this time with a blue hardened rubber bracelet and metal clasp. Many divers prefer a rubber bracelet over a steel one as it flexes and moulds better to the wrist to ride those twist and turns in the water. The iconic blue and red ‘Pepsi’ stylings can be found on the unidirectional bezel, with bright white markings making it easy to read.
On the dial itself, we stay in classic diver territory. Large white lume covered markings are matched with arrow style hands to make the dial super easy to read even in dark underwater conditions. You also get a reasonably simple day/date indicator at 3 o’clock alongside subtle ‘Seiko Automatic’ branding.
The diving specs are similar to what we saw with the Seiko Monster, with 200m of water resistance matched with a hardlex crystal to keep it all safe. Like the Seiko Monster you’re also going to be able to get your hands on this watch for around $400. Again, it’s an excellent bargain for a watch with this level of diving performance and will suit those that like a rubber bracelet and classic stylings.
Seiko Blue Dial Dress Watches
To finish, we’ll pick out our favourite blue dial dress watches from Seiko. Both of these watches are perfect for a formal occasion, oozing class and sophistication whilst delivering great timekeeping ability!
Why do we like it? – A cheap and clean dress watch that strikes the balance between an interesting design without being too busy
The SNE507 model from Seiko is a fantastic choice if you want a blue dial dress watch on a budget. Those who favour a light blue dial will also love this watch as the baby blue colourings make it soft and attractive.
At 39.4mm, we’re in perfect dress watch territory as something noticeable but not too bold on the wrist. The watch itself uses a fairly standard Seiko stainless steel bracelet which blends into the case nicely. The large oval face is the perfect foundation for a striking design, and the SNE507 delivers just that.
The dial combines three different blue patterns. The chapter ring comprises a deep blue with silver minute markers. Further in, there’s a lighter blue ring which, although it features a slight pattern, gives a great shine. And lastly, the centre of the watch features a light blue texturing that’s almost a little psychedelic to the eye. All of this is matched with baton/arrow slender hands and hour markers, all in silver.
Technically, this watch also features a date window at 3 o’clock, a hardlex crystal and 50m water resistance. From a movement perspective, this is a solar watch which means no re-charges, no replacement batteries and no winding – just 24/7 power from the natural light of the sun!
If you’re looking for a smart blue dial watch that opts for a light blue finish, this is the watch for you and a great recommendation for any formal occasion. Best of all, at only $140, it’s a watch that delivers premium style on a decent budget.
Why do we like it? – A classy blue dial dress watch with one of the nicest dial designs you’ll see from any watch, let alone a Seiko.
We recently featured this watch as part of our SARB033 comparison piece and just loved everything about it. As a dress watch, we think this Presage Cocktail Time model is one of Seiko’s nicest looking pieces and fits perfectly into our blue dial roundup.
At 40mm, it’s a good size for a dress watch and can appeal to most wrist sizes. Whilst there’s a classy, fine-linked stainless steel bracelet with this watch, it’s the dial design that will grab your attention!
The sunburst dial attracts the light brilliantly to create a shine that’s almost certain to turn heads. The dial also combines arrow tip hour markers, slim hands and a subtle date window at the 3 o’clock position to round off the perfect dress watch look and feel.
For the price, there are also some nice additional touches, such as a sapphire crystal and a solid automatic/hand-wound movement. As an overall package, you’ll be able to get your hands on a SRPB41J1 Cocktail Time for around $385. It really is a great price for a stunning dress watch that also delivers premium features – you’d be hard pushed to find a better blue dial dress watch from any brand at that price, let alone just Seiko.
In many ways, it feels like Seiko and blue dial watches were made for each other. Seiko’s continue to grow in popularity as their high quality, and low cost come together to make them a firm favourite among watch fans. Blue dial watches continue to become the trend as tastes move away from classic black/white dials.
Luckily, there’s a range of blue-faced Seiko watches on the market across the Sports, Dive and Dress watch categories. We’ve only touched the surface in this article, so if you’re after a blue dial watch from one of Japan’s leading brands, we’d suggest you shop around to find the perfect watch for you!