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An Affordable Chrono


If you listened to the last HourTime podcast, you heard how at first the Obris Morgan I took a look at earlier this month got John’s hopes up, and then dashed them on the rocks when he realized the subdials weren’t chrono registers, but date-related.  Let’s see if this Seiko can resurrect his faith in the low end of the market.

The particular model in question is the SNDC47.  Sure, it’s a quartz model, but if that doesn’t bother (doesn’t bug me), it’s got a great list of specs:

  • 42mm case on a 20mm bracelet (both stainless steel); 10mm thick
  •  Hardlex crystal (not sapphire, but a darn sight better than most mineral crystals)
  • Tachymeter function courtesy of the bezel
  • 12 hour subdial
  • 1/20th of a second subdial
  • 60 second subdial
  • Date display
  • 100m water resistance

While I find some chronos to be overly busy, here, I think the simplicity of the black and white color scheme works to keep things readable.  Also?  Kudos to Seiko for going with the black background on the date display – blends in to the dial so much better than a white background would have.

Given the style (and sizing) of the watch, it could fit in in just about any environment – work, casual, or dress.  Also, with that color scheme, it lends itself nicely to strap changes (ballistic nylon or leather of your choice).    And given what this goes for on Amazon ($105), you an afford a few strap options.

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