I’ve been on the lookout for a clean military styled Seiko quartz chronograph. I guess I’ve had a soft spot for military styled watches for a long time. When I was in elementary school, I always admired a friend’s older brother’s watch. It had a classic military black and white dial. It looked simple and cool, and today, I’d like to think that my love for Seiko divers has roots that trace back to my early appreciation of military styled watches.
Seiko 7A28 RAF British Military Watch
Most would say, and I would agree, that the 7A28/7T27 British RAF Seikos are the penultimate Military Quartz Chronographs. I’ve shied away from these because I’ve already had a 7A28 British RAF chronograph and while I like the later 7T27 versions, I really don’t want to pay the multi hundred dollar premium for one because of the military provenance. Another one I really like is the SBPP007 Power Design Project watch, but the price is more than I want to pay.
Recently, this SNDA21P1 (export model SCJC041) appeared in Seiko Japan catalogs. The clean, simple design caught my eye, and the large 43mm size would make it extra legible and fun to wear. When I saw that it contained my beloved 7T92 movement, I reached for my wallet. With a street price of approximately $200.00, this is not a high end Seiko by any means. The dial printing is not as crisp as it could be, the hands are not finished like what you’d see on a higher end watch, nor is the case finishing sophisticated; but that’s not what this watch is about. If you are in the market for a reasonably priced traditional mil-style quartz chronograph, the SNDA21P1 is worth a look.