History of the Seiko SKX009 (Pepsi) & Seiko SKX007

The history of the Seiko Diving watches goes back to 1965 with their very first model. From then on Seiko have lead the way in innovation, design technology, materials and style. You may have already looked at the Seiko Tuna and Seiko Turtle – here we take a quick look at the history of the Seiko SKX009 and SKXC007 dive watches.

Introduction to the SKX007 and SKX009

Of all the Seiko dive watches that have ever graced our wrists & oceans – the Seiko SKX007 and Seiko SKX009 are two of the most popular. This short history of the Seiko SKX009 Pepsi and SKX007 tells us they were first introduced in 1996. At the time, no one could have predicted their success and longevity. All models incorporated the Seiko 7S26 automatic movement. Older models can be identified by their 150m water resistancy, newer ones were certified to a depth of 200m.


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Quality since 1965 – the DNA of diver’s watches

The quality of the SKX models was determined in their DNA (2). Inheriting important features from some very well respected predecesors like the 6309 and the 6105 – all-time classic dive watches. If you’re new to these classic diver watches please browse through our short history of the Seiko Dive Watch – starting with the Seiko 6217-8000 in 1965 and the 6105-8000 in 1968

What should you expect to pay

This is a difficult one – and in the last couple of years prices have gone up. Prices for a pre-owned SKX007 or SKX009 vary widely. As a rule of thumb, expect to pay in the region of £150 to £250 ($180 to $300) for a clean example of a Seiko SKX007K or SKX009K. For an authentic JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) SKX007J or SKX009J expect to pay between £220 and £300 ($260 to $350). Beware of modified versions – people sometimes fit a “Made in Japan” aftermarket dial to an SKX007K / SKX009K and sell it as an SKX007J / SKX009J. This is acceptable as long as the buyer is fully aware of which version they are actually purchasing

Seiko SKX009 – red & blue (Pepsi) bezel

The most popular of all the Seiko dive watches is the Seiko SKX009 shown below. Made famous by it then unique, now often copied “Pepsi” red and blue bezel. Available with either a steel bracelet or the more popular rubber divers strap – shown below. When looking to buy a pre-owned model it is useful to know the age of the watch. You can use this Seiko Retro watch age guide to find out the year of manufacture from the serial number

Seiko SKX009 dive watch with Pepsi blue & red bezel and rubber divers strap

The Seiko SKX009 has proved popular over decades for many reasons. It’s a proper diver’s watch with an ISO 6425 rating to 200m. It features a uni-directional bezel and protected / recessed screw in crown. Most popular are the versions with the black rubber diving strap as shown in these images.

SKX009 Specification

  • SKX009J/J1/J2 – JDM versions with “Made in Japan” between 5 and 7 o’clock
  • SKX009K/K1/K2 – non-Japanese models. Possibly made in Malaysia. Expect to pay LESS for these models
  • Movement: Seiko 7S26 Automatic (self-winding)
  • Case: Brushed stainless steel, 43mm x 13mm
  • Lug width: 22mm
  • Luminescence: Lumibrite
  • Dial: Black
  • Bezel: Black
  • Lens: Hardlex Mineral
  • Back: Engraved with screw-in back
  • Band: Stainless Steel with clasp or Rubber divers
  • Water Resistant: 200 meters
  • Warranty: 2 Years (at time of sale)

SKX009 Videos

Seiko SKX009 Dive Watch Full Review

Watch Addiction – they say the SKX009 is simply the BEST WATCH UNDER $200! …

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Living with Seiko SKX009 Full Review

24 hours at a time – Full Review Of A Legendary Diver Watch

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Seiko SKX007 – black dial & bezel

Slightly less popular than the Seiko SKX009 is the Seiko SKX007. Mechanically identical – the only difference in the two models is the watch dial and bezel colour. They are both powered by the super reliable Seiko 7S26 automatic movement

Seiko SKX007 dive watch with black & white bezel and rubber divers strap
Seiko SKX007 dive watch with black bezel

The SKX007 has an all black watch face and an all black dial – with no differentiator at the 20 minute mark (something designed to help control ascent time when returning to the surface).

SKX007 Specification

  • SKX007J/J1/J2 – JDM versions with “Made in Japan” between 5 and 7 o’clock. Expect to pay 25-50% more for these Japanese models.
  • SKX007K/K1/K2 – non-Japanese models. Possibly made in Malaysia.
  • Movement: Seiko Calibre 7S26 Automatic (self-winding)
  • Case: Brushed stainless steel, 43mm x 13mm
  • Lug width: 22mm
  • Luminescence: Lumibrite
  • Dial: Black
  • Bezel: Black
  • Lens: Hardlex Mineral
  • Back: Engraved with screw-in back
  • Band: Stainless Steel with clasp or Rubber divers
  • Water Resistant: 200 meters
  • Warranty: 2 Years (at time of sale)

Water Resistancy – 150m or 200m

The original SKX dive watches were rated to 150m. Latter versions have an improved rating of 200m. But remember – if you plan to scuba-dive with a modified SKX 007/009 – it MUST have been pressure tested. If in doubt ask for a water-resistancy report from the seller or at least written assurance it will not leak.

Seiko SKX007 Video Review: One Year on

Boosty – I absolutely love this watch and it is my go to for many occasions…..

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Modified SKX models

There are many used versions online with non-genuine bezel, watch glass, straps and even hands. These often sell for quite a lot less than a genuine condition model. They might look great – but are they as good as the non-modified genuine models?

A highly modified Seiko SKX009 Divers 200m watch
A highly modified Seiko SKX009 – make your own mind up

The most popular components changed on the SKX009 / SKX007 modifications are hands, hour markers, watch glass, bezel and dial. You can find SKX dive watches that have been modified to look like Rolex, Tudor, Omega and many other luxury dive watch brands.

SKX Mods Video

Lume Shot – Seiko “Stargate” dial with Sumo hands & another featuring an SKX 171 dial

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If you found this page via a search engine – please visit our generic Seiko Divers watch history page for more information on all Seiko Prospex models since 1965. There’s general information on all iconic styles from Japan’s leading manufacturer of quality dive watches. If you are in the market for a new watch then please browse the hundreds of Seiko Diving Watches for sale here.

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