Before diving into detail about all the bells and whistles that make up the Monster, the reputation of the watch itself is worthy of a robust introduction. The monster is a staple in the watch community. Among the serious collectors with expensive and expansive collections, a missing Monster would stick out like a sore thumb. Hyper accurate movement, brand new design, or groundbreaking materials is not what makes the Monster famous however. What makes the watch special is the value that the Monster provides. The Monster is made up of many materials and functions that are not new to the watchmaking world as a whole, but with this model they are done just right. And working in harmony, all of these carefully crafted details come together to form a package that is extremely satisfying to own and wear on a daily basis. A closer look at each feature of the Monster is taken below.
Case and Dial
The case of the Monster is stainless steel with polished and machine finishes. The Bezel sits slightly higher than the domed crystal, conveniently providing protection from easy scratches – a simple and effective technique that should be employed with more watches. The dial is a simple diver design and easy to look at, with no distractive chronometers.
One of the most notable features of the Monster is the lume. The Monster is near famous for it. Seiko owns a patented Lumibrite compound, which has been generously employed on the hands and hour markers. The watch glows like a torch in the darkness.
The bracelet of the Monster is where a lot of the value for this watch is derived. The Monster bracelet has a hefty weight, a unique brushed and polished look, and features a REAL diver’s extension – very rare for a watch in this price range. The band is made of stainless steel with feathered pin links, and the clasp has a micro adjustment to help find the perfect fit. For those who prefer a rubber band, this is also an option, and will result in a lighter watch and slightly cheaper price.
The watch employs the 21 jewel Seiko 7S26 movement, which runs at 21,600 ticks per second and doesn’t stop when the crown is pulled out. The watch cannot be hand wound, but the self winding automatic movement is quite efficient, and comes with a power reserve of at least 24 hours. The 7S26 movement has been employed with the Seiko brand for many years, developing a dependable reputation for accuracy.
In addition to its great features, the watch really is in a style category all its own. There really is no other watch that looks remotely similar to it. With a hefty weight, big size, and masculine look, you’re also sure to get interested compliments very often. For those who prefer an orange dial, the “orange monster” is also an option that may be worth considering. Whether you’d like to wear the time piece for work or play, the Monster will not disappoint, and will likely remain a popular piece for years to come.