Spoiler alert – thatâ€™s going to be totally in the eyes of the beholder. Â While we here at WWR are ardent supporters of the Seiko Monster, and most of us have our own (first gen) ones, I cannot say as Iâ€™ve followed the evolution of the line all that closely. Â That is, until I came across the third generation, aka theÂ Seiko Prospex SZSC003.
Now, I did know that the second generation brought hacking and hand winding to the party, which I saw as a nice, but not necessary, upgrade from the first generation. Â The second generation was more about the colors that came along, of which there were nice ones. Â With our recent foray into hands-on review of Seiko divers (here, here, and here), I went through the catalog to see what was going on with the Monster. Â There, I learned two things.
First, for whatever reason, Seiko USA has nothing for the Monster listed in their Prospex lineup. Â As such, my contact there couldnâ€™t get me any more information (or a loaner). Â Second, I learned that when I spread a wider net, it was that the third-gen Seiko Prospex SZSC003 is what I would consider a perfect Monster for me.
Admittedly, it was the jade green dial variant that I first stumbled across, and I was captivated by the idea of a cyclops over the date wheel (along with the upgraded movement, sure). Â I know the cyclops is a bit of a divisive feature on any watch, but I find myself a fan. Â Then, when I came across this blue-dialed version of theÂ Seiko Prospex SZSC003 over at our friends Long Island Watch, well, I was captivated.
Make no mistake – theÂ Seiko Prospex SZSC003 is the Monster we all know and love, with itâ€™s domed Hardlex crystal, LumiBright indices and hands that should glow like a nova, and a 200m WR rating, all topped by the no-nonsense diving bezel. Â The obvious visual changes are more of a blasted finish to the case, a smoother crown, and of course the cyclops.
Inside the case of the Seiko Prospex SZSC003 is the 6R15 movement, which looks to be quite a nice upgrade over the original. Â Hacking, hand winding, and a power reserve that ups the spec to 50 hours, whatâ€™s not to like? Â Now, if Victor were writing this article, he could probably give you even more details, but for now, youâ€™ll have to settle for this other wiki page that I found that explains things a bit better.
So, to answer that question in the title of the article. Yes, theÂ Seiko Prospex SZSC003 is the best monster – at least for me. Â For a rugged dive watch, the Monster is surprisingly compact (and versatile), and this latest version with the blue dial and cyclops is, well, firmly in my wheelhouse. Â Given that Seiko USA canâ€™t get these, youâ€™re going to be on a hunt for them. Â As I mentioned a bit earlier in this article, our pals over at Long Island Watch do actually have some, with a price tag of $625. Â Yeah, thatâ€™s a jump from what weâ€™re used to with Monsters, but Seiko in general seems to be taking things upmarket. Â Add in the upgraded movement, and relative rarity, and yeah, youâ€™re getting some price tag bumps. Â In my book, itâ€™s worth it, and I am sorely tempted. Â Sorely tempted, I tell you. Â They’ve only got the one, though, so if you need an idea for my birthday later this summer… Â longislandwatch.com
- Brand & Model:Â Seiko Prospex SZSC003
- Price:Â $625
- Who we think it might be for:Â Well, me, of course. Â Well, and I suppose for anyone who wants a classic, reliable, and durable watch
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? Indeed, indeed.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:Â Get one on my wrist, plain and simple.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch:Â Blue Monster with a Cyclops – the only way it would be more â€œmeâ€ is if it somehow was a GMT as well.
- 6R15 23J Automatic
- Hack function & Hand winding
- Accuracy:Â +25/-15 sec per day
- Case:Â SS
- Crystal:Â Hardlex
- Lumi Bright:Â hands and markers
- Water Resistance:Â 200 m water resistance for divers
- Anti-magnetic:Â Available
- Power reserve:Â 50 hours
- Diameter:Â 42.3 mm (without the crown)
- Thickness:Â 13.1 mm
- Max wrist size:Â 20cm(7.8inch)
- Crown:Â Screw-down crown