Want to replace the strap on your SKX013? Here are some good options!
The Seiko SKX013 is the ultimate dream for those who have long wished to own the SKX007 but don’t have the large wrist size to carry it off. In fact, at first glance, the SKX013 is a like-for-like alternative in so many respects.
The 37mm Seiko SKX013 is the more compact and manageable version of its larger 42mm sibling. That said, its thickness is the same whilst some really small and subtle differences can also be appreciated upon a much closer look.
The popular Seiko dive watch brings the key elements of the dial closer together within its more compact display and you can see evidence of this in the day-date feature, located further into the rehaut of the dial to save space.
If you love the look of Seiko’s entry-level dive watch icon, the Seiko SKX007, you’re not going to be disappointed! As a plus, it has plenty of 20mm strap options to choose from!
About the Seiko SKX013
Seiko launched their original dive watch in 1996, a piece which was loved for its entry-level price point and spec meeting ISO 6425 standards.
The Seiko SKX013 meets the same build quality as the SKX007 (but in a smaller size) through several key features. These features include its robust stainless steel casing, its 200-meter water-resistant capability, and its crown guards flanking a screw-down crown at 4 o’clock (designed to resist snagging or catching on garments).
The top of the watch’s structure is crafted from Hardlex material to protect the surface of the dial from denting, dust, heat, light, and moisture damage, while the dive watch’s bezel has deep clicks for easily measuring elapsed time when underwater.
Thanks to the classic dive watch style of the Seiko Prospex SKX013, it can easily be enjoyed on a range of different strap options, due at least in part to the watch’s growing popularity and a higher demand for strap choices.
Each 20mm strap for the Seiko SKX013 gives the diving tool watch a slightly different look, whether that be a more relaxed and casual appeal when paired with a NATO strap or a stainless steel bracelet that elevates its dramatic black and steel look to more elegant heights during the evening.
Best Seiko SKX013 Strap Options
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular strap options for pairing with the Seiko SKX013 watch.
When shopping for straps for the Seiko SKX013 you can still pick up the original all-black rubber band designed especially for it — the Seiko Z20 strap.
This strap is under 20mm and is built for water use but is also really stylish and cool for wearing with something more casual at the weekend.
The Seiko Z20 black rubber strap is certainly the go-to band if you’re looking to replace an old and existing rubber band, or if you want a robust and long-lasting strap that will enhance the signature style of this powerful and popular dive watch by Seiko.
The Seiko Jubilee Bracelet
The Seiko Jubilee watch strap from Uncle Seiko or Uncle Straps is worth mentioning, as it certainly helps the SKX013 achieve a dressier look on the wrist.
The founder of both websites began building his own portfolio of bracelets and straps having always been underwhelmed by the limited strap options available for his favorite watch brand.
The Seiko Jubilee watch strap would be the bracelet to opt for when wanting to wear the Seiko SKX013 alongside elegant evening attire or a formal suit.
It’s not the lightest of bracelets, in fact, its heaviness is courtesy of a solid stainless steel structure with solid end links that snap into the case of the SKX013 for a perfect fit.
To configure the bracelet, you’ll need a 1.4mm screwdriver and a spring bar tool.
The Jubilee bracelet also gives the Seiko SKX013 watch a slight vintage-inspired feel with its brushed outer links and polished central links.
The President Bracelet
The President bracelet from Uncle Seiko is another stylish option for configuring the Seiko SKX013.
The metal band is a nice alternative with standard hollowed links.
The bracelet boasts brushed links and polished sides that play with the light nicely, creating a perfectly durable and versatile steel bracelet for the Seiko SKX013.
It’s a particularly good option if you love the style of the SKX013 model but barely wear it for underwater use.
The Beads Of Rice Bracelet
The 20mm beads of rice bracelet option for the Seiko SKX013 watch is yet another stylish variant. This chain mail-inspired style came about for the first time on a bracelet back in the 1940s and, for its time, was quite a technical feat.
First experiencing success on iconic models from Rolex and Patek Philippe, the steel bracelet soon took off and is now synonymous with classy vintage watches, including retro dive watches and, of course, the Seiko SKX013.
The beads of rice bracelet for the Seiko SKX013, which tapers nicely at the clasp, features solid stainless steel end links.
The Razor-Wire Bracelet
The Razor-Wire bracelet creates a head-turning look when fitted on the Seiko SKX013.
Although not everyone’s first choice, its unique style and detailing are perhaps what makes the bracelet even more desirable. The design will look good on the wrist of a biker, a diver, or a businessman.
Don’t let its name fool you, the Razor-Wire bracelet is incredibly comfortable on the wrist and it’s very easy to remove links from the bracelet for resizing.
One last thing, thanks to its innovative design it won’t snag on the hairs of your wrist!
The Curved Waffle Strap
Although the standard black rubber band is a great look on the Seiko SKX013, the curved waffle strap adds a little more detail to the wrist.
Its repeated pyramid-patterned central section running down the entire length of the band is a nice finishing touch to this strap option for the Seiko SKX013, plus, being created from rubber, it will dry easily when it and out of the water.
There are plenty of reliable online Seiko watch strap stockists to buy from but for some more strap options for the Seiko SKX013, check out the Strap Code company — an online retailer that offers plenty of stylish metal band options for this model and outlines them on a list of compatible watch options in the spec of each product page.
Examples include the Super-J Louis watch band, the Super-O Boyer watch band, the Endmill watch band, and the Retro Razor watch band.
What’s your favorite strap option for the Seiko SKX013? Let me know in the comment section below!
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