When I first heard about this watch, I was really excited. It seemed like a perfect watch for someone that was looking to get into the Seiko game without breaking the bank. It has a great price point and a good amount of features that make it a really interesting option. The case is brushed and polished with a nice contrast between the bezel and the body of the watch. There are a lot of little touches that really make it stand out, such as the chamfering around the bezel and the lugs. The lug holes are standard 20mm, so it will work with a variety of straps.
It is a little bigger than an SKX, so it's definitely not meant to be a dive watch, but it looks great with a wide variety of outfits and feels comfortable on the wrist. The dial is minimal and has no logos or text, so it's still highly legible. The hands and markers are coated with Seiko's LumiBrite lume, which glows nicely in low light. The watch is powered by the in-house 4R36 movement, which is a huge upgrade over the old 7S26 that was used in the previous incarnation of this model.
There are people who will complain about the lack of a screw down crown and bezel, the fact that it's not a dive watch, and the size. I think that those folks are missing the point, which is that this is a great option for Seiko fans who want something new and different that will still give them a well-made, reliable watch that they can wear anywhere.