Hi, I just got a Seiko SKZ211K1 "Atlas" or "Land shark" from a trade and wanted to share my very first impressions. (Will post the more important pics in the coming days.) I've wanted a japanese diver for some time now and this is my first mechanical Japanese watch. When I was going to make a long trip a couple of months ago I decided to leave my Swiss watches at home and perhaps see if I could find something interesting along the way. At Shipol I found a very cool and clean € 190 blue automatic Citizen diver similar to the Seiko SKXOO9 but with the crown at 8 oclock instead of 4 o clock. But for economic reasons I opted for a classic and retro digital Casio -- and regretted this during the entire journey since the Casio broke the first night when I had to climb a barb wired wall after have being looked out. Moreover, I almost always feel more confident when wearing a toolish kind of water resistant watch than when I don't, even though that sounds very silly... Anyway, I had been back home for about a month and had almost forgot about the blue Citizen and Japanese watches in general when I stumbled across a Seiko Atlas the other week. I was very hesitant at first since I prefer cleaner and simpler divers. The Atlas got some sort of Gadgety McGiver compass inside bezel which is maneuvered by an oversized crown on the west side of the watch. The unidirectional divers bezel have numbers, from 5 to 60, in the same font as the compass bezel and the numerals at the dial indicating time. This makes everything kind of cluttered at 02:51 PM in the morning. However, I do appreciate the robust feeling and look of the brushed case and the easily turned diver's bezel. It feels like the Atlas gives a lot of bang for the bucks, or rather the tiny bit more prestigious 70s manual chronograph I traded in for this Atlas. What I love about this watch is the thick and dark yellow/orange hands which reeks of (my conception of) Japanese design language. The thick comic book arrow kind of hands of some Japanese divers are probably what i like most about these watches. Besides, I've endured scrap metal powdered with obsolete tritium for about a year of so now the fact that these hands are covered with plenty of Superlumionova or Luminova or whatever it is that lights up the bathroom when the light is of is a plus. The fact that the watch got date and day function with the day written in both English and Arabic is another amusement. The non-hacking but quick set Cal.7S36 movement is probably nothing to write home about but it is used in many Seiko watches and seems to do its job. The watch is water resistent to 200 m. It came with a Seiko "oyster" bracelet but even though the quality seems fine I've mounted a (20 mm) black Nato instead. The first good impressions of this watch makes me ponder about the possibility of trying more high-end Seiko Divers such as the Sumo or even the Marinmaster which look so damn good on pictures. The only thing against this idea is the size. The Atlas, and I believe the Sumo and perhaps the Marinemaster, are something like 44 mm without crown and 22 between the lugs. For my tiny girlish wrists, that's just not ideal. For people who feels that Submariners are kind of small this is of course not a problem. Thanks for reading! If you managed to go through this wall of text I'm sure you can manage to find your way in the forest without the Seiko "compass". But for the price it's a nice toy that oozes quality and Japanese design language. It will do well as a summer, sport, reshuffle the attic, fiddle about with mens kind of pursuits kind of watch.