hier mal eine offizielle Antwort von Seiko zu dem Thema:
The answer from Seiko Japan about where the dash "K" verses the dash "J" models are made and sold.
Dear Mr. Robert E Dodson,
Thank you for your e-mail message.
Shortly, "K" models are shipped out from Hong Kong and "J" are from Japan.
Regarding the market to export, though majority of "J" are exported to the
middle east, it is not defined strictly. i.e. It is not strange if you would find "J"
in Europe or USA.
"K" are for everywhere. You would see them everywhere in the world.
Thank you and best regards,
Ken Ishikawa Service Group (CS dept.)
Seiko Watch Corporation, Japan
...und noch etwas dazu:
There has been extended discussion among Seiko diver collectors on the differences between SKX007J and SKX007K. The SKX007J has extra text on the dial that's not on the SKX007K -- "21 JEWELS" under "DIVER'S 200m" and in small lettering "Made in Japan" along bottom edge of dial below 6 o'clock. Some people have said the SKX007J is made in Japan and the SKX007K is made in Singapore and the Japan-made model seems to be better. Others argue there's no proof of the country of manufacture or of any difference in quality between the divers. Many people on the S&C Forum have concluded that there is only cosmetic but no real difference between the J and the K variations -- they are all great divers.
In answer to the question, "What are the differences between SKX007J and SKX007K?," Seiko Japan said: "The watch ref.#SKX007J and SKX007K are completely same watch model. The shipping route is slightly different. We are not able to inform you of the details" (email from Seiko Japan Service Group, 10/28/02).
Alles klar? Qualitätsunterschiede gibt es laut einhelliger Aussagen der internationalen Seiko Freaks keine - manch einer legt aber Wert auf "Made in Japan". Oder es sind Sammler, die einfach beide Versionen haben möchten.
Irgendwo habe ich mal gelesen, daß die Teile sowieso komplett in Japan produziert werden, und wirklich nur die Montage dann ausserhalb von Japan erledigt wird - nach den gleichen Qualitätsstandards wie bei Seiko Japan... :wink: