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Table Of Contents

  • Why Do We Have Pubic Hair?
  • Is Pubic Hair Unhygenic
  • Why Do Men Trim Their Pubic Hair?
  • Risks Of Trimming Your Pubic Hair
  • Common Pubic Hair Designs For Guys
    • 5 O’Clock Shaddow
    • The Landing Strip
    • The Lion’s Mane
    • The Postage Stamp
    • Full Bare
  • Can You Use a Beard Trimmer to Trim Your Pubes?
  • How to Trim Your Pubic Hair Without It Itching
  • What to Do After Trimming Your Pubic Hair
  • What to Do If You Cut Yourself While Trimming
  • Best Way to Collect Hair While Trimming
  • Comments

You’ve probably trimmed your pubic hair before. If you’re in the minority of men who don’t currently have a trimmed penis, there’s no shame. Regardless of your past, everyone is curious, and that’s why you’re here today. You want to know which male grooming styles are the most popular. What kinds of designs are guys shaving into themselves these days?

Fortunately for you, this is our area of expertise. We have a pretty large following, and we used that to poll the men and ask what they’re into. Today, we will educate you on the best penis trimming styles. We’ll talk about how to do the grooming and cover everything else you could possibly need to know about getting rid of hair on your shaft. This is your chance to enter the upper echelon of male grooming pros.

Why Do We Have Pubic Hair?

Human body hair is really weird. We have a ton on top of our head, a fair amount on our faces, a lot less on our torsos and limbs, and then a giant tuft around the genitals? Who came up with this design? Even the burliest men follow this map — although they might look bushy standing next to a less-hairy guy. It doesn’t make sense at a glance.

It turns out that human body hair serves different functions. The hair on the top of your head is primarily to keep you warm. Your pubes are completely different. Their functions are mostly related to hygiene and friction. It takes a little thinking, but in a primal world, pubic hair reduces friction during sex — especially when it’s nice and bushy. Of course, these days we can just use lube, so its importance is diminished.

Pubic hair also helps with hygiene. For starters, it traps smells. While that’s gross to a modern human, not so long ago, pheromone projection was an important part of mating. Pubes help trap pheromones to help them do their thing.

Similarly, pubes can help prevent the spread of some venereal diseases. Crabs obviously aren’t on the list, but pubes inhibit the transfer of infection from one person to another. Before you get carried away, a large bush is not a substitute for condoms. You can get plenty of VD no matter how long your pubes are, but evolutionarily, they helped mitigate the spread of some infections.

Is Pubic Hair Unhygienic?


Even though pubic hair has evolutionary reasons to be there, that doesn’t mean modern humans are big fans of it. While some people are more into bush than others, most of us are less than attracted to the wiry hairs that sprout up below the shorts.

The modern consensus is that pubes are gross. They trap sweat and smell bad. They get itchy and can make it easier for your skin to dry out. There’s a lot wrong with pubes. Despite all of that, they are not inherently unhygienic. Pubes are like any other part of your body. They are exactly as clean or gross as your lifestyle. If you keep them clean, they’re plenty hygienic. If you skip showers, they’ll make you smell awful.

That said, groomed pubic hair is a lot easier to maintain, so for the lazy guy, male grooming might prove to be the answer to how to make your penis smell good.

Why Do Men Trim Their Pubic Hair?

Man Trimming His Pubic Hair With A Body Trimmer

In truth, men have been grooming their bodies (all of their bodies) since at least ancient Egypt. Considering that’s the oldest documented civilization, we can say that men have been grooming pretty much forever. 

The modern trend has picked up a lot of steam in the last 15 years or so. If you want to know why, we should answer three related questions.

Does Trimming Your Pupic Hair Make Your Penis Look Larger?

The answer is a resounding yes. Everyone knows this. There is no disagreement, and you can see why this is a powerful motivator for a lot of guys. Whether it’s for your own self-esteem or to show off to someone else, trimming makes you look bigger.

When Did Grooming Pubic Hair become the Norm?

While the idea of male grooming has been around for thousands of years, the normalization is very modern history. We can talk about old hairless trends, but the modern normalization starts with the advent of the bikini. Women were suddenly showing a lot more skin, and that ultimately led them to think about whether or not any pubes were showing. The Brazilian wax took off in the 90s, and within 10 years, it was so popular that men began really exploring the ideas of controlling their pubes. Male grooming became the norm between 2005 and 2010. In that time frame, male groomers went from a minority to a majority.

Why Do Men Typically Start Trimming their Pubic Hair?

There are a few answers to this. Some guys don’t start trimming until their 30s, 40s or even 50s. For them, finally getting into grooming is usually about comfort. They’ve heard other guys praise the trim, so they try it themselves.

For younger men, it’s usually a lot more about societal pressure. Men are outright expected to groom these days, and younger guys are faster to jump on the train.

Risks of Trimming Your Pubic Hair

As you can imagine, pubic grooming comes with some risks. If that is what has kept you from adopting the practice so far, that’s completely understandable. Any man would shudder at the thought of cutting himself when trying to remove some hair. Truth be told, it’s something that happens. When you use a razor, you run that risk, and if you shave enough, you will inevitably cut yourself.

Even with a lot of modern trimmers, the risk is still there. Despite cutting guards, if you’re careless, you can poke yourself or otherwise create an unpleasant situation.

What’s worse than a simple cut is that cuts can get infected. They can increase your risk of contracting certain STIs, and that’s really not something any of us want to think about. With all of that in mind, there are a few things you can do to mitigate risk.

  1. Always use a clean, sharp razor. Dull razors are more likely to cut you than sharp razors Regardless, a clean razor helps you prevent infection.
  2. More injuries occur when a partner helps. There are parts of your body that are hard to do yourself. Despite that, involving another person makes things complicated and comes with new risks.
  3. Always stand while trimming. Your body is made for standing upright. You’re at your most stable standing over your own feet. 
  4. Never share your hair removal tools. When you share tools, you share germs. This is even true when you share your tool with other parts of your body.
  5. Avoid using your beard trimmer. It’s easy to understand why early adopters were doing this, but these days, there are trimmers designed specifically for body grooming. They do the job much better.

Common Pubic Hair Designs for Guys

We can finally get into the meat of the topic. You came here for pubic hair styles, and we have a few that are worth learning. These are the most commonly choses pubic hair designs for guys.

Man Shaving A 5 O'clock Shaddow With A Body Hair Trimmer

5 O’Clock Shadow

This is basically a standard groin haircut. We polled our followers, and 68 percent of them said that this is their go-to look. The 5 o’clock shadow is what it sounds like. You trim the pubes down to be pretty short, but not completely bald. It’s simple. It’s easy. It looks good.

Here’s a tip for the newbies. The first time you do this, use the cutting guards on your pube trimmer, and err on the side of leaving things too long. If you go too short, you might find that your 5 o’clock shadow is prickly or itchy.

How to Trim Your Pubic Hair: The 5 O’Clock Shadow

In order to get a top-notch shadow, you want to follow a simple plan. First, ensure that your Lawn Mower 3.0™ trimmer is fully charged. Follow that by laying down your Magic Mat™ shaving mat. You want to use the longest guard length at its highest setting. Trim with The Lawn Mower by placing it flat against your skin with the blades perpendicular. Trim in every direction.

When dealing with the balls (or other loose skin), pull it tight to prevent nicks and tugs.

Once you have gone through, adjust the cutting length and go a little shorter if you want to, but heed our previous warning.

Runway landing strip

The Landing Strip

Another popular style is the landing strip. There’s a chance you have seen this on someone before; it’s popular with the guys and the ladies. According to our survey, 11 percent of guys always go with a landing strip while a quarter of all guys have tried it at least once.

For anyone who isn’t familiar, this is a style where you leave a strip of longer pubes above the penis. Everything else is taken down shorter. The aesthetic, as you might have guessed, is a thin strip of pubic hair.

How to Shave a Landing Strip

The traditional landing strip mixes shaving and trimming, so start by trimming everything down to the lowest guard length. This technique should be like the 5 o’clock shadow, but you’re taking everything down shorter.

After this, remove the guard and shave the pubes, leaving a thin line above the goods. Take the rest of the pubic hair as low as it can get with your trimmer.

Lion With A Large Mane

The Lion’s Mane

The lion’s mane is a fun look for your trimmed penis. The idea is pretty basic. You go bare on the testicles and at the base of the shaft. Everywhere else is left wild. You can imagine how this resembles an actual lion’s mane.

This isn’t the most popular style of all, but it’s common enough. Eight percent of our respondents prefer this look. A quarter of them has tried it at some point.

How to Shave a Lion’s Mane

The technique for this one is easy enough too. Start by trimming the shaft and balls at the highest Lawn Mower setting. Bring the length down gradually until you have to remove it. Don’t touch any other hair down there.

You’ll find that once you’re comfortable trimming the shaft and balls, this is the fastest and easiest style to maintain.

Postage Stamp

The Postage Stamp, the Arrow, and the Bermuda Triangle

These are variations on the same concept. You’re putting a specific shape into your pubic hair. It’s kind of like when guys had words trimmed into their hair in the 90s, but a lot easier. The primary shapes that are common are arrows, triangles and squares.

Only five percent of our respondents prefer this style, but it’s definitely fun to at least try once.

How to Shave Shapes into Your Pubic Hair

This type of grooming is more advanced than other styles. It’s best to use a stencil. You can create one with heavy paper pretty easily.

Once you have a stencil, go ahead and bring everything down to a 5 o’clock shadow. Take a little lotion and apply it to your stencil. Hold it in place and shave around it with no guard on The Lawn Mower 3.0 trimmer.

Finish up by cleaning up any hair that doesn’t fit around the genital area. The only prominent hair should be the remaining shape.

Bald Head Of A Man

Goin Full Bare

Shaving everything smooth is one of the first and most popular looks for male grooming. In recent years, it has fallen in popularity as guys have discovered a number of fun styles. Still, eight percent of our responders like being as smooth as possible.

While going full bare denotes a certain amount of baldness, it doesn’t have to lack in creativity. You can pair baldness with any other style to really make an aesthetic pop.

If you want to know more about going bald, we made a complete tutorial for you.

Can You Use a Beard Trimmer to Trim Your Pubes?

In a technical, pedantic way of thinking, a beard trimmer can cut your pubes. It is physically capable of doing the job, but most beard trimmers will struggle with the thicker, stronger hairs around your penis. Pubic hairs make short work of most beard trimmers, so you’re usually better off with something designed to handle them.

Besides that, there is an important reason that trimming your pubic hair with a beard trimmer is a bad idea. That reason is hygiene. Very different microbes grow on different parts of your body, and you don’t want to mix and match them. One of the most dangerous bacterias that may be living in your groin area is Staph. Using a trimmer that you use interchangeably between your groin and face could lead to developing a Staph infection. According to the US National Library of Medicine, between 10-30% of people who develop a Staph infection will die from it.

How to Trim Your Pubic Hair Without It Itching

Man Scratching His Crotch

There are a few tricks that help in trimming your pubic hair without it itching. The first is to not go too short. A lot of times, itching comes from your prickly hairs poking your skin. If you go a little longer in cutting length, you skip this issue.

Itchiness can also come from dry skin, so moisturizing after you groom helps a lot.

Lastly, take care of your pubic hair. If you wash it correctly, it will be software and less prone to irritation.

What to Do After Trimming Your Pubic Hair

The first thing you should do after a trim is wash yourself. Clipped hair will make you itch like crazy, so clean thoroughly. After that, you want to moisturize and exfoliate. These two steps will keep your skin healthy and prevent issues like ingrown hairs. 

What to Do If You Cut Yourself While Trimming

Despite your careful efforts, if you get a cut, you want to take care of it right away. Use a disinfectant (like Neosporin) and put pressure on the cut to stop the bleeding. Depending on the severity, you can usually finish your trim, but if it’s too much, then stop. You can catch up on trimming after the cut heals.

If the cut ever seems severe, go see a doctor. It’s why we have them.

Best Way to Collect Hair While Trimming

The very best way to deal with the mess of hair clippings is to not worry about them. Let them fall. When you lay down a Magic Mat, you get a large surface where your pubes can fall freely. To clean up, all you have to do is toss the mat. It’s super easy and by far the best method.

Thus concludes your complete guide to maintaining a trimmed penis. You now know the styles, how to achieve them and how to deal with grooming in general. You are empowered to make your pubic hair into a dazzling display of sexiness. The only thing left is to get after it.

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10 Things Women Notice First In A Man



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Most guys think women only notice men with the looks of Brad Pitt, biceps the size of Texas and more money than Jeff Bezos.

But this isn’t true. If you nail that first impression when you walk in a room women will easily notice you. That’s why in this article I’m going to give you the ten things a woman notices about a man first.

Take note because after you’ve read this article getting to know a woman will be infinitely easier.

#1 Women Notice Your Face

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No debates here. If you keep your face in its best form – it means you’re taking great care of yourself.

Do you need a super handsome face? Nope! Not all of us are born with the Hollywood movie star look. If women only wanted that, there’d be a huge surplus of single men on this planet!

What you really need are good grooming habits. You want to show the ladies your well-maintained facial hair (whether it’s short stubble or a full-grown beard).

Or maybe you prefer a clean-shaven look – just make sure there are no post-shave bumps or red marks plaguing your face.

And then there’s the skin itself. Some guys still think they are ‘too manly’ for skincare. They wait for an acne outbreak or pain issue before seeking treatment.

The truth is, it’s every man’s responsibility to find the right lotion, cleanser or anti-aging cream to keep his skin healthy 24/7.

#2 Women Notice Your Smile

guy smiling

The most important part of your face is so valuable it’s worth talking about separately.

A captivating smile is a “welcome” sign that you’re waving from afar in a woman’s direction.

Combine that smile with seductive eye contact and a confident posture? You’re well on your way to impressing a woman.


Your smile can also be a hindrance if the teeth are noticeably dirty. Or worse… discolored! That’s why you need to watch out for:

  • Stains from drinking lots of coffee, tea or wine (see your dentist every 3-4 months).
  • Stains from smoking (as if there aren’t enough reasons to quit smoking).
  • Too much fluoride from certain toothpaste brands or environmental sources (e.g. water) can darken your teeth.
  • Teeth as you age – the outer layer of enamel wears out over time and starts revealing the natural yellow color (of the inner layer of dentin). You may want to consider some teeth-whitening products at home when you’re older.

#3 Women Notice Your Silhouette

streetwear trendy look guy

Here the term silhouette refers to the outline of your body PLUS your clothing. Women are unsurprisingly drawn to a hyper-masculine silhouette:

  • A built-up chest.
  • Lean torso.
  • Strong shoulders.

For those of us without the body of Adonis, what is the easiest way of getting this look? A suit jacket or blazer.

Infographic - Suit Jacket Silhouettes

There are many types of suit jackets and it’s important you find the right one for your body shape. The sack-cut suit is very common in America because it is affordable to produce and fits over most men. It is not the fit that will make you look your best though.

A structured jacket adds subtle padding to the wearer’s shoulders, making them appear larger and broader. A fitted jacket tapers towards the middle to give the wearer the appearance of a leaner torso.

Just be careful to avoid a fit that is too tight in the search for a flattering jacket. A jacket should drape gently over your shirt and body. If a jacket creates an X-shaped crease when buttoned you have gone too far.

The same principle applies when matching trousers with your jacket. Avoid skinny trousers and jeans – they create an unattractive ‘matchstick’ silhouette that signals a lack of muscle. Swap them for slim-fit or subtly tapering cuts that create a muscular but lean silhouette.

#4 Women Notice Your Style

casually dressed man

We are taught growing up never to judge a book by its cover. The truth is though, women (and men for that matter) make judgments and assumptions based on what you wear.

Don’t underestimate the power of nailing the 3 core components of dressing well – ever.

  • Fit.
  • Fabric.
  • Function.
Infographic - Style Pyramid

Also consider what your clothes say about your status, lifestyle and personality. Make an effort to choose clothes that send positive messages like maturity, sophistication and passion.

Women seeking a long-term partner are attracted to men who can be good providers – so knowing how to dress like a grown man helps if you’re looking to settle down.

#5 Women Notice The Details

Match A Shoe With Any Suit Color

Sure. You may initially impress with a well-fitted blazer and slacks. But if those are the only elements you work on – you won’t get far.

Any man who understands the laws of men’s style can find good shirts, jackets, and pants

  • Hairstyle – consider this list of most attractive men’s hairstyles.
  • Eyewear – choose the perfect sunglasses or eyeglasses for your face shape.
  • Watches/Jewelry – discover how to match a watch to your outfit when buying one.
  • Shoes – learn how to identify quality men’s leather shoes.

#6 Women Notice Your Mannerisms

Women Love A Man With Manners

Picture yourself as a contestant on The Bachelorette. You step out of the limo on Day 1 with all the guys. Your bachelorette is waiting by the mansion door.

You’re all on an even playing field appearance-wise, so what can you do to instantly get noticed?

Nail the greeting. This small act sets the tone for everything else that follows.

  • Offer a firm handshake.
  • Make solid eye contact.
  • Smile!

Communicate to a woman that you are giving her your full attention.

Take just a few seconds to acknowledge her presence. Make her believe you’re invested in courting her.

OK, so chances are you’re not a reality show contestant. It’s the same principle in real life though: greet a woman poorly or have bad manners and you’ve immediately dug yourself a hole.

Showing a disregard for others’ feelings or basic courtesy might seem like a small issue to you. Women quickly pick up on these things though and assume you’re a loose cannon.

What are some examples of bad manners?

  • Forget about your phone and other distractions. Keep your cell in your pocket.
  • Arrive early. Aiming to arrive exactly on time is a recipe for being late.
  • Go easy on cursing and foul language.
  • Avoid constantly interrupting. Don’t cut a woman off in the middle of saying something.
  • Meeting a woman online? Don’t say anything you wouldn’t say in real life.

#7 Women Notice Your Hands

Right Hand vs. Left Hand

What good is a handshake if your hands look like you’ve been digging through garbage? Always wash your hands and take care of your nails before an event. Even better, build it into your daily routine.

Otherwise – you can come off as neglectful, unhygienic or even ‘poorly raised’ (making your parents look bad).

Let’s not forget about dry hands with cracked skin! Should you use hand lotion? The natural oil your body produces normally keeps your skin supple. If your hands have a lack of natural oil I strongly suggest you regularly apply a hand lotion or cream. No woman wants her man to have hands covered with calluses.

#8 Women Notice Your Fragrance

colognes women love on men

You can nail every other category on this list – but none of them will count for anything if a woman doesn’t like how you smell.

Most men settle for using deodorant to keep their smell ‘neutral’… but why not go one step further and smell GREAT?

It’s no mystery. Studies prove that smelling great and wearing cologne makes you more attractive to women.

Get into the habit of routinely wearing a fragrance.

Infographic - Fragrance Concentration Guide

TIP: Learn how to apply cologne to avoid over-spraying and smelling like a biohazard.

#9 Women Notice Your Voice & Language

Yep. Women care about what they’re going to hear from you.

This time you can’t throw money at the problem. Even the most expensive jacket and fragrance won’t make you a smooth talker.

So what do you do?

It’s about self-development. Expand your knowledge and vocabulary. Set yourself apart from guys who always talk like they’re at a football game.

The next step is to read quality books. Click here to discover ten books every man should own. Find books that go deep into enriching topics (not just entertain you) – and help you grow as a person.

You’re aiming to show women you’re relatable, that there is no ‘intellectual barrier’ between the two of you. How enthusiastic you sound and whether you say “No” or “I’ve heard of that” when she mentions a topic – all these factors come into play.

Learn how to speak in an engaging way once you know what you are talking about. It comes easier to some than others but there are techniques you can learn. Use your voice in a way that grabs a woman’s attention and makes them eager to listen.

Who knows? With a little rhythm and use of your diaphragm – you may end up with a deep and booming voice like Neil deGrasse Tyson. That will definitely intrigue a few women!

#10 Women Notice Your Body Language

Infographic - Body Language

Actions speak louder than words.

Fun as it might be to talk knowledgeably and engagingly – don’t forget what your non-verbal communication is saying. Like your voice, body language can be more powerful than whatever clothes you are wearing.

Avoid any closed-off, negative or aggressive gestures that can catch a lady off guard. Particularly if a woman is getting to know you, even a subtle finger wag or angled neck can make the wrong first impression. Remind yourself every now and then to keep your arms unfolded.

Over time understand how men can use body language to signal positivity and openness all the time. It will take practice and a conscious effort at first but before you know it you’ll be using positive body language without realizing it.

TIP: Do NOT clench your fists in front of a woman (as if you’re about to punch someone!) You’re probably stronger than her – so why make yourself more intimidating?

BONUS: Women Notice Your Attitude/Personality

Some important points regarding attitude that you ought to take note of:

  • Women do perceive some men as ‘douchebags’ unfortunately and it often stems from try-hard macho male behavior. One-upping people, wrecking someone’s home you’ve been invited to and taking your shirt off at every opportunity might have been cool when you were a frat bro. However, grown-up women want a grown-up man. This kind of attitude sends a negative vibe regardless of how nice you are in actual conversation.
  • What you find funny tells women a lot about your attitude in general. You may not think about what your sense of humor says about you but there are different advantages to using ‘positive’ humor (using optimism, puns or wittiness) versus ‘negative’ humor (being sarcastic or self-disparaging).
  • Be a ‘nice guy’ to start a serious relationship! Some women might want a fling with a bad boy but that’s all it will be. Have good manners and show maturity if you’re searching for your soulmate.

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Ultimate Seiko Watch Buying Guide



Ultimate Seiko Watch Buying Guide

When most men think of buying a reliable, high-quality wristwatch, brands like Rolex and Audemars Piguet stand out. But what also stands out is the price tag of those brands. Ouch. But what about buying a Seiko watch?

Not every man has the budget for luxury, Swiss timepieces. With a Seiko watch, you can get a durable, high-quality timepiece starting around $100.

Seiko has been around for 142 years, and to this day, they are one of the world’s top watch manufacturers. With a wide selection of timepieces ranging from affordable options to high-end luxury offerings, they have cemented themselves for their durable and high-quality timepieces.

seiko watch odel on metal bracelet

But why buy a Seiko watch over any other brand? What does Seiko do differently? Which is the best Seiko watch to purchase in 2023?

In today’s article I’m going to cover:

  • Why You Should Buy A Seiko Watch
  • A Brief History Of Seiko
  • What Makes Seiko Watches Special?
  • Top Seiko Watches I Recommend
  • When And Where To Buy A Seiko Watch

Why You Should Buy A Seiko Watch

Seiko Watches offer a lot of benefits that other watch manufacturers can’t match. But why should buy one? Here are a few reasons why you should buy a Seiko watch.

seiko watch on man's wrist

The Brand

When it comes to Japanese watchmakers, there are really only 2 that come to mind for most men – Seiko and Casio.

While Casio is a great company and you can find plenty of classic Casio watches to choose from, they tend to offer more rugged and digital options than Seiko.

The key selling point of the Seiko brand is that regardless of which model you choose, you are always getting a top-notch watch from a company with great heritage.

The Value

seiko movement

Seiko has plenty of offerings that start around $100 – sometimes less depending on where you shop. But even on their high-end offerings, you are still getting an incredible value.

Often times, luxury brands like Rolex or Patek Philippe are only available directly from the manufacturer, if you decide to buy new that is. This means you could end up paying a massive mark-up on your watch.

Seiko is available almost everywhere you can buy a watch. With the digital landscape of 2023, you can easily head to a major online retailer and buy almost any Seiko watch you’d like.

The Design

2 seiko watch models

Just because Seiko has affordable watch options, does not mean that you’re getting a poorly designed timepiece.

Unlike other watch companies whose claim-to-fame is only producing clones of famous designs – think Invicta’s clone of the Rolex Submariner – Seiko has real heritage and history behind their designs.

Over the years, Seiko has even given some of their watch designs refreshes to keep them modern with the times. This is the attention to detail that separates companies like Seiko from others with their dedication to design and authenticity.

The Selection

As I previously stated, there is a Seiko watch for everyone.

Anywhere from casual field watches and dive watches, to formal dress watches and everything in between. Do you want a Seiko watch to wear when hiking? They have that. Do you also want a Seiko watch you can wear with a tuxedo? They have that too.

Seiko truly has one of the best selections for beginners to get their feet wet in classically designed timepieces. And the best part is, they only go up from there.

A Brief History Of Seiko

Seiko Founder Japanese clockmaker Kintaro Hattori

Where It All Began

In 1881, Japanese clockmaker Kintaro Hattori opened a shop that was dedicated to selling and repairing watches and clocks in Ginza, Tokyo.

He excelled at this for the next 11 years, until 1892, when he founded Seikosha, the company that was to become one of the most important manufacturers of timepieces in the world.

It was here that Hattori produced his very first clocks.

Then in 1895, he built the first pocket watch, the Timekeeper. This was an important development for timepieces from Seikosha that heavily paved the way for Japan’s first-ever wristwatch.

How Japan’s First Wrist Watch Came To Be

Laurel the first Seiko model

After creating the first pocket watch in Japan, Hattori would go on to create the first wristwatch made in Japan, named the Laurel in 1913.

At the time, the company was only able to produce a small amount of watches. Then, unfortunately, in 1923, a large earthquake struck the company’s headquarters and the Seikosha factory burned down.

In 1924, after a fresh start and under the new name of Seiko, the first Seiko brand watch went on sale.

For the next 30 years, Seiko would go on to create and innovate in the timepiece space, even, becoming the official supplier of pocket watches to Japan National Railways as the railway industry was expanding in Japan.

How Seiko Became So Prominent

watch movement parts

From 1956 onward, Seiko solidified itself in horology by innovating and designing some of the most well-known components in wristwatches we know today.

Seiko went on to create the Diashock in 1956 – a component that Seiko used to absorb shock in their watches to better protect them. Then in 1959, they created their own proprietary “magic lever” system, which is an innovative self-winding system that is still used to this day in Seiko watches.

Hitting a pinnacle in 1960, when the first Grand Seiko model was created, Seiko wanted to create a watch that was more durable and legible than any other watch. It was their flagship and really set off the next 60+ years of innovation to where we know Seiko today.

Here are some more staple moments in Seiko’s history of innovation:

  • 1964 – created Japan’s first wristwatch with a stopwatch on it, the Chronograph
  • 1965 – produced Japan’s first diver watch to handle deep water pressure
  • 1969 – introduced the world’s first quartz watch
  • 1973 – introduced the world’s first 6-digit LCD quartz watch
  • 1982 – introduced the world’s first TV watch
  • 1983 – introduced the world’s first voice recording watch
  • 1999 – created the Spring Drive – this gave mechanical watches quartz accuracy
  • 2006 – introduced the world’s first E-Ink watch
  • 2012 – introduced the world’s first GPS solar watch

What Makes Seiko Watches Special?

3 models of seiko dver watches

While it’s well known the vast majority of watchmakers use different types of the same components, what’s less known is the types of materials that each brand uses.

For example, Seiko creates their watches with commonly used materials mixed with proprietary technology and designs to create timepieces that are durable and high-quality.

What Materials Does Seiko Use In Their Watches?

watch movement spring and other parts

Much like other manufacturers, Seiko uses a broad range of top materials to create their watches. This is a list of what you’ll find in most offerings of Seiko watches:

  • Steel 316L – industry standard, used for watch cases, bezels, and bracelets
  • Sapphire crystal – premium option, extremely scratch resistant, less shock resistant
  • Mineral crystal (also known as Hardlex) – budget option, relatively scratch-resistant, more shock resistant
  • LumiBrite – proprietary lume found in regular Seikos AND premium Grand Seiko watches – 10 minutes of bright sunlight = 3-5 hours of gradually fading light
  • Premium Leather – used for straps and bracelets

What Movements Does Seiko Use?

seiko spring drive movement

Possibly some of the most interesting aspects about Seiko watches are the internal movements that make each watch tick – pun intended.

Now while I won’t get into too many details about the specifics and terminology of mechanical watches, I will dive into a few different movements from Seiko specifically.

If you’re looking for a deeper dive into mechanical watch research, check out the Ultimate Watch Buying Guide.

Here are 3 of the most common movements that Seiko uses and some features of each:

1. Seiko 7s26 – The Less-Expensive Movement

  • Non-hacking, automatic and manual winding not possible
  • 41 hour power reserve
  • Accuracy somewhere between -20 to +20 seconds a day out of the box, settling down to somewhere in the range of -15 to +15 seconds a day or better
  • Found on Seiko 5s and other older models

2. 4r35 – The Mid-Range Movement

  • Hacking, manual and automatic winding possible
  • 41 hour power reserve
  • Date display
  • Accuracy of -20 to +20 seconds a day, settling down to -10 to +10 seconds a day or better
  • Found on Seiko Cocktail Times and newer lines

3. 6R15 – The Higher-End Movement

  • Hacking, automatic and manual winding possible
  • 50 hour power reserve
  • Date display
  • Accuracy of -10 to +10 out of the box, settling down to -5 to +5 seconds a day or better
  • Found on Seiko Prospex and old Alpinist models

Top Seiko Watches I Recommend

It’s important to find the Seiko that’s perfect for you. But with such a wide selction to choose from, it’s understandable that you would want somewhere to start.

Without further ado, here are some of the best Seikos I’ve owned and some I wish I owned!

Seiko Ion Prospex SRPB55

Seiko Ion Prospex SRPB55
  • Quality dive watch
  • 200m of water resistance which matches other luxury watches (think Tudor)
  • Around $400

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Seiko 5 SNK793

Seiko 5 model SNK793
  • Highly affordable dress watch
  • Features day-date, sunray dial, and exhibition case back
  • Around $100

Seiko 5 SNZF17J1

Seiko 5 model SNZF17J1
  • A more adventurous Seiko 5 option
  • Features a chunky, unidirectional stainless steel bezel and lumed hands
  • Around $200

Seiko 5 SRPC61

Seiko 5 SRPC61 model
  • Smart-casual Seiko 5 option
  • Features 120-click unidirectional bottlecap-shaped bezel
  • Around $300

Seiko 5 SNK800

Seiko 5 SNK800
  • Classic field watch style
  • One of the most versatile Seiko options available for the price point
  • Around $100

Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPB43

Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPB43
  • Classic style dress watch that works for both office and cocktail attire
  • Features mid-century design with a sunray dial combined with 3D markers
  • Around $400

Seiko Alpinist SPB121J1

Seiko Alpinist SPB121J1
  • One of Seiko’s most popular watches online – design slightly updated in 2021
  • Features sapphire crystal, 200m water resistance, and a 70 hour power reserve
  • Around $700

Seiko Prospex SBDC051

Seiko Prospex SBDC051
  • Premium dive watch that combines old and new design
  • Features a rugged stainless steel case with 200m water resistance
  • Around $1,000

When And Where To Buy A Seiko Watch

The easiest answer to this question is “when you have the funds”. But the better answer is that it depends. And this goes for any watch, not just a Seiko. Let me explain.

A watch is highly visible on the wrist, making it a deeply personal part of a man’s wardrobe. For this reason, a good time to buy a watch is at a major life event such as graduating college, milestone birthdays, getting married, or a promotion at work.

But whatever the reason, the best time to buy a watch is when you are ready to buy one. Find your perfect watch, not someone else’s.

Certain iterations of Seiko watches may have more value at one time or another if you’re into collecting. Regardless, if you are looking for a good quality watch at a decent price, Seiko is one of the best options on the market.

As far as where to buy a Seiko watch, unlike other luxury brands that require you to go direct to the manufacturer or risk massive mark-ups from dealers, Seiko can be purchased just about anywhere.

Online is probably the most viable way to get one in 2023 but some large department stores, retailers, and dealers, will have plenty of Seiko options for you to choose from. When in doubt, a certified Seiko dealer will be your best bet.

That’s it. I hope this guide helps you to find your next Seiko watch so that you can finally get your hands on a well-designed, classic Japanese-manufactured watch that has withstood the test of time.

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3 Main Rules To Match Colors In Men’s Clothing



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Most men have no clue when it comes to mixing and matching colors.

If you err on the side of caution and avoid bringing any color into your wardrobe, you’ll look dull. Or, if you get it wrong and add too much color – or the wrong colors – you’ll look like a clown.

This article will help you understand how to match colors in men’s clothing.

You will learn how to:

  1. Focus On Neutral Colors
  2. Use Small Pops Of Brighter Colors
  3. Don’t Overthink Your Skin Tone

What Does Understanding (And Using) Color Do?

perfect men's dress shirt fit
  • Avoids blatant mistakes
  • Guides people’s eyes
  • It makes people subconsciously “feel” things (red enlivens, brown = trust, dark navy or gray = power)
  • It makes shopping MUCH more straightforward when you know what works best for you

But how does that translate into an actual outfit?

It’s not enough to know that red and green are complementary colors that go well together.

Even though the colors are good in combination, the wrong shades or the wrong amounts of each color will make you look like a Christmas decoration.

Menswear has to find a good balance between the dominant colors of the suits and shirts and the accent colors of things like neckties, pocket squares, and jewelry.

Combining colors tastefully is one of the hallmarks of the genuinely well-dressed man.
Although people have written dissertations on color-coordinating your wardrobe, the basics are pretty simple. All you have to remember are these 3 quick rules for combining colors in men’s clothing (courtesy of my friend Barron).

Trust me; it’s a lot easier than you might think.

casually dressed man

For this article, I collaborated with Barron Cuadro from Effortless Gent, a men’s style blog that guides you towards building a lean wardrobe.

Do you ever look in your closet and think, “I have all this clothing, yet there’s nothing I want to wear”? If so, you’re in luck! Barron has helped many men like you take advantage of a flexible and interchangeable set of clothes for daily use. He makes it an effortless task regardless of your age, body type, or budget.

Whether you’re starting your wardrobe from scratch or just bringing in a few classic pieces to fill in the gaps, I highly recommend browsing Effortless Gent. You might also want to visit the EG online store for some stylish items that will upgrade your wardrobe even further.

Now for Barron’s 3 essential rules for how to match colors in men’s clothing.

How To Match Colors In Men’s Clothing Rule #1: Focus On Neutral Colors

man wearing pocket square

Think of all the possible clothing color combinations like a pizza. You’ve got the base made up of bread and cheese and then an assortment of toppings that cater to different tastes.

Which would you say is more important: the base or the toppings? No-brainer! What kind of pizza has no crust? Similarly, a stylish outfit needs a good base of neutral colors like these:

  • Black
  • White
  • Gray
  • Navy, Light & Sky Blue
  • Brown & Khaki
  • Olive Green

These are the colors that go with most others. They set up the foundation for your outfits, making your job of finding matching clothes in your closet much more effortless.

That’s why they should constitute the majority of your wardrobe in terms of color percentages. With the right proportion of neutrals and non-neutrals, you can focus on the following rule (and have fun with it).

How To Match Colors Rule #2: Use Small Pops Of Brighter Colors

Use Small Pops Of Brighter Colors

This rule is where you do get to do a bit of experimentation. Just remember what happens to a pizza if you overload it with multiple veggies or meat types that don’t go well together. The same principle applies when it comes to color in your wardrobe.

The key, as always, is moderation. Stick with only small touches of 1-2 brighter colors to prevent them from clashing with or overpowering the rest of your outfit.

A yellow or pink pocket square, for example, will pair well with a charcoal sports jacket and all other neutrals you have on (white or light blue dress shirt, dark blue jeans, black belt, etc.). It will easily pop out with that combination. The same goes for a red necktie or gold buttons on a neutral-colored jacket.

Shoes are slightly trickier. While black is the only option in some cases, e.g., formal dress, shades of brown complement most of the neutrals above far better. So what’s your best bet here? In a nutshell, brown is the answer. For a more thorough explanation, check out this article on matching dress shoes with neutral-colored suits.

But what if you’re planning instead to wear a bright suit color for a friend’s wedding or another special event? A bit of trial-and-error is in order. Do a bit of research on your best options. Ask the groom’s opinion. Or the bride’s. And remember – there’s always Pinterest and Instagram to help you out!

How To Match Colors Rule #3 Don’t Overthink Your Skin Tone

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When dressing up, men often wonder: “Does this color look good with my skin tone?” Ever asked yourself this? Don’t worry about this too much. It’s more a secondary issue and not a huge limiting factor in what colors you can wear.

Shouldn’t skin color matter here? Well, yes, to a certain extent. But it should only play a part in about 10% of your decision-making regarding your color choices for clothing, and only after you’ve considered the two rules mentioned above.

It does help to know the type and amount of contrast between your skin tone and hair color. But that info should only require minor adjustments to your style. Don’t let your skin completely overhaul whatever you’ve taken time to put together. Stick to the neutrals and pops of color mentioned above, and chances are you’ll look good regardless of your complexion.

Matching colors is essentially a personal skill. There are no official rights or wrongs. The rules listed in this post – and all other rules about color – are not strict. As much as it helps to follow them (especially if you’re beginning to upgrade your style), there are times when you have to follow your gut simply.

With some practice, you’ll eventually be able to tell whether your outfit works with a single glance in the mirror.

When it comes to understanding how to match colors in men’s clothing, remember this: If you like what you see and the outfit suits the occasion, go ahead with it! Forget about how much it defies conventions. Be confident – and it’ll show. And confidence always looks good.

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