Oh, it definitely is better. This watch has a reliable automatic Seiko movement, which is already worth more than an entire MVMT watch. It has a display back window, so you can appreciate the rotor and movement. And it's made by an historical company in horology. There's no way that MVMT's $3 rebranded watches come even close in quality to anything that Seiko offers. The downside of this Seiko compared to a MVMT watch will be the size. This watch is much smaller. But if you look online for other Seiko 5 models, you'll be able to find some 40mm ones even. Still at a good price, and still durable and made with high quality. Some people have had their Seiko 5 watches for 30 years.