Introducing The Grand Seiko SBGJ237 & SBGJ239
In terms of complications, I can consider none that I more intently relate to Grand Seiko than the GMT. It is offered across the full set-up of Grand Seiko development types – from Hi-Beat, to regular beat, to Spring Drive, and even very good quality quartz. In spite of the fact that there are special cases, generally, the Grand Seiko GMT has an involved an area that I would consider to be that of a dress watch, or if nothing else a dressy-inclining watch. Take, for instance, my own 30-meter-water-safe SBGM221, which I regularly wear with a suit and, truth be told, even wore to my wedding. It’s a tremendously flexible watch, and I wear it frequently in the fall, winter, and spring, however I would wonder whether or not to consider it a decent summer watch. What we need to present today are solid possibility for a definitive Grand Seiko summer watch (that aren’t jumpers, of course).
The Grand Seiko SBGJ237
The new Grand Seiko SBGJ237 and SBGJ239, which join the company’s Sport Collection, are just about as strong as any Hi-Beat GMTs I have seen. The SBGJ237 will be accessible in August, and the SBGJ239 is a store/salon-just piece that will be accessible beginning in July. They come with the entirety of the highlights that I’d hope to find in a Grand Seiko GMT, yet with additional items for the individuals who need to be a touch more dynamic. Principal among them are their water opposition, which stretches to 20 bar (or around 200 meters), and a sapphire gem bezel, which ensures a glowing 24-hour scale. At night hours, from about 17:30 to 6:30, the actual numerals light up in Seiko’s exclusive Lumibrite. In the daytime hours, it’s the white foundation that lights up.
It merits bringing up that Grand Seiko has utilized Lumibrite on a GMT bezel previously, for instance in the SBGE248 delivered a year ago. Since both of these new watches utilize a Hi-Beat development (9S86) with snappy setting for the nearby hour and a turning 24-hour bezel, they can rapidly tell the time in an aggregate of three time regions. There is the neighborhood time, there is the time told with the 24-hour hand by means of the fixed 24-hour track on the rib, and there is the time that can be determined by turning the blue and white (or on account of the SBGJ239, highly contrasting) external bezel in one-hour additions and perusing from the 24-hour hand.
I believe that SBGJ237, specifically, is among the most attractive Grand Seiko discharges in late memory, and it backs up its attractive features with those valuable highlights that recommend it as an amazing summer watch. The blue and white shading combo functions admirably, and the water obstruction is all that could possibly be needed for a watch that you likely will not be profound plunging with, however will not prevent you from bouncing into the pool. What’s more, obviously, it comes on a wristband instead of a gator strap.
The Grand Seiko SBGJ239
There are only a few of parts of the plan that I think may demonstrate polarizing in certain quarters. The fundamental one is the size: This is a major case at 44.2mm wide by 14.4mm thick, and pulling it off will probably imply that potential clients will require husky wrists. Without a doubt, these are charged as profoundly water safe game watches, so those additional millimeters aren’t actually coming out no place. The other is the marginally hilter kilter look of the bezel. I put this last issue down to the way that the bezel is brilliant, which no doubt blocked bisecting the 6 and 18 hour numerals, as you may see on a Rolex GMT-Master, for instance. This impact is reflected on the second 24-hour scale on the rib. It’s not really a dealbreaker in my book, yet I believe it merits calling attention to. The fixed 24-hour scale on the rib is a fabulous touch that truly makes the second and third time regions a lot simpler to read.
Brand: Grand Seiko
Model: SBGJ237 & SBGJ239 (shop/salon only)
Reference Number: SBGJ237 & SBGJ239
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: SBGJ237: blue; SBGJ239: green
Indexes: Applied with lume
Lume: Yes, on hands, lists, and bezel
Water Resistance: 20 bar/200 meters
Strap/Bracelet: SBGJ237: tempered steel arm band with three-overlay catch; SBGJ239: crocodile leather
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT with third time region by means of pivoting 24-hour bezel
Power Reserve: Approximately 55 hours
Frequency: 36,000 vph
Chronometer Certified: +5 to – 3 seconds of the day when static
Estimating & Availability
Price: SBGJ237: $6,800; SBGJ239: $6,600
Availability: SBGJ237: August 2020; SBGJ239: July
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