Just Because Three Grand Seiko Boutique Pieces You Probably Haven’t Seen
Every every so often, you head over to one of your #1 watch brands’ sites and you spot something that by one way or another sneaked past you. That is the situation with the accompanying three store just Grand Seiko special versions, which we as of late saw on the Grand Seiko site. In the event that you like staggering dialwork, Spring Drive, GMTs, and Hi-Beat developments, read on.
SBGE251 – Spring Drive GMT
First up we have the SBGE251 Spring Drive GMT. In combining one of Grand Seiko’s unique complications, the GMT, with a creative timekeeping innovation that turns 20 a year ago, the SBGE251 is an advanced sport-extravagance watch that I consider parts GS fans will be glad to catch wind of in the event that they haven’t as of now. Its gold bezel is really the primary occasion of Grand Seiko utilizing 18-karat rose gold on a bezel of this sort, and that highlight continues to the strong gold crown.
As you can find in the photograph above, it comes on a strong treated steel wristband, however Seiko is likewise including a dark silicone tie, which certainly ups the sport vibe emitted by this watch. The gold bezel turns bi-directionally, so notwithstanding the neighborhood time and the 24-hour hand, you likewise have the pivoting bezel to get a third time region from the 24-hour GMT hand. A helpful touch with this framework is a second 24-hour scale imprinted in little typeface on the rehaut. In case you’re turning that external bezel for a third time region, you can in any case effortlessly read your home time (or GMT) by means of this fixed 24-hour scale with odd numbers.
In keeping with the dial format set up by past Spring Drive GMT references, this one highlights a force save marker at nine o’clock, counterbalance by a date window at four o’clock, and as one would anticipate from any Grand Seiko, truly, the sunray dial and dial furniture hope to be done incredibly well. In the image over, the hour markers have a three-dimensional, design presence that has become a GS trademark. The treated steel case is 44mm in measurement x 14.7mm thick, a digit bigger than the watches I commonly go after, however well inside the scope of Spring Drive GMT models. On the sapphire precious stone caseback is printed the Grand Seiko Lion logo alongside the words “Excellent Seiko Boutique Limited Edition.” The development behind that caseback is the Spring Drive cal. 9R66, which runs on normal from +/ – 1 to +/ – 15 seconds out of each month and has a force save of around 72 hours.
Grand Seiko SBGE251, $12,200
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SBGJ235 – Hi-Beat 36000 GMT
Next up is another Grand Seiko GMT store release, however this time the emphasis is on the Japanese watchmaker’s phenomenal 36,000 vph high-beat programmed development family. As a rule, high-beat types, for example, the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 9S86 found in this watch offer more prominent potential for exactness and precision than developments running at what we today see as the more standard paces of 28,800 vph (4 Hz), or 21,600 vph (3 Hz). Fantastic Seiko was one of the companies at the front line of assembling watches with escapements equipped for being tuned to this quicker rate, and today these Hi-Beat developments comprise a significant piece of the company’s very good quality development yield, alongside Spring Drive, mechanicals running at more standard rates, and even finely tuned quartz models with expand finishing.
This Hi-Beat GMT from Grand Seiko’s Heritage Collection comes in at 40mm in width x 14mm thick, making it entirely wearable for those with medium estimated wrists, yet what’s generally remarkable about this specific model is its blue dial, which is done with what Grand Seiko calls its Mount Iwate design. The example is named for a mountain that is noticeable to the watchmakers carrying out their specialty at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio, where all Grand Seiko mechanical watches are made. The hands and files are just about as delightfully completed as one would anticipate that they should be on a considerably more costly wristwatch, which we’ve come to anticipate from GS, of course, however keeps on getting me each time I see new Grand Seiko watches face to face. Also, the case mirrors light in a delightful path because of enormous cleaned features that are suggestive of the style of case math that Grand Seiko initially utilized during the 1960s. It even has penetrated through lugs, driving home the vintage styling of this watch considerably more. This Grand Seiko site says this watch will be accessible in February or March of this current year, solely at
Grand Seiko SBGJ235 $6,300.
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SBGA401 – Spring Drive
And at long last, we have one really Spring Drive model, the SBGA401, additionally accessible solely at Grand Seiko stores. Though the past two watches we took a gander at were GMTs, this one is a clear time-just model with date and force hold. Like the SBGJ235 we saw before, the SBGA401 has an outlined date window at the three o’clock position that coordinates the gold-shaded handset and hour markers.
I have my very own Grand Seiko with this style of date window, and increasingly more I do imagine that this might be the most ideal sort of date window that a watch can have. It’s plan appears to exude according to the perspective that an extraordinary date window can surely exist inasmuch as the fashioner inclines toward having a date window. The outlining is a major piece of this, similar to the thickness and the components of the casing. The shade of the date wheel equally coordinates the dial, yet the numerals aren’t stowing away; the six in the picture beneath occupies out the space accessible and is bounty legible.
The development fueling the SBGA401 is the Grand Seiko Spring Drive cal. 9R65, which runs for three days (72 hours) on a solitary breeze; the save can be followed by means of the pointer somewhere in the range of eight and nine o’clock. The case is 41mm wide x 12.5mm thick, placing the SBGA401 in the middle of the two watches we took a gander at before. It’s toward the bigger finish of watches I will in general wear, yet having worn other Spring Drives of precisely the same measurements, including the incredible “Snowflake” ref. SBGA211, I’ve discovered them comfortable on my seven-inch wrist. And you can see the Spring Drive development through the sapphire caseback, however it is darkened by imprinting on the glass that shows the Grand Seiko Lion and the words “Great Seiko Boutique Limited Edition.” This watch feels like the best arrangement of the parcel, at $4,900.
Grand Seiko SBGA401.
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There you have it. These are three Grand Seikos that by one way or another slipped past me toward the end of last year. You should dare to your closest shop to look at them, yet I figure it would be definitely justified even despite the visit to see these store selective releases in the metal.