Marking the 20th anniversary of their innovative movement – the Spring Drive technology – Japanese watchmakers are ready to enthrall us with classy timepieces. Grand Seiko brings us the new Spring Drive GMT watch, adding to the sport collection and crafting a two-tone watch that is a stunning steel-and-gold design.
We have seen Grand Seiko bring us the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Limited Edition: SBGE249 and how the Elegance collection showcases dressy watches and the new Spring Drive Sport give us impactful timepieces. For now, let’s discuss this new GMT with an interesting color combination that works.
The dial is impressive and suave with a beautiful sunray brushed blue color, framing the face of it. Its brilliance is offset by the muted stainless steel case and gold bezel. Crafted from 18k yellow gold, the bezel, indices, hands and crown, look very appealing and sporty. The hands, indexes, and bezel also feature Lumibrite for legibility in the dark.
The smart 44 mm diameter case compliments the 14.7mm height, and housing all the essentials. The stainless steel case marries the contrast of the 18k yellow gold bezel and crown with finesse. The Grand Seiko logo at 12 o’clock and the Spring Drive GMT icon at 6 o’clock are also in gold. These subtle nuances notch up the design of this watch.
Framed by a sapphire crystal bezel that is colored in blue, dual-curved sapphire on top, and the steel caseback ensures the watch is 200m water-resistant (4800 A/m – 60 Gauss). Under the hood is an in-house, self-winding Grand Seiko Calibre 9R66 with Spring Dive technology. The mechanism offers 72 hours power reserve and the accuracy of time is ±1 second per day or ±15 seconds per month (average).
Function includes hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve, date, and an independent GMT hand. The watch fits well on a stainless steel 3-link bracelet and is paired with a brushed and polished three-fold clasp with push-button release. Pick this watch up for $11,500.