Grand Seiko, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Caliber 9S this year, announces two new limited edition GMT watches.
The two new watches that arrive with the references SBGJ275 and SBGM253 inserted in the Sport and Elegance collections respectively, come with a stainless steel case and bracelet, dials in tones of blue that, in addition to the date window and the three central hands that provide the time functions are equipped with an extra blue GMT hand.
The SBGJ275 comes in a robust case measuring 44.20 mm in diameter and 14.80 mm thick, bicolour bezel painted in blue with the twelve night hours and in white with the other twelve day hours that offers the possibility of a third-time zone, sapphire crystal of the two sides, recessed crown at 4 o’clock with the brand’s signature and 200m water resistance.
The dial that is the main star of the set is painted in light blue with white and grey details that portray the sky over Mt. Iwate that can be seen from the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi, where we can find a 24-hour chapter ring in two tones that, like the bezel, work in partnership with the GMT central hand. Applied hour markers and Dauphine hands filled with luminescent material, a date window at 4 o’clock and the applied brand’s logo in gold at noon.
Inside, it’s powered by the high-beat movement Caliber 9S86 that reaches 36,000 Bph and offers up to 55 hours of power reserve.
The elegant SBGM253 comes in a 39.50mm by 13.70mm case with a smooth bezel, sapphire crystal, crown at 3 o’clock, case back with crystal and 30m water resistance.
The sunray blue dial features applied silver indexes and Dauphine’s hands, a framed date window at 3 o’clock, an extra central GMT hand in shades of blue whose tone extends to the 24-hour scale that is painted on the dial and with whom it works in partnership, finally the same gold applied brand’s logo at 12 o’clock.
The watch is equipped with the Caliber 9S66 automatic movement that operates at 28,800 Vph and offers up to 72 hours of power reserve. Like the SBGJ275 its movement is observable through the open rear case which comes with a titanium oscillating weight painted blue with anodic oxidation.
The SBGJ275 is limited to 2,000 units that should be available from September 2023 in the brand’s official boutiques and selected authorized retailers at a price of €8,200, while the SBGM253 limited to 1,700 pieces is expected to hit the market a month later at a price of €6,200.
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Brand: Grand Seiko
Reference: SBGJ275, SBGM253
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Dimensions: 44.20 mm x 14.80 mm (SBGJ275), 39.50 mm x 13.70 mm (SBGM253)
Crystal: Sapphire glass
Case Back: Sapphire glass
Water Resistance: 200 Meters (SBGJ275), 30 meters (SBGM253)
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp
Calibre: 9S86 (SBGJ275), 9S66 (SBGM253)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT
Frequency: 36,000 Vph (SBGJ275), 28,800 Vph (SBGM253)
Jewels: 37 (SBGJ275), 35 (SBGM253)
Power Reserve: 55 hours (SBGJ275), 72 hours (SBGM253)
Price: € 8,200 (SBGJ275), € 6,300 (SBGM253)
Availability: September 2023 (SBGJ275), October 2023 (SBGM253)
Limited Edition: Yes, SBGJ275 to 2,000 pieces and SBGM253 to 1,700 pieces