Even for those who have been in the orology world for a while, it is sometimes difficult to understand brand policies, it is a fact whether we agree or not, that brands often choose to launch exclusive models for certain markets, however, in the 21century in a global world these options seem to be less and less comprehensible. That’s exactly what happened this week with Grand Seiko, which earlier this week sent a press release announcing the release of their new Caliber 9RA2 and two new limited editions SLGA007 and SLGA008, which we had the opportunity to talk about here, but who “forgot” to inform the “world” (or part of it, read Europe), of three other limited editions released exclusively on the USA market.
This is not about protesting the fact that these are three models launched exclusively for the USA market, although it doesn’t seem understandable either, but rather leaving the displeasure of not having been informed through just one more press release of this new release. We remind again that we are in a global world, where information flies at the speed of light, in our particular case, our largest audience comes from the USA market and therefore we do not understand well who wins or loses from these politics, however, we leave this alert here.
Let’s immediately move on to what matters, along with the launch earlier this week of the two limited editions mentioned above, Grand Seiko has launched three more limited editions of 140 units each but this time exclusively for the USA market. These three editions share the green color of dial inspired by Japan’s Genbi Valley, yet they are distinguished by offering three different shades of textured green, with the SBGW273 displaying a light-green dial, the SBGW275 displaying a teal dial, and the SBGW277 displaying a medium-green dial. Also on the dial, polished facetted dauphine hands and applied hour indexes. Last but not least, the SBGW273 model is the only one of the three models that features a unique detail, the second hand comes in a blue-tempered, while the other two variants come polished.
The watches come in a 37.3mm diameter stainless steel case, large crown at three o’clock, sapphire glass, and open-through case back. Inside, they are equipped with the manual movement caliber 9S64 that offers up to 72 hours of power reserve. All three models are offered with a leather strap in shades of brown for models SBGW273 and SBGW277 and in shades of blue for model SBGW275, which will be available from November exclusively on Grand Seiko’s online store for a price of $ 4,900.
We loved everything about these three limited editions, from the gorgeous green dials that are the most eye-catching (it’s not easy to choose a favorite), the perfect size of 37mm (we want more models in this size), the fact to come with manual movement (it’s by far our favorite movement) and the price (under € 5,000 in Europe would be like giving a child a candy).
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Brand: Grand Seiko
Reference: SBGW273, SBGW275, SBGW277
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Dimensions: 37.3 mm diameter, 11.7 mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Sapphire Glass
Water Resistance: Splash
Strap: Brown crocodile leather strap (SBGW273 and SBGW277), blue crocodile leather strap (SBGW275)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Price: $ 4,900
Limited Edition: Yes and exclusively for US, 144 pieces each.