Grand Seiko

Plaza Watch International - - Display Case -

At Baselworld this year the fo­cus from Seiko was on the Seiko As­tron GPS, the worlds first so­lar GPS watch. It is a great quartz watch and was in­tro­duced by a su­perbly en­ter­tain­ing pre­sen­ta­tion from Mr. Shinji Hat­tori, Pres­i­dent & CEO of the Seiko Watch Cor­po­ra­tion.

How­ever, the prod­uct launch that caught my eye was the new me­chan­i­cal Cal­i­bre 9S86, the first ever hi-beat GMT that will only ever be avail­able in a Grand Seiko. The lead watch for this new cal­i­bre is the Hi-Beat 36,000 GMT Limited Edi­tion (SBGJ005). As an owner of a Zenith El Primero, I must con­fess to be­ing bi­ased to­wards watches that beat at a higher fre­quency and of­fer higher ac­cu­racy.

The Hi-Beat has a deep green ra­dial dial in­spired by Mount Iwate, the fa­mous moun­tain out­side the Shizuku-ishi Watch Stu­dio, a golden GMT hand and a sap­phire case back that high­lights the ti­ta­nium os­cil­lat­ing weight, which is treated with an an­odic ox­i­da­tion re­sult­ing in a gold tone. The watch comes in a 40mm stain­less steel case based on the 2013 44GS Au­to­matic.

One part (and there are many) of Grand Seiko’s ap­peal is that they are sim­ply not a Rolex or Omega, and with a limited edi­tion run of 600 this Hi-Beat 36,000 GMT is another al­ter­na­tive op­tion for watch afi­ciona­dos look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent that still has all the hall­marks of supreme ex­cel­lence. The 5Hz move­ment, stun­ning fin­ish, vivid colours and GMT com­pli­ca­tion make this a stand out watch to ri­val the most popular in the in­dus­try. Go­ing into stores, in­clud­ing the newly opened Seiko bou­tique on Madi­son Av­enue, New York, this Oc­to­ber priced at €5,600.

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