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  2. Top 3 Grand Seiko Watches

    Top 3 Grand Seiko Watches

    Despite being in business since 1960, the world wasn’t properly introduced to the Grand Seiko watches until 2010. Before that, the watch was made available either by flying over to Japan or by browsing around Japanese online retailers. The aim of Grand Seiko was that the world could see the beauty of Japanese watchmaking. And ever since then, this Brand has become one of the most sought-after and quality-driven timepieces and existence. Before we list our favorite Grand Seiko watches, we feel that you should know why this watch is so special. Why Grand Seiko Is So Special Besides the luxury that comes with it, Grand Seiko features several aspects that put it ahead of other timepieces. Some of these features include the quality of its craftsmanship, it’s finishing as well as its history. Craftsmanship One of Grand Seiko’s best features is, without a doubt, its craftsmanship. This watch series has remained true to the conventional means of watch adjustment, assembly, and polishing.   The watchmakers of Grand Seiko use a technique known as “zaratsu.” This is an ancient sword-making technique to polish swords and is now used to polish every part of the Grand Seiko wristwatch. The watch is assembled by professional wrist watchmakers. The testing and adjustment of the watch are required by COSC on all 5 positions, including a sixth for gravity effects. It’s a process that takes 17 days to complete. Movement Another one of Grand Seiko’s strengths is their consistent spring drive movement. The movement utilizes the mechanical assembly from the 60s along with a high-tech tri synchro regulator. This results in a kind of technology that prevents the use of batteries. Instead, the watch gets its power from a mainspring, and with better accuracy at that than many quartz wristwatches. What we’re trying to say is that Grand Seiko’s quartz and mechanical movements are the best in the world. The quartz movements also referred to as 9F, are surprisingly accurate. The least accurate movements read 10 seconds a year and the most accurate 5 Seconds. This only serves to indicate that the Grand Seiko 9f is not to be taken for granted. All this tells us that the mechanical movements of grand Seiko are reliable, accurate and simple. Even the oldest division of the brand doesn’t misrepresent what it stands for in terms of technology and tradition.   History Grand Seiko was brought to this world due to the brand’s inability to make a mark in the luxury watch market at the time. One of the brand’s divisions, Suwa, was tasked with literally producing the greatest wristwatch possible. The classic model Grand Seiko was a three-handed model that was widely renowned. After that, Grand Seiko has been consistently improving on the quality of its watches. Time and again the brand has come up with a new standard in the luxury watch market. Then in 1964, the brand entered the international Neufchatel chronometer testing. Although it didn’t do well at first, they managed to still rank in the top ten before the competition was axed. Now, let’s have a look at some of the best Grand Seiko watches that you can get your hands on today. Best Grand Seiko Watches of Today 1: The Calibre 9S – SBGR311 Starting off our list is the Calibre 9S SGBR311. This model was introduced to celebrate the caliber’s 20-year anniversary since it was introduced in 1998. Source : Grand Seiko official websiteMost of the grand Seiko models of today are built from the acclaimed caliber 9S. The SBGR311 comes with a lavish dark wooden brown dial in an enchanting radial pattern. It’s both pleasing to the eyes and effective in telling us the time. The caliber 9S is special in a number of ways. Firstly, it utilizes state-of-the-art Technologies such as MEMS, which stands for microelectromechanical systems. This is the kind of technology that provides extreme precision that tolerates inaccuracies of a thousandth of a millimetre. Secondly, this technology is combined with conventional craftsmanship in which each gear is meticulously hand-polished. This way, less friction is guaranteed for more appropriate timekeeping and that the lifespan of each component is increased. 2: Grand Seiko SBGA129 AJHH Limited Edition Next up is the SBGA129, otherwise known as snowflake due to the color of its dial.  It has an automatic Calibre of 9R65 movement, which is Grand Seiko’s most well-known Spring Drive movement. The silver-colored second hand operates at a slow but smooth hypnotic movement that is different from other movements like Hi-Beat. The model’s case diameter is 13 mm thick and 39 mm wide. It also features a 72-hour power reserve with a 10-bar water resistance level. The purpose behind the creation of the watch was so that it offered durability, precision and beauty. It’s also what helped launch the career of Grand Seiko. And there’s not another watch that best represents those characteristics than the Snowflake. It’s only really precise thanks to its Spring Drive movement. With it, the watch has a mechanical watch’s soul and a quartz watch’s accuracy. Along with its beautiful dial and excellent finishes, Snowflake’s titanium case it’s extremely durable. 3: The Hi-Beat – SBGH267 Another watch to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Calibre 9S is the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat SBGH267. This model also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Grand Seiko Hi-Beat. The first model, the 61GS, was the Brand’s first 36000 vph movement that was launched in 1968. It was also this model that gave the Japanese brand recognition as one of the most accurate watches on the planet. And now, there are several Hi-Beat models available in the GS lineup Source : Grand Seiko official websiteThe SBGH267 is the most affordable of all Calibre 9S models that were introduced. Despite the low-price, it is no way inferior to its gold and platinum brethren. The SBGH267 Hi-Beat boasts the same features as the metal models. Some of them include the dial motive and the Zaratsu polished case. However, the steel model’s dial comes in a deep blue color. The dial also introduces a new 39.5 mm case size to the series.

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  4. A Closer Look at the Grand Seiko Godzilla Watch

    A Closer Look at the Grand Seiko Godzilla Watch

    We’ve got some Godzilla news — the Grand Seiko Godzilla watches are out and available for purchase! Seiko and Grand Seiko outlets are currently selling a 650-piece run of the individually numbered Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Editions. Let’s take a look at this truly unique offering. It Started with Destruction Some serious destruction. And with this watch, Grand Seiko brings us a city-destroying monster tale that’s more than six decades in the making. Avid fans of creature features know that Godzilla first stomped onto the silver screen in 1954. In that fateful year, the raging beast tore through the streets of Tokyo and toppled one of the city’s famed landmarks. The Seiko Clock Tower that rises above its flagship Wako store. grand-seiko official websiteThe Japanese watchmakers would never forget the carnage. No one would! To commemorate that pivotal silver-screen moment, Grand Seiko unleashes its homage to the cinema’s most-famous prehistoric sea monster (no, he’s not a mutated dinosaur!). Echoes of the Atomic Age  – Grand Seiko Godzilla The watch delves deep into Japanese culture in some subtle ways. It embodies the spirit of “kaiju,” loosely translated to mean “strange monster.” It’s a theme we’ve seen repeated in almost innumerable ways in Japanese art and cinema. One with a dark history that harkens back to Japan’s weathering of devastating nuclear attacks during World War 2. While Godzilla was the first “kaiju,” he was followed by equally destructive beasts such as Mothra, Rodan, and Gamera. Grand Seiko captures this monster madness with a watch that’s big and bold. It measures at 44.5mm and made of high-grade titanium. Titanium that might just be able to withstand Godzilla’s famed atomic breath. Short faceted lugs and a trim sapphire bezel keep the case design sporty. View this post on Instagram GODZILLA! Article coming soon to barkandjack.com. In the mean time, jump over and check out the new posts. We are doing 3 posts a week now. ?? ____ A post shared by Bark & Jack (@barkandjack) on Oct 15, 2019 at 12:54pm PDT A Field of Fiery Crimson The red theme is immediately eye-catching. Dark red. A deep-hued crimson with echoes of bold burgundy to capture the essence of Godzilla’s fiery rage. A vivid red counterweight on the seconds hand pops with blood-red vibrancy. The Grand Seiko Godzilla dial is also an ode to the monster’s power. It’s a deep burgundy with a sunray finish that mimics the destructive heat rays that fly from the creature’s mouth. Twist the dial in the light and watch shades of dark go light. And vice versa, creating a moveable color palette that gives the watch a real feel of fluidity. The hour markers, hands and bezel numbers are coated with Seiko’s signature Lumibriute that positively glows in low light. Protecting the face from any unwanted glare, an anti-reflective dual-curved sapphire crystal stands guard over the dial. Monster Mayhem on the Back Grand-Seiko official websiteWhile the dial offers a somewhat subtle homage to Godzilla, the back is more in-your-face with monster-movie lore. It’s here we see an illustration of Godzilla wreaking havoc on the Wako building just as he did in the 1954 film. The artwork comes from an esteemed member of the Godzilla movie world, Japanese artist, and special effects master Shinji Higuchi. He’s been an integral part of the Godzilla Movie Universe since the 1990s and most recently created movie magic for the 2016 film Shin Godzilla. Grand Seiko aficionados will undoubtedly draw a connection to the traditional Grand Seiko Lion. It’s an iconic and longtime image that’s emblazoned many a case back of Grand Seiko watches. Here, Godzilla strikes a fierce pose that’s similar to that of Grand Seiko’s usual King of the Jungle. Of course, Godzilla would win in a battle between the two. Strap on Some Monster Skin The sharkskin strap is arguably the most striking aspect of the watch. Undoubtedly the mind conjures up images of Godzilla’s rippled hide. And a field of asymmetrical shapes that calls to mind the craggy husk that protects Godzilla from the bullets, bombs, and missiles armed forces throw his way. But in fairness, we should note that these military assaults may be a bit much. After all, Godzilla is an omnivore who doesn’t eat people. If you think about it, he’s at heart a good guy who has actually fought to save humanity from other beasts in a few of the films. View this post on Instagram Godzilla Rising – To mark the 65th anniversary of Japan's most famous monster and pop culture phenomenon, @grandseikoofficial unveils a limited edition sports model Ref. SBGA405. Hit the WEBSITE for all the details. LINK IN BIO⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ A post shared by WatchTime Middle East (@watchtime_middleeast) on Oct 2, 2019 at 3:39am PDT Getting Inside the Grand Seiko Godzilla Beyond celebrating its 65 years with Godzilla, Seiko is also marking 20 years with its revolutionary Spring Drive. While the movement was conceived in 1977, it wasn’t until 1999 that Seiko mass-produced the quartz-signal movement that’s accurate up to ten seconds a month. On the limited-edition Godzilla offering, the 72-hour power reserve is gauged by a small indicator at the dial’s eight-o’clock position. With more than 30 feature films spanning over six decades, plus TV, video games, and comics, Godzilla has racked up legions of fans over the years. So surely these limited edition watches will go quickly. But if you are one of the lucky few, maybe you can snag a Grand Seiko Godzilla watch and wear a piece of monster-movie history on your wrist.

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  5. Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Limited Edition’s New Colors

    Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Limited Edition’s New Colors

    Grand Seiko, the luxury arm of Seiko watches, always strives to add hints of art and poetry in their timepieces. From Snowflake and Urushi dials on subtle models to the sharp lugs of their more in-your-face sporty offerings, there’s always something a little special when you go with a Grand Seiko. Arguably, that’s never been truer than with the new model in the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection. Let’s take a closer look at the watch that offers an unabashed homage to fall in Japan. All Limited Editions Are Not Equal For a true watch collector (maybe even a casual wearer), the phrase “limited edition” has lost some of its import. Most major watch brands offer limited editions all the time. Sure, the runs may have small quantities, but the exclusivity of a limited-run watch can get lost in the overload. If you didn’t get in on one limited-edition watch just wait, surely another (and another) limited-edition watch will come along. But the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection SBGH269 stands apart from its limited-edition peers in several interesting ways. The first is thematically. This watch is an ode to the seasonal colors of Japan, a fairly specific time and place that’s captured almost exclusively through the use of color. Patterns and textures also add to the overall evocation of autumn in Japan. Are You Ready for Red? Buying a watch with a red face is a bold choice and one that you will not likely make lightly. A red face is a real attention-getter and maybe you don’t want to bring that much scrutiny to your wrist. Popular watches like the Invicta Grand Diver, Bulova 98M119 and Rolex Oyster Perpetual have stunned with cutting-edge red dials. But each of these can be a bit much, not lending themselves to office wear or dress-casual ensembles. View this post on Instagram The Grand Seiko SBGH269. Inspired by the autumnal colour changing of leaves. More specifically the colour and reflection on Japanese wooden flooring. It's very red. #grandseiko #sbgh269 #grandseikohibeat #hibeat #seiko #autumn #redleaves #seasons #seasonschange #9s85 #calibre9s85 #reddial #zaratsu #limitededition #watchesofinstagram #hodinkee #barkandjack #womw #wristporn #mapleleaf #watchesandcoffee A post shared by Matt (@mattraffan) on Oct 13, 2019 at 11:46am PDT However, this Grand Seiko Heritage takes the red theme into more subdued territory. It has echoes of burnt umber and soft yellow hues that seem to rise from under a multi-layered mix of reds. These are the shades you’ll see on a trek through the rugged mountains of Japan. Delving into Design Details This is a timepiece that leans to the sporty side. But it doesn’t go overboard with size as many a sports watch does. Instead it’s housed in a stainless steel case measuring 39.5mm × 13mm. With that striking dial, it doesn’t need to wear so hefty to garner attention. Handcrafted like the rest in the Grand Seiko line, the Heritage features the brand’s signature Zaratsu polishing. It also has a noticeable gleam on the edges of the hand-finished lugs. The three-link stainless steel bracelet adds to the sporty vibe. It’s also 100-meter water resistance, which means you can actually get active in the water. A Look Under the Hood In keeping with the rest of the offerings in the Heritage collection, this is a 36000 Hi-Beat timepiece, with an oscillation rate of ten beats per second. Years in development, the Caliber 9S85 automatic movement has 55 hours of reserve power. Grand Seiko says it has an accuracy of minus-three to plus-five seconds per day. But that seems a conservative estimate and it may be that Seiko is wishing to under promise and over deliver as higher rates of accuracy have been reported with the Hi-Beat movement. View this post on Instagram The #GrandSeiko #autumninjapan #hibeat #sbgh269 #limitededition has arrived!! Very few made! Hurry before they are gone! Call or text 813.875.3935 or 727.637.3394. Darren A post shared by gemgeek (@gemgeek) on Oct 7, 2019 at 11:25am PDT To get a good look at the inner workings, flip the watch over and take a gander at the sapphire display case back. It’s an eye-catching show with a brilliant green oscillating weight that recalls verdant leaves that will transform into fall colors, evoking a feeling of change as one season closes, and another begins. The Enchanting Feel of Fall Autumn colors are celebrated in many places and in many ways. It’s no surprise. The seasonal mix of reds across an amazing spectrum, plus likewise yellows, oranges and magentas have inspired romance and wonder through the ages. Almost nowhere are these fall colors more celebrated than in Japan. Some might say it’s a national obsession. Or international as each fall Japan welcomes hordes of visitors who descend on the island nation to take in its fall foliage. From Japan’s northernmost isle of Hokkaido to its southernmost shores, locals engage in gathering Momiji (red leaves) and looking out across landscapes that are on fire with deep crimson, golden yellow and popping patches of orange. Japan’s shrines and temples take on a drastic shift as their summer-green trees put on stunning shows from mid-October to mid-December. Grand Seiko captures this ephemeral color collage in one truly remarkable watch. View this post on Instagram Accuracy after 2 WEEKS …."Spring" #sbga413 at +1 second and "Autumn" #sbgh269 at +2…Amazing!#GrandSeiko . #notarolex #madmen #madmenstyle #zaratsu #watchoftheday #watchgeek #federicotalkswatches #Seiko #monochromewatches #topperjewelers #wristshot#wristporn #dailywatch #luxurylife #watchporn #watchesofinstagram #watchaddict #finewatches #watchaddiction #hodinkee #wus #wornandwound #madeinjapan #springdrive #pink #thisisgrandseiko A post shared by Tony Abbate (@t.abbate) on Oct 19, 2019 at 7:51am PDT Grand Seiko, A Celebration of Japanese Culture But the artistic design isn’t limited to Japan’s much-celebrated natural landscapes. One glance and you’ll notice that there are unique vertical lines down the face of the watch. The more astute of us will immediately make the connection to the floors of traditional Japanese homes, or “minka.” A style in use for centuries, these timber floors are most often crafted from cryptomeria and cypress. It’s finished with rich red and soft brown lacquer. Careful detail is given to flooring as floors are considered furniture from the traditional Japanese perspective. This same attention to detail and tradition are reflected in the dial. There’s a chance you’re not ready for a watch with a bold red face. Perhaps you’re looking for something more versatile, something that can go from boardroom to bistro without raising an eyebrow. But for uncommon colors, a celebration of culture and the reliability of a Seiko, perhaps this limited-edition Heritage is the perfect way to capture the changing of the seasons. Will you be one of the lucky few who get one of the 900 that Grand Seiko has produced?

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  6. Japanese Watches: Best Brands

    Japanese Watches: Best Brands

    If you’re in the market for Japanese watches, there are probably a few watch brands you will look to first. Seiko, Citizen, and Casio are likely on your radar, as they have a combined watchmaking history of more than two centuries. But these established brands are being challenged by some notable up-and-comers. So let’s take a look at the best Japanese watch brands and what they offer. Seiko Founded in 1881, Seiko is Japan’s oldest watchmaker and generally one of the most respected. It’s well-earned respect, based on more than a century of fine quality at prices that are notably affordable in comparison to their Swiss counterparts. It’s hard to encapsulate all they have done through the decades, but we can look to a few benchmarks. They made Japan’s first dive watch in 1965, and Seiko Prospex divers remain incredibly popular to this day. They turned the watch world on its end in 1969 with the first mass-produced quartz watch. For quality and heritage, Seiko is the Japanese watchmaker to beat. Grand Seiko  Each of these sub-brands of Seiko probably merits a lot more discussion than we have time for. Grand Seiko goes for luxury and can cost considerably more than their parent company’s offerings, but the quality shows. One of their most notable entries is the Snowflake, a titanium gem with Spring Drive movement. Orient Orient takes the Seiko tradition in a different direction. Unlike Grand Seiko, Orient watches are exceedingly affordable. But don’t worry that you’re getting a cheap watch with Orient. Rather, they perform well beyond their price tags. One of the most-popular Orients is the Bambino, a low-cost dress watch that can hold its own with some of the best Swiss offerings. Citizen If we’re talking about tech with Japanese watches, Citizen is the go-to brand. They famously pioneered light-powered timepieces with their signature Eco-Drive. They’ve also been at the forefront of GPS technology, notably with models such as the Red Arrows World Time Chronograph. Are they affordable? Yes and no. Spanning a wide range of prices, you can pick up a Citizen for as low as $100 and as high as $2,000 and more. Casio Casio started out as something of a joke. Well, at least somebody probably laughed at you when you sported your first calculator watch back in the day. Today those same watches are brandished by hipsters for their retro charm (and cheap prices). But Casio grew in leaps from its humble start, and nobody is laughing at the G-Shock. Casio’s near-indestructible flagship watches have become a staple and nearly every serious watch collector in the world has one in their collection. 3 Japanese Watches You Probably Don’t Know (But Really Should!) 1: Knot  One of the hottest new brands out of Japan is Knot. Since its debut in 2014, the small Tokyo-based outfit has gotten an overload of media attention that should make the big brands a little nervous. Two aspects make these watches desirable alternatives to the more-established watchmakers: price and customization. When it comes to cost, you can pick up a nice Knot for some unusually low prices given the high quality of the timepieces. A quartz movement watch will set you back about $200 while mechanical movement is in the $500 price range. From straps to movements and cases, all components are made in Japan and hand-assembled at Knot’s workshop in a bustling section of the capital city. And every Knot watch is completely customizable. Choose from a sea of straps that honor Japanese crafts and culture, such as the braided Kyoto’s kumihimo, a Yamanashi’s umbrella strap or the tatami-beri band that mirrors the design of a traditional Japanese tatami floor mat. View this post on Instagram 人気のレディースソーラーウォッチ。季節感あふれる新カラー追加! 秋のファッションにぴったりなブラウンフェイス。 落ち着いた雰囲気がコーディネートの締め役に。 #knotwatch#knot#wristwear#wristwatch#madeinjapan #ノット#腕時計#時計#日本製#カスタムオーダー A post shared by Maker’s Watch Knot / ノット (@makers_watch_knot) on Aug 29, 2019 at 1:48am PDT 2: Minase Another recent brand that’s been upending the long-established watch world in Japan, Minase made its debut in 2005. But unlike urban Knot, Minase crafts its timepieces in a small factory in the company’s namesake village in the north of Japan. High-end quality has put Minase on the map. Prior to its foray into fine watches, the company produced precision tools and has since brought that fine metalwork expertise to each of the 500 watches Minase produces each year. 3: Frank Miura Okay, so this is a weird one. Frank Miura is a parody brand that openly mimics Franck Muller watches (both names are pronounced nearly the same in Japanese). Of course, the latter Swiss luxury brand Franck Muller makes instantly recognizable watches under the audacious banner “Master of Complications.” We’ve seen their bold designs on the wrists of 50 Cent, Elton John and a slew of other celebrities, and prices for a nice Franck Muller can go north of ten grand. Japan’s Frank Miura, on the other hand, offers similar designs at a fraction of the price. And although it’s a blatant rip-off of the Swiss watches, the Japanese quality is pretty good, and the designs are really cool. Franck Muller sued Frank Miura to stop making watches, but the legal action backfired. A Japanese court ruled that Frank Miura has the right to produce parodies and the publicity has made the low-end Japanese brand a cult hit. View this post on Instagram 嗚呼、ついに禁断の一本を手に入れてしまった…。 #フランク三浦 #fashionbloger #blog #腕時計 #ristwatch #watch #mensfashion #frankmiura A post shared by Yuji Mizutani (@butsuyoku_m) on Feb 8, 2019 at 6:38pm PST So you can stick with the tried and trusted brands, it’s hard to go wrong with that kind of longevity and tradition. Or choose one of the upstarts and slip something a little more eclectic on your wrist. However you select, the small island of Japan has a huge selection of amazing watches waiting for you.

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  7. Closer Look at the Grand Seiko Snowflake

    Closer Look at the Grand Seiko Snowflake

    Coming from the world of most iconic Grand Seiko watches, the Grand Seiko Snowflake is surely one of a kind! Grand Seiko has crafted one of the best watches in the world outside of Germany and Switzerland. However, this beautiful model raises the standards of watchmaking and is manufactured for those customers who have an eye for perfection. After being introduced in the year 2010, the watch became an instant success. Here are a few reasons which prove that the mighty Snowflake is indeed every watch connoisseur’s dream come true! Dial An intriguing fact about the watch is that the dial is build up of multiple layers to give the textural effect of freshly fallen snow. These tiny details, such as the reflective surfaces of the hands and the surface of the dial combine to make the Grand Seiko Snowflake one of the most cherished models this collection has to offer. It takes you back to the calming view of snow-covered mountains. Created in the Shiojiri dial workshop, its aesthetics take you to another world. In order to create this dial, watch-makers put it through a six-step process. There is a combination of paint coating, metallic treatment, and paintwork. As a result, this creates a random yet intricate pattern on the dial which channels the untamed wild of the Japanese winter. The contrast to the dial is provided by the highly polished indices and hands. Every edge is crisp and faceted. Overall, the design of the Snowflake is effortless yet memorable. Materials When we talk about quality, the Grand Seiko Snowflake is clearly one of the best. It is manufactured out of high-intensity titanium which is extremely resistant to scratches as well as corrosion. It is approximately 30% lighter than stainless steel; therefore, it is easy on the wrist. Plus it’s durable! Keeping in mind the idea of snow, the watch is meant to be ‘as light as a snowflake.’ Despite its large diameter of 41mm  and thickness of 12.5 mm, the watch is quite comfortable. The case has a special Zaratsu polishing treatment, giving the watch its character and everlasting beauty. As seen from the final result, the amount of work that goes into the hands, markers, and dials is intensive. Also, the glass material is a dual-curved sapphire with an anti-reflective coating on the inner surface. In addition, there is a three-fold clasp with push-button release. What more could one desire? Bracelet Attached to the case is a ‘Speed-master’ style bracelet with matte finished links. Due to the titanium, the bracelet is a pleasant ally on a daily basis. The links are also quite thin yet sturdy at the same time. Also, the butterfly clasp comes with security pushers. Available in silver color, the bracelet proves to be one of the most prominent features of the Grand Seiko Snowflake. Even the buckle material is fashioned out of high-quality titanium that is soft on the wrist. Design and craft value The shimmery blue steel second-hand moves smoothly against the white surface, thus intensifying the dramatic effect. Adorned with thirty jewels, the Snowflake is a sight for sore eyes! Stamped with a lion emblem, the case-back is see through. In short, this model is a mix of Japanese watchmaking skills and state-of-the-art technology. The Grand Seiko logo can also be seen on the frame around the date aperture. The rotor also shows the GS logo, but the difficult part is that it is hard to repair these watches outside of Japan. A legend in its own right; this line of watches has evolved over a period of time. With the passage of time, the dials have transformed, thus resulting in a more minimalistic and charming look. Technology It surely is a symbol of technological innovation with a spring drive movement that is automatic in nature. Having the motive force of a mainspring, this piece is close to perfection when it comes to precision. It has a highly developed caliber with a power reserve of almost 72 hours. The spring drive is as accurate as a good quartz watch; it also uses a coil and an integrated circuit. The Snowflake is water-resistant up to 10 meters with an analog display. Powered by the caliber 9R65, the chronometer standard is +6/-4 seconds per day. Being a mainspring, the spring drive can be wound by the rotor or by manually winding the crown. Also, the spring drive does not have traditional escapement. The Tri-Syncro generates electricity by using the power of the mainspring; this electricity is consumed by the IC. A reference signal is produced by the integrated circuit that steers the electromagnetic brake. Developed by Yoshikazu Akahane, this invention took 20 years to evolve. Versatility From parties to formal meetings, this model can surely add extra oomph to your look. It is even suitable for semi-formal occasions. Moreover, it is a very suitable gift for someone who is very close to you. Like Rolex and  Omega, it is modern yet powerful. The Grand Seiko Snowflake is highly versatile. Because of the zen-like aura this watch exudes, the Snowflake will always be one of the favorites of many watch enthusiasts. 

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  8. Grand Seiko: 3 Reasons Why We Love the Brand

    Grand Seiko: 3 Reasons Why We Love the Brand

    What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Grand Seiko? Well, if you’re like most watch collectors out there, you’re probably wondering why the brand is so awesome. Yes, Grand Seiko is one of the many luxury watch brands that has been disrupting the industry for years. And of course, we figured that it’s only normal for us to let you in why Grand Seiko stands out even in the midst of other big brands. In this article, we’re going to explore up to three key factors that make Grand Seiko a must-have for avid watch collectors. So check out why a whole lot of collectors love this brand. Trust us, you’re sure to fall in love too (that’s if you haven’t already). Let’s dive in! 1: Grand Seiko History First off, Grand Seiko has a rich history that you’ll certainly want to check out. Now, for most watch lovers, GS may be seen as a newcomer in the luxury watch world and we can’t possibly blame them for that. Yes, the brand actually entered the US market a few years ago and started making waves in English-speaking countries thereafter. It’s however important to note that Grand Seiko has been here since 1881. Yes, Seiko has always been committed to creating premium quality timepieces, but unfortunately, they weren’t regarded as one of the big players in the industry. As time went by, Seiko decided to give one of their major divisions (Suwa) the responsibility of creating a Grand Seiko. Of course, their goal was to make the original model (Grand Seiko) the most outstanding wristwatch that they were able to produce at that point in time. Moving forward, at this time, the Grand Seiko was not seen as a collection — it was actually considered a model. Yes, the Seiko’s classic three hand, no date, manual wind watch went mainstream. But of course, it didn’t stop there — the brand’s success led to the birth of many more models including watches with automatic winding, dates and different frequencies. Going International It’s also worth noting that Seiko’s success gave them the chance to compete internationally. Essentially, the brand entered wristwatch movements into Neuchatel chronometer testing in 1964. For those who might not be aware, the Neuchatel observatory rate watches and give their corresponding rank in line with other movements in the competition. Of course, the ultimate goal is to know the brand that produced the most accurate timepieces. Well, at this time, Grand Seiko’s results were far below expectations. But interestingly, they were able to do better — in 1967, Seiko’s movements moved from the 144th place into the top ten! That’s not all — GS also went ahead to compete in a Geneva competition that’s pretty similar to the Neuchatel chronometer trials. And the good thing is, this time, the brand performed excellently well. Yes, they won 4th place out of 10, making their movements to be the most accurate of all mechanical watch movements! All in all, Grand Seiko’s illustrious history is clearly one of the reasons why we and other watch collectors can’t get enough of their incredible pieces. 2: Grand Seiko Movements Another thing that sets Grand Seiko apart from the crowd is the accuracy of their watches. The not-so-best Grand Seiko has better accuracy rating than many other watch brands on the market. Even a watch collector with little to no knowledge about the brand’s movements can take the plunge and end up with an incredibly accurate watch. Essentially, Grand Seiko has done its best to stay true to their heritage while making great changes to the technology of their movements. Speaking of which, the spring drive is one movement that expresses Grand Seiko’s impressive philosophy. This revolutionary movement basically integrates the fine finishing and assembly of a mechanical GS from the 1960s with a state-of-the-art high-tech tri-synchro regulator. The Battery  It’s clear to see that Grand Seiko basically fuses the old with the new thus creating battery-less, fully mechanical movement. That movement stores all its energy in a mainspring. That’ll boast an accuracy that exceeds most quartz watches. In a nutshell, with GS, collectors will get to have a combination of the beauty of a traditional watch and accuracy of a high tech one. So, what’s the point? Well, it’s pretty simple — Grand Seiko’s watch movements are equal to none. There are still many other things to learn about them. 3: Grand Seiko Craftsmanship The last but certainly not the least reason why love Grand Seiko is their incredible craftsmanship. In today’s luxury watch world, they’re one of the few brands that are a classic. They have stayed true to traditional watch polishing, assembly, and adjustment. Just about every part of a GS is polished with a Japanese technique known as “zaratsu.” Now, if you’re familiar with Japanese history, you’ll relate when we say sword polishing was taken very seriously. Yes, contrary to what you thought, the entire process wasn’t done by the swordsmith alone. Instead, once the swordsmith is done with his job, he gives the blade to a “togishi” who polishes it to perfection. Why does this matter? Only because Grand Seiko zaratsu technique follows the exact same process. Moving forward, you should be aware that brand’s models don’t just come with extremely fine finishing. First off, the job is actually and of course, entirely done by master watchmakers. And interestingly, the watchmakers adjust the timepieces in 6 positions to take better control of the effects of gravity. That’s a feature that’s known only to the best and most elite of watchmakers. Finally, and for what it’s worth, the testing and adjustment of a Grand Seiko take 17 days — a pretty amazing fact to keep in mind. Conclusion And that’s it! These are top 3 reasons why Grand Seiko watches are totally worth checking out. In the end it’s all up to you to get yourself a GS timepiece that you’re sure to treasure for years.

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  9. Reviewing the Grand Seiko Spring Drive

    Reviewing the Grand Seiko Spring Drive

    Grand Seiko Spring Drive watches are some of the most impressive in the luxury market. The primary reasons why are general craftsmanship, one exceptional dial component, and the famous Spring Drive movement. Today, I will explain each of these aspects, as well as a few others. Before we begin though, I must give my full endorsement of this brand and the Spring Drive models they make. You really can’t do much better at this price range, making these pieces excellent choices for luxury enthusiasts. Anyways, let’s get on with the review. Brand Grand Seiko is part of the larger Seiko brand, which is most famous for delivering affordable watches with a ton of value. They created Grand Seiko because it is odd for a company to sell pieces at $75 and $10,000. Creating a whole new entity was the correct move, as you can now search for a specific brand name when you’re looking for a luxury option. Ultimately, Seiko and Grand Seiko both have excellent reputations in the watch world and rich histories to back them up. History of the Spring Drive Many of the watches I review are old and iconic. In this section of those reviews, we frequently discuss pieces that were created decades ago. This is not the case with the Spring Drive, as its movement technology is brand new. What’s cool about them, though, is that the Seiko started trying to make them 1977. It took them a full 30 years to complete the task, but it was well worth the wait. While these models don’t have roots that go back 50+ years, they are still a few decades in the making. Appearance Grand Seiko keeps its design very simple and minimalist for these watches. All you’ll see on the dial is a date, power reserve, subtle branding, and metal hour markers. The one feature that jumps out at you is the second hand, which is often a deep blue. Overall, though, these timepieces are not going to catch your eye. Many collectors consider that to be a very good thing. The area where you can inject your personal style is the color scheme, as Grand Seiko offers black, white, and silver dials. Materials The Spring Drive models over deliver in the domain of materials. That comes down to their titanium cases and sapphire crystal. While the latter is standard among luxury options, titanium usually costs quite a bit more than what Grand Seiko sells these watches for. These excellent materials contribute to the sturdiness of the Spring Drive models, which is one of their top selling points. Movement Now, onto the most exciting part of these watches. Their movements are unlike any other on the market because they incorporate mechanical and electronic component. The former is standard among luxury timepieces, and Grand Seiko builds a masterful bit of machinery into these pieces. The electronic aspect is what makes them so unique. It regulates the movement, making it incredibly accurate and rarely losing or gaining seconds. One especially interesting way in which it does so is through applying brakes to the second hand. It is such a smart device that it can detect when your watch is ticking too fast and take the necessary action to slow it down. General Craftsmanship As I’ve mentioned throughout this article, these watches are clearly very well made. You can feel their quality when you have them in your hands, spin the crown, and wear them on your wrist. They also give you 100m water resistance, which is nice for rain, spills, and accidental dips into water. The entire Seiko family is famous for delivering craftsmanship above their price range, and the Spring Drive line is no different. Niche These watches definitely aren’t sporty. Instead, they are best used as dress watches. Their simple design and elegant energy lend themselves to formal events, and you can wear them day to day as well. The only time I wouldn’t put on a Spring Drive is during a rugged task like playing sports or doing yard work. Other than that, you have a timepiece that will give you a lot of mileage. Overall Impression To be honest, I can’t recommend this watch enough. You see its appeal the second you get your hands on it, as it is shiny, sturdy, and has a nice weight to it. Once you give it a wear, it becomes an even better deal, as it just feels great on your wrist. The icing on the cake is the Spring Drive movement on the inside and the power reserve marker on your dial. These are two components that no other timepieces have, making your Grand Seiko genuinely unique. If you have enough money to make one of these watches yours, then don’t hesitate. Get yourself a Spring Drive and never look back.

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  10. The Differences Between Seiko and Grand Seiko Watches

    The Differences Between Seiko and Grand Seiko Watches

    One thing that confuses many watch buyers is the difference between Seiko and Grand Seiko. They think that if the brand name and aesthetics are almost the same, that there can’t be much difference between their timepieces. This idea, though fairly logical, is ultimately false. Here’s an example that might help you understand what’s going on behind the scenes: Have you heard of the automobile brands Toyota and Lexus? What you might not know is that the same company owns them. While both exceptional brands, Lexus vehicles are much more powerful and luxurious. You might think of Seiko as Toyota and Grand Seiko as Lexus if you want to simplify this issue as much as possible. Below, I go into detail about these two brands and give some guidance on which might be right for you. First Things First: The Similarities There are two crucial similarities between these two brands. The first is that they have the same parent company. This factor will cause them to have similar aesthetics and quality standards, both of which are exceptional. The second similarity is how good of a deal they are. In the watch world, there are a lot of brands that sell far above their level of quality. The reason is that they can get away with inferior craftsmanship due to smart marketing. Seiko and Grand Seiko definitely do not fit into that category. In fact, most watch enthusiasts report that these pieces far exceed their price range and perform like more expensive products. View this post on Instagram SBGA375 The world view of Spring Drive, midnight blue dial and the glide motion of second hand. #grandseiko #gs #sbga375 #springdrive #watch #craftsmanship #madeinjapan A post shared by Grand Seiko (@grandseikoofficial) on Oct 30, 2018 at 1:22am PDT Craftsmanship Now, onto the differences. The first of them is craftsmanship. While Seiko is a reliable brand, they do not put much care into each individual product. They are almost entirely manufactured by machine, as they cannot afford to incorporate handmade features. Grand Seiko, on the other hand, takes more care in creating the best possible watches. They build many parts by hand, polish the case and bracelet until they shine brightly, and go through manual inspections for quality control. This devotion leads to a superior product. View this post on Instagram Presage combines a Japanese aesthetic sense with traditional craftsmanship and Seiko's mechanical watchmaking skills. Discover the Seiko Presage collection on seikousa.com. A post shared by Seiko Watches (@seikowatchusa) on Jan 11, 2019 at 9:00am PST Materials Seiko watches are almost entirely made out of a resilient, but affordable, form of stainless steel. This is the standard material that almost every timepiece manufacturer uses. Grand Seiko’s are different in one of two ways. First, they can be made of a higher quality stainless steel, which will last longer and extend the lifespan of the watch. Second, they might be a different material entirely, like platinum or titanium. One thing that many of us can do intuitively is sense whether a metal is high or low quality. If you ever get a Grand Seiko is your hands, you’ll understand how much difference materials can make. View this post on Instagram Grand Seiko. Ten stories embracing the future. – Two eminent wristwatches: The fruition of taking steps together #GrandSeikoTenStories From the very start in 1960, Grand Seiko has been distinct in its design, its character, its distribution and its presentation. Explore more about Grand Seiko: https://www.grand-seiko.com/ Grand Seiko Ten shories: https://www.grand-seiko.com/10stories/ Ref. SBGA211, SBGJ201 #GrandSeiko #GS #GrandSeikoOfficial #SpringDrive #manufacture #craftsmanship #SBGA211 #SBGA201 #watch #watches A post shared by Grand Seiko (@grandseikoofficial) on Mar 16, 2018 at 12:23am PDT Accuracy The first matter we should discuss before talking about accuracy is the difference between quartz and mechanical movements. The former uses a battery and a crystal to move the hands, while the latter is a small piece of machinery than manually makes the watch run. Quartz watches are always more accurate than mechanical, no matter what price point you’re in, so you shouldn’t try to put them head to head. If we’re comparing apples to apples, as in mechanical Seiko’s to mechanical Grand Seiko’s, the latter comes out ahead every time. Price The cheapest Seiko watches out there are just above $50. These pieces generally have a quartz movement and are reliable, but perhaps won’t wow you. As they get more expensive, you’ll find high-quality divers and automatic pieces that perform above their price point. At the upper end, you rarely see a Seiko that costs more than $500. View this post on Instagram Blue or Gold? Share your #SeikoDiver of choice in the comments. (?: @tempusx) A post shared by Seiko Watches (@seikowatchusa) on Oct 13, 2018 at 8:05am PDT Grand Seiko’s have a much higher price tag. This trend reflects the craftsmanship and quality that I’ve talked about throughout this article. They begin around $2,000 and extend all the way to $10,000. While expensive, many people put them on par with the great Swiss brands. When you look at it that way, they are somewhat of a steal. View this post on Instagram The Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 Professional 600m Diver's Limited Edition. The dial of the limited edition is made in the exclusive color, the deep blue, that signifies craftsmanship and tradition in Japan and is the signature color of Grand Seiko. Ref. SBGH257 http://www.grand-seiko.com/professionaldivers/ #grandseiko #gs #limitededition #diverswatch #divers#hibeat #manufacture #watch #watches #japan #madeinjapan #SBGH257 A post shared by Grand Seiko (@grandseikoofficial) on Jul 22, 2017 at 3:36am PDT Peers A great way to assess a watch brand is to see who its peers are. For Seiko, names like Casio, Timex, and Citizen come up. While all of those brands are respectable, they might not enthrall you. When you look at who buys Grand Seiko’s, you find that it is the same people that shop with Omega, Rolex and even upper echelon brands like Audemars Piguet. With that kind of company, you know that Grand Seiko is a great pick. So, which of these two sibling brands, Seiko and Grand Seiko, are right for you? That will depend entirely on what price point you’re looking at. For those that want a tough, reliable piece for under $500, definitely go with Seiko. You can get yourself a hyper-affordable quartz watch, a surprisingly fantastic automatic Seiko 5 for under $100, or splurge a bit on a more luxurious diver. The target market for Grand Seiko is luxury watch enthusiasts, so if you fit into that category, getting yourself a Snowflake or some other model is an excellent choice. No matter what, you can’t go wrong with the quality and craftsmanship of these two companies.

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  11. The 5 Best Watches Under 40mm

    The 5 Best Watches Under 40mm

    The two trends that are taking over the mainstream watch community are larger diameters and minimalist aesthetics. If you love these two looks, then feel free to purchase watches that incorporate them. Of course, a significant portion of horology enthusiasts does not, and instead want to downsize to maybe watches under 40mm. There are three fundamental reasons why you might want a smaller watch: Formal Style – Those that want to pair their watches with formal wear often go for smaller pieces. The primary reason why is that these watches are seen as classier because they blend in with outfits, rather than being the centerpiece of them. Small Wrist – Simply put, large watches usually don’t look good on smaller wrists. Many people who have them opt for watches under 40mm. Personal Taste – Some people just like the look of a smaller piece more, regardless of the clothes they wear and the size of their wrists. This is a perfectly reasonable preference. Anyway, let’s get on with the list! I’ve included a variety of brands at a few different price points. That way, a wide range of customers can find the perfect piece. 1: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Fifty-Eight – 39mm The Tudor Heritage Black Bay is one of my favorite Swiss watches on the market right now, and this smaller size suits it perfectly. It has gorgeous aesthetics, is made of excellent materials, and has a high level of wear ability. As a bonus, the one big knock on the Tudor brand is not a thing of the past, as they produce this watch’s movement in-house now. Overall, this timepiece is a great deal at its price point and is about as beautiful as any product you’ll find. 2: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer – 38mm Many consider this Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watch to be Omega’s response to the Oyster Perpetual, which we’ll discuss later. I believe its charm primarily comes from its minimalism and elegance. It doesn’t have unnecessary complications or extraneous information on its dial. Instead, it has the time, date, and an eye-catching, deep blue dial. As far as is movement and materials, they are as fantastic as you would expect from Omega, which is a brand with an excellent reputation. 3: Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic – 38mm Though many consider Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic to be a premier brand, others were put off by their shift towards, larger and flashier pieces. One thing that their new CEO, George Kerns, decided to do when he took over was bring back some of the smaller and more elegant watches from the brand’s history. The Navitimer 1 Automatic represents this desire, as it is smaller and doesn’t demand so much attention. The dial might be too crowded for some, but most of you will love this watch. 4: Grand Seiko SBGH263 – 39.5mm Grand Seiko is one of the hottest luxury brands in the modern horological community. The reason is that their products have the quality and class of much more expensive pieces. You can clearly see this trend in the SBGH263, which has an amazing amount of polish and holds an impressive movement on the inside. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this watch, though, is its looks. It combines a white dial, gold hands, gold numbers, a silver case, and a brown leather strap. Put that color palette together, and you have one of the most beautiful timepieces out there. 5: Rolex Oyster Perpetual – 39mm What can I say about Rolex that hasn’t already been said? You don’t have to be an expert to understand that this brand produces excellent watches from the top of their catalog to the bottom. What makes the Oyster Perpetual unique is that it does not have any sort of theme to it. It isn’t a racing watch or a diver, nor does it incorporate a significant amount of design features or dazzling colors. Instead, it is incredibly simple and elegant, two things that you want out of a smaller piece. This aesthetic makes it very versatile, too, as it can fit in casual and dressy situations. The icing on the cake is that it incorporates a perpetual calendar, which is a convenient and impressive complication. Whether you are looking for a dress watch, have smaller wrists, or simply love the look of a petite timepiece, choosing one of the options on this list is an excellent bet. Though there isn’t a bad pick on this list, my favorite is likely to Rolex Oyster Perpetual, as its craftsmanship is unmatched for pieces below $10,000. The unfortunate truth about this list, though, is that these watches are all quite expensive. As far as affordable options, both the Seiko and Citizen are fantastic choices for small products of any style. All you need to do is assess your needs and preferences, then go forward with the purchase. In the end, you should have a new watch that is the perfect size for you.

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