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Grand Seiko SBGP017 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition

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Grand Seiko Heritage 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition SBGP017

Quartz Watch with Display - Meet the Grand Seiko SBGP017 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition

Inspired by the sea of ​​clouds in Shinshu

Today, quartz movements are increasingly respected by watch lovers. In my opinion, this is largely thanks to Grand Seiko's beautiful 9F movement. It's a brand like Grand Seiko with its famous high-end quartz movement that makes this type of movement popular again.

Of course, the 1210 movements of ultra-high-end brands such as Breitling’s SuperQuartz, Rolex’s OysterQuartz and FP Journe are also commendable. But Rolex discontinued the OysterQuartz nearly 20 years ago, and Breitling primarily uses the SuperQuartz in its digital watches. FP Journe's exclusivity and ballooning grey market prices make buying a quartz-powered Eleganté an extremely expensive endeavor. Grand Seiko, however, continues to push the Caliber 9F into its attractive new collection. As the brand does this, more and more collectors are realizing that the Quartz Grand Seiko is no longer a compromise. Today, the brand announced its latest version, the SBGP017. Combining an iconic aesthetic with a beautiful (and visible) 9F movement, it's a convincing package even for quartz replica watches

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To be honest, I also need some persuasion. But in 2016, when I reviewed my first Grand Seiko quartz watch (SBGV019G), it didn't take long to fall in love with the 9F movement. When I saw the quartz movement through the sapphire caseback of that watch, I was fascinated by it. Not only because of its features – such as thermal compensation and the adjustment wheel that adjusts the backlash between the gears to prevent the seconds hand from vibrating – but also because of the beautiful machining of the movement. Despite the lack of moving parts and batteries, it's fun to watch. In fact, I think it looks better than many of the cheaper (or unfinished) mechanical movements I've come across from time to time.

SBGP017 — Celebration of Grand Seiko Style
Before diving into the details of the new Grand Seiko SBGP017, let's take a step back. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Grand Seiko 44GS design. The 44GS or Grand Seiko Style, as we've covered in this article, was invented by Taro Tanaka of Seiko and realized in 1967. On this anniversary, Grand Seiko decided to celebrate "fashion" (no pun intended) with this beautiful 40mm Grand Seiko reference SBGP017. This watch belongs to the Heritage Collection and is officially called the "44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition".Porsche Design 1919 replica watches

For most people, the beauty of the Grand Seiko lies not only in the 44GS-style case, but also in the dial. Grand Seiko is known for the work of its dial magicians, and the SBGP017 is another perfect example. As always, Grand Seiko's poetic marketing guru has come up with a stunning description for this blue dial.

According to them, the dial was inspired by the sea of ​​clouds in the mountains of Shinshu, Japan. Note, however, that this sea of ​​clouds can only be seen on "certain mornings", definitely not all. The press release goes on to explain the origin of this sea of ​​clouds, but I'd love to direct you to the official Grand Seiko website for a full description. Jokes aside, the textured blue dial of this Grand Seiko SBGP017 looks simply stunning. I wonder what nicknames the community will come up with now. Seeing that Grand Seiko himself didn't decide on a nickname this time around also made me laugh. I think it's something that audiophiles and collectors need to do, not brands.replica luxury watches

On the dial, you'll find the blue applied GS logo at the top, and the gold applied star at 6 o'clock. The five-pointed star indicates that it is equipped with a 9F quartz movement with a deviation of only ±5 seconds per year. The Calibre 9F85 also allows you to adjust the hour hand in one-hour increments without stopping the seconds hand. The date also changes instantly at midnight, so you'll never see the calendar in Edge Mode. On the Grand Seiko website you will find an excellent summary of all the functions of the 9F movement, worth a read. As always, the applied hour markers, earpiece and date window frame are impeccably finished.

The Grand Seiko 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition has a case diameter of 40mm and a height of just 10.7mm. Check out my own Grand Seiko with a 44GS style case ( SBGJ201 ), this new version is almost 4mm thinner. The Evolution 9 series solves the thickness problem, but of course this comes at a price. GS Evolution 9 watches are significantly more expensive than other GS collections such as Heritage and Elegance.Jacob & Co. Twin Turbo Furious

Watch Specifications
Grand Seiko
Heritage Series 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition
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Blue Textured Dial with Application Markers and Gold Pentagram
case material
Stainless steel
Shell size
Diameter: 40mm, Thickness: 10.7mm
Double-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
back cover
Sapphire case back
Calibre 9F85, high precision quartz, thermally compensated, ±5 seconds per year deviation
water resistance
100 m/10 bar
Stainless Steel Bracelet with Push Button Release Tri-fold Clasp
time, date