Grand Seiko Automatic SBGR097 55th Anniversary Limited Edition
The new 9R61 no-date mechancial automatic caliber is expressed in a new 42mm stainless steel case design with 3 piece bracelet. A new modern sized case to appeal to the younger generation of collector, this new Limited Edition Grand Seiko SBGR097 will feature a blue dial with small GS logo's spread througout and celebrates the 55th Anniversary of Grand Seiko. Only 500 pieces will be made for the world.
Drive system Mechanical Automatic (Hand winding capability) Caliber No. 9S61 Case Stainless steel Case back See-through screw case back with sapphire crystal Glass High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating Bracelet Solid stainless steel Buckle Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release Accuracy +5 ~ -3 seconds/ day Water resistance 10 bar Magnetic resistance 4800 A/m (60 gauss) Weight --- Case thickness 14 mm Case diameter 42.0mm Jewels 35
Finally a non-sport GS for larger than average wrists!
This is my second GS, the first being a GMT (SBGE001). That is an excellent watch, however, I have always wanted a classic Grand Seiko to fill the niche of what, years ago, was called a "gentleman's watch." Everytime I one on at the NYC Boutique, however, I came away with the impression that they looked really small on my 8 inch wrist. The bracelets would not even fit without an extra link.
Since Baselworld 2015, Seiko seems to have listened to the foreign (mainly US) market demand for larger diameter cases, coming out last year with the 42mm diam. case used in this (and sister) models, and in 2016 with an even larger 43mm 8 day power reserve platinum version. I look forward to GS expanding this line to include 42mm Hi Beat and GMT versions in the near future.
Specifically for the SBGR097, this watch is a milestone - the first with the larger 42mm case in a GS "dress" watch and the new 9S61 movement designed for this case. I think the biggest problem with most I have read about this watch has to do with the photos on the net which do not do the watch justice. The dial is a nice dark blue, which under direct light is the same indigo shade as the Grand Seiko box the watches come in. The repeating GS pattern is not really visible in all but direct bright light, and even then it is very subtle. The classic 5-sided dauphine hands and subtle but highly polished stick markers = a highly legible dial. Most naysayers on the forum complaining about the "distracting" dial have not seen one in the flesh.
The fit and finish is GS perfect. The bracelet is larger, 21mm at the lugs by my measurement, and 18 at the clasp. Full links fit my wrist perfectly, with 1/2 my pinkie fitting under the clasp, just how I like it. If you want the most accurate pics on the net, see the monochrome review. Better yet, see one in person.
Lastly, the entire sales experience from AZFT is topnotch, with the watch arriving across the CONUS in two days.RayG
31st May 2016