Perfection for GS, as always. This chronograph carries a price, but it also carries off understated perfection, the hallmark of Grand Seiko. There is also magic in the 1 of 600 exclusivity; scroll through an old Seiko catalog on line, and you'll see that Seiko has been selling "limited editions" for decades, with a dizzying array of watches, most of which have never been sold in the West.
Well, the Onbashira-themed black ceramic chronograph is a large watch, but owing to ceramic and titanium, it feels light on the wrist. And, the black crocodile stripe with green side stitching is thick, but surprisingly supple. Function? The chronograph reset is instantaneous, and the precision of the chronograph hand functions is superb. The green hue is very subtle, in the style of the green dial Hi Beat GMT and Spring Drive watches. The color is even more subdued, but in sunlight, the effect is stunning, and the tree motif begs a magnifying glass to truly appreciate!
If I had to limit myself to one watch, the Snowflake would win, but frankly, I don't see the need for another chronograph, after buying this one. My watch is #549 of 600, and I feel VERY lucky to have contacted AZ Finetime as soon as I did. Congratulations to Seiko for a great watch, and to AZ Finetime for its service!
6th Sep 2016