Grand Seiko Quartz SBGX059
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Grand Seiko Quartz - #SBGX059
Long time a watch collector’s item, the Grand Seiko has been revered as one of the finest watches that Japan produces. Until now, obtaining a Grand Seiko proved difficult for many watch collectors, the watch was only available in Japan, necessitating a trip to Japan to purchase one, or turning to the used watch market to secure one themselves.
For the first time ever, SEIKO is making the Grand Seiko line of watches widely available outside of Japan. Mr. Hattori, SEIKO’s President and CEO announced that Grand Seiko would be available around the world for the first time in SEIKO’s history, and at the perfect time as well. 2010 was the 50th anniversary of the Grand Seiko line of watches, so it was fitting that it should be released worldwide to commemorate such an impressive achievement.
The Grand Seiko line of watches is among the very best in the entire world, rivaling the best watches built by both European and American companies. A rich SEIKO heritage of quality, accuracy, and aesthetics are used as a guide to incorporate some of the finest materials available to create these truly grand, Grand Seiko watches.
Every part and component used in the Grand Seiko is made in house by the skilled SEIKO craftsmen, with the strictest of standards. The Grand Seiko Quart watch features an incredibly accurate Quartz drive system, a solid stainless steel bracelet, and a clear sapphire crystal glass face. Simply put, the Grand Seiko is the finest that SEIKO offers.
Drive system Quartz
Caliber No. 9F62
Case Stainless case
Case back Screw case back
Glass Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Bracelet Solid stainless steel
Buckle Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release
Accuracy ±10 seconds/ year
Water resistance 10 bar
Magnetic resistance 4800 A/m (60 gauss)
Thickness 10.0 mm
Size of case 37.0mm
I'm comparing this Grand Seiko (SBGX059) to a Rolex all stainless DateJust that I've worn daily for the past 12 years. I bought the GS mainly "to look at something new on my wrist", but I justified the purchase by it's much greater accuracy, and better readability for my 78 y.o. eyes. I believe the Seiko is clearly better built than the Rolex! The detailing and the polishing are better. The fit of the band links with each other is better, and the links themselves are smoother and brushed "all in one direction" rather than "just brushed" (if that makes sense) to give them a nicely coherent and finished appearance. The sides of the links are polished to match the sides of the case! The band clasp is machined, not stamped, and operates with more precision and security. The date numerals appear smaller on the GS, but I really like not having the date magnifying bubble lens of the Rolex. I didn't think much about it until I noticed how nice the GS looks without it. I'm amazed at how well the sword shape of the GS hour and minute hands improve readability. The eye is lead smoothly to the hour and minute markers. It's a very pleasant, simple appearance. The polished stainless hands contrast nicely with the stark white matte of the watch face during the day, BUT I didn't realize how much I would miss the lume of the Rolex, even though the Rolex lume is minimal. I'm sure I'll get used to it. It is quite rare that I want or need to know the time in the dark (and I don't have another convenient option), but it happens. In another 12 years or so when I replace this watch (with another GS not a Rolex) I'll probably look for one that has lume, and I might also look at a Spring Drive because the smoothly sweeping second hand seems more pleasant to watch than the quartz ratchet action. It's not a big deal. Probably I'm just used to the former rather than the later. I guess this is a little quirky, but I like looking at the Seiko name rather than the Rolex name on the watch face. As I mature (it's a long, unfinished process) I like the feeling that the Rolex brand name is not so important, it's the WATCH that's important, and the Grand Seiko is clearly a better watch!