Seiko Crown Chronograph 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, Reference SBCG003

This limited edition watch (reference SBCG003) was released in 2004 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic Seiko Crown Chronograph.

Tokyo hosted the Olympic Games in 1964 and Seiko was the official timekeeper of this mega sporting event. In that year, the Japanese watchmaker launched Crown Chronograph, the first domestically produced chronograph. In 2004, to mark the 40th anniversary, the brand created a limited edition watch with an extremely complex Kinetic movement.

Seiko Crown Chronograph 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, Reference SBCG003
Seiko Crown Chronograph 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, Reference SBCG003

The Seiko SBCG003 Kinetic Chronograph fuses the design aspects of the 1964 model with the advanced Kinetic timekeeping technology. It has a 45mm diameter stainless steel case with sharp and elegant shape evoking the design of the historic Crown Chronograph. It also features a scratch-proof ceramic bezel and dual curved sapphire crystal glass.

On the reverse side, it has an exhibition case-back design that offers the view of the Seiko 9T82 Kinetic chronograph movement. Affixed to the main case-body with six screws, the stainless steel case-back features the limited edition number of the watch. The centre of the glass back spotlights the text “40th Anniversary Chronograph”.

Seiko Crown Chronograph 1964
Seiko Crown Chronograph 1964

The commemorative model comes with a silver radiant dial like the historic watch. It has a multilayer layout featuring four sub-dials and a date display window. The font is a reproduction of the one used in the original model. The number of jewels (38 JEWELS), which is not normally shown in Kinetic, is displayed on the dial.

The Seiko Crown Chronograph 40th Anniversary watch is fitted with a stainless steel bracelet.

Technical details

Model: Seiko Crown Chronograph 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, Reference SBCG003

9T82 caliber (kinetic chronograph)
Frequency of crystal oscillator: 32,768 Hz
Loss/gain (monthly rate): Less than 15 seconds at normal temperature range (5° C ~ 35° C) (41° F ~ 95° F)
Driving system: Step motor, 2 pieces

Hour, minute and seconds
Stopwatch: Hour, minute, second and 1/10 second hands
Energy depletion forewarning function and overcharge prevention function

Stainless steel <SUS316L> case
Bezel: Black ceramic
Case diameter: 45.0mm (excluding crown)
Thickness: 14mm
Glass: Dual curve sapphire glass (with anti-reflective coating)
Back cover: Stainless steel <SUS316L> 6 screw fastening / see-through back
Time/date setting crown at 4 o’clock
Chronograph start button at 2 o’clock and reset button at 10 o’clock
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Hour, minutes and seconds hands at the subdial above 6 o’clock
Hour and minute hands are lumed
Chronograph 1/10th of second counter at 9 o’clock, 60 seconds counter at 12 o’clock, 30 minute & 12H register at 3 o’clock
Date at 4 o’clock

Stainless steel bracelet with one-push double-door clasp

Dedicated wooden box

Limited edition of 300 pieces (with serial number)

Released in
October 2004

Approximate retail price at the time of release
¥ 409,500 (¥ 390,000 excluding tax)