For the upcoming festive season, Japanese watchmaking giant Seiko presents an exclusive Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT watch with a unique brown dial.
The earth brown dial, with flecks of orange is truly exceptional, a specialty of the Grand Seiko range, that is exquisitely set off by the watch’s stainless steel case.
The case and other key design elements are the same as those of the acclaimed model, SBGJ005, which won the “Petite Aiguille” award in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2014. However, this new creation has a special dial and oscillating weight to express a new theme that evokes the landscape of the Iwate Prefecture in Northern Japan.
The design is a contemporary reinterpretation of the highly acclaimed 1967 44GS. It offers highly polished, distortion-free surfaces and perfect comfort on the wrist. The watch offers a dual time function; when you adjust the hour hand to a different time zone, it retains its high precision and the GMT hand continues to indicate your home country time.
Through the sapphire case-back glitters a specially designed oscillating weight made of titanium and tungsten. The titanium part of the oscillating weight is treated in an anodic oxidation process that delivers a vivid gradation of the blue, purple, orange and yellow colors that make up the dawn light as it strikes Mt Iwate, the mountain that is visible through the wide windows of the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio where all Grand Seiko mechanical watches are made. The rich colors on the oscillating weight are generated entirely by this oxidization treatment, not by coating or painting.
The titanium oscillating weight also delivers a notable advance in performance. Its strength and hardness resist the distortion that could result from the watch being subjected to severe shock. Titanium absorbs vibration ten times better than the widely used material of brass, thus reducing the risk of damage to the movement or bearings. Its high resistance to corrosion also ensures its durability and long-lasting beauty.
The deep red dial also evokes Mt. Iwate at dawn. The dial has a delicate and beautiful radial pattern inspired by the many ridged contours of Mt. Iwate. This special pattern is unique to Grand Seiko. The dial color echoes the deep red that is seen on clear mornings as the sun lights up Mt. Iwate.
The Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT reference SBG J021 is water resistant to 100m and boasts of a 40 mm-wide, 14 mm-thick steel case. Powered by the 9S86 movement which beats at 5Hz, the watch has a claimed accuracy of between -3 to +5 seconds per day (when static) and a power reserve of 55 hours.
This watch is only available at Seiko Premium Boutique and Seiko Premium Watch Salon stores.
Model: Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Seiko 135th Anniversary Grand Seiko Seiko Premium Watch Salon Limited Edition, Reference SBGJ021
Limited edition of 500 pieces
Driving system: Automatic with manual winding mechanism
Number of jewels: 37
Power reserve: Approximately 55 hours
Accuracy: +5 to -3 seconds per day (under a static use) seconds/day.
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal
Coating: Anti-reflection coating on inner surface
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4800 A/m (60 gauss)
Weight: 159.0 g
Screw see-through case back with sapphire crystal GMT hand
Clasp: Three-fold clasp with push button release
Grand Seiko Hi-beat 36000 GMT SBGJ017 & SBGJ019
In addition to the Limited Edition, Grand Seiko presents the Hi-beat 36000 GMT caliber 9S86 in two new classic designs.
Offered with crocodile straps, these two models (SBGJ017 and SBGJ019) share not only the same caliber, but many of the same features, including a see-through case back, 10 bar water resistance and a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.
The reference SBGJ017 has a silver dial and brown strap. SBGJ019 comes with a black dial and matching strap.
Stainless Steel case
High definition dual-curved box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back with sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 40.0mm, Thickness: 14.0mm
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 7,200 Euros