One of the things that makes a Grand Seiko exceptional by and large, is the dial. We as a whole know the Snowflake and Mt. Iwate for instance, yet now they additionally have added ‘hammered’ and radiant design dials to their collection.

I will get to the pounded platinum Grand Seiko SBGZ001 some place before long however need to have a more critical gander at the more moderate treated steel Grand Seiko SBGY003 first. Restricted to 700 pieces only,  yet with a more amicable sticker price than the gold and platinum watches from the Spring Drive twentieth commemoration assortment. For this event, Grand Seiko presented various new manual-twist slight dress watches with Spring Drive movements.

Grand Seiko SBGY003

Using a hand-wound development and no extra complications to the time, like a date or GMT for instance, keeps the watch moderately slight. With a thickness of 10.2mm, I wouldn’t utilize the expression ultra-or extra-meager, yet it is slight for sure.

The profile of the Grand Seiko SBGY003 is essentially excellent and rich, much the same as the assortment name (“Elegance Collection”) infers. The combination of Zaratsu cleaned surfaces and excellent silk brushed completing is simply dazzling. On the correct side, you will discover the GS marked winding crown that is smooth as spread. The highest point of the case and the bezel have a cleaned finish as well.

Sunray dial pattern

I consistently had seven days spot for rich dials, regardless of whether those from the 1960s with insane enormous applied records (with Onyx for instance) or those with themes (Clous-de-Paris, Tuxedo, or – Grand Seiko talking – snowflake and Mt. Iwate), I love a decent example or design on there. This radiant design dial is just dazzling. I couldn’t truly get the profundity when I initially saw the press materials under ban before its delivery in Baselworld, yet after looking into it further with the real watch, it is essentially breathtaking.

Razor sharp hands, including a completion that makes certain top of the line Swiss brands extremely terrified. The equivalent applies to the files, these have a wonderful cleaned finish on the aspects and look too sharp. Indeed, even – or particularly under a loupe – you will value it considerably more. Where different brands frequently baffle when you take their stuff under a magnifying instrument or full scale focal point, Grand Seiko never does and that incorporates this new Grand Seiko SBGY003.

Caliber 9R31

The gold and the steel Grand Seiko Spring Drive twentieth commemoration watches have a marginally extraordinary development from the platinum ones. Those utilization the 9R02 development, planned and built by the Micro Artist Studio. Fundamentally, similar folks who are answerable for the 8-days Spring Drive development that we showed you in this article and for the Eichi II watch (Credor). The gold and the steel model, including the Grand Seiko SBGY003 in this article utilize the 9R31 development. This is another type that shares an indistinguishable mainspring structure as the more costly 9R02 development (and offering a similar accuracy of +-1 seconds a day).

Although it may show up as though there’s something unusual going on the development (underneath), this is the Grand Seiko emblem that is printed (or lasered) on the sapphire precious stone. The bezel of the case back shows all the data you require to know (or don’t need to know), the special number of a restricted version is consistently welcome obviously, however it additionally has data on there that doesn’t truly add esteem. On the actual development, you can see the fairly enormous barrel that holds all energy (max. of 72 hours) and the force save marker over the GS logo.


Generally talking, life doesn’t get precisely less expensive. Grand Seiko, much the same as numerous different brands out there, additionally raised their costs somewhat in the most recent year. This new flimsy Grand Seiko SBGY003 has a retail cost of €8200,- (counting VAT) and that may not by and large be what you are utilized to from them. All things considered, you do get a ton of value for the money here. The completing and nature of the case, dial and hands are route better than expected and the Spring Drive innovation is quite marvelous also. I don’t want to clarify Spring Drive again to you ( we did as such here ), however it isn’t just the exactness that assumes a significant part here, additionally the completing of the development is pretty impressive.


This dress watch from Grand Seiko with hand-wound Spring Drive development and the delightful created dial is maybe estimated a cycle higher than the Snowflake or Mt. Iwate that we are so partial to. Nonetheless, we generally feel & say you get a great deal of watch for the cash with those references ( SBGA211 and SBGJ201 ) compared to a Rolex for instance. This SBGY003 is a watch that maybe can be best compared to a Master watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre for instance, or maybe even a Vacheron Constantin Fifty-Six.  The completion of the case, dial and hands are certainly comparable to those. This Grand Seiko SBGY003 is not kidding business, period.

The determinations of this GS SBGY003 can be found below.

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