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Introducing the Grand Seiko Refs. SBGK007 and SBGK009

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Introducing the Grand Seiko Refs. SBGK007 and SBGK009 Introducing the Grand Seiko Refs. SBGK007 and SBGK009

Introducing the Grand Seiko Refs. SBGK007 and SBGK009

One of Grand Seiko?s newest and most interesting calibers is making its way into two new models in their Elegance collection. The Elegance collection is Grand Seiko?s most outright formal set of watches, with plenty of highly polished Zaratsu flourishes and beautiful, sometimes rather ornate, dial treatments. But until recently, Grand Seiko?s dress watches were often plagued by a ?if only it weren?t so thick? qualification from many enthusiasts. Well, the Caliber 9S63 might be seen as Grand Seiko?s response to that criticism. It’s a hand wound caliber with a small seconds hand at 9:00 and a lengthy power reserve of up to three days (with a balancing power reserve indicator at 3:00). This movement is thin and seems tailor made for a type of traditionally styled dress watch that?s right in Grand Seiko?s wheelhouse. Previously available in precious metal pieces and the limited stainless steel SBGK005, the new Caliber 9S63 is trickling down to more mass market Grand Seiko offerings. Let?s take a closer look at the just announced SBGK007 and SBGK009.

Grand Seiko SBGK007 & SBGK009

Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial: White, black
Dimensions: 39 x 11.6mm
Crystal: Sapphire 
Water Resistance: Splash resistant 
Crown: Push/pull 
Movement: Caliber 9S63 
Strap/bracelet: Crocodile leather, stainless steel bracelet 
Price: $6,900, $7,700
Reference Number: SBGK007, SBGK009
Expected Release: Available now

The SBGK007 is about as traditional a dress watch as you?re going to see from Grand Seiko. The 39mm case is somehow full of gentle curves but also makes use of plenty of clean angles to make for the most dramatic Zaratsu polishing possible. One of the best things about any Grand Seiko is the way that edges transition into one another so sharply to create that perfect mirror polish on multiple planes. At just 11.6mm thick, it’s interesting to see how that sort of finishing works on a case that?s also inherently sleek, and not just on something more prominent and meant to have a lot of wrist presence. 
The dial of the SBGK007 is curved and a clean white, and it features Grand Seiko?s trademark highly polished hour markers and sword hands. Power reserve indicators certainly have their proponents and detractors, and have until now mainly been featured on Grand Seiko?s Spring Drive watches, but it?s actually a fairly traditional complication for a dress watch and has a strong practical utility given that the movement is wound by hand. It also produces a symmetry on the dial that I think a lot of enthusiasts will appreciate. Plus, it?s yet another opportunity to revel in the execution of the smallest details that Grand Seiko is so great at, as even the power reserve hand gets the high polish treatment.



The SBGK009 is essentially the inverse of the SBGK007. Here we have the same movement, case, and dial layout, but with a more sober black dial and a finely-linked stainless steel bracelet instead of the crocodile...
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