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The leader of cult watches, Grand Seiko, is indeed a huge deal in the world of luxury watches, even when it is fairly new to the game. Collectors, enthusiasts and long-time watch lovers cannot hide their obsession with Grand Seiko and we don’t blame them—the renowned collection has the most accurate mechanical movement any human being has manufactured, and the quality of the pieces sends it popularity off the charts. Recently breaking into the mainstream watch industry, more and more timepiece lovers have come to enjoy Grand Seiko pieces, including the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC001.
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Release Date: 2007
Retail Price: US$8,200.00+
Grand Seiko released a few introductory pieces of the Spring Drive chronograph back in its debut in 2007. Along with SBGC003 and SBGC004, the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC001 was launched, gaining a lot of initial positive reactions right away. Like most of the Grand Seiko Collection, it was easily admired for its simple yet stylish looks, worthy of being called a Grand Seiko Watch.
- Movement: Grand Seiko 9R86
- Case size: 43.5mm
- Case Thickness: 16.1mm
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Functions: Hour, Minute, Second, Date, GMT, and Chronograph
- Dial: Silver
- Power reserve: 72 hours
- Water resistance: 330 feet (100m)
Beauty plays a big role in the success of the Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC001—it is a fabulous watch that’s not tiring to look at. The curved sapphire crystal on the front highlights the crisp numerals inside the dial, seemingly urging any spectator to gaze on it a little longer. Its absolutely beautiful design isn’t diminished by the huge case, which is even more lovable because it matches both casual and formal fashion. It also gets a huge thumbs up for its efficiency, especially with the on point winding system and the revolutionary Tri-Synchro regulator added to the timepiece.
If you’re one that expects a lot of comfort while wearing your Grand Seiko, then the Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC001 may not be for you. Its thick casing adds weight that might disturb you if you are used to lightweight pieces. While the piece is stunning and undoubtedly gorgeous, it could be improve in terms of packaging, as well as its bracelet.
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