Last week Seiko opened its first ever Australian boutique, in Sydney’s historic Queen Victoria Building. And while the store has an ample array of Credor, Prospex and Astron watches, our eyes (and hearts) were drawn to the Grand Seikos.
So what did we do? We put together our dream Grand Seiko collection – pulling five watches from the cabinets to cover all bases. From solid everyday performers through to dressy divers and everything in between, to use common internet parlance, these Grand Seikos have got this.
Grand Seiko SBGC004J
This solid gold stunner was hard to miss. Even in less precious metals, the Spring Drive chronograph makes a statement with its 43mm case and oversized chronograph pushers, but in 18k pink gold it’s something else entirely. And if you needed further proof that the Japanese have their own take on watchmaking, check out the alignment of those subdials! RRP $45,000
Grand Seiko SBGE015J
This is another watch sent to challenge the notion that Grand Seiko always flies under the radar. The GMT diver shines brightly on the wrist thanks to the flashing gold highlights and shiny sapphire bezel. And, with its ultra-accurate Caliber 9R66 Spring Drive movement, titanium case and 200m of water resistance, it’s as robust as it is reflective . RRP $9500
Grand Seiko SBG099
This is the sort of timepiece Grand Seiko is renowned for: simple, classic styling with peerless finishing. Glance at it from afar and you could easily pass over it, but take a closer look and the mirror finishing and razor-like facets will captivate you. In terms of quality and finish, the 42mm SBG099 is easily on par with best of the big Swiss brands. RRP $5600
Grand Seiko SBGM021
It was a toss-up between this and the simpler SBGR061, but in the end the extra dial detail and that rich, heat-blued GMT hand won out. GMTs are most often found in sportier styles, so we appreciated its appearance on the distinctly heritagey SBGM021. Plus that cream dial needs to be seen to be truly appreciated. RRP $6000
Grand Seiko SBGR097
Limited to 500 pieces, the SBGR097 celebrates the 55th anniversary of Grand Seiko. It’s almost identical to the SBGR099 except for one important detail – the dial. Grand Seiko makes some of the best dials in the business and this one is no exception. In most lights it looks like a deep, midnight blue, but catch it at the right angle and the monogrammed ‘GS’ detail bursts into stunning relief. This one won’t stick around long. RRP $5600