Since the first Grand Seiko watch was released in 1960, the premium Japanese brand has continued to delight with their exceptionally sharp lines and clean designs. Today there are more Grand Seiko fans than ever before thanks to concerted efforts to make it a truly global brand.

Exploring the 10 Grand Seiko models exclusive to the US market

10 Grand Seiko models exclusive to US market

With the United States being one of the largest importers of Swiss watches, it should come as no surprise that Grand Seiko wants to try to grab a larger share of the market. To tackle the US, Grand Seiko has a dedicated team in America — Grand Seiko America — to introduce the wonders of the brand to the consumer. While some of their renowned references are Japanese Domestic Market only, with their sights on the American marketplace they have introduced some exquisite and artistic models exclusive to stores in the US (in both limited editions as well as regular production models). They truly are works of art in the medium of horological craft and require a keen eye and high degree of meticulousness to create. Here are 10 Grand Seiko models, sold only in the USA. To find your nearest Grand Seiko store, hit here.  The Kira-Zuri Collection Inspired by a Japanese painting technique called Kira-zuri, which translates to "sparkling painting", the dials within this three-watch collection play spectacularly with the light that hits the dial. Commonly found in ukiyo-e paintings to create texture to the background of Kabuki actors, the inspired technique adds new depth to their dials …… Read More

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The best JDM Seiko and Grand Seiko watches and how you can get them, even if you don't live in Japan

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Within the thriving community of Seiko and Grand Seiko enthusiasts, some of the most highly prized watches are released only in the Japanese Domestic Market and the magic acronym you'll hear more than any other in this community is indeed 'JDM'. These JDM pieces might not be the most expensive, or limited in production numbers, but for anyone living outside of Japan they are highly prized for being tricky to get in other countries around the world. So how to get JDM watches out of Japan? It certainly isn't impossible to add a JDM reference to your collection. You just need to know the best ways to go about it. We spoke with James Davison (@seikoman35), an Australian Seiko and Grand Seiko collector and dealer who shared a few tips to getting the watch that you want without too much hassle or paying too much. He is one of the co-creators of Two Vintage Seikos (@two_vintage_seikos), an innovative Instagram-based auction page that almost exclusively sells Seiko and Grand Seiko references that James sources directly from Japan. When I asked how best to get a JDM reference from one of the manufacturers, he offered two solutions. 1. Know a guy As… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Grand Seiko SBGE253, SBGE257 and SBGE255 – 3 GMTs with colour, curves and cutting-edge tech

Twenty-seven … that's how many watches Grand Seiko have already unveiled this year. And that's not really an accurate statement – 27 new watches have been released to the Australian market. If you include limited editions, boutique editions and models from other regions, the number is closer to 40. The wheels may well have fallen off 2020 in just about every sense, but Grand Seiko seems to have actually gained a set – making some damn fine watches and trucking through chaos in fine style. Better still, it seems as though someone back at HQ in Tokyo has twigged that 44mm+ watches that are thicker than the new Hodinkee Travel Clock aren't exactly what most watch enthusiasts want. No, Grand Seiko's new timepieces are shrinking, and they've started exercising – get ready for some curves in all the right places. This new-found design philosophy is perfectly demonstrated in their latest releases – the Grand Seiko SBGE253, SBGE257 and SBGE255. These three new GMTs have piqued many people's interest, and rightly so because there's a lot to like here. The case The stainless steel case, for instance, measures just 40.5mm across and 14.7mm thick, which is very reasonable, considering the mechanical innards…. Read More

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Exploring the 10 Grand Seiko models exclusive to the US market

10 Grand Seiko models exclusive to US market

With the United States being one of the largest importers of Swiss watches, it should come as no surprise that Grand Seiko wants to try to grab a larger share of the market. To tackle the US, Grand Seiko has a dedicated team in America — Grand Seiko America — to introduce the wonders of the brand to the consumer. While some of their renowned references are Japanese Domestic Market only, with their sights on the American marketplace they have introduced some exquisite and artistic models exclusive to stores in the US (in both limited editions as well as regular production models). They truly are works of art in the medium of horological craft and require a keen eye and high degree of meticulousness to create. Here are 10 Grand Seiko models, sold only in the USA. To find your nearest Grand Seiko store, hit here.  The Kira-Zuri Collection Inspired by a Japanese painting technique called Kira-zuri, which translates to "sparkling painting", the dials within this three-watch collection play spectacularly with the light that hits the dial. Commonly found in ukiyo-e paintings to create texture to the background of Kabuki actors, the inspired technique adds new depth to their dials …… Read More

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Play it cool: the rules of "stealth bling" and what they mean for your watch

"To be truly elegant one should not be noticed." So said Beau Brummell, who despite ultimately dying as a syphilitic loon, is still regarded as the biggest single influence on contemporary men's style. This recognition stems, in part, from Brummell creating the forerunner to the modern suit. But equally significant was his insistence that dressing well meant flying under the radar. "If people turn to look at you on the street," he said, "you are not well dressed, but either too stiff, too tight, or too fashionable." The context for this was that Brummell grew up in the late 18th century when men's fashion was heavily influenced by the pageantry of the French royalty. The prevailing style was flamboyant and fussy — think lace cravats, powdered white wigs and an excess of silk, satin and velvet. What Brummell proposed was a more considered approach founded on structure and understatement. At the heart of it was a clear-eyed rejection of extravagance. Peek down at what you're wearing right now — the neutral shades, the conspicuous absence of peacock feathers — and you'll see how Brummell's sensibility continues to shape the male wardrobe. Yet this less-is-more approach feels particularly relevant right now. The popularity… Read More

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LONG READ: The best Grand Seiko watches – and movements – of 2020 according to Daniel Yong, aka @mrgrandseiko

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Editor's note: Daniel Yong lives and breathes Grand Seiko. His Instagram handle is @MrGrandSeiko and he runs a blog called Mr Zaratsu in reference to the famed case-polishing method used by the brand. It's safe to say he has immersed himself in the brand over years, building his scholarship of both vintage and modern references from Grand Seiko, which he shares with the enthusiastic online community. Unsurprisingly, Daniel is also an excellent source of information when it comes to the most noteworthy watches released in recent years, the references that have potential to become future classics, and what the legacy Grand Seiko has built over the last 60 years really means. Unless otherwise stated, all of these stunning pictures are ours and taken by Jason Reekie.  Hi Daniel, thanks for taking the time today. You're a Grand Seiko collector and it's clear you have a deep passion for the brand. Why is that, and what speaks to you most about the Grand Seiko DNA?  I love that the brand embodies everything about Japanese culture. The relationship with precision, craftsmanship, the incorporation of nature and constant evolvement is 100 per cent clear in their designs. With these aspects being formulated a few decades… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The Grand Seiko SBGH279 with brushed granite-grey dial is a total smokeshow

Grand Seiko SBGH279

Grand Seiko's growing reputation over the last few years has been because of three main factors — outstanding quality, mind-boggling value for money, and the most refreshingly expressive dials. As such, it's not often one of these uniquely dialled watches flies under the radar upon release, but that's exactly what the SBGH279 aims to do. With equal parts smoky handsomeness and restraint, Grand Seiko's Heritage collection has received a new subtle standout. Instant amazement may not be your initial response to the SBGH279. Its dial hasn't pioneered any new technologies, nor has it recontextualised time-honoured techniques, or reflected any natural elements. What is does have, simply, is a vertically brushed granite-grey dial, shifting in different lights to have hints of steel blue and even light mocha. The point of the watch is not to bombard you with flair, but to offer a small amount of texture and life, which sets it apart from its black or sunburst-dialled counterparts. While still being able to blend with a wide variety of attires, especially if strap-swapping is your thing, the SBGH279 manages to offer some intrigue when checking the time. Grand Seiko's chisel-like baton indices and dauphine hands continue the theme of refined… Read More

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