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.

RECOMMENDED WATCHING: Joe Rogan talks watches

Recommended watching: Joe Rogan talks watches

Unless you've been in hibernation for the last five years, or you've had a complete moratorium on any type of connection to the Internet, chances are you've heard about Joe Rogan and his podcast. In fact, the comedian and former host of Fear Factor has such a large reach on the interwebs that his podcast has been listened to by hundreds of millions of people across the globe – it is unquestionably one of the most successful podcasts of all time. And Rogan will talk about literally anything, and host guests from all walks of life, whether they be other comedians, celebrities, authors, journalists, professors, doctors … you name it, chances are he's had them on the show. Which brings me to why I'm writing this; you see, Rogan loves to talk about cars, and he's had a fair few car journalists on his show in the past, one of whom is Matt Farah. And in addition to being a car journo, Farah is also a complete watch fanatic, and he even hosted his own podcast about watches called Watch and Listen. So, of course, when Farah appeared on Rogan's podcast, the topic of watches inevitably came up, and the… Read More

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RECOMMENDED READING: Exploding a Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT

We have recommended taking a look at the master watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin deconstructing various watches in the past, and that's because how interesting it is to get a proper look into some of the most popular watches out there. What makes this deconstruction by Peter interesting is that it is with the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT, a watch from a brand that has carved a name for itself thanks to the unparalleled levels of finishing to its cases and dials. But it does beg the question: is the interior of their watch movements — usually hidden from even the most prying eyes — as well finished as the exterior? As you'll see, the more closely you look at the 9S86 movement, the more impressive it gets. From skeletonised escape wheels and pallet forks, to the stunningly even application of the Tokyo stripes, it is certainly a sight to behold. To watch the video and see the full deconstruction explained, visit The Naked Watchmaker right here.

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Top 5 Grand Seiko dials of 2019

Top 5 Grand Seiko dials of 2019

It has been a stellar year for Grand Seiko, with the Japanese watchmaker releasing not only a bevy of new iterations of some of their most popular models, but also a completely new manual-wind dress watch, the SBGK series. And, as is always the case with Grand Seiko, the arresting dials adorning these new timepieces have been received with a fairly large amount of adoration within the horological community. So, with that in mind, we thought we'd whittle down all the new dial designs produced by Grand Seiko in 2019 and pick our five favourite examples: Grand Seiko SBGH269   We couldn't make this list without mentioning the current hype beast of Morioka, the Grand Seiko SBGH269 'Autumn'. There's no two ways about it – the dial of this watch is gorgeous, with a bright red centre bleeding into a deeper and darker almost-maroon around the edges. Then there's the vertical pin striping in slightly brighter shades of red, giving the watch's dial an overall aesthetic akin to that of a boiled candy. Contrasted with gold accents that can be found on the Grand Seiko logo, minute markers and second hand, the SBGH269 certainly deserves its 'Autumn' moniker and is… Read More

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RECOMMENDED WATCHING: Joe Rogan talks watches

Recommended watching: Joe Rogan talks watches

Unless you've been in hibernation for the last five years, or you've had a complete moratorium on any type of connection to the Internet, chances are you've heard about Joe Rogan and his podcast. In fact, the comedian and former host of Fear Factor has such a large reach on the interwebs that his podcast has been listened to by hundreds of millions of people across the globe – it is unquestionably one of the most successful podcasts of all time. And Rogan will talk about literally anything, and host guests from all walks of life, whether they be other comedians, celebrities, authors, journalists, professors, doctors … you name it, chances are he's had them on the show. Which brings me to why I'm writing this; you see, Rogan loves to talk about cars, and he's had a fair few car journalists on his show in the past, one of whom is Matt Farah. And in addition to being a car journo, Farah is also a complete watch fanatic, and he even hosted his own podcast about watches called Watch and Listen. So, of course, when Farah appeared on Rogan's podcast, the topic of watches inevitably came up, and the… Read More

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VIDEO: A song of fire and ice – Grand Seiko's SBGH269 and SBGR319

There's a tension and drama in Grand Seiko's dial work that is … compelling. Colours, textures, patterns: Japan's premier watchmaking brand offers it all. Two exciting new limited editions that demonstrate this point are SBGH269 and SBGR319. The former is an attention-seeking stunner, with an incredibly rich and vibrant red dial. The inspiration for this lush, textured dial is very Grand Seiko — the hues of autumn leaves in the Japanese mountains. SBGR319 is a bit of a different beast — a regular, rather than high-beat movement made for the Asian market, its dial is frosty white, bisected with seemingly irregular lines. It's a subtler, but no less stunning offering.  So, would you go with ice or fire?  Grand Seiko SBGH269 and SBGR319 price and availability  Grand Seiko SBGH269, limited to 900 pieces, $9000 AUD; SBGR319, limited to 350 pieces, $7500 AUD Made in partnership with Grand Seiko. However, the opinions expressed in this article are our own in accordance with our Editorial Policy.

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VIDEO: Grand Seiko's "Snowflake blue" SBGA407

The Snowflake looms large in the minds (and on the wrists) of Grand Seiko fans — the 10-year-old titanium watch is an undisputed champion, and deservedly so. But now there's a phalanx of other Snowflakes in the family – the dial comes with gold highlights and even in dressier cases. But one Snowflake that stands out to us is the SBGA407.  The most obvious standout is the dial, which is somewhat counterintuitive given how subtle it is. The texture is still that same Washi-paper-esque effect that gives that windswept snowdrift effect, but now it's in a soft blue tint, like the heart of an iceberg. This colour, aside from adding novelty and a different flavour to the watch, also ups the contrast on the (as usual) exquisitely finished hands and hour markers, to create an effect that is, overall, deeply pleasing. What's also pleasing is the case, here in steel — a more universally loved material than titanium. The lines of this case are also softer and dressier than the traditional SBGA211. The overall effect of case and dial is one of casual dressiness rather than dressy sportiness, if that makes sense. In this context the deep blue (Grand Seiko's… Read More

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VIDEO: Grand Seiko's epic Spring Drive Chronograph – the SBGC203

In general, Grand Seiko has a reputation for being somewhat stealthy on the wrist — but, to be honest, that's not the case with this chunk of finely crafted steel, better known as the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC203.  At a sizeable 43.5mm across by 16.1mm tall, this isn't the sort of watch that slides under the cuff, and even if it did, those oh-so-distinctive chronograph pushers would happily be peeking out, no matter what. But really, this is the sort of watch that you lean into. It's a big and bold example of Grand Seiko's best technologies — there's no hiding the quality of the case or dial work, and the chronograph pushers have been so exceptionally engineered that you'll be looking for any excuse (boiling eggs, timing car parks — the usual) to start, stop and reset. The goodness extends to the inside too. The 9R86 is a technical wonder — adding a GMT and a chronograph with a very unique layout to Grand Seiko's already superlatively accurate Spring Drive technology. With this set of features and the fact that it's rated to a decent 100 metres of water resistance, it's a watch that can go anywhere,… Read More

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