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.

IN-DEPTH: The ‘other’ pink watch: Why I bought the Grand Seiko SBGA413 instead of waiting for the pink Rolex OP 36

Grand Seiko SBGA413

When the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 was announced back in September, I was pleasantly surprised by the colourful Stella-inspired dials. Like a pack of Starburst candy though, the pink was my clear favourite. It just seemed so out of the crown’s wheelhouse, a gorgeous middle finger to everything you know and expect from the brand. The candy pink reference is definitely a peacocking dial, and I decided to put my name on the waiting list, figuring I could mull over if I was prepared to strap one on my wrist while I endured the inevitable wait. I sat by the phone for three months, waiting for one of three authorised dealers to call me with good news. One of the dealers even told me that it wouldn’t take too long – boy was this sales rep wrong. It was really frustrating, especially because it was an entry Rolex model outside of the professional sports watch segment of their collection. But ultimately it ended up working in my favour – and this is where the Grand Seiko SBGA413 enters the picture. The SBGA413 is the Spring watch within the Four Seasons collection exclusive to the US market. It’s cherry blossom dial… Read More

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Four styles of watch under $4000 that make perfect 18th birthday presents

The 18th birthday is a milestone event. It symbolises becoming an adult and growing up, so why not mark it with a special gift? When I was young, what I wanted was A Good Watch, a concept that has changed drastically for the kids. Because, let’s face it, the COVID-stricken 17-year-old of 2021 is not focused on much more than wishing they could go clubbing, obsessing over TikTok and staying up until 4am playing Fortnite with mates. The watches they spot might be the latest G-Shock drop on Hypebeast to go with that Supreme hoodie, or they might not even wear a timepiece (shock, horror!) at all. So this is our chance to plant the seed of horology. But remember, the watch has to be “cool”, even if that word might be totally obsolete for the kid. Casio G-Shock GWFA1000BRT-1A Bloody hell! If all talk hereafter of chronometry, Zaratsu and 300-metre depth ratings fall on the deaf ears of a hoodie-wearing teen, here is your choice … well, their choice. This absolutely mad and marvellous barrage of colours will match their ever-flashing gamer keyboard in the form of this G-Shock Frogman series GWFA1000BRT-1A, part of the hip-hop sounding MASTER of… Read More

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Our sexiest watch shots of 2020 plus five tips to take better watch pics yourself

OK, honesty time: I’m a self-confessed dial obsessive. Don’t get me wrong, the hypnotic ballet of a tourbillon still tugs my heartstrings so much it hurts. But have that poking out of a masterful dial and I’m ready to sell my BMW. The dial is the face, the first impression and, for me, the absolute numero uno. A beautiful movement or a delicate brushed white-gold bracelet, somehow they don’t do anything for me without an equally stunning dial. So here goes. These are my favourite shots of watches Time+Tide published in 2020 and they include one of my own with a few tips. Dial-centric, moi? Yes, guilty as charged … Japanese hypnotism: Grand Seiko SBGH267 Admittedly, this dial might not originate in 2020, but the story does, so technically I’m in the clear, plus you’ll forgive me anyway with that dial. One of my all-time favourite beauties from the Japanese dial wizards at Grand Seiko, it draws you in like a deep ocean whirlpool. Like all Grand Seiko dials it looks radiant even from a distance, but get closer and be prepared for a massive involuntary jaw drop. Yes, those are the GS initials and the Japanese Suwa symbols (Suwa… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: The ‘other’ pink watch: Why I bought the Grand Seiko SBGA413 instead of waiting for the pink Rolex OP 36

Grand Seiko SBGA413

When the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 was announced back in September, I was pleasantly surprised by the colourful Stella-inspired dials. Like a pack of Starburst candy though, the pink was my clear favourite. It just seemed so out of the crown’s wheelhouse, a gorgeous middle finger to everything you know and expect from the brand. The candy pink reference is definitely a peacocking dial, and I decided to put my name on the waiting list, figuring I could mull over if I was prepared to strap one on my wrist while I endured the inevitable wait. I sat by the phone for three months, waiting for one of three authorised dealers to call me with good news. One of the dealers even told me that it wouldn’t take too long – boy was this sales rep wrong. It was really frustrating, especially because it was an entry Rolex model outside of the professional sports watch segment of their collection. But ultimately it ended up working in my favour – and this is where the Grand Seiko SBGA413 enters the picture. The SBGA413 is the Spring watch within the Four Seasons collection exclusive to the US market. It’s cherry blossom dial… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Grand Seiko SBGX343 is like a kick-ass Milgauss / Explorer hybrid with a killer quartz movement

Grand Seiko SBGX343

Is this the perfect everyday tool watch from the Zaratsu wizards? I am seriously baffled by the Grand Seiko SBGX343. This seems to be nothing less than a dynamic amalgamation of our favourite design traits from Grand Seiko and a prominent Swiss crowned supplier of largely unavailable cyclopsed divers’ watches. Our Japanese friends have managed to pull this feat off without a hint of homage, while exuding a wholesome daily watch-vibe with contemporary wrist presence. To top it off it is powered by the quartz perfection of their 9F61 calibre. The case is recognisable from the sporty SBGV243, characterised by its purist tool image and yellow popping details and stitches on the fabric strap. This, however, is pure monochrome, and could be touted as Grand Seiko’s answer to the Explorer and Milgauss in one, but within a much sharper, tough-as-hell angular case. I can stare at that case side/lug transition for hours – a beautifully horizontal brush on the case side that ends in a hallelujah-inspiring drilled lug end, a lug that has an impossibly perfect crease where it swoops down, creating an incredible dynamic where it meets the polished bevel of the top of the case. A narrow band… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Grand Seiko SBGE263 GS9 Club US Limited Edition

Grand Seiko SBGE263

Grand Seiko has been celebrating its 60th Anniversary these past few weeks and months, but during today’s Grand Seiko USA webinar some huge news was announced regarding the future of Grand Seiko USA, as well as a new watch – the Grand Seiko SBGE263 US Limited Edition. The 110 watches are a nod to the 10th anniversary of Grand Seiko USA. Before we dig into the watch, it’s worth noting an announcement fans and collectors of the brand stateside have been eagerly awaiting – the expansion of the GS9 Club in the US. For the first time outside of Japan, US buyers who have purchased a watch at a GS boutique, salon or Mastershop (authorised dealers) after March 23, 2017 are able to join the club and benefit from its special events, gifts, and content afforded only to members. Grand Seiko USA will provide a detailed list of which dealers are considered authorised in regards to joining the GS9 Club. The website will be, for the most part, available to the public, including a rich and detailed archive of the brand’s history and its models. Most of the content (such as articles and videos) will also be available, but there… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Grand Seiko SBGX341 is a formidable everyday option

Grand Seiko SBGX341

Are there any manufacturers that do quartz better than Grand Seiko? The brand, after all, makes their own quartz crystals in-house and upholds them to the most rigorous standards of accuracy – the 9F series of movements, for example, are regulated to run within +/- 10 seconds per year at a minimum. The deviation is so low, its accuracy over the course of 365 days is equivalent to the accuracy per day of a standard movement. While quartz and its high accuracy is not limited to Grand Seiko, the exquisite Zaratsu finishings bestowed on the watch cases by the brand’s artisans are always a gorgeous sight to behold. Today, they return with a sport model that leverages both their renowned finishing skills and top-notch quartz movements – the Grand Seiko SBGX341. The stainless-steel case shares the same geometries found among the other sport quartz watches within their catalogue – think squared-off lugs and Zaratsu-polished facets that harmonise light and shadow. The intricate case finishings work to alternate the way in which the metal reflects the light around it, with the distortion-free mirror polishes turning black when facing light head on, and the satin surfaces lighting up. Yet there is one… Read More

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