Tuesday, February 12, 2013

[SOLD] BNIB Grand Seiko SBGM029 & SBGM031 (SOLD) Ltd Edition

History

Ten years ago, Seiko introduced a GMT model into their high end Grand Seiko range. The watch has gone on to become one the most successful and recognizable models for the sometimes misunderstood side of the brand. This year at Basel, Seiko introduced 2 limited edition Grand Seiko GMTs to celebrate the anniversary, each adorning heavy doses of the brands traditional blue both front and back.

Both watches share the same 9S66 caliber as found in the old model, but beyond that they begin to differ. Ref. SBGM029 is offered with a stainless steel case and measures in at 39.2mm in diameter. It also sports an exterior 24hr bezel quite reminiscent of a certain other famous GMT. Ref. SBGM031 is offered on a crocodile strap and comes in a tad larger at 39.5mm in diameter. This reference also sees the 24hr GMT ring moved to the inner dial, where it can be found on the older models. Both are offered with very dark blue dials, and in most light will appear black.

Both of the watches have see-through case backs, which exhibit the same blue titanium/tungsten rotor, emblazoned with the Grand Seiko Lion. This rotor is a new feature for the movement, and delivers a hefty advantage in performance according to Seiko. It has high elasticity which absorbs vibration and shock "ten times better" than brass. Either way, it adds a sharp touch of detail to the watch and fits nicely into its Japanese personality.

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Available in 2 models
           SBGM029                                                            SBGM031
 


Specifications:

- Caliber 9S66

- 28,800vph

- GMT hand


- 72 hour power reserve


- Self-winding with manual winding capability


- Case: Stainless steel

- See-through case back with sapphire crystal

- 39.5 mm in diameter

- Band  : Crocodile with three-fold clasp with push button release

- Glass : High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
 
- Water resistance:     3 bar

- Magnetic resistance:     10,000 A/m

- Limited edition of 1,000 pieces



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