Grand Seiko SBGC221 Black Ceramic Spring Drive White Dial
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Grand Seiko SBGC221 Review
The Grand Seiko SBGC221 is a unique addition to their Sport Collection and helps to sum up their dedication to luxurious quality and comfort. The SBGC221 features Grand Seiko’s 9R86 caliber Spring Drive movement technology. This movement combines the high torque mainspring motive force of a mechanical watch with the precision of a quartz watch.
Using a mainspring is the traditional way to allow a watch to autonomously generate power, negating the need for an external power source. The speed at which the mainspring unwinds is regulated by a quartz-based speed control mechanism, which maintains the precise and accurate movement of the second hand. The result of this Spring Drive movement is that the Grand Seiko SBGC221 is accurate within ±1 second per day and ±15 seconds per month on average.
The SBGC221 has a power reserve of 72 hours, with the current power level being displayed by the power level indicator located at the seven o’clock position. This watch also has a calendar-linked time difference adjustment function and a 24 hour hand for dual time display. The 24-hours numbers are located on the SBGC221’s bezel and the current date is displayed to the left of the three o’clock position. The chronograph displays for the SBGC221 are found on the right side of the dial and allow for 30 minutes and 12 hours.
Grand Seiko has taken pains to ensure the SBGC221 is both comfortable and durable. Each watch is put together using both ceramic and high-intensity titanium materials. The band of the SBGC221 has a perimeter of 190mm and is made of a hybrid titanium-ceramic material. This combination allows the watch to be both durable and exceptionally lightweight. The materials used in the Grand Seiko SBGC221 are also all hypoallergenic to protect wearers who may have an allergic reaction to some metals.
The case itself is made from mostly high-intensity titanium and ceramic with a ceramic bezel, affording it the same properties. The SBGC221 has a diameter of 46.4mm and a thickness of 16.2mm. The somewhat flat shape of this luxury watch was specifically chosen to help take advantage of some of the more useful properties of zirconia ceramic. The total weight of the Grand Seiko SBGC221 is 158 grams and the SBGC221 price is $14,800.
This ceramic is polished to a spectacular degree, being raised a little above the underlying titanium. This consideration means that the dial of the SBGC221 can’t be easily scratched or chipped, looking good as new for much longer. Grand Seiko employed a polyhedral shape for the ceramic parts, adding structural integrity to the SBGC221 while also adhering to their spectacular sense of style.
The hour markers on the SBGC221’s dial are all accentuated with Lumi Brite for easy reading even in low light conditions. This consideration has been carried over to the second and minute hands, along with the GMT hand. The glass of the Grand Seiko SBGC221 is made from dual-curved sapphire, which has been treated with an anti-reflective coating on the inner surface. This, coupled with the black dial, helps to ensure high visibility at all times.
This timepiece is studded with 50 jewels in total, featuring a lion emblem on the case back. The see-through case back is screwed down and the crown is similarly screwed in place. The Grand Seiko SBGC221 also has a stop second-hand function, stopping the movement when adjustments are being made. This function lets the wearer synchronize time with absolute precision, right down to the second.
The Grand Seiko SBGC221 embodies the very spirit of luxury but is also able to hold its own. Being made of titanium and ceramic offers outstanding strength and shock resistance. Additionally, the SBGC221 has a 10 bar rating, making it fit right at home in the Grand Seiko Sport Collection. It can be submerged up to 100 meters without worry, allowing it to be worn in the boardroom or when you’re enjoying a day out on the water.
The overall impression given by the SBGC221 is one of confident luxury and it more than lives up to Grand Seiko’s traditional standards of quality workmanship. Exquisite ceramic detailing and polishing, along with the watch’s other features, make it stand out without being overly ostentatious. The SBGC221 mixes practicality with aesthetics and is a perfect combination of the two.
|Case||Titanium and Ceramic.|
|Case Back||Exhibition Caseback|
|Functions||Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Chronograph, Date, GMT and Power Reserve|
|Movement||Spring Drive Caliber 9R86, Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m [60 Gauss], Accuracy: +/-15 Sec per Month (Equivelant to +/- 1 Sec per Day)|
|Bracelet Strap||Titanium and Ceramic.|
|Warranty||Full Factory Warranty|
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