Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE205
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Grand Seiko SBGE205 Review
The Grand Seiko SBGE205 is one of the most beautiful watches, and also one of the most difficult to among the watches made by the Japanese giant. Also know to some as the SBGE205G, the Grand Seiko SBGE205 is one of the timepieces in the classic Grand Seiko Heritage collection. At first glance, one would assume that the Grand Seiko SBGE205 is just another of the standard spring drive model, but a closer look at its unique design and functions would help one discover the level of attention to details and craftsmanship that went into creating a timepiece of this dexterity. Featuring a dial that took a length 12 processes, the Japanese Watch company claims that the Grand Seiko SBGE205’s dial is the most complex of all the dial they have ever made for a watch.
In summary, the Grand Seiko SBGE205 GMT watch for men doesn’t disappoint either in its functions as GMT master timepiece or in the level of its design and technicality.
Grand Seiko SBGE205: Exterior
Following the steps of its 44GS design in the late 60s, Grand Seiko brings back classic memories with the Grand Seiko SBGE205. Its round casing is crafted out of processed stainless steel finished with polishing in Grand Seiko’s legendary Zaratsu style. Its size is about 41mm in diameter and its thickness is about 13.8mm. This combines to birth a perfectly shaped case to accommodate one of the most beautiful dials to have ever been created.
Attached to the casing to help the wearer of the Grand Seiko SBGE205 enjoy maximum comfortability is a stainless-steel bracelet of about 194mm in perimeter and 4mm thickness. Employing its popular style, Grand Seiko added a three-fold clasp with push-button release to assist in easy putting on and putting off of this watch.
Furthermore, in order to keep the dial and its component safe, dual-curved sapphire glass with an anti-reflective coat on its inner surface is used to as a covering for the dial, giving it an exquisite and classy final look.
Finally, the case’s back is made in a screw-down pattern, and the same style is employed for its crown to improve water resistance and longevity. The case back of the Grand Seiko SBGE205 also features the lion emblem synonymous with almost all of grand Seiko’s watches.
Grand Seiko SBGE205: Movement
An amazing feature of the Grand Seiko SBGE205 is its automatic spring drive, 9R66 caliber movement system. Unveiled in 2006 just two years after its earlier 9R65 launch, the 9R66 caliber is the first 9R spring drive movement system with GMT capability.
The winding mechanism of the 9R66 is both automatic and manual, and about 30 jewels were employed in the design of the 9R66 movement system to reduce wear and tear within its inner movement mechanism.
The 9R66 GMT function is superb and works very effectively. One of the advantages of the spring drive 9R66 caliber movement is its ±1 second per day or/and ±15 seconds per month accuracy. This gives the user of the SBGE205 confidence in the accuracy of the time his/her timepiece reads.
Grand Seiko SBGE205: Functions
Beauty and elegance are not the only qualities of the heritage watches including the Grand Seiko SBGE205, but also the amazing value for money gotten from the functions that are symbolic to them.
Perhaps, the most significant quality of the Grand Seiko SBGE205 is its amazing power reserve. Upgrading from the conventional 48 hours common to most GMT watches, the SBGE205 through its 9R66 caliber movement system has a mouth dropping 72 hours power reserve. This enables the watch to work for 3 days nonstop without requiring charging/winding. As icing on the cake, a power indicator to determine power depletion is also included in this watch.
The Grand Seiko SBGE205 has magnetic resistance functions. It’s no discovery that most watches are made with metal parts that are susceptible to magnetic forces. However, SBGE205 differs in this regard. This watch will work with little or no interference even when used in near a magnetic field
Another feature worthy of mention in the Grand Seiko SBGE205 is its water resistance capability. Rated at 10 bars, it can be used in water as deep as 100meters; this translates to the fact that it can be worn even during shores that exposes one to water. Finally, the GMT function of the Grand Seiko SBGE205 allows this watch to display two different times consecutively. This allows the owner to follow his/her local time while also checking the time of another time zone of choice. Other functions include the calendar linked time difference display function, stop second-hand function, etc.
Grand Seiko SBGE205: Display
Certainly, the display of the Grand Seiko SBGE205 is one of the most significant features of this watch. The champagne watch has no Arabic numerals, but the diamond styled steel indexes used in representing the hour hands are visible enough to see, and also very beautiful. The hour, minute, and second hand are also made from steel while another blue steel, GMT hour hand contrast beautifully against the champagne dial.
There is a steel 24 hours bezel, a 3-days power reserve indicator, and a date window at the 3:00 position all on display on the dial. The GS signature of Grand Seiko sits just below the 12:00 mark, and finally, the back of the case has sapphire glass, a see-through window where the 9R66 caliber movement system is displayed.
Grand Seiko SBGE205: Price
You can get the Grand Seiko SBGE205 at a price of $5,400
|Case Back||Exhibition Case Back|
|Crystal||High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating|
|Functions||Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, GMT and Power Reserve|
|Movement||Spring Drive Caliber 9R66, Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m [60 Gauss], Accuracy: +/-15 Sec per Month (Equivelant to +/- 1 Sec per Day), Jewels: 30|
|Bracelet Strap||Stainless Steel|
|Clasp Type||Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release|
|Warranty||Full Factory Warranty|
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