Exclusives

1 of 250: Grand Seiko SBGE249 ‘Blizzard’

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I simply cannot believe that it has taken this long for me to post a Grand Seiko Spring Drive. Nonetheless, if I’m going to start anywhere it may as well be with my favorite—even better, in an exclusive listing. Today we are proudly featuring this Spring Drive GMT ‘Blizzard’: a practical, mechanically exceptional, and beautiful Grand Seiko limited edition. There are attractive Grand Seiko offerings in every category. As a possible daily wear, for me, this one stands above the rest.

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There is a story to the dial, as one may expect by now from GS. The highly grained and vertically spotted arrangement was inspired by a snowstorm outside Shinshu, Japan. The white-steely hue is contrasted by signature heat-blued hands and a matched power reserve indication. The blue is a fitting accent. Lastly—as if you didn’t already know—Grand Seiko uniquely applies the same insane level of finishing to the underside of their hands. This results in beautiful cross-reflections you simply don’t see from other houses. The piece was released in collaboration with their longest running US distributor, Timeless Luxury out of Texas. The run was relatively small at just 250 pieces.

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More importantly, this piece unites the practicality of a GMT with the very core of GS: Spring Drive. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better reference that does both. That special caliber is the 9R66. It boasts a 72 hour power reserve, represented by graduated blocks on its dial. If you’re not yet a convert of the exceptional engineering that goes into Spring Drive, I’d recommend viewing this full series. If you are already in the cult, it’s pretty much required viewing. Nothing to me in watchmaking is as important as passion, and this reference is steeped in it.

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The example offered today is in an exceptional condition. The (steel) 41mm case shows very light signs of use, but I mean it when I say very light. The watch has been worn only occasionally on a strap since new, its original bracelet is completely unmarked. Both crystals are clear of markings. Nothing has ever been polished (and no one should ever try this with a modern Grand Seiko, Zaratsu finishing is not replicable). It comes with a full set, box and matching papers. All cards are still unsigned. You may not have need for a GMT with the world at its current state. However, these things are not objects of need. They are objects of desire. And when the world does begin spinning again, this Grand Seiko will be ready to mark the occasion.

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This SBGE249 is currently available at 7200 USD. For further inquiry please contact [email protected].