2019 Grand Seiko SBGC231 Spring Drive GMT Sport 9S 20th Anniversary Watch Review







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The 2019 Grand Seiko SBGC231 Sport Spring Drive GMT is a Grand Seiko 9S 20th anniversary limited edition of 500 pieces. This Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT is encased in 44.5mm of titanium surrounding a brown “mane of the lion” dial on a titanium bracelet. Features include Grand Seiko Spring Drive caliber 9R96, hours, minutes, small-seconds, date, GMT, chronograph, and power reserve indicator. The watch also measures 44.5mm in thickness and 17.1mm from lug-to-lug.

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I'm generally a fan of GS, but this is hideous. It looks like the put the bezel on a billet of titatium and just used a bandsaw to cut the corners off to design the case for this and then just polishe the resulting sides hoping nobody would notice.

This is the first video review I've seen where someone actually took the time to understand the origins of the "Zaratsu" (Sallaz) polishing technique. Most think this is exclusive to Seiko, but Citizen uses the same tooling and technique for their high end pieces, albeit less vocally. Thanks for doing your homework, not many do.

I would like to add, however, that Gebrüder SALLAZ Aktiengesellschaft Grenchen-Schweiz is, as the name suggests, not German.

Too big, GS! Nobody truly wants a 17mm thick watch – they will simply tolerate it. This is shamefully poorly sized.

Fat clasp with ugly slider system too. GS is simply not efforting to refine upon its known shortcomings.

OMG the case finishing is superb! The amount of light reflected from it can tell how well it is done. GS have set the polishing standard very high for the others. But having said this it is rather big. It look like it can go beyond 200m. Great review Tim.

That looks comically large and chunky on the wrist. The sub-dial layout is messy too. Must be one of GS weakest designs. Even if I do like the black polished case faceting and sapphire capped bezel. Just put those things on a smaller less fussily designed watch.

That looks comically large and chunky on the wrist. The sub-dial layout is messy too. Must be one of GS weakest designs. Even if I do like the black polished case faceting and sapphire capped bezel. Just put those things on a smaller less fussily designed watch.

I think what truly makes this seem bigger than its actual measurements is that truly unique lug design… almost no lugs at all, just the huge depth of the caseband just abruptly ends. Very little taper or any discernable idea of where they would be without the drilled spring bar apertures. I absolutely love that if i'm to be honest, but it would work much better on a 42mm case. This is probably the best looking SD Chrono i've ever seen.

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