In 2016, Grand Seiko expanded into the sports realm by presenting a limited edition of four Spring Drive watches executed in a dramatic combination of high-intensity titanium and zirconia ceramic with crocodile straps. This series was widely admired. For 2017, Grand Seiko will further widen its appeal of the brand and enrich the variation in the sports arena.
Three new creations are added, all with the same sports design and a remarkable new hybrid titanium-ceramic bracelet construction. The new series also features a more powerful dial design with the Grand Seiko logo under the eleven o’clock position. This new collection will be available worldwide from June 2017.
The collection comprises three versions, of which the undoubted star is the limited edition, created to mark the tenth anniversary of the Spring Drive Chronograph GMT caliber. It is different in both function and design. The bezel has a tachymeter and, as noted above, the caliber, 9R96, is specially adjusted for enhanced accuracy. The Grand Seiko blue is matched for the first time with the rose gold tone of the hands and markers and the oscillating weight carries an 18k rose gold Grand Seiko lion to mark the enhanced precision. The 18k rose gold Grand Seiko logo also graces the buckle.
Grand Seiko Black Ceramic Collection: SBGC219, 221, 223
Spring Drive Chronograph GMT 9R96 (SBGC219), 9R86 (SBGC221, 223)
Driving system: Automatic
Power reserve: 72 hours
Accuracy: 9R96 ±0.5 seconds per day (±10 seconds per month)
9R86 ±1 seconds per day (±15 seconds per month)
Chronograph up to 12 hours
Number of jewels: 50
High-intensity titanium and ceramic case
High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back, Screw-down crown
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 46.4mm, Thickness: 16.2mm
High-intensity titanium and ceramic bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: 19,800Euro (SBGC219) / 18,700Euro (SBGC221, 223)
Limited edition of 500 pcs (SBGC219)
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