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Release: Grand Seiko Expands GMT Line-Up With Four Seasonal Watches
Hi-Beat SBGJ249, SBGJ251 and Spring Drive SBGE269, SBGE271

It is no secret that I will be forever infatuated with Grand Seikio’s GMT watches. Presently, there is no other brand out there that offers this much choice and value in the GMT range. I did a brief recap of my favourite ones in this video review right here. And now, Grand Seiko spoils us with even more choice in the GMT line-up by adding four new models to the Elegance collection. None of these releases are limited either, but they are certainly special.

As we have yet to see these in the metal, here are some key points. Firstly, these watches take their inspiration from the seasonal changes. As per Grand Seiko “each of these GMT watches celebrates one of the year’s 24 seasonal phases or sekki.

Shunbun (Spring)

The selected sekki are Shunbun (Spring) , Shōsho (Summer), Kanro (Autumn) and Tōji (Winter). The Shunbun and Shōsho versions feature the Hi-Beat 36000 GMT caliber 9S86 while the Spring Drive GMT caliber 9R66 powers the Kanro and Tōji creations”.

Shōsho (Summer)

For the Hi-Beat watches, we find the green dial representing Spring and a gorgeous wave pattern dial representing Summer. In the Spring Drive range we find a black dial with intricate detail to it and a white dial representing Winter. Based on the release pictures, it is hard to not want all of them…

Kanro (Autumn)

The case shapes and dial layouts are classic Grand Seiko. Both the mechanical and Spring Drive movements will be visible through the sapphire case backs which is always fun.

Tōji (Winter)

The Shunbun and Shōsho creations will be available in May and the Kanro and TŌji creations in September at the Grand Seiko Boutiques and retail stores worldwide.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Caliber 9S86: SBGJ249, 251
Driving system: Automatic
Vibrations: 36,000 vibrations per hour (10 beats per second) Accuracy (mean daily rate): +5 to –3 seconds per day Power reserve: 55 hours
GMT hand
Number of jewels: 37

Caliber 9R66: SBGE269, 271
Driving system: Automatic
Accuracy:±1 second per day (±15 seconds per month) Power reserve: 72 hours
GMT hand
Number of jewels: 30

Stainless steel case and bracelet
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating See-through screw case back
Water resistance: 3 bar (SBGJ249, 251) 10bar (SBGE269, 271) Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 39.5mm, Thickness: 14.1mm (SBGJ249, 251) Diameter: 40.2mm, Thickness: 14.0mm (SBGE269, 271)

Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe:
€7,600 (SBGJ249, 251), €6,800 (SBGE269, 271)

More info here

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