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    Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!


    Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!



    Fans of high-end quartz are getting a real treat this year thanks to Grand Seiko, which is celebrating the 9Fís 25th Anniversary. The 9F, as you almost certainly already know, is one of the all-time great quartz movements, still highly competitive more than two decades after its creation.



    Although no 9F movement is ordinary, the 9Fs in these two watches is rather special, as these are accurate to just 5 seconds per year. The first of these new watches is the SBGT241. Priced at $3,400, this watch is, in some ways, a throwback.



    For one thing, it has a day-date complication, at one time fairly common among GS quartz but today quite rarely seen. For another, it has the famous ďbeads of riceĒ bracelet. Aside from its gorgeous textured dial, which has an alternating 9, F, G, & S pattern, itís quite similar to its 1993 ancestor. Hereís a picture of the original:



    Iím also fond of the gold medallion on the back, although given that itís a watch to celebrate its movement, a sapphire back would have been even better.



    This 39mm watch is priced at $3,400, and you can pre-order it here.



    The other watch, the SBGV238, is slightly larger at 40mm and a bit more expensive at $4,800, owing to the fact that itís two-tone. Overall I prefer the steel model, but the SBGV238 does have an ace up its sleeve: a display back, showing off one of the best looking quartz movements ever made.



    You can pre-order the SBGV238 limited edition here.
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    Re: Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!

    Just as I was warming up to GS they have to go and ruin it. Honestly not a fan of either model
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    Re: Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!

    Quote Originally Posted by City74 View Post
    Just as I was warming up to GS they have to go and ruin it. Honestly not a fan of either model
    What don't you like about them? I legit want the SBGT241 for myself.

    It's kind of remarkable, if you think about it. The 9F came out around the time I was listening to Nirvana's In Utero and it's still going strong.
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    Re: Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!

    Well donít like the beads of rice style bracelet for one. The dial on that watch is ok tho. The others, the dial screams Gucci to me with that pattern

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    Re: Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!

    Quote Originally Posted by City74 View Post
    Well donít like the beads of rice style bracelet for one. The dial on that watch is ok tho. The others, the dial screams Gucci to me with that pattern
    One thing I really like about GS' patterns is that they're so abstract...I think 99% of people, on a glance, won't even realize that those are repeating letters.

    But the beads of rice bracelet is definitely not for everyone. It kind of had to be that though since it's basically a special edition reissue of the '93 model.

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    Re: Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!

    Not a fan of BoR bracelets, so I'm afraid it's a deal breaker. If only they had swapped the bracelets...
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    Well, I was standing on a corner in Winslow, AZ and Clara Oswald slowed down to take a look at me and my GS Tiffany SnowflakeTM...

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    Re: Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!

    I really like, and am considering, the SBGV238 for my first 2018 purchase. I'm not a fan of bracelets, so I'd love to see it on a brown croc or leather strap.

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    Re: Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!

    Looks like they put a day/date window straight from a Seiko 5. I'll bet it's even the same date wheel.

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    Re: Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!

    The dial pattern is like something you'd see in a mall fashion watch.

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    Re: Introducing the Grand Seiko SBGT241 & SBGV238!

    Cannot say that I like these based on the pictures. I own the SBGT035 (champagne dial day+date on regular bracelet) and love it. The BoR is great, but does not cohere with the dial on this new model. The two-tone needs to carry over into the bracelet or it does look a little like a mall fashion watch. Either go with the medallion or the sapphire back on both, but don't make you sacrifice one on the other. Pass on this one.
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