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.