It's here, it's sized to my wrist and it's everything I hoped it would be. I recently traded my Omega Aqua Terra 41.5 for this smaller, more subdued 37mm Grand Seiko SBGR251. Generally, I like to research watches extensively before I decide on them, toiling over specifications and embarrassingly allowing obscure Youtube comments to sway my opinion of which one to buy. But, I couldn't find much online in the way of reviews or experiences with this watch. There was no Watchbox Review or Bruce Williams hands-on. It seemed none of the normal "internet watch guys," had taken a liking to this particularly Grand Seiko. Or maybe it just never stuck out among Grand Seiko's extensive collection.
I have to say, Grand Seiko is one of those brands I've lusted after since I began collecting, yet has always left me feeling sort of lost. I knew about the gorgeous Snowflake and the innovative 9F Quartz and had researched some of the other popular models because they were put in front of my eyes by those "internet watch guys." And I was most certainly sold. But I could never pin down the exact one I wanted that fit in my price range and my wrist.
But here, with this watch, I felt I had an opportunity to get something unique. Maybe not, to the untrained eye, all that different from the myriad other choices of silver dialed, dress/sport time and date watches, but undoubtedly and assuringly distinctive in its execution. And, from the perspective of an idiot watch collector like me, it was essentially free. I was giving my Omega a new home and subsequently supplying this GS with a new one of its own. And that sort of uncomplicated, instinctive buying process defines this watch in a way. It is seemingly uncomplicated and unadorned, yet it carries with it all the complexities of other high end watches in this price range, in a way unlike the rest. Because it just exudes an intangible simplicity. And maybe that's an absurd thought to someone outside of this hobby, and sounds like I'm drafting Grand Seiko's next magazine advertisement, but to me, and I'm sure many of us, this is what we're chasing. A watch that doesn't scream anything, unless you're listening.
Here it is: