New Dial Dawning: Grand Seiko Limited Edition Celebrates Morning Sky Over Japan’s Mount Iwate

When the watchmakers and technicians at Grand Seiko‘s Studio Shizukuishi in northern Japan begin their workday, they are greeted by a brilliant blue sky over nearby Mount Iwate, tinged with the reddish glow of the morning sun. Grand Seiko has striven to re-create those spectacular dawn colors on the dial of the latest limited-edition timepiece commemorating the high-horology brand’s 60th anniversary. Here is what you should know about this week’s Watch to Watch, the Grand Seiko Ref. SBGR321.

The watch’s dial evokes the dawn skies over Japan’s Mount Iwate.

The new timepiece (Ref. SBGR321) has a 40-mm-diameter stainless steel case and a matching steel link bracelet with a push-button-release three-fold clasp. The case is water-resistant to 100 meters and magnetic-resistant to 4,800 A/m. Under its nonreflective-coated sapphire crystal is the sky-inspired blue dial, accented with the traditional Grand Seiko “razor” hands, faceted hour indices, and 3 o’clock date display in a polished, framed window.

Blue and red details highlight the rotor of Caliber 9S65.

Echoing the dazzling azure tones of the dial are the titanium section of the openworked rotor that winds the movement, Seiko’s Caliber 9S65. The rotor, bearing a medallion with Grand Seiko’s lion emblem, is encircled by a red ring representing the glow of the early morning sun that illuminates the Studio Shizukushi through its broad windows. The movement, which is visible through a sapphire caseback, is assembled, adjusted, and inspected by hand at that selfsame Studio; it boasts a daily rate accuracy from +5 to -3 seconds per day, beats at 28,800 vph, and stores a power reserve of 72 hours. This 60th Anniversary edition is limited to 2,500 pieces, priced in the U.S. at $5,200, and will be available worldwide in October 2020.

Grand Seiko hallmarks include the razor-style hands and polished date window frame.
Manufacturer:Grand Seiko
Reference number:SBGR321
Functions:Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Movement:Seiko Caliber 9S65, automatic, 28,800 vph, 72-hour power reserve, 35 jewels, accuracy of +5 to -3 seconds per day, special decorated rotor
Case:Stainless-steel case with screw-down exhibition caseback, screw-down crown, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, water resistant to 100 meters, magnetic resistant to 4,800 A/m
Bracelet and cla­­sp:Stainless-steel bracelet with push-button triple-folding clasp
Dimensions:Diameter = 40 mm, height = 13 mm

To discover more models celebrating Grand Seiko’s 60th anniversary, click here.

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  1. Neil Davey

    Lovely words Mark, the watch sounds beautiful, but a picture would have been good!

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