Grand Seiko SBGK009 – Far Eastern Elegance
Grand Seiko, the Far Eastern representative of traditional luxury watchmaking, is a guest on our pages with its stylish model SBGK009, which redefines the concept of a classic dress watch.
Sports watches remain the number one choice for watch lovers thanks to their versatile use possibilities and durable properties. However, this does not hinder the survival and development of the classic dress watch segment. The major brands of traditional luxury watchmaking certainly include models of this style in their current catalogues.
The classic dress watch concept has continued to live on using the same template for a long time. Especially when we exclude complexity, a segment that does not leave much room to try new things, we can say that it is based on "refinement" rather than development.
The model we present here today, the Grand Seiko SBGK009, fully incorporates the basic elements of this concept. Additionally, with Grand Seiko's superior Japanese engineering and superior craftsmanship...
Introduced to watch enthusiasts at Baselworld 2019, this model features a stainless steel case measuring 39 mm in diameter and 11.6 mm high. I mentioned before that this model perfectly fulfills the requirements of the classic dress watch concept. The best example of this is the case, which is 39 mm in diameter and is well balanced and elegantly designed with matte/glossy surfaces and smooth lines. The strong lug design enables the watch to meet today's demands, while the easy-grip winding crown bearing the GS logo provides a user-friendly profile. The curved sapphire crystal with internal anti-reflective coating and glossy bezel successfully emphasize the classic theme of this model. The case has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal back and is splash-proof only.
Another component that lends itself to the classic dress watch style of this model is undoubtedly the dial... The dial is anthracite and features large vintage hands and slender hour markers, reinforcing the vintage theme. The small seconds indicator is at 9 o'clock and the vertical power reserve indicator is opposite it in a balanced layout. Apart from the brand logo, there are no extra words or marks on the dial, which highlights the simple and elegant nature of the watch.
The Grand Seiko SBGK009 also continues this concept in the movement department. The hand-wound caliber 9S63 has a power reserve of 72 hours (3 days) when fully wound and operates with an accuracy of +5/-3 per day. Thanks to the transparent case back, the beautifully decorated movement can be admired.
This model comes with a stainless steel bracelet with a very stylish design. Designing an elegant metal bracelet that fits the classic dress watch concept is not easy, as bracelets are often paired with sporty models and therefore rarely meet the standards of elegance. Therefore, brands either benefit from mesh/Milanese straps or prefer to offer stylish leather straps for their models without taking any risks.
The bracelet of the Grand Seiko SBGK009 comes in a nine-link format. The contrasting sequence of matte/glossy surfaces and the number of links create an elegant yet bold look. The bracelet is designed to match the thickness of the case and retains its elegance with a push-button locking folding clasp without sacrificing its user-friendly functionality.
The Grand Seiko SBGK009 is not a model for the general public. Its design style is almost rigid and its customer base is relatively limited. However, it is clearly one of the most refined examples of a concept that holds a large share in traditional luxury watchmaking. If you like this model but are hesitant about the bracelet, check out the Grand Seiko SBGK007 model in the same series that comes with a leather strap.