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Introducing US-Only Grand Seiko 44GS GMT SBGJ261 and SBGJ259

Simply yesterday we launched the Grand Seiko Magnificence Ryūsendō SBGK015, a watch with a vibrant and textured dial housed in a skinny and compact case with a hand-wound motion… And just for our North American mates. Effectively, plainly the US will get fortunate once more because the Japanese model releases two different fashions devoted to the US market, with a mixture of sporty instances, traveller-oriented features and dials that make fairly an affect. Peacock on one aspect, Inexperienced Bamboo on the opposite,  inside a 44GS Hello-Beat GMT watch. Meet the brand new US-only Grand Seiko SBGJ259 and SBGJ261. 

Sorry to disappoint our readers from all over the world once more, besides these studying us in america, however these two watches – one is a particular, non-limited version, the opposite a 500-piece restricted run – will solely be obtainable from boutiques and retailers situated within the US. And taking a look at these new fashions, one with a reasonably daring however interesting inexperienced dial, and the opposite marking the comeback of the Peacock (which was unveiled with the 2017 restricted SBGJ227), they could properly justify a flight to NYC for the weekend…

US-Only Grand Seiko 44GS Hi-Beat GMT Peacock SBGJ261

Mainly, each watches are an identical concerning the specs, design and motion, solely differing on the dial aspect. As such, these two have the everyday 44GS-inspired case. First launched in 1967, this watch and its extremely angular case outlined what would later be referred to as the Grand Seiko Type. In 2013, the Japanese model revived this distinctive design with a contemporary interpretation of the 44GS, created by designer Nobuhiro Kosugi. And that is this actual form that has been commemorated this yr with the Fifty fifth-anniversary Hello-Beat GMT SBGJ255.

US-Only Grand Seiko 44GS Hi-Beat GMT Green Bamboo SBGJ259

The SBGJ261 and SBGJ259 are 40mm watches with a lug-to-lug measurement of 46.2mm and a top of 14mm. The form, with its razor-sharp and pronounced shoulders, leaves little doubt about their provenance. The extremely polished surfaces are flat and reflective, both on the edges or the bezel, and highlighted by contrasting brushed accents. These 100m waterproof fashions provide presence and luxury and have sapphire crystals on each side and a screw-down crown. The case and the matching 3-link bracelet with a three-fold clasp are manufactured from chrome steel on each watches.

Contained in the case of the SBGJ261 and SBGJ259 is likely one of the model’s most revered actions, the calibre 9S86. An computerized engine with hi-beat regulation, it beats at 5Hz or 36,000 vibrations/hour and is rated at an accuracy of +5 to –3 seconds per day. The 55h energy reserve is snug regardless of the excessive frequency, and the GMT operate is a real traveller’s one, that means that the native time hour hand is adjusted by one-hour increments. The motion is seen beneath a sapphire caseback and embellished with giant, pronounced stripes.

US-Only Grand Seiko 44GS Hi-Beat GMT Green Bamboo SBGJ259

Now, the principle specificities of those new fashions are their dials. First, the Grand Seiko 44GS Hello-Beat GMT “Inexperienced Bamboo” SBGJ259 pays tribute to architect Kengo Kuma and his design of the Nezu Museum and Backyard, particularly to the bamboos surrounding the world. The vivid inexperienced dial depends on a vertical striated sample, oscillating between completely different inexperienced tones. This identical sample was already used within the Autumn SBGH269. Right here it’s paired with faceted, bevelled and brushed markers and fingers, contrasting with the bottom dial and its vivid yellow accents.

US-Only Grand Seiko 44GS Hi-Beat GMT Green Bamboo SBGJ259

US-Only Grand Seiko 44GS Hi-Beat GMT Peacock SBGJ261

Then comes the Grand Seiko 44GS Hello-Beat GMT “Peacock” SBGJ261, which pays tribute to the unique SBGJ227 “Peacock” of 2017 with the identical swirling sample (again then with a inexperienced dial). Now, this re-creation performs on blue/purple tones however sticks to the beloved texture achieved via an intricate press patterning course of and radiating from the centre – thus recalling the colourful plumage of a peacock’s practice. The dial is accomplished by brushed/polished utilized markers and fingers, in addition to gold-coloured accents.

Availability & Value

Each the Grand Seiko 44GS Hello-Beat GMT “Inexperienced Bamboo” SBGJ259 and the “Peacock” SBGJ261 might be obtainable in September 2022 from Grand Seiko Boutiques and chosen retail companions in america. The inexperienced SBGJ259 might be launched as a particular non-limited version, whereas the blue SBGJ261 might be produced in 500 items solely. Each watches are priced at USD 6,800.

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