One of the most difficult elements in mechanical watchmaking is achieving supreme accuracy. Seiko spent near 30 years developing what is known today as one of the finest movements available on the market, Spring Drive. Spring Drive has taken all of the attributes of fine watch making, and raised the bar in accuracy. Apply this to a tool watch, like a chronograph, add some of the finest construction and finish, and you have the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005.
The SBGC005 is not an easy piece to come by. In fact, there are generally less than 10 to come into the US in a years time. Most interested in this piece have to wait 3-6 months for delivery on this item, and when we do receive them, they usually leave instantly to their new homes. After many months of waiting, another SBGC005 has landed at AZ Fine Time, and we are very excited to see it here once again.
The look of this piece is exquisite. The black dial with gold indexes give the piece a very unique look. It is incredibly legible and the hands and indexes sparkle like a diamond in even the most miniscule amount of light. The chronograph layout makes for easy distinction with both chronograph sub dials on the right hand side of the face and the actual seconds counter on the left side, at 9 o’clock position. There is also a white tipped hand which is the indicator for GMT, power reserve and date display.
The case and bracelet are Seiko’s in-house proprietary alloy called Hi-Intensity Titanium. The titanium is a slightly darker shade than stainless steel and compliments the dial beautifully. This titanium is not only lighter and more durable than stainless steel, but also can be polished using their Zaratsu technique, giving the watch a mirror like finish that you really never see in other titanium pieces. This wonderfully crafted case holds the most important part of this timepiece… The 9R86 Spring Drive movement.
The quite revolution of Spring Drive has eliminated the traditional escapement for time keeping and replaced it with what as know as a tri-synchro regulator. This uses a quartz crystal, an integrated circuit, and an electro-magnetic brake to control a uni-directional wheel, that regulates the accuracy. All of the energy in this watch derives from the mainspring making it unlike anything else out there today. Applying quartz like accuracy in a mechanical watch is a perfect fit for this chronograph. This way, you can rest assured, all your measurements are correct.
The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005 is also a GMT, as I mentioned before. The GMT works as a true GMT, where you would adjust pull the crown out one click to adjust the hour hand as opposed to adjusting the GMT hand. This allows the wearer to adjust time zones, with out ever deviating the near perfect accuracy of Spring Drive.
This is an incredible and very rare timepiece. Retail is $12,000 and is the most expensive regular production Grand Seiko available in the US. Needless to say, it is a value in comparison to other fine time pieces in that range that won’t even come close in quality. Should you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-486-3996 and we will be happy to help.
Also, please don’t forget about the Grand Seiko Roadshow coming Oct. 26th. If you wish to make a purchase for the event and have the master watchmaker autograph the box, now is the time to put in the order.
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