GRAND SEIKO QUARTZ DIVER SBGX115 AND SBGX117

For the first time in Grand Seiko’s history, the introduction of the 9F high accuracy quartz movement has been placed into a new 200m divers design.  Spring Drive has been the only movement utilized in Grand Seiko’s diver models, which is due to their high accuracy and durability.  With these two essentials in mind, it only makes sense that Seiko would give the extremely accurate and very durable 9F Quartz, a home in a dive piece.

There are two new models featuring the quartz movement.  SBGX115 with a new white dial is the first, and the SBGX117 with traditional black matte dial is second.  Both these models are in a 42.7mm stainless steel case that is 13mm thick and features Zaratsu polishing around the cases lugs.  The models are mostly a brushed finish, including their stainless steel, 3 pieces oyster style bracelets.

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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver Titanium SBGA031

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver 200m Titanium SBGA031

With now over 100 years of watchmaking and over 50 years of manufacturing some of the finest timepieces in the world, Grand Seiko has continued to stick to its roots when it comes to creating the “ideal watch”.  With the birth of Grand Seiko, a new standard in watchmaking was created.  GS was to be more accurate, durable, legible, and easier to wear, than any other watch in the world.  The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver Titanium SBGA031 holds true to all these traits, and so much more.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver 200m Titanium SBGA031

The SBGA031 will surpass the accuracy of any other watch driven by a mainspring by incredible amounts.  Thanks to the Spring Drive 9R65 calibre, the accuracy rating on this piece is +/- 15 seconds a month (equivalent to +/- 1 sec a day).  The rating, however, is not the same as actual performance.  Realistically, most Spring Drives will only deviate 1-3 seconds a month, which is far superior compared to all mechanicals, and even some quartz.     The Spring Drive 9R65 is Seiko’s own, COMPLETELY in-house manufactured and designed, calibre (which took about 28 years to develop).  Utilizing only the power from the mainspring, the 9R65 is regulated by an electromagnetic brake, integrated circuit and quartz crystal to control the unwinding of the mainspring.  In turn, this gives it incredible accuracy, but also a gliding motion of the second hand that is as smooth and fluid as the natural flow of time itself.  With 276 parts and 30 jewels, you would think Spring Drive would be sensitive.  Because Spring Drive is a uni-directional motion (and there is no hairspring/escapement in the movement) there is less tension, making it more durable and service is required less frequently than a typical mechanical.  It is truly an incredible mechanism and has certainly proved itself over the many years we have carried it.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver 200m Titanium SBGA031

Seiko has thoroughly thought about the longevity of this piece.  As you will see in the picture below, the most frequently damaged parts are implemented in new designs, to ensure easy and inexpensive repairs.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive DIver SBGA031 SBGA029

Many ask, “Why not use a ceramic bezel to prevent scratching?”.  As you may well know, ceramic is scratch resistant, where the black hard coated bezel of the SBGA031 is not.  Ceramic, however, is delicate and can crack.  Should your ceramic bezel break, who would want to spend over $1,200 on the repair?  The bezel is a frequently damaged part in any watch, and Seiko has kept the consumer in mind, making a durable, but easily fixable, high quality bezel.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver 200m Titanium SBGA031

Legibility can make or break any watch, but with Grand Seiko, this is never the case.  Each design is thoroughly tested to ensure the hands and indexes are perfectly sized and shaped for easy reading.  The dial on the SBGA031 is made of a matte black Japanese lacquer to aid in its legibility, and the large hands are made of a brushed titanium as to keep down the weight of the hands, but still provide the time clearly.  For the diving aspect of the watch, they use Seiko’s highest quality Lumi-Brite to provide luminescence in the darkest of waters, for very long periods of time.  For those who don’t plan to be diving with this piece, the lume could easily glow strong through the entire night.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver 200m Titanium SBGA031

Also, the SBGA031 has a High-Definition Sapphire Crystal (which is also made in house) and uses its own proprietary anti-reflective coating.  The Super-Clear Coating used gives the benefits of AR coating, but without the blue glare.  All this is implemented to prevent any distortion in the dial.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver 200m Titanium SBGA031

As far as wearability goes…  This could easily be one of the most comfortable divers watches on the market.  The 44.2mm wide and 14mm thick case is designed to sit perfectly on just about any wrist.  The watch is very well balanced and the subtle curvature of the case gives an unbelievable comfort (especially considering its size). Of course, the use of Seiko’s proprietary alloy, High-Intensity Titanium adds tremendously to its comfort.  At only 137g, the watch has enough weight for you to know it’s there, but not to weigh down your wrist.  The finish applied to the titanium is an incredibly unique “Zaratsu” katana blade polishing technique that brings it to a mirror finish.  Only a handful of craftsmen are qualified to provide this finish to Grand Seiko.  The case and every individual link in the bracelet is hand finished, only by one of these few artists.  Many of our customers have compared this finish to that of a watch that costs well over $25,000.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver 200m Titanium SBGA031

In addition to its comfort, Seiko has incorporated an adjustable clasp that not only has micro-adjustments, but also a divers expansion clasp that can easily fit over a wet suit.  You can deploy this extension by pulling back on the locking mechanism of the clasp, and once to the desired position, will lock in place to ensure it will not extend any further.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver 200m Titanium SBGA031

Another question that is frequently asked about this piece is “Why is this diver only rated to 200m?”.  There is a simple explanation.  It is all that is necessary for a recreational diver.  In fact, most recreational diving will max out at 132ft.  This Grand Seiko is intended to be an everyday watch, that will work well for someone who enjoys diving as a hobby.  There’s no need for the watch to be rated to 3,900m, if its wearer will never go anywhere near that deep.  Seiko does make watches for professional divers that have much higher dive ratings.  Those are more so tool watches for professionals, as opposed to something you would wear everyday, like Grand Seiko.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver 200m Titanium SBGA031

In closing, the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver Titanium SBGA031 is a very well thought out, beautifully finished, and amazingly accurate timepiece.  Grand Seiko is second to none when it comes to quality and, without a doubt, one of the finest brands in the watch industry.

If you have any questions regarding Grand Seiko, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

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Glycine Incursore 46mm 200M Automatic Sap 3874.11-LBN7

Glycine Incursore 46mm 200M automatic Sap 3874.11-LBN7

Glycine has a reputation when it comes to larger watches.  It’s a trait that has brought the brand many years of success, even before large watches were the trend.  When looking at some of their pieces like the Airman 7, F-104 and KMU 48, you are seeing some of the biggest Glycine has to offer.  In the late 90’s, Glycine introduced a 44mm manually wound timepiece (which was larger for back then) called Incursore, which paved the way for Glycine’s recognition with big timepieces.  The Incursore now comes in either 44mm or 46mm.   For our post today, we are introducing one of their latest, the Glycine Incursore 46mm Automatic Sap 3874.11-LBN7.

Glycine Incursore 46mm 200M automatic Sap 3874.11-LBN7

This new introduction of Incursore is one of only variations to actually have a white dial, which is surprising since they look so awesome.  This model in particular is incredibly legible.  With black super luminova for the numerals/indexes, and matte black hands, it’s hard not to know the time.  It’s simplistic design and larger size makes for a nice and easy read, while still looking great on the wrist.

Glycine Incursore 46mm 200M automatic Sap 3874.11-LBN7

The case design is wide and long, but still fairly thin.  It’s 11mm thickness is a nice attribute on such a beefy piece.  The curvature to the case is nice and helps the piece sit on the wrist well.  I do like the fact that the case is a completely brushed finish, as it will not show scratches as much as a high polish.  The screw down crown’s design is easy to grab and function.  The front crystal is sapphire, while the screw down case back is mineral.

Glycine Incursore 46mm 200M automatic Sap 3874.11-LBN7

The movement is an ETA 2824-2 with the date window at 4 o’clock.  The 2824 has a rate of 28,800 bph, 25 jewels and a 38 hr power reserve.  The movement’s nickle plated rotor is decorated in Geneva striping and has the Glycine logo.  Simple, but nicely done.

Glycine Incursore 46mm 200M automatic Sap 3874.11-LBN7

The retail on the Glycine Incursore 46mm 200M Automatic Sap 3874.11-LBN7 is $1,675.  Another great value from Glycine and well worth the money.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.  We’re happy to help.

Glycine Incursore 46mm 200M automatic Sap 3874.11-LBN7

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Citizen Scuba Fin 200m Diver

Citizen came out with an onslaught of cool new pieces this year.  One of the coolest looking, not to mention at a killer price point, was the new Citizen Scuba Fin Divers.

Citizen Scuba Fin Diver BN0090-01E

Citizen Scuba Fin Diver BN0090-01E

While the pieces are very inexpensive, they show great quality for the money.  Each watch is stainless (most with black IP) 46mm and comes on a very comfortable rubber strap.  While the watch is 46mm, it doesn’t wear like a monster.  It actually has a great feel for a larger width and a semi short lug to lug width (from 6-12 o’clock) which helps keep it less bulky.

Citizen Scuba Fin Diver BN0097-11E

Citizen Scuba Fin Diver BN0097-11E

The color combos on the Scuba Fins are awesome.  The black and green on the BN0090-01E is very reminiscent of the Citizen Satellite Wave Limited Edition from last year, and can also be seen on other releases coming soon.  There is also a black and orange (BN0097-11E) and black and blue (BN0097-02H) model which make for fun cool look.  There is also a full black (BN0095-08E), and white and black (BN0095-08A) if you don’t want the flash of the vibrant color combos they are using.  The strap is Polyurethane and is far more soft and comfortable than most other straps in Citizen’s selection.  The green, orange and blue variations have matching colors in the straps to really make the watches stand out in a crowd.

The Citizen Suba Fin Diver’s are solar powered using Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology.  These particular models (at a full charge) will go 6 months in the dark  before needing to be charged.  They use caliber E168 for the basic 3 hand, date movement and is rated to about a 15 sec a month deviation.

Citizen Scuba Fin Diver BN0095-08A

Citizen Scuba Fin Diver BN0095-08A

Each of these Scuba Fins are 200m water resistance with screw in case back and screw down crown.  The lume is also excellent to make for an easy read while in the dark or diving.

Citizen Scuba Fin Diver BN0095-08E

Citizen Scuba Fin Diver BN0095-08E

The retail on these bad boys are only $299 and can be purchased directly though our website for $224.25 HERE.  Over all the Citizen Scuba Fins are an excellent value for a great dive piece or just a great every day sports watch.  We’ve really been impressed with what Citizen has done this year and the Citizen Scuba Fine Diver is no exception!

Citizen Scuba Fin Diver BN0095-08E

Citizen Scuba Fin Diver BN0095-08E

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