Grand Seiko Quartz SBGX103 9F 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Grand Seiko Quartz SBGX103 9F 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

To celebrate 100 years of watchmaking and 20 years of the 9F Quartz Movement, the introduction of the new Grand Seiko SBGX103 Limited Edition has had precision infatuated collectors drooling.  We first saw this spectacular timepiece hands on at the Basel World Fair back in April and were very excited to see such a gorgeous commemorative piece.  As of last night, this piece is officially available at AZ Fine Time.  With many special attributes and characteristics, lets see what makes the SBGX103 such an impressive timepiece.

Grand Seiko Quartz SBGX103 9F 20th Anniversary Limited EditionTo start, the SBGX103 is the essentially the same movement  as the  standard 9F62, but the difference lies in the quartz crystal utilized.  Seiko actually grows, ages (for 90 days) and tests all quartz crystals found in Grand Seiko extensively for about 6 months.  This ensures a standard 9F62 to perform within a +/-10 second a year deviation rate.  On the SBGX103, an even more rare quartz crystal is used, that has been thoroughly tested and is guaranteed to perform within a +/-5 second a year deviation rate.  Because these crystals are so limited, this particular model is restricted to only 2,000 pieces for the world.

Grand Seiko Quartz SBGX103 9F 20th Anniversary Limited EditionThe 9F62 movement itself is incredibly impressive.  Seiko’s technology and technique used to make the 9F the ultimate quartz movement vary on many levels.  One of the reasons the 9F is so accurate is that it is thermo-compensated.  As I mentioned, the quartz crystal utilized has to be thoroughly aged and tested to make for superior accuracy, but the real precision falls on compensating for temperature deviations.  All 9F Quartz detect internal temperature variations 540 times a day and fine tune the oscillation to compensate for these variations.  Each quartz crystals characteristics are programmed to the watches integrated circuit, ensuring its high precision on each individual timepiece, despite the way the quartz crystals react to temperature variants.

Grand Seiko Quartz SBGX103 9F 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Some other incredible feats of the 9F are its twin pulse control motor, its backlash auto-adjust mechanism, and its super-sealed cabin.  The twin pulse control motor provides the extra torque necessary to move the larger and heavy second hand used in GS.  By sending two signals per second, the watch is provided the extra torque needed without effecting the battery life.  The backlash auto-adjust mechanism controls the vibration of the second hand by using a hairspring (yes, the same one found in a mechanical watch).  This allows for the perfect second hand alignment without the vibration throwing it off.   Finally, its super-sealed cabin protects the rotor and gear train and increases the life of the lubricants used, making for a 50 year service life.  The watches battery does need to be changed every three years, but since it is on the outside of the movement, it can be done easily without allowing any dust or debris to enter the movement.

Grand Seiko Quartz SBGX103 9F 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

With the SBGX103, there are many attributes to the dial that while subtle, add for tremendous detail in tribute to its anniversary.  The white dial seems to almost have the “snowflake” texture to the background, which is hardly noticeable without looking close.  This would make sense though as it is also made at Shinshu watch studio where the Snowflake SBGA011 is made.  On top of that is an embossed pattern resembling “XX”, (Roman Numerals for 20) to indicate the 20 year anniversary.  You will also notice the small Grand Seiko lions spread the across the dial. All of which are facing West, except for the lone lion at the 20 minute indicator, also paying tribute to the 20 year anniversary.  The final icing on the cake is the 5 pointed star located above the 6:00, to signify its +/- 5 second a year accuracy rating.

Grand Seiko Quartz SBGX103 9F 20th Anniversary Limited EditionAlong with the other special attributes, the SBGX103 also has an 18k gold medallion on the center of the case back with engravings of both the serial number and “Caliber 9F 20th Anniversary Since 1993”.  The bracelet on this piece also differs from the standard quartz, using the Zaratsu blade polishing technique on the in-between links of its 5 piece construction.  The overall fit and finish of this piece is exquisite on the 37mm stainless steel case.

Grand Seiko Quartz SBGX103 9F 20th Anniversary Limited EditionWith such limited availability in the US, it is certain to sell out fast.  The MSRP is set at $3,450 and is now available for order at AZ Fine Time.  Of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

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Seiko And Citizen Booth – Basel 2013

Well…  We’re here at the show and wanted to give you a sneak peak of all we have saw, prior to our meetings.  Trust me, there will be tons more!  But lets get it rolling…

Seiko has some very cool new things in their core collection…

Seiko 100th Anniversary 2013

Seiko 2013

Seiko 2013

But the new Astron GPS pieces look amazing!

The NEW Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition for 2013…

Seiko Astron Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition 2013

Seiko Astron Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition 2013

The new styles…

Seiko Astron SAST015

Seiko Astron SAST015

Seiko Astron 2013

Seiko Astron 2013

Seiko Astron 2013

Seiko Astron 2013

There’s a great new Blue Lacquer Limited Edition Ananta…

Ananta Automatic Chronograph Blue Lacquer Limited Edition

And what we’re all waiting for, the new Grand Seiko’s!

The 44GS remake models are incredibly impressive.  There will be manual wind 9S64 in steel, 18kt White, Yellow and Pink Gold.  There will also be 2 steel automatic models to choose from as well…

Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition

Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition White Gold

Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition Pink Gold

Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition Automatic

The new high accuracy quartz SBGX103 will be coming to the US!

Grand Seiko Quartz Limited Edition 20th Anniversary 9F SBGX103

There will be a few new styles added to the US line up…

Grand Seiko SBGE011

Grand Seiko SBGA083 SBGA085

Grand Seiko SBGC003

The 1st Galante to come to the US!  Won’t necessarily be everyone’s favorite, but still an incredible piece!

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition

And just because we saw it, the Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater…

Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater

As for Citizen’s amazing booth… We saw some very cool things like the Series 8 and the newer style Campanola.  Neither of which will probably come to the US…

Citizen Series 8


Most importantly, they are bringing back the SATELLITE WAVE!!

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave

And there is a very cool new Eco-Drive called the Altichron Cirrus, which has compass and altimeter…

Citizen Altichron Cirrus

Be sure to check back for the full report after our meetings.  And don’t forget to see all the pics below…

Seiko Celebrates 100 Years Of Making Wristwatches

Seiko 100th Anniversary of making wristwatches

In 1913, Kintaro Hattori launched what would be Japan’s first wristwatch, the Laurel.  For 2013, their 100 year anniversary, we are already starting to see new models in Seiko Japan’s press releases.  So far, here is what we have seen…

Grand Seiko SBGX103 Quartz Limited Edition

On Jan. 31st, Seiko announced the release of a new limited edition with the 9F Quartz movement.  Not only does this piece commemorate the 100th anniversary of Seiko’s 1st wristwatch, it also commemorates the 20 year anniversary of the 9F Quartz.  The SBGX103 is a new, very special, limited edition of only 2,000 pieces.

Grand Seiko SBGX103 Quartz Limited Edition

The SBGX103 has a specially selected Quartz crystal, and all 2,000 pieces have the even higher accuracy rating of only +/- 5 seconds a year deviation (as compared to +/- 10 sec a year as with standard 9F).  Some of the other attributes include an 18kt yellow gold Grand Seiko lion medallion on the case back along with engraved serial number “XXXX/2,000” and “Caliber 9F 20th Anniversary Since 1993”.  The dial itself is also quite unique.  It is embossed with a pattern to resemble “XX” (Roman numerals for 20) and small subtle GS lions throughout.  At the 20 minute index, you may notice that the lion is backwards compared to the rest.  This is also to signify the 20 year anniversary.  The final icing on the cake is the gold star above the 6 o’clock to indicate its special accuracy rating.  You may also notice this is not the typical oyster type bracelet you will generally see on the SBGX series.  This model will have the zaratsu polished attributes you will find on other GS.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST015

On February 5th, Seiko announced some exciting new editions to their wildly popular Astron GPS series.  The series itself is incredible, being the 1st analog solar watch to actually pin point your location, and update the hands automatically to whatever timezone you are standing in, all at the push of a button.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST015

The new Astron pieces will be the same size shape and case design as the original, with some new twists.  There will be 3 introductions in titanium, which will be Seiko’s proprietary High-Intensity Titanium along with a ceramic center links and a ceramic bezel (as the other models have), but this time they engraved the city codes into the bezel.  These new variations will also have the engraved/collapsed case side as the 2012 limited edition SAST001.  While they are not limited edition, I am sure they will be in high demand.  There is also a stainless steel bracelet variation in the works.  The piece pictured is the new SAST015, with black ceramic and red accents.

As you may know, Basel World is around the corner and AZ Fine Time will be there.  To see all the great new introductions hands on, be sure to follow our blog.  Our meeting with Seiko is on the 1st day of the fair, April 25th, which we will be posting all the new goods!


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