About Grand Seiko SBGC223
Grand Seiko Black Ceramic Collection
A Spring Drive model with a sharp, crisp impression combining ceramic and high-intensity titanium
This watch features a luxury sports design and a remarkable new hybrid titanium-ceramic bracelet construction.
The flat shape of the case was developed with the aim of making the most of the unique characteristics of zirconia ceramic.
Despite the difficulties of polishing ceramics, the beautifully crafted ceramic edges on the polyhedral shape are polished to a mirror finish and produce the intricate overlapping reflections that are the characteristics of the Grand Seiko design.
The band’s combination of these two different materials serves a practical purpose while also accentuating the design. As the zirconia ceramic parts are raised slightly above the level of the titanium, the bracelet is virtually impervious to scratches and will retain its pristine appearance.
The second hand, minute hand, GMT hand and markers on the black dial are all finished with LumiBrite inserts to ensure high legibility.
Grand Seiko SBGC223 Features :
- 50 jewels
- Screw down crown
- Screw back
- See-through back
- Dual time function with 24-hour display
- Stop watch
- Power reserve display function
- Quick correction function of time difference adjusting to a calendar
- Caseback with a lion emblem
- Anti-metal allergy
Grand Seiko SBGC223 History :
Prior to 1960, to challenge the status of Swiss watches and change the perception of Japanese watches, Daini Seikosha and Suwa began the discussion of a product line that can match the quality of Swiss watches under the suggestion of the parent company. At the time, Suwa Seikosha Co. was in charge of manufacturing men’s watches, so it was decided that Suwa would be producing the first Grand Seiko (GS).
The first Grand Seiko was released in 1960, it was based on Seiko’s previous high-end watch, CROWN. This Grand Seiko has a 25-jewel, manual-winding, 3180 caliber, and only 36,000 units were produced. This was also the first chronometer-grade watch manufactured in Japan, and it was based on Seiko’s own chronometer standard.
The design language of the Grand Seiko was set in 1967, with the creation of Grand Seiko 44GS. The 44GS set the ground for all future Grand Seiko with nine elements. These elements help improve the legibility of the watch under different situations, and create a sharp, crisp visual impression:
- Double width index at 12 o’clock
- Multi-faceted rectangular markers
- Highly polished bezel
- Highly polished planes and two-dimensional surface
- Half recessed crown
- Flat dial
- Multi-faceted hour and minute hands
- Curved side line
- Reverse slanted bezel wall and case side
- Dress style with simple but beautiful design
- Zaratsu polishing
source : wikipedia