About Grand Seiko SBGJ249
Grand Seiko Elegance Collection
The Grand Seiko GMT watch celebrates ever-changing seasons
In Japan, each of the four seasons of the year is experienced in six phases and all have their own distinct characters. The subtle changes from one to the next bring the nature of time ever closer to our senses. The GMT watch celebrates one of the year’s 24 seasonal phases or sekki.
Shōsho. High summer approaches and, at last, the rainy season ends. The warm wind creates delicate ripples in the many thousands of lakes and ponds that shimmer in the early summer sun throughout Japan. The wave pattern dial brings Shōsho to life as the long, tapered seconds hand, driven by the high beat caliber, moves powerfully across the dial.
Grand Seiko SBGJ249 Features :
In Japan, each of the four seasons of the year is experienced in six phases and all have their own distinct characters. The subtle changes from one to the next bring the nature of time ever closer to our senses. Each one of these watches celebrates one of the year’s twenty four seasonal phases or sekki. From the arrival of the first cherry blossom to the sound of icy snow, each sekki tells its own story and is a step along the journey through the year, from Shunbun, the moment that nature awakens in spring, to Tōji and the glistening cold of winter.
Grand Seiko celebrates the rhythm of the seasons in a series of new creations, each of which has a unique dial whose design draws inspiration from a different sekki and celebrates the beauty of Japanese nature at its particular moment in the annual cycle. It is an expression of the very nature of time itself.
- 24-hour hand (dual time display function)
- 37 jewels
- Calendar-linked time difference adjustment function
- Case back with 6 screws
- Case back with lion emblem
- Date display
- See-through case back
- Stop second hand function
Grand Seiko SBGJ249 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