Sunday, April 15, 2012

Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT Chronograph SBGC001

Compliments of JapanWatchConnection.


Much more after the jump.


If there is a way to describe the epitome of the perfect chronograph, this has to be it. Well enough babbling, I'll let the pics do the talk:







































The dial is not champagne, silver or white. It is actually a very interesting fusion of all 3 colors. It has to be seen in person to appreciate. The hue and tonality of the dial changes under different lighting conditions. Absolutely beautiful.



The steel blue hands for the chrono seconds hand and hour/minute sub-registers are totally at home here. The contrast they create against the dial is nothing short of striking....



Notice the slight curvature of the tip end of the chrono seconds hand. This is made in purpose to reduce the effects of "Parallax error" when reading the chronograph hand against the scaled chapter ring...



The crown and pushers are all screw down (A la Rolex Daytona). While they may look big and disproportionate in photographs, they are anything but in real life. The feedback is absolutely perfecto!



The finishing of the dial elements is beyond reproach...



The dial layout is clean and concise. Everything is easy to read at a quick glance. Most important, it makes sense...



The fitting of the bracelet end links is what you would expect to see in a Jaeger Le Coutre or a Patek..





The AR coated dual curved sapphire crystal is optically clear....



The GMT hand in this model is far more discrete than the one in my GS GMT or even the Ananta SD Chrono I had before it...



The stuff dreams are made of....



The side case profile is pleasant to the eye. It visually hides quite well the 16.0mm total thickness....



Here you can see the curvature of the sapphire crystal, which is free of distortions even at a steep viewing angle....



I find this dial equally captivating at that of my GS Snowflake but in a very different way. It has a very calming effect when looking at it....



Hope you enjoyed the little tour. After experiencing this watch in the calm serenity of my home, I realize that my trip to WISdom has been completed for now, but there is always room for another one... You know how that goes.
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