Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Grand Seiko Hi Beat SBGH013 Release

Seiko Japan has just released another caliber 9S85 based "Hi Beat" mechanical model sporting a more classic case design, cream colored dial, arabic numbers and blue seconds hand. The SBGH013 comes fitted with a brown croc strap.

This is a significant release because no new 9S85 Hi Beat models have been introduced since the debut of the also 9S85 powered SBGH001 and 005 metal bracelet models back in 2009.

Some quick specs:

Case size: 39.5mm
Case thickness: 13.1mm
Accuracy: +5/-3 seconds per day (Guaranteed in 6 positions plus temperature)
Japan retail price: 609,000 YEN

We don't know whether this model will eventually be offered in the Grand Seiko international portfolio. Likely it will as both, the SBGH001/005 are now being sold officially outside of Japan.

More info on the SBGH013 here

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