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Is Grand Seiko getting better?

  1. guaranteed.rohu

    guaranteed.rohu Oct 10, 2018

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  2. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Oct 10, 2018

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    I think the answer is yes. I wish we had a boutique in Chicago.
     
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  3. ac106

    ac106 Oct 10, 2018

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    I love some Grand Seiko pieces and like how they have streamlined the text on the dial. I wish they would go further and pick one between "GS" and "Grand Seiko" however. Less is more
     
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  4. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Oct 10, 2018

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    While their quality is and always has been excellent their styling and design language still leaves a great deal to be desired in my view at least. That top of the range Spring-Drive chronograph to me looks like that Homer car from the Simpsons where nothing fits together or looks like it belongs.
     
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  5. guaranteed.rohu

    guaranteed.rohu Oct 10, 2018

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    could not agree more. I think the 'grand seiko' works really well with the vintage reissues (without GS). Or, they should maybe go with a smaller 'grand seiko' font to focus on the 'GS' like JLC do, which works better I recon
     
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  6. Slowpoker

    Slowpoker Oct 10, 2018

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    Grand Seiko is an interesting watch.

    I've never owned one but I have worn one, the 'snowflake' dial one with blue hands and markings to be exact.

    I really liked it, (minus the bracelet because I prefer exotic leathers) the dial and hands were amazingly well executed; I didn't like the power reserve as it felt a little out of place but I can appreciate that it's a useful feature for some.

    Overall it's one of the better brands and simply amazingly well priced considering how much work goes into making one.
     
  7. mancio

    mancio Oct 10, 2018

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    This Gran Seiko GMT is the first that i would buy. The other model give me the impression that something is missing (design speaking)
     
  8. Stufflers Mom

    Stufflers Mom Oct 10, 2018

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    Can't go wrong with a GS, this one is my old titanium diver.

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  9. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Oct 10, 2018

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    This.

    Frat or Hod did a write up a few years back that I think nails it on the head and I’ll paraphrase.

    Seiko is designing to Japanese or eastern sensibility which has implications to both the look and the movements. They do not want to look like the Swiss watches and are different from their own sensibilities and their primary markets wants.

    Additionally things like GPS time keeping and springdrive are perfect for the Japanese wants of a watch you never have to set or touch. Hence one reason for magic lever and no hand winding on most Seiko mid and low level movements. This is not a factor in Swiss or Western design.
     
  10. seamasterlux

    seamasterlux Oct 11, 2018

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    I fell in love with the SBGJ225 which was an Asia limited edition GS. Great dial especially. However, I have not gotten used to the look of a GS as I usually wear Rolex subs or Omega reduced Speed. I'll therefore probably end up selling it. The piece posted by the OP is stunning though.

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  11. bigsom

    bigsom Oct 11, 2018

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    That case design is not new, I think GS is not necessarily getting better. People are just discovering it more.

    Wore my Sbgw253 yesterday.
     
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  12. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Oct 11, 2018

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    They are definitely getting dearer.......

    Was in Japan a few months ago and saw a heap of Seikos I have never seen before in western boutiques. $600 can buy you a lot of watch and there was easily 3-4 for that money that looked just as sweet as the GS at nearly 10x the price.
     
  13. guaranteed.rohu

    guaranteed.rohu Oct 12, 2018

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    beautiful! have always loved that piece.
     
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  14. D.D.

    D.D. Oct 12, 2018

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    Hmm...

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  15. sdre

    sdre Oct 13, 2018

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    I like the 60s GS. Basic and seems undervalued to me
     
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  16. Slowpoker

    Slowpoker Oct 13, 2018

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    Wow, I know it's not the most practical watch, but it's certainly a unique one!

    Would make a half decent weapon too if you're cornered.
     
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  17. MG-Speedy

    MG-Speedy Oct 13, 2018

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    My SBGJ217 says hello

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  18. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Oct 13, 2018

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    Look at the release date of those... April 1st I believe.
     
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  19. zrleopold

    zrleopold Oct 13, 2018

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    The dial work and case finishing is truly beautiful. With the exception of the handwound movement, I feel many of their pieces wear too thick though.
     
  20. Khamenman

    Khamenman Oct 13, 2018

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    I love GS. It will always have a place in my heart. Embodiment of anti-Swiss. For those who are open-minded, GS provides quality watches, imbued with Japanese principles and philosophy, but with cheaper price tag. It's my first "serious" watch that I purchased.

    My SBGJ003:
     
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