February 9, 2023
Front of Grand Seiko 42MM 55th Anniversary watch

Seiko is famous for its diving watches and sports watches. But they also creat some elegant watches for men.

Just like this 42mm Grand Seiko SBGR family was officially launched at Baselworld 2015. But now Seiko wants to put some extra in this piece by producing a new limited edition model that comes with a really cool blue dial with small GS logos spread throughout the dial and with a really nice geometric pattern. The dial is highlighted by the 3D indexes and their typical dauphine hands.  Front of Grand Seiko 42MM 55th Anniversary watch

Note that this piece has been created to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of Grand Seiko and only 500 pieces will be made for the world and that’s also something that could attract some collectors. Usually, this collection is made in 38 or 40 mm, and that’s probably too small for new young customers. That’s why this 42 mm watch, with a thickness of 13.1mm, is very welcome in the family.

The watch has a 72-hour power reserve and a 4Hz frequency. This 9S61 can compete with some chronometer grade watches, despite not being COSC certified itself, thanks to an accuracy of -3 to +5 seconds per day. Note that this accuracy is the result of measuring the loss/gain of the time for seventeen days before the inside movements of the watch are put in the case. The measurement has been done in the factory where temperatures or position of the movements is controlled. Grand Seiko 42MM 55th Anniversary dial
The open caseback gives you the chance to see the clean and classic decoration of the movement and moreover the caseback is engraved with the serial number of the watch.

Technically, the movement can compete with anything made in Switzerland. Aesthetically, the Grand Seiko doesn’t even try to dress up its movements. And that’s a shame because better decoration will give more power and more value to that piece, considering that some ETA movements have more beautiful decorations on them.Grand Seiko 42MM 55th Anniversary caseback
This line of watches they want to make really high-end class should have a more Japanese style . The thing is that this watch looks too much like what already exists in the market. Seiko should probably add more and more fun, and more and more Japanese aesthetic or craft.