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Buyer's Guide: Grand Seiko Textured Dials

Dials that you will fall in love with.

For the Grand Seiko SBGR311, the brown color is to symbolize and capture the essence of traditional blacksmiths, using the flames to mold iron. Within the mosaic spiral pattern, you can see a gothic ‘G’ or ‘S’, representing Grand Seiko, or a different ‘S’ character, the historic mark of Daini Seikosha manufacture. It boasts 72 hours of power reserve. Through the transparent caseback, you can see the striped rotor and the Grand Seiko logo and initials engraved in gold.

Released in fall of 2019, the Grand Seiko SBGH269 was limited to only 900 pieces. The colors are inspired by the Japanese forests during autumn. The dial also takes inspiration from lacquered wooden floors of traditional Japanese houses. It serves to make people feel close to nature, which is a big part of Japanese culture. To embody how the trees’ leaves turn from the green of summer to the fiery hues of fall, on the backside is a bright green Caliber 9S85. It has a 55-hour power reserve.

The Grand Seiko Snowflake combines a titanium case and a Spring Drive movement. The dial is textured to resemble a field of snow. The blue steel seconds hand accents the white and adds to the wintry theme. The smooth glide of the hand produces a timeless feel to the watch. To break up the monotone surface and balance the date window, there is a power reserve on the left side. This watch has a minimalistic design without being bland.

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