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Price Guide: Grand Seiko Movements


Grand Seiko is a manufacturer that takes pride in its diversity of movement technologies. Unlike most luxury brands that focus almost exclusively on mechanical watches, Grand Seiko is also known for its high quality quartz and innovative Spring Drive calibers. ⁠

In 2018, the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 (SBGH267) was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Hi-Beat automatic Caliber 9S. The watch was released along with two other variations: a gold version and a platinum version. The dial gives the watch its nickname - the Whirlpool - featuring a spiral geometric design that features the first letters of “Grand Seiko”. Interest for this watch has skyrocketed in recent months, and it now is one of the few Grand Seiko watches that trade above MSRP. The Hi-Beat movement is precise automatic movement, with a beat rate of 36,000 beats per hour. ⁠

The Grand Seiko GMT (SBGN005N) is known for its blue dial with sunburst finish. To add contrast, the GMT printing on the dial and the GMT hand both in bright red. The caliber 9F powering this watch is a highly accurate quartz movement, and features a GMT capability for the first time with this model. Grand Seiko guarantees an accuracy of within 10 seconds per year. ⁠

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver (SBGA229) is Grand Seiko’s answer to the Rolex Submariner. It features 200 meters of water resistance, Lumi-Brite, and Grand Seiko’s famous Zaratsu finishing. The Spring Drive movement is Grand Seiko’s flagship movement technology, combining a self-winding mainspring with a quartz regulator that allows for a smooth moving seconds hand and higher accuracy. ⁠

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