On the block – 13

Limited edition modern Grand Seikos

Collecting modern Grand Seiko

Grand Seiko SBGR027
Grand Seiko SBGR027

Back in 2015, I decided to add some Grand Seikos to my watch collection. Whilst I had been interested in the brand for some time, I had never actually had the chance to appreciate the watches properly in person until I made a trip to Baselworld in March of that year.

Having for the first time had the opportunity to handle some watches from the range, I resolved to add an example of each of the main movement types – quartz, mechanical, and Spring Drive – to my collection,  which at that stage comprised entirely of Swiss timepieces.

Without a Grand Seiko dealer in Dubai, I had to resort to researching for suitable watches online, and soon started to discover just how much choice there was out there.

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FOR SALE – Grand Seiko SBGE035. US$6,500

Grand Seiko SBGE035
Grand Seiko SBGE035

From a limited edition of just 60 pieces, released in 2015 and exclusive to the Wako store in Ginza, Tokyo.

A unique interpretation of the Spring Drive GMT movement, with a stunning radially textured dial and the famous Wako limited edition utilisation of Arabic numeral(s) on the dial.

Condition: Near mint.

Year: 2015

Movement: 9R66 (Spring Drive)

Accessories: Original box, presentation case, original deployant clasp (no extra strap), guarantee (original owner details tippexed out), operating instructions

Price: US$6,500 including courier delivery world-wide.

For more photos of this watch, click here.

Grand Seiko SBGE035

Grand Seiko SBGE035. A Wako limited edition of 60 pieces.
I finally got around to doing a focus stack of this watch. It’s a bit tricky with this movement. The problem is when you screw in the crown, it winds the watch! So even if you let it run down to no power and set the watch to 10:10, when you screw the crown back in, the watch has enough juice to run for a couple of hours. And when the watch is running, you can’t do a focus stack. And who wants to see a photo of the watch with the crown pulled out? (Answer – not me!) Anyway. There is a sneaky solution. Who can tell me how this was shot? 🙂 9 image focus stack, focal plane aligned parallel to the watch face, each individual image has only 0.65mm depth of field.

Watch out for the macro Monday detail crops from this one to come tomorrow.


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