Just released by Grand Seiko, this trio of new US-exclusive watches are inspired by Japan’s most popular sword, the katana. All three watches are made in the 44GS case (which turned 55 years old last year in 2022) in stainless steel with a Spring Drive movement. While two of these new Grand Seikos will be in standard production, one of them is a limited edition of 500 pieces.

Before getting into the respective dial variations, let’s look at what all three dial types have in common. It’s all housed in a 40mm wide and 12.5mm thick steel case with 100m water resistance. They are equipped with the classic Spring Drive Caliber 9R65, which has a power reserve of 72 hours and is accurate to +/- 1 second per day. The 44GS case is not only the quintessential Grand Seiko style that defines the brand’s “Design Grammar,” but it is also a case style that maximizes surface area to showcase the Zaratusu polish.

Now, coming to the clock. The SBGA489 has a black dial inspired by kawagane, the carbon steel used for the sharp outer edge of katana blades. The second watch, the SBGA491 has a dark blue dial inspired by the shingane, the inner core of a katana blade. You will notice a grainy texture on the dial that is intended to evoke the unique texture of tamahagane, the “jewel” of steel used to create the sword. The contrast of the Zaratsu polish and what appears to be a more matte finish on the dial creates some of the classic Grand Seiko magic for which the brand has received so much praise in recent years.

Finally, the limited edition SBGA493 has a fiery red dial with a unique dial pattern that evokes the heat and intensity from the fire of the katana-making forge. In Grand Seiko’s own words “The deep red color with golden yellow tone accents is influenced by the blade being heated during the forging process. This pattern simulates the electrical spark created when a hammer strikes a blade.” I haven’t held the watch yet so I can’t comment on what the dial looks like in the metal, but I’ve seen dozens and dozens of Grand Seiko dials (and I’ve owned a few myself). ), I don’t find it hard to believe that this will happen. to be an absolute stunner. The gold power reserve indicator on the red dial also seems to be a particularly excellent touch.

The Grand Seiko SBGA489 and SBGA491 are priced at $5,600 and are available now while the SBGS493 (which also comes with a kimono fabric strap) is priced at $6,000 and will be available at Grand Seiko boutiques, online stores, and authorized retailers. authorized in September in the US.

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