This wonderful watch represents the best that Japanese watchmakers can do. However, the amazing construction and the mechanism of the highest possible quality inside, a serious number of functions and an extremely easy-to-read dial are more than enough to put Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph among the world’s best timepieces.
A simple fact that the Japanese watchmaker fused its most renowned Grand Seiko Collection, with the most accurate mechanical movement ever made, speaks enough about the quality of these Seiko watches. I have already published the review of Grand Seiko Spring Drive Titanium watch, where you could get familiar with this remarkable fusion.
Here, you will be informed about the watch that incorporates the fantastic Spring Drive 9R86 movement, with a column wheel 12-hour chronograph. Thanks to a revolutionary component – the Tri-Synchro regulator and an efficient winding system, this self-winding mechanism provides fantastic precision (1 second +/- per day) and a power-reserve of 72 hours, when it is fully wound.
Those who are familiar with the Grand Seiko Collection expect a wonderful design simplicity, stylishness and superb resistance. Besides, these Seiko watches are extremely easy to wear and easy to read, which are great qualities felt only by those who had one of these pieces on a wrist.
Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph has all those qualities. It has an unusually robust case, compared to other timepieces from the collection. Made of high-intensity titanium or stainless steel, perfectly hand-polished, this case has 43.5 mm in diameter, which looks even bulkier with large comfortable pushers and a crown.
The dial is specious, simple and legible. Black for the titanium version SBGC005 and white for the stainless steel SBGC001 version, dials feature three chronograph sub-dials – the 30 minutes counter is at 2 o’clock position, 12 hours counter is located at the 4 o’clock position, while the 60 seconds sub-dial takes the 9 o’clock position.
A large date window is at the 3 o’clock position, while a power-reserve indicator finds its place at the 7 o’clock position. Dials also have beautifully polished raised hour indices, as well as the second, 24 hours track, for a GMT function. Time in the second time zone is indicated by the forth central hand. Finally, a minute track with Arabic numerals goes around the outer rim.
A high definition, dual-curved sapphire crystal, with an anti-reflective coating covers the watch on the both sides, providing a clear look at the mechanism through the transparent caseback. Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph is water resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet) and features either a steel or titanium bracelet, with a three-fold clasp buckle, with a push button release.