In this in-depth review from my online watch magazine, Escapement, I take a look at the Grand Seik

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In this in-depth review from my online watch magazine, Escapement, I take a look at the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph Caliber 9R86 SBGC001. The watch features a column-wheel chronograph, a Spring Drive movement, a power-reserve indicator and 24 hour GMT display. The onset of middle-age is a depressing thought. I mourn the loss of my once-flowing locks. The efficacy of my hearing has waned and I now require two pairs of spectacles to perform the most basic of tasks. Seiko’s Grand Seiko collection now includes a watch that at least redresses the problems of age-related myopia. The Japanese brand has always been masterful at creating highly legible dials and, with this range


of Spring Drive Chronographs, it also offers push-pieces that are capable of effortless operation by aging hands. The dial: The dial color is interesting: sometimes it appears creamy and warm, whereas on other occasions it evinces an icy, silvery tone. Grand Seiko watches generally have incredible dials and their high quality is apparent on close examination. Each numeral is crisp and sharp, and legibility is accentuated by the dual-curve sapphire crystal, featuring some of the finest anti-reflective treatment you are ever likely to see. Seiko makes its own sapphire crystals and the company’s mastery at producing these high-definition, lens-like structures is truly exceptional. The sword-shaped hands are similar to those found on other Grand Seiko models I have previously reviewed. They have a razor-like edge to their profile that courts light and refracts it with highly legible brilliance. This Grand Seiko has applied, faceted hour markers, brilliantly polished and shining splendidly in ambient light. A slim, central seconds chronograph hand is presented in blued steel and, as with those on other Spring Drive models, glides around the dial in a smooth, seamless motion. This hand collaborates with the chapter ring, marked with neat black strokes and small Arabic numerals, to allow elapsed seconds to be readily interpreted. About Angus Davies Angus Davies is a self-confessed watch fanatic.

His interest in watches has been a preoccupying obsession throughout his adulthood, with him often succumbing to the temptations of "just one more watch." He has his own watch website, ESCAPEMENT, which was founded in 2011 and he regularly contributes to magazines in his native England, as well as in Switzerland and the US. Angus regularly travels to Switzerland to visit watch manufacturers and freely admits he has a keen interest in movement finishing and the work of independent brands. Excellent write up Angus. The Grand Seikos are growing on me in a big way to the point that when I buy my next watch I’ll definitely give these a going deal of consideration. The sheer quality of the dial/hands/case is what’s really attracting me here.

It’ll be interesting to see how Grand Seiko are perceived over the next few years as they become more available outside of Japan. On an unrelated (sort of) note I’m still kicking myself for not picking up a Seiko Ananta when in Singapore a few years ago. now it looks like Seiko have phased them out

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