Grand Seiko was founded in 1960 making 2020 the company’s 60th anniversary and this was the impetus behind the creation of this special GMT Spring Drive timepiece made exclusively for the US market.

Introducing the Grand Seiko GMT Spring Drive US Limited Edition SBGE263 which comes in the existing 40.5 mm x 14.7 mm stainless steel case (the nonlimited editions retail for $6,200). With the dark brown one-piece ceramic bezel that has an engraved 24-hour scale, the wearer can read up to 3-different time zones at once.

Like the bezel, the dial also features the same dark brown hue. The design, according to Grand Seiko, is inspired by an eagle’s brown feathers. “The dial pattern represents the radiance of the eagle’s freedom soaring through the vista, swooping downward into valleys below or upward into the boundless spaces above. The gold arrow of the GMT hand is reminiscent of the eagle’s powerful beak used to subdue his quest.”

Grand Seiko GMT Spring Drive US Limited Edition SBGE263

Grand Seiko Spring Drive caliber 9R66 powers the time including a local hour jumping function. The hybrid Spring Drive movement performs at a rate accuracy tolerance of +/- 15 seconds a month in the static position. There are 30 jewels and the power reserve maxes out at 72-hours.

Designed for convenience when embarking on a new adventure in a different time zone, the automatic caliber 9R66, a Spring Drive GMT, allows the local hour to jump to the appropriate hour without having to reset the watch. As an eagle can be seen soaring smoothly through the sky, the second hand of this Spring Drive sport watch glides along the dial. This watch is offered as a U.S. limited edition of 110 and will be available in January 2021 at the Grand Seiko Boutiques and for GS9 Club members.

The Grand Seiko U.S. Limited Edition SBGE263 comes with a solid screw-in caseback, screw-down crown, curved sapphire crystal, stainless steel bracelet, and is water-resistant to 200 meters.

A limited-edition of 110 will produced for the US market only. The retail price is $6,700.

Learn more at Grand Seiko.

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