Grand Seiko SBGA011 watchGrand Seiko SBGA011 watch

Grand Seiko SBGA011 Snowflake

£3,995.00

Grand Seiko SBGA 011 Snowflake

The SBGA011 has a clean dial and sharp design, clarified to a seemingly simple form. However, the air of simplicity belies the complexity of its creation.

The self-winding Calibre 9R65 movement observed via the exhibition case back, is unusual. It is neither a conventional mechanical movement containing an escapement, nor, is it a quartz movement. This model features Seiko’s Spring Drive movement.

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Grand Seiko SBGA011 Snowflake

The Grand Seiko SBGA011 dial is beguiling. It was said to be inspired by the snow laying on the ground outside of the design studio nestled in the hills of Japan. 

The sword-shaped hands echt Grand Seiko are magnificent. Typical of Grand Seiko models, the understated nuances have to be studied to be fully appreciated. The hands are highly polished and faceted. Edges are crisp and surfaces are blemish free. The outcome of the accomplished polishing is a diamond-like brilliance, a quality which is evident wherever your eyes choose to dwell.

The case of the SBGA011 does not look like titanium, appearing more like steel in appearance. This semblance is the result of the Zaratsu, or blade polishing, that Grand Seiko typically employs.  

The self-winding Calibre 9R65 movement observed via the exhibition case back, is unusual. It is neither a conventional mechanical movement containing an escapement, nor, is it a quartz movement. This model features Seiko’s Spring Drive movement.

In the world of high-end watchmaking, the term “Manufacture” is used by companies who make their own movements in-house, but no watch brand can truly be considered a “Manufacture” in the absolute sense. Hairsprings, jewels or sapphire crystals are often sourced from third parties. However, Seiko with its innovative Spring Drive movement, is the exception. Literally every component is made in-house. Perhaps this is a further illustration of the purity Grand Seiko ownership bestows.

Model: Grand Seiko SBGA011

Case: Titanium; diameter 41.0 mm; height 12.5 mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.

Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; date; power-reserve indicator.

Movement: Calibre 9R65, self-winding movement; Spring Drive; 30 jewels; power reserve 72 hours.

Bracelet: Titanium bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release

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