Although there have historically been Grand Seiko watches that skew more sporty than dressy – a number of the Spring Drive chronograph models, as well as some of the GMT pieces, spring to mind – by and large I think most of us still associate Grand Seiko with somewhat dressy, if not formal, wristwatches that are vehicles for the expression of Grand Seiko’s idiosyncratically Japanese approach to high precision, high touch watchmaking. The new Sports models with the 9F82 movements are therefore an interesting new departure for Grand Seiko and they are also an indication that diversification of Grand Seiko as a brand is going to continue across all price points, not just at the high end.
Two new models in the Grand Seiko Sport Collection have been introduced with the 9F82 caliber; this is a high-accuracy quartz movement, rated to a precision of ± 10 seconds per year. The 9F82 features a high-speed date-change mechanism (with a mechanical drive system for loading the quick-change lever spring), with a proprietary drive system for the hands – the Twin Pulse Control Motor – which makes it possible to use the relatively high-mass hands typical of mechanical and Spring Drive Grand Seiko watches. The 9F82 also has a rate trimmer, to allow very fine adjustment of the rate of the watch (an unusual feature in any quartz watch) as well as a number of other special features pertaining to its design, construction and assembly.
This is all by way of saying that as is the case for all Grand Seikos, the 9F Grand Seiko Sport Collection models are built to be beautiful from the inside out, and to make the aesthetics of the watch an expression of the precision of the mechanism. It’s a natural reaction for lovers of mechanical watches to look askance at quartz watches of any kind – having looked askance myself in years past, I can sympathize – but much of interest in watchmaking is happening nowadays with quartz timepieces and there is a lot of potential interest to be found in appreciating and understanding the distinctions between an inexpensive, mass-produced quartz movement, and something like the 9F82.
The SBGV245 is strikingly attractive in person – in fact, I think it’s one of the most aesthetically successful quartz Grand Seiko models. The faceted stainless …read more