Back during the early days of Baselworld, we covered the wide variety of new introductions from both Seiko and Grand Seiko. Today, we’re highlighting one of the more visually appealing releases from the monolithic older sibling: the Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT ‘Special’ Limited Edition with a vibrant blue dial featuring a swirling mosaic monogram pattern that is unique to this specific model.
The new GMT is part of multiple new releases from Grand Seiko celebrating the 20thanniversary of the brand’s 9S Caliber. First introduced in 1998, the movement has long served as a landmark moment in Grand Seiko’s, and Seiko’s, history. Over the years it has been improved bit-by-bit with new Spron alloys for both the main and balance springs and MEMS engineering that allow key components to be manufactured to tolerances as small as one-thousandth of a millimeter. Inside the rather large (46.4 mm X 14.6 mm!) watch, which has been given the name SBGJ229, the existing Hi-Beat 9S86 caliber has been updated, given a special tune-up to the Grand Seiko ‘Special’ standard, which offers a rate of +4 to -2 seconds per day, a level higher than normal Grand Seiko standard.