Grand Seiko is known for its high-quality watches with beautiful dials, and the new SBGW297 and SBGW299 models are no exception. Both watches feature a compact version of the classic 44GS case, along with manual-wind movements and the option of either a white or blue textured dial.
The dials on the SBGW297 and SBGW299 have a dramatic sunray texture that Grand Seiko describes as being a "fan" motif. The large angular ridges do indeed look like a Japanese paper fan, and the overall effect is very striking. The dials are also kept very clean and simple, with no date window or power reserve indicator to disrupt the aesthetic balance.
Powering the SBGW297 and SBGW299 is Grand Seiko's Caliber 9S64 manual-wind mechanical movement. This movement is hand-assembled and held to a higher standard than what is required for COSC chronometer certification. It offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours and an accuracy of -3/+5 seconds per day.
Both watches are fitted on a solid-link stainless steel bracelet with a triple folding clasp and push-button release. They are also water resistant to 100 meters.
The Grand Seiko SBGW297 and SBGW299 are two excellent options for watch enthusiasts who are looking for a time-only watch with a beautiful dial and a high-quality movement. They are also relatively affordable, especially compared to some other Grand Seiko models.
Here are some of the key features of the Grand Seiko SBGW297 and SBGW299:
- Compact version of the classic 44GS case
- Manual-wind movement with a 72-hour power reserve
- Textured dial with a sunray motif
- Time-only layout with no date window or power reserve indicator
- Applied multi-faced baton hour markers
- Polished Dauphine hands
- Solid-link stainless steel bracelet with a triple folding clasp and push-button release
- Water resistant to 100 meters
Price and availability:
The Grand Seiko SBGW297 and SBGW299 are both priced at $5,400 USD. They will be available at Grand Seiko Boutiques and authorized retailers in November 2023.