My heart yearns for overseas luxury watches. Why not take a look at the domestic finesse?
No Regret Spring Drive Chronograph Master Shop Limited Ref.SBGC005
Are you looking for an embarrassing watch that can be used in a business scene where a wide range of industries and age groups gather together?
A luxury watch from an overseas brand that makes you dream. In private, you can wear the brand and design according to your taste, but when it comes to business, it is difficult to wear it casually because you care about the eyes of your colleagues and bosses. .
It's too sad that you don't have the opportunity to wear a watch because you've bought it because you like it, but you're worried about what people think about it.
Good news for Atana who works in a work environment where you are concerned about the gaze of others!
Today, we would like to introduce the Spring Drive Chronograph Master Shop Limited Ref.SBGC005 from Grand Seiko made in Japan, which Japan delivers to the world with confidence.
What is the difference between those who regret buying a Grand Seiko and those who do not? Close up and explore!
3 Reasons to Buy Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph Master Shop Exclusive
1-1. The charm of Seiko's original hybrid movement Spring Drive!
The charm of Spring Drive is that even though it is an automatic movement , you can enjoy the high precision of within ±1 second, which is comparable to quartz. Since it is powered by a mainspring, there is no need to replace the battery , and you can also enjoy the long, thick, massy, well-designed hands that are difficult to use with quartz movements, chronograph hands, and GMT hands .
As a benefit of powerful mainspring power, the point that you can enjoy a multi-functional watch including a power reserve function is the appeal of Grand Seiko's world-class unique hybrid movement .
Smooth sweep operation of hands by spring drive
Even though it is an automatic movement, it is possible to adjust the time with high precision because it uses the crystal oscillator and IC chip used in quartz movements to control the movement speed of the hands with extremely high precision.
A coil is also built inside, so each part repeats interaction with the unwinding power of the mainspring, and the inside of the watch generates weak electricity as a small power station .
The Spring Drive is a high-precision self-winding movement, and has received high acclaim both in Japan and overseas as a wristwatch that has both an expressive dial design and a multi-functional model .
(Source) Seiko Official HP Spring Drive Mechanism
1-2. Must see! Grand Seiko's blind titanium material is amazing
Grand Seiko not only focuses on the movement, but also on the comfort of wearing the watch.
The blind titanium used in this product is said to be about 30% lighter than stainless steel, yet has excellent scratch and corrosion resistance, and is about 1.5 times harder than pure titanium .
In addition, the color tone of blind titanium is brighter than that of pure titanium, and depending on how you polish and finish the hairline, you can enjoy the sharpness and glossy details that are similar to stainless steel.
Would you like to experience the light weight and familiarity unique to Bride Titanium?
Light weight of only 123g of blind titanium!
(Rolex Submariner 116610LN is about 160g)
Sharp details with hairline and mirror finish
1-3. What's the difference? ? Grand Seiko general model and master shop limited model
Among the Grand Seiko watches, if you want to enjoy a premium feel, let's look at the master shop limited model .
Master shop limited models are limited items that are handled only by Grand Seiko directly operated stores among many watch retailers.
Grand Seiko Master Shop limited watches are available at approximately 141 domestic stores (as of January 2023), including the Grand Seiko Flagship Boutique, Grand Seiko Boutique, Grand Seiko Salon, and Grand Seiko Master Shop.
Although the number of stores handling it is large, the distribution volume is small, and not all stores always have it in stock.
The one we are introducing today is a model that has already been discontinued and is limited to the master shop. On the other hand, unlike the master shop model, the general model refers to the model that can be purchased at any store. For those who want to experience a special feeling, we recommend the master shop limited model !
Do you regret buying a Grand Seiko? What is the difference between those who do and those who do not?
When looking at search terms on the Internet, you may come across the phrase “Grand Seiko Regret” .
Grand Seiko is one of the leading companies in Japan that has received high praise both domestically and internationally for its advanced technology that even surpasses Swiss-made luxury watches .
With a wide range of products from sports watches to luxury watches, and a wide price range, you can choose the one you like according to your budget.
Although it is such a Grand Seiko watch, in some cases there may be an image of people who regret buying it.
This time, let's unravel the gimon that you are interested in before buying a Grand Seiko watch from two points.
By the time you finish reading, you will surely have a deeper understanding of Grand Seiko watches.
2-1.Image of someone who might regret buying a Grand Seiko
As an image of a person who seems to regret it, it is a case where one of the criteria for choosing a wristwatch at the moment is the world's highest level of name recognition and a return as a speculative product .
The price range of Grand Seiko ranges from 250,000 yen for cheap models to about 44 million yen for expensive models !
If you list the same price range from overseas luxury watch brands, Omega, Cartier, Breguet, Patek Philippe, etc. can be listed endlessly .
ROLEX is one of the most well-known brands in the world . It cannot be forgotten as a luxury watch brand that can expect a return on speculation. If you wear a ROLEX watch, even people who are not familiar with luxury watch brands will immediately recognize that you are wearing a luxury watch.
Grand Seiko watches are undoubtedly equipped with the same extremely high level of technology as the top Swiss luxury watch brands. In addition, it is popular both in Japan and overseas for its high practicality and sophisticated design and its name recognition.
However, if you want an item that will be immediately recognized as a "luxury watch" by anyone in the world, choosing a famous overseas brand may avoid the image gap before and after the purchase. not.
2-2. Image of a person who is very satisfied with the purchase of a Grand Seiko
The image of people who do not regret buying a Grand Seiko is, of course, people who like Grand Seiko watches, but regardless of domestic or foreign brands, they are highly precise and high quality, yet practical and sophisticated. A person who wants a luxury watch with an extremely high total balance with a beautiful dial design.
Or people who want to choose one that can be trusted by people of all ages at work or business partners, and who can use it without hesitation, or people who are in a social position that appeals to MADE IN JAPAN. It is also a recommended book.
Speaking of social position, the former Prime Minister Abe used it regularly, and other domestic politicians also wear Grand Seiko at a high rate.
In the entertainment industry, from celebrities who are active in a wide range of genres, such as Director Hirokazu Kore-eda, who won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Shoplifters, and actors Shun Oguri and Etsushi Toyokawa, Grand Seiko has received support as a "practical and good-looking watch for when it's right here!"
Overseas, Grand Seiko has successfully opened a total of 200 overseas stores in the seven years since 2010. Global popularity is also growing to eel climbing . At our store, we are constantly receiving inquiries and purchases from overseas customers, whether in-store or online.
Did you understand that Grand Seiko's "Seiko Style", which continues to pursue the ultimate in simplicity, is highly popular and highly rated both in Japan and overseas?
Once you experience the high level of practical, lean and beautiful design of Grand Seiko and the high level of technology that can compete with the world's highest level of Swiss-made technology, you will never regret buying it. .
How about experiencing the splendor of a Grand Seiko watch? I can only convince myself of an exquisite watch.
The Ultimate Simple Is The Best Design Philosophy “Seiko Design”
(Source) Seiko official website 9 design elements defined based on 3 design policies
I summarized the things that I care about, such as Grand Seiko's maintenance situation, asset value, purchase / trade-in amount, etc.!
3-1. Is the after-sales maintenance fee expensive? Overhaul frequency you need to know
The manufacturer recommends about 3 to 4 years for the Spring Drive overhaul cycle.
In fact, many users request an overhaul after about six years have passed, but Spring Drive, which has more than 400 parts , would like to send it for maintenance before the parts are damaged.
Spring Drive will be a Seiko original movement, so ask for maintenance at a Seiko boutique .
The overhaul fee is 93,500 yen (tax included). After-sales maintenance is essential for watches that you want to use for generations.
(* Repair fee as of January 2023)
3-2. Grand Seiko Asset Value
When it comes to Grand Seiko's asset value, depending on the model, it is difficult to predict the premium price range , but rather than expecting an economic return as a speculative product like Rolex, It is evaluated as a watch with high quality value that can be handed down and continue to be used habitually .
It has a reputation as a timeless watch that has three highs: high precision, high quality, and high design so that it fits well into the next-generation sustainable society.
3-3. What is the purchase/trade-in price that interests you? Verify resale value!
The Ref.SBGC005 Spring Drive Chronograph Master Shop Limited Edition, which has already been discontinued, is an item that can only be obtained in the used watch market.
The sales price of a used watch at the present time is about 580,000 yen.
If you are considering trade-in/purchase in the future, the actual appraisal price will vary depending on the condition, but the current trade-in/purchase market price is about 30% lower than the selling price as an approximate appraisal market price. Estimated . (* Market price as of February 2023)
If the purchase is successful, you can enjoy a luxury watch with a regular price of 1,058,000 yen at a price of less than 200,000 yen. can.
How was it. A dignified texture exuded from the gold-colored hands, and a handsome face that makes the dial refreshing even though it is multi-functional.
Even in the business scene, you don't have to worry about the eyes around you. You will be able to receive honest feedback from your colleagues and superiors, saying , "You're wearing a nice watch."
We will keep an eye on it as a domestic brand that will continue to attract attention.
By all means, how about breaking away from the image of cheap watches = Seiko and picking up recommended watches from domestic luxury watches that provide peace of mind and trust?
"Seiko Official HP"
"Seiko Official HP"
Nine design elements defined based on three design principles