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Old 04-26-2013, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gentlemen,

spurred by (again) another recent discussion on the topic I was wondering how many and which models of these hybrid-movement pieces are owned by folks here on the forum!

I do not yet have one of these but I am getting more and more interested in the technology...

So: please share what you have and let's discuss these interesting pieces, early 'SD' labelled models, Ananta, GS, etc - they are all welcome!


Looking forward to some nice pics, and please also share reference/calibre/case number if possible :-)

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Old 04-26-2013, 04:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I will play
Seiko Ananta Spring Drive GMT 5R66.





I have had this superb watch for 5 months now,it is changed my watch collecting in a very profound way,to the point were I no longer want to wear any of my other watches.
The quality and finish on this watch is exquisite,the Spring Drive movement is a real cracker and that second sweeping hand is truly mesmerizing,time can really pass you by watching that second hand gliding,accuracy is amazing losing a second a month.
The Ananta for me is so very well balanced ,the bracelet is the most comfortable I have experienced in any watch.
If anybody is on the fence about plung a few quid into a Seiko ,jump off you wont regret it ,these have to be seen in the flesh to be appreciat[size=medium]ed..
[size=medium]I love mine ,it won`t be my last Sd MM600 next.
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Superb! A Spring Drive Ananta is definitely something I would sell my entire collection for (but it may not be enough)!!
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SBGA011 "Snowflake":



A nice writeup from [email protected] here: http://forums.watchuseek.com/f21/gra...11-572136.html
More images here: http://jikanwatch.blogspot.com/2011/...snowflake.html



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Both are absolutely fantastic watches, many thanks for sharing!


At the moment, three main concerns hold me back from acquiring one of these:

- the size of these pieces. I prefer my watches to be < 40 mm in diameter and <12 mm in height... The 9R GS probably touches both dimensions, but generally speaking the spring drive pieces are all HUGE...

- the money involved. Here I am not so much speaking about the initial investment to be made, but I am more worried about depreciation... The idea that I do not need to worry about the price of a watch because I am going to keep it anyway so there is no 'felt' depreciation has long been abandoned

- the power reserve indicator that AFAIK is present on EVERY SD piece ever made. Now both your watches integrate this complication in a very nice way, but especially the older models (especially some of the SNR line) had heftily large PR indicators that really deteriorate the dial design for me

What are your thoughts on this?

Also, I am wondering how these pieces fare from a technical point of view in the long run? Any pre 2000 Spring Drive owners here?

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Always more than happy to show my GS SD GMT off!

Ok Ok, one forum member has already commented that I have better taste in watches than clothes. I have to agree! Have a great weekend!
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Re: size
The SBGA011 is 41mm, which is a nice size for 7-8" wrists, but may be bigger than you want. I've happily worn it under cuffs.


Re: depreciation.
I've seen the Snowflake at ~$5500 on watchrecon, which is ~20% off original retail of ~$6500.
If you go used, you'll save the up-front depreciation (at the expense of an earlier service).
I haven't seen them much below that, so the Spring Drives seem to hold value fairly well compared to other watches in the price class.
This is in the ~25% of my watches which are definite keepers, so I'm less concerned about it.


Re: Power reserve indicators
I agree the big PR indicators are distracting - even the Ananta indicator is too much for me - but the Snowflake PR indicator was a new complication and a selling point for me.
I have found it to be very useful in keeping my Snowflake wound despite a long watch rotation.


The Spring Drive movement winds amazingly - low effort and very few turns / hour of reserve (compared to my Speedmaster & Unitas 6498 watches).


Re: long term
I take some comfort that Seiko isn't going anywhere, and they provide great (if expensive) service of their GS pieces.



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Seiko Ananta Spring Drive GMT 5R66.
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Your Spring Drive Ananta GMT is just a simply Stunning piece Being a Ananta Automatic owner myself your comments in regards to High quality , workmanship of Seiko Ananta's is founded . I am still on the fence with regards to a Spring Drive , but the Grand Seiko SBGA-001 is a future consideration of mine .
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I only have the one Spring Drive at the moment, the SBDB007 5R66-0AS0 Miura Landmaster.



This was a L.E. to support the Everest Expedition of Yuichiro Miura who at age 80 will attempt to climb the mountain for the third time. He is currently at Everest base camp a few days into his attempt.
If you want to follow his progress the official site is http://miura-everest2013.com/ and the current target is to reach the summit on the 13th of next month.

This watch definitely does not meet your requirement for size as it is 46.8mm, but it is currently the cheapest SD model available. The L.E. model is sold out but the standard SBDB005 in plain Ti is available for around $2600.

I think you are correct that all models include the PR indicator but I do find it handy.

The Snowflake is on my wishlist and will probably be my next GS.
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The Limited Edition Land Master you own is a stunning piece , wear it in health .
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That's the power reserve indicator I really like, it's more of a gas gauge - very legible, but not too big and obtrusive. A real tool of a watch - love it.
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I only have the one Spring Drive at the moment, the SBDB007 5R66-0AS0 Miura Landmaster.



This was a L.E. to support the Everest Expedition of Yuichiro Miura who at age 80 will attempt to climb the mountain for the third time. He is currently at Everest base camp a few days into his attempt.
If you want to follow his progress the official site is http://miura-everest2013.com/ and the current target is to reach the summit on the 13th of next month.

This watch definitely does not meet your requirement for size as it is 46.8mm, but it is currently the cheapest SD model available. The L.E. model is sold out but the standard SBDB005 in plain Ti is available for around $2600.

I think you are correct that all models include the PR indicator but I do find it handy.

The Snowflake is on my wishlist and will probably be my next GS.
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She SR 65 is from the Start of Spring Drives 2008 ? I love her But Much prefer the Smaller


Power Reserve Dial but I do love her Subtel Dark Gray Color Dial. The SBDB 007 Land master is Beautiful as is the Ananta
Especially the CASE STYLES


But for My Heart to Melt and $$ GONE it would be the SnowFlake DIAL
yet the Case is "DRESS GS BEAUTY" w/o imo the ADDED Specialness of
a land master or Ananta Case Style


Did I read Incorrectly??? that the SDBD 005 is only $2600.00???


They are Special and I do Struggle because of the Depth of the Vintage GS Collection
I have been Fortunate enough to Have makes
Buying the Newer VERY BEAUTIFUL GS and SD


unrealistic unless this Spring Drive I have Finds another Home First.


Miker,7s26B, BB -SF and Rick all the PICS are First Class


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Did I read Incorrectly??? that the SDBD 005 is only $2600.00???
This price is what you could purchase for at straight retail in Japan.

I just check the Yodobashi camera site to get a general price, it is in Japanese but just search on the model number to get the details. http://www.yodobashi.com/

The site has a function like Amazon where it recommends other purchases at the same time that would make a good combination. When I searched on SBDB005 it suggested a good combination would be a SARB017, SBDC011, SBDC003, SBBN015 and a SBDC001.
While I think this is an awesome combination it seems a little much for a general recommendation.
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Great watches you ve got there guys!

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SBGA011 "Snowflake":
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[size=1em]A nice writeup from [email protected] here: http://forums.watchuseek.com/f21/gra...11-572136.html
[size=1em]More images here: http://jikanwatch.blogspot.com/2011/...snowflake.html
one of the most beautiful Seikos out there, since the birth of this great company
wear it in good health

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I have three at the mo(v)ment.
SBGA025 with the standard GS SD 9R65 movement. Clean and a bit retro stylish. Heavy stainless steel.

SBDB001 with the real SD workhorse movement 5R66. Supertoolish! All titanium.


And then, of course IZUL chrono SDAA005 with the 5R85 movement. Beautifully visible through the caseback. All titanium.

Watching that seconds hand move effortlessly around the perimeter is a true joy...
All I miss is the ticking....

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Some really nice Spring Drives on show.

One day there will be one in the collection. Maybe a FS in the trade forum is in order.
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And then, of course IZUL chrono SDAA003 with the 5R85 movement. Beautifully visible through the caseback. All titanium.
Love that Izul.

Was hoping to see one when I went to the Seiko boutique in Paris but they did not have any. I knew they had been discontinued for quite a while but as it was up on their website I held a little hope.

Do you have a caseback shot?
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There there, glad you like it
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mine is the plain Jane variety but I love her anyway


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mine is the plain Jane variety but I love her anyway

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I think the epitome of GS is "plain Jane", wear it in good health!
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Best lume of any watch I've had. Sadly today packed up and ready to be posted to its new owner

I'd love a GS snowflake and always have half an eye out for one.
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Some fantastic pieces here, gentlemen - please keep them coming!!

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mine is the plain Jane variety but I love her anyway

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Thats just a simply beautifull GS
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Wearing mine today..

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Great watches guys.
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