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11-13-2019 12:36 AM
Grammarofdesign
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Originally Posted by Spilled Fluids View Post
What is the circle on the crystal above the minute hand that is casting a shadow on the dial just above 'GS'?
Looks like a raindrop is on the crystal right above the minute hand. I didn't see that. Or maybe because I was drooling.....
11-12-2019 11:48 PM
Spilled Fluids
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Originally Posted by Grammarofdesign View Post
SBGA109.

Same exact titanim case and bracelet as the Snowflake.

700 pc. Limited Edition version.
"Tatami" (mat in English) dial with GS logo subtlely embeded at 10 minutes marker, engraved rehaut commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the 9S Spring Drive, an upgraded quartz primary crystal to tighten up the monthy daily variation spec, a gold GS emblem on the rotor, blued power reserve hand.





This last photo is Mr. GS Lion under intense magnification on a large screen LCD monitor at a trade show.
What is the circle on the crystal above the minute hand that is casting a shadow on the dial just above 'GS'?
11-12-2019 11:43 PM
Grammarofdesign SBGA109.

Same exact titanim case and bracelet as the Snowflake.

700 pc. Limited Edition version.
"Tatami" (mat in English) dial with GS logo subtlely embeded at 10 minutes marker, engraved rehaut commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the 9S Spring Drive, an upgraded quartz primary crystal to tighten up the monthy daily variation spec, a gold GS emblem on the rotor, blued power reserve hand.





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This last photo is Mr. GS Lion under intense magnification on a large screen LCD monitor at a trade show.
11-12-2019 11:30 PM
Grammarofdesign
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Originally Posted by Mr.Jones View Post
I've always liked the 38QT:
Fabulous Jonas.
11-12-2019 11:01 PM
bradurani
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Originally Posted by bigbluekyle View Post
This Beautiful Watch Prose shows why Brad has been appointed as the Honorary SCWF Poet Laureate. The stated duties of the SCWF Poet Laureate are to raise Seiko Watch consciousness to a greater appreciation.



Congratulations on Poetic Excellence and a Job Well Done!



How many other Watch Forums have their own in-house Poet Laureate Rolex? Omega?... I don't think so...
You're too kind [emoji846] I wrote another poem, but it's not good so I haven't posted it [emoji21]

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11-12-2019 10:02 PM
CombatID
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Originally Posted by Spilled Fluids View Post
Thank you!



I'm not dissing the quartz movements at all, nor mechanical ones or even electronic balance wheel models or units like the Accutron.



Most people simply don't understand that the quartz crystal in the Spring drive does not make it a quartz watch any more than the quartz crystal in the engine management computer in their car makes it a quartz car.



The Spring Drive is an awesome piece of engineering that deserves to be recognized for what it is...the very best of the mechanical and electronics world


Yes! I would argue that Spring Drive is the single most impressive horological achievement since the Bulova tuning fork movement.


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11-12-2019 08:46 PM
Spilled Fluids
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Agreed. Nothing against quartz timepieces but Spring Drive is it’s own technology.


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Thank you!

I'm not dissing the quartz movements at all, nor mechanical ones or even electronic balance wheel models or units like the Accutron.

Most people simply don't understand that the quartz crystal in the Spring drive does not make it a quartz watch any more than the quartz crystal in the engine management computer in their car makes it a quartz car.

The Spring Drive is an awesome piece of engineering that deserves to be recognized for what it is...the very best of the mechanical and electronics world
11-12-2019 08:08 PM
CombatID
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Originally Posted by Spilled Fluids View Post
Very well done video and a fabulous watch...but when people call the Spring Drive a quartz watch, it makes me see red


Agreed. Nothing against quartz timepieces but Spring Drive is it’s own technology.


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11-12-2019 04:24 PM
Spilled Fluids Very well done video and a fabulous watch...but when people call the Spring Drive a quartz watch, it makes me see red
11-12-2019 04:05 PM
John_D
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Originally Posted by TheTigerUK View Post
Perhaps Seiko assume if you can afford one of there high end models then you know what day it is ?
Come off it John, I would have thought that you, being the same age as me, would appreciate the need to be able to tell what day of the week it was by glancing at your wrist.

In the great scheme of things, luxury watch wise, at 'less than $6000' the Grand Seiko is not that expensive, Patek Philippe's top end watch at $140,000 still does have a day (and a month) indicator window on the dial........

I think it is more about the difficulty of incorporating a day disc in modern movements.......
11-12-2019 12:54 PM
TheTigerUK
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Originally Posted by John_D View Post
I wonder why?
Perhaps Seiko assume if you can afford one of there high end models then you know what day it is ?
11-12-2019 11:00 AM
John_D
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Originally Posted by Jim W View Post
No, Seiko don't tend to put day wheels on their high-end watches nowadays.
I wonder why?
11-12-2019 10:56 AM
John_D
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Originally Posted by TheTigerUK View Post
Poor mans snow flake

As seen with my gold version here, prior to sending it back to you John.... (not a bad pair for 45 years old)
11-12-2019 10:08 AM
bigbluekyle
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Originally Posted by bradurani View Post
These Grand Seikos have a strange draw to them. When I first learned about them, I couldn't imagine why you'd choose one over the big name Swiss watches in that price range. The brand lacks cachet if you're not into watches. To me the designs looked uninspired - like they had a bunch of nice parts that didn't add up to something greater.
Now I'm really drawn to them. I think the magic is that they're completely unique, but they achieve that without resorting to novelty. They're elegant and classic, without taking styling cues from the archetypal watches of the European tradition that we think of when we picture elegant, classic watches.
Trying to a create a new classic design on a blank sheet of paper is nearly impossible without being derivative, novel or boring, and yet they avoid all three of those pitfalls. Try completing this sentence. "That Grand Seiko looks a lot like a _______". Does any other brand name fill that blank? They take a stolid and somewhat restrictive design language and knead it like clay into dozens of interesting models that are all unique while staying true to the brand and not watering it down.
A good brand pushes a boundary, advancing the art of movement technology, dial design or case finishing. Do any besides Grand Seiko do all three in a single watch... for less than $6,000?
They do asymmetry without novelty, elegance without anachronism, simplicity without boredom. They're understated and at the same time lavish. They grow on you
This Beautiful Watch Prose shows why Brad has been appointed as the Honorary SCWF Poet Laureate. The stated duties of the SCWF Poet Laureate are to raise Seiko Watch consciousness to a greater appreciation.

Congratulations on Poetic Excellence and a Job Well Done!

How many other Watch Forums have their own in-house Poet Laureate Rolex? Omega?... I don't think so...
11-12-2019 09:52 AM
carl3989 Thanks Bradurani, Good info. to know.
11-12-2019 08:12 AM
CombatID
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Originally Posted by bradurani View Post
These Grand Seikos have a strange draw to them. When I first learned about them, I couldn't imagine why you'd choose one over the big name Swiss watches in that price range. The brand lacks cachet if you're not into watches. To me the designs looked uninspired - like they had a bunch of nice parts that didn't add up to something greater.
Now I'm really drawn to them. I think the magic is that they're completely unique, but they achieve that without resorting to novelty. They're elegant and classic, without taking styling cues from the archetypal watches of the European tradition that we think of when we picture elegant, classic watches.
Trying to a create a new classic design on a blank sheet of paper is nearly impossible without being derivative, novel or boring, and yet they avoid all three of those pitfalls. Try completing this sentence. "That Grand Seiko looks a lot like a _______". Does any other brand name fill that blank? They take a stolid and somewhat restrictive design language and knead it like clay into dozens of interesting models that are all unique while staying true to the brand and not watering it down.
A good brand pushes a boundary, advancing the art of movement technology, dial design or case finishing. Do any besides Grand Seiko do all three in a single watch... for less than $6,000?
They do asymmetry without novelty, elegance without anachronism, simplicity without boredom. They're understated and at the same time lavish. They grow on you


Bravo!


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11-12-2019 07:04 AM
Jim W
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Originally Posted by John_D View Post
No Kanji day dial?..........
No, Seiko don't tend to put day wheels on their high-end watches nowadays.
11-12-2019 06:50 AM
TheTigerUK Poor mans snow flake

11-12-2019 06:33 AM
John_D
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Originally Posted by Jim W View Post
My favourite modern Grand Seiko. Light as a feather, bright Titanium, fabulous snowflake dial, and the wonderful 9R65 Spring Drive movement. What's not to like!

No Kanji day dial?..........
11-12-2019 06:21 AM
Jim W My favourite modern Grand Seiko. Light as a feather, bright Titanium, fabulous snowflake dial, and the wonderful 9R65 Spring Drive movement. What's not to like!

11-12-2019 05:53 AM
Mr.Jones I've always liked the 38QT:
11-12-2019 05:39 AM
John_D I still feel that this dial on the vintage 1970's Grand Quartz is better (the case finish is stunning as well).........I appreciate that the watch technology has advanced immeasurably in the last 42 years but that dial
11-12-2019 04:49 AM
TheTigerUK Before I ever saw one in the metal I always thought they looked "nice" but once you have held one and seen the dial properly then you can see what all the fuss is about, real quality with a great look.
11-12-2019 02:32 AM
bradurani These Grand Seikos have a strange draw to them. When I first learned about them, I couldn't imagine why you'd choose one over the big name Swiss watches in that price range. The brand lacks cachet if you're not into watches. To me the designs looked uninspired - like they had a bunch of nice parts that didn't add up to something greater.
Now I'm really drawn to them. I think the magic is that they're completely unique, but they achieve that without resorting to novelty. They're elegant and classic, without taking styling cues from the archetypal watches of the European tradition that we think of when we picture elegant, classic watches.
Trying to a create a new classic design on a blank sheet of paper is nearly impossible without being derivative, novel or boring, and yet they avoid all three of those pitfalls. Try completing this sentence. "That Grand Seiko looks a lot like a _______". Does any other brand name fill that blank? They take a stolid and somewhat restrictive design language and knead it like clay into dozens of interesting models that are all unique while staying true to the brand and not watering it down.
A good brand pushes a boundary, advancing the art of movement technology, dial design or case finishing. Do any besides Grand Seiko do all three in a single watch... for less than $6,000?
They do asymmetry without novelty, elegance without anachronism, simplicity without boredom. They're understated and at the same time lavish. They grow on you
11-11-2019 10:24 PM
funkag A great watch - I just can't get past that blasted off-center power indicator. Would it have been that hard to tilt it about 45 degrees clockwise (or turn it into something that looks like a sub-second dial) and put it at 6 o'clock? That would actually look good....
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