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Please read the full review, complete with hi-res photos and videos, here: http://timelessluxwatches.com/reviews/grand-seiko-sbgx115-sbgx117-quartz-diver-review


Grand Seiko SBGX115 & SBGX117 Quartz Diver Review



Today we get to look at a true first for Grand Seiko. It's not an homage to a 1960s model, it's not a new version of an existing model, it's not an addition to a pre-existing group of watches. Instead, these watches, the SBGX115 and SBGX117, are Grand Seiko's very first divers to feature a quartz movement.

The Introduction



These two watches are the closest to the platonic ideal of a tool watch as anything Grand Seiko has ever made. They have a super high accuracy, super low maintenance 9F quartz movement, a screw down crown, 200 meters of water resistance and a unidirectional rotating bezel. Any unnecessary flourish, like a date or day complication, a power reserve, a display back, has been totally removed. What remains is a very dedicated dive watch, drawing from Seiko's roughly 50 year history in the field.



This is the SBGX115. Not only is the SBGX115 the first quartz diver from Grand Seiko, it's also the only way to get a white dial on a Grand Seiko diver, so it has an especially exclusive position in the lineup. Grand Seiko should really investigate changing that, however, because the dial on this model is nicer than any "tool watch" has a right to be--the SBGA029 spring drive should receive a white dialed partner.



The SBGX117 is the black dialed model and is essentially the quartz companion to the highly successful spring drive SBGA029. It's the more serious and sober looking of the two. But aside from the black dial, the only change is an uncoated seconds hand.



Either way, you get a modestly sized (for a diver, at any rate) 42.7mm steel watch with the now-legendary 9F quartz movement. Both of these watches are so accurate they can be used as a reference. The 9F has been around for about two decades now and has proven itself to be as incredibly reliable as it is accurate, so it's actually the perfect partner for a tool watch.



Please read the full review, complete with hi-res photos and videos, here: http://timelessluxwatches.com/reviews/grand-seiko-sbgx115-sbgx117-quartz-diver-review
 
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