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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake Ref. SBGA211G

$4,495

Pre-Owned Grand Seiko 41mm Spring Drive Snowflake, White Dial, Titanium Bracelet, Ref. SBGA211G

Inspired by the majestic Hotaka mountains and crafted with precision in the Shinshu Watch Studio in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture, this Spring Drive classic reflects the beauty of its surroundings. The studio, nestled amidst the snow-covered peaks of the Hotaka mountains for several months each year, captures the essence of this landscape in the watch’s design. The dial’s subtly textured surface evokes the delicate quality of snow in the crisp, dry air, with the blue tempered steel seconds hand gliding smoothly over it in Spring Drive’s signature motion, symbolizing the eternal nature of time.

The SBGA211 is powered by Spring Drive, Grand Seiko’s unique caliber, which combines the strength of a mainspring with the precision of a quartz watch. Its case and bracelet are made of high-intensity titanium, offering a scratch and corrosion-resistant finish that is 30% lighter than stainless steel, ensuring a comfortable wear. The smooth movement of the blue steel second hand over the pure white face creates a captivating visual effect.

With a 72-hour (3-day) power reserve and a power reserve indicator located on the bottom left of the dial, this timepiece is as practical as it is elegant, making it a true testament to the artistry and innovation of Grand Seiko.

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Additional information

Band Material

Titanium

Band Type

Bracelet

Box and Papers

Box and Papers

Brand

Grand Seiko

Caliber

9R65

Case Material

Titanium

Caseback

Exhibition

Case Size

41mm

Complication

Date, Power Reserve

Crown

Screw Down

Crystal Material

Sapphire

Dial Color

White

Movement

Automatic

Size

40mm – 42mm

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0006589
Model #SBGA211G
Model NameSpring Drive Snowflake
Year Producedca. 2019
Serial Number8XXXXX

Description

The first Grand Seiko was released in 1960 as the result of a team effort that was challenged to build a watch that would be as precise, durable, easy to wear and beautiful as humanly possible.  The first Grand Seiko was a major advance. The new caliber 3180 was accurate to within +12 to -3 seconds a day and offered a power reserve of 45 hours. It was the first watch in Japan to be compliant with the standard of excellence of the Bureaux Officiels de Contrôle de la Marche des Montres.  Just four years after the creation of the first Grand Seiko, the Grand Seiko Self-Dater was introduced. The emphasis was on practicality included an additional calendar function and improved water resistance up to 50 meters.

Released in 1967, 44GS had the highest level of accuracy of any manually wound 5 beat watch in the world. In just a few short years, Grand Seiko had made extraordinary strides towards its goal. The design of 44GS included many aspects that have been passed on to today’s Grand Seiko watches.  44GS established the look that Grand Seiko has continued to this day. It was a complex design idea, with rules about proportion, finish, angles and every other design aspect. Indeed, there were three basic principles and no fewer than nine elements required to achieve them. No other watch has had such an influence on the character of Grand Seiko.

Development continued at a rapid pace with the release in 1967 of the 62GS, the first automatic Grand Seiko, followed in 1968, by the automatic 10 beat 61GS and the manual 10 beat 45GS.  In 1968, a Seiko movement was awarded the overall prize as the best mechanical watches in the Geneva observatory competition and the world saw that the Grand Seiko movements were among the very best in the world.

In 1988, the first Grand Seiko quartz watch, the 95GS was born. It far exceeded the performance of all regular quartz watches with its accuracy of ±10 seconds per year. Using quartz crystals grown in its own facilities and in its own way, the Grand Seiko team was able to select only those oscillators that exhibited superior performance in temperature resistance, humidity resistance and shock resistance, to produce movements with the highest possible accuracy.

While the first Grand Seiko quartz watch was exceptional, it did not quench the enthusiasm of the Grand Seiko team to go further and create the ‘ideal’ quartz watch. In 1993, just five years after the arrival of the first Grand Seiko quartz watch, Caliber 9F83 was completed. This quartz watch incorporated four key innovations, the Backlash Auto-Adjust Mechanism, the Twin Pulse Control System, the Instant Date Change Mechanism, and the protective shield construction. It sought to embody what Grand Seiko considered to be the essential qualities of a wrist watch, namely: accuracy, beauty, legibility, durability and ease of use.  Grand Seiko watches continue to strive to achieve these qualities.