Grand Seiko SBGA211

At the beginning, Seiko brand watches were produced by two different Seiko Corp. subsidiaries – Daini Seikosha Co. Ltd and Suwa Seikosha Co. The purpose of having two companies producing one brand is to improve techonology through severe competition and hedge and risk. Before the 1960s, people tend to believe that Swiss watches had the highest quality, and Japanese watches were nobody. With all the technology and experience, Seiko believed that they were capable of producing watches that were as good as the Swiss watches. Grand Seiko is the result of their belief, and the birth of it was followed by the success of the “Tokyo Olympics and Seiko’s victory at the astronomical observatory Concours”. Daini Seikosha and Suwa Seikosha had the discussion of who should produce the Grand Seiko watches, and eventually they came up with a conclusion that Suwa produced most men’s watches and Daini produced most women watches. Later, Suwa produced the first Grand Seiko watch in 1960. It was the first chronometer grade watch manufactured in Japan, and it was the first stage of “SEIKO of the world”.

Grand Seiko is one of the very few manufacturers with mastery of both electronic and mechanical watchmaking. Therefore, they have a unique watch technology – Spring Drive. It combines “the high torque of a mechanical watch with the high precision integrated circuit (IC) control system of an electronic watch.” The purpose of this combination is to deliver a level of precision that no mechanical watch can match. Powered by this unique caliber, the SBGA211 features a high-intensity titanium case and bracelet, which makes it 30% lighter than stainless steel. The 41mm case has white dial with a small date window at 3 o’clock position. The watch has a 72-hour power reserve and a power reserve indicator at 7 – 8 o’clock position.