Grand Seiko GS9 Club USA Limited Edition Spring Drive SBGY023 Is the SGBY023 Grand Seiko the most coveted exclusive exact replica watches ever? For now, yes! On a cold December day, during the 2022 GS9 Collectors Summit, Grand Seiko released a one-of-a-kind timepiece: the GS9 Club Limited Edition Spring Drive SBGY023, available exclusively to GS9 Club USA members after the collector event.
Limited to 299 pieces, this highly sought-after watch sold out quickly in the next few days, so let’s take a look.
The watch has a beautiful warm gray dial and is powered by one of the brand’s signature Spring Drive movements (specifically the 9R31, more on that later). The unique dial is inspired by the Shinshu region of Japan (where all Spring Drives are handcrafted), but at first glance, it might seem a bit bland.
But, take a closer look; the dial will reveal its true beauty.
Glittering is a pattern known as kirazuri, made famous by ukiyo-e woodblock prints depicting Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. The texture is reminiscent of fine print paper with a degree of roughness that allows the natural fibers to shine. Use kirazuri to create dazzling specular highlights except on SBGY023! replica luxury watches
Finally, on the dial side, a hand-tempered blue seconds hand sweeps steadily across the dial, superimposed on faceted minute and hour hands, all of which are hand-curved to taper with the convex shape of the case edge.
bridge to the past
Once you turn the watch over and see the 9R31 movement through the sapphire caseback, you’ll see a beautiful single-bridge movement that evokes the spirit of the master pocket watch maker. Additionally, all jewels and screws are visible through the chamfered grooves cut into the bridges.
Next is the power reserve. Two barrels arranged in parallel are concealed beneath the ornate bridges. These give the SBGY023 a staggering 72 hours of power reserve. The power reserve indicator is neatly tucked away at 2 o’clock, and it blends so seamlessly with the bridges that unless you’re looking for it, you might miss it! Richard Mille RM 27 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal
I admit that the power reserve of the SBGY023 may seem like a heartbeat compared to some kinetic powered automatic watches. But with the mainspring powering the 9R31 contained within an elegant dress watch that’s only 10.2mm thick, I think the power sacrifice is worth it.
Finally, paired with a gray alligator leather strap with an elegant folding clasp, the SBGY023 is comfortable to wear and will complement almost any wrist. Plus, since it’s almost monochromatic, you can pair it with almost any outfit. Ulysse Nardin Freak Replica