The Grand Seiko Hi Beat GMT Kasuri Limited Edition SBGJ225 is an Asian market exclusive designed for distribution within greater Asia and Oceania. Its blue dial -- Kasuri pattern -- evokes traditional Japanese weaving. The metallic blue base, rich gold accents, and silver appliqué hour indices create one of Grand Seiko's most extravagant dials.
Each Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ225 is effectively an Asia only counterpart to the 2017 Grand Seiko SBGJ227 Peacock created for western watch buyers. The dual time/GMT functions of as well as automatic movements of the two watches are identical. 40mm stainless steel cases likewise are mirror images and mirror finished; both Grand Seiko watches include the company's well known "Zaratsu" optically flawless tin plate polishing of case components.
The case will be familiar to Grand Seiko collectors as the faceted "polyhedron" shape that Grand Seiko has developed since the seminal 1967 44GS. A full stainless steel bracelet with deployant clasp keeps the GMT watch anchored, and lugs with holes for strap tools empower those who like to fit aftermarket straps for personalized aesthetics.
Inside the 100 meter water resistant case is a Grand Seiko manufacture automatic caliber 9S86 with a 55 hour power reserve and dual time complication. The date window, hacking (stop seconds), and six position adjustment by Grand Seiko watchmakers add extra refinement and functionality. Precision is quoted as -3/+5 seconds per day; this handily beats minimum requirements for COSC certified Swiss chronometers.
The SBGJ225 Grand Seiko Hi Beat GMT Kasuri limited edition of 250 pieces is an exclusive for Asian markets and Oceania Grand Seiko dealers.
The Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Kasuri Limited Edition is encased in 40mm of stainless steel surrounding a blue dial on a stainless steel bracelet. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, date, and GMT. The watch also measures 14.6mm in thickness and 46.3mm from lug-to-lug.
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