In-Depth – Grand Seiko SBGA231G Review

The Grand Seiko SBGA231G from their Sport Collection isn’t the principal model that comes to mind when pondering their lux watch audit Perhaps it is the competitive market for plunging lux watch survey though in the market, everything being equal, the Grand Seikos appear to do really well. So can any anyone explain why we don’t see very little discussion about the Grand Seiko SBGA231G or SBGA229G for instance? Is it since its looks are excessively near those plunging lux watch survey from Switzerland? How about we have a more critical gander at the SBGA231.

Grand Seiko SBGA231G

The SBGA231G is the ‘Grand Seiko’ update of the ‘Seiko’ SBGA031. This implies that after Seiko and Grand Seiko were isolated two years prior, all models got another dial that just specifies ‘Grand Seiko’ rather than the twofold naming (‘Seiko’ and ‘Grand Seiko’) they had previously. The SBGA231G is the titanium partner of the hardened steel Grand Seiko SBGA229G (once in the past SBGA029G).


Let me start by disclosing to you that I am not a fanatic of titanium. It is one reason I didn’t accepting the well known Grand Seiko ‘Snowflake’ SBGA211 . It is too light-weight for me, as I like a lux watch audit to have some presence (in weight) on my wrist. All things considered, with 137 grams, this SBGA231G isn’t amazingly light-weight by the same token. The steel reference SBGA229G weighs 201 grams, so that is a significant lump without a doubt. As a comparison, a Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN weighs approx. 155 grams. On the wrist, the titanium Grand Seiko SBGA231G wears and feels sufficiently generous in the event that you have similar issues with titanium as I have.

Divers Watch

Now that I referenced the Submariner in any case, there’s one thing that I frequently hear when it is about this Grand Seiko SBGA229G and SBGA231G model: it looks pretty darn like the Rolex Submariner. Partly, that is valid and it is doesn’t bode well to reject that it has a ton of likenesses. Then again, a ton of jumping lux watch audit have a comparable look in light of those regular plunging lux watch survey highlights. This goes for the Breitling SuperOcean, the Omega Seamaster 300M and Planet Ocean, maybe even the Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms too. Nonetheless, the dark uni-directional jumping bezel, the crown watches, the dark dial and white hour markers (with rings) of this specific Grand Seiko SBGA231G are in reality somewhat like those from the Rolex Submariner. Is that something terrible? Indeed, it doesn’t merit a cost for creativity maybe, however all these ‘Submariner’ highlights do make this an extremely practical lux watch audit (both the Rolex and Grand Seiko). On the off chance that you’re not irritated by it, there’s definitely no issue. There are likewise enough contrasts and Grand Seiko highlights that make this lux watch survey still exceptionally intriguing and not simply a ‘respect’ to the Submariner. Maybe it is likewise here that the titanium may be a significant factor for the individuals who favor a light plunging lux watch audit as Rolex doesn’t offer their Submariner in titanium.

Spring Drive

Then there’s the Spring Drive development, obviously. I’ve been clarifying crafted by the Spring Drive development a couple of times previously, so I recommend you read this or this article in the event that you need to have more insights concerning this development. As far as I might be concerned, the Spring Drive development is unquestionably an or more, as I love its precision and execution. The persistent ‘electric’ clear of the second hand is consistently a joy to notice. There’s just a single drawback to Spring Drive as I would like to think, which is the force hold marker that comes with it. Completely superfluous for a self-winding lux watch survey If it shows vacant, you should wind or wear it. On the off chance that it is as yet running, just put it on and it will increment once more. I don’t get the purpose of this pointer except if a lux watch survey has a hand-wound development. All things considered, the Spring Drive development as such is only marvelous in my book.


Where this lux watch survey varies from the majority of its competition is the plan of the case and particularly the completing of the case. Grand Seiko utilizes Zaratsu (reflect) cleaning methods for their cases, which brings about a lovely sparkle. It is something I appreciate most with my own Seiko Marinemaster and Grand Seiko Hi-Beat. The completion looking into it is essentially stunning and leaves its immediate competition a long ways behind. The disadvantage is that a plunging lux watch audit is most likely additionally going to be utilized as jumping (or instrument) lux watch survey so it will get a few scratches. Indeed, even the lux watch survey we have here for audit has seen some legitimate use. Furthermore, that shows, which can be troublesome for the individuals who need to keep their lux watch survey in unblemished conditions consistently. Obviously, the Grand Seiko SBGA231G can be resurfaced during administration, and on the off chance that it irritates you that much you could likewise contemplate whether you shouldn’t utilize a more moderate lux watch survey for plunging purposes and simply utilize this one for being pretty. A few group assume that titanium is more scratch safe than steel, yet you will get it scratched simply during use. So you definitely should choose for titanium on the off chance that you love the light-weight factor and maybe the hazier shade of the material, in any case the steel SBGA229G is comparably fine (and a €1000 cheaper).

The titanium case doesn’t have a presentation back, which is a pity, as I like to see their type 9R65 development at work. Notwithstanding, perfectionists may differ and jump at the chance to see the case shut. The force hold of the Grand Seiko type 9R65 is 72 hours and it has an exactness of approx. 1 second of deviation each day. Obviously, this lux watch survey comes with a screw-down crown. No clay bezel for this Grand Seiko, yet a high cleaned steel bezel, much the same as the MM300 SBDX001 and SBDX017 for instance. The high cleaned finish may make you think it is fired however, yet it isn’t.


As I previously referenced, some dial components are common for jumpers’ lux watch survey What’s not so common is the degree of finish that Grand Seiko does with their dials. Perfectly cleaned hour markers and GS logo, brushed hands and everything is checked and applied by hand. The lone thing I don’t care for about this dial is the force hold pointer. Be that as it may, I don’t care for it on any of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive models, including the Snowflake. It ‘breaks’ the dial excessively and makes it altogether too jumbled. The date is situated at 3 o’clock in differentiating colors, which means the plate is white and the printing is dark. Simply the manner in which I like it, all things considered obviously better coherent this route than on a dark circle with white printing. Tastefully I get it that it is more pleasant when things are coordinating. I wouldn’t have see any problems to have no date by any means, frankly, yet it is kinda utilitarian for day by day use.

The house of prayer hands are brushed and loaded up with Lumibrite, (Grand)Seiko’s own glowing compound. It has additionally been applied to the hour markers on the dial. My Seiko and Grand Seiko lux watch survey are the best iridescent lux watch audit in my assortment, so no analysis here. I love the gold tone GS and Grand Seiko logos on the dial at 12 o’clock, it gives a pleasant differentiation with the high contrast. At 6 o’clock, simply over the rectangular hour marker, there’s the pointer of the 200 meters of water obstruction. Slight above, you will likewise peruse that this Grand Seiko SBGA231G is controlled by a Spring Drive movement.


The wristband on this Grand Seiko SBGA231G looks very much like the other Grand Seiko arm bands. Three lines of brushed connections and the middle connection as two cleaned interfaces in the middle. So altogether, there are 5 lines of connections. It is fundamentally the same as the cutting edge Omega Speedmaster arm band plan. I’m not actually a devotee of its style frankly (the Speedmaster arm band and the Grand Seiko wristband), as I might suspect it would be a lot simpler on the eyes when everything was simply brushed. The quality is generally excellent however, and the degree of finish is extraordinary too. There’s a simple framework in the fasten for broadening the arm band on the off chance that you need to wear it over your plunging suit, or simply resize it a piece during sweltering late spring days for instance. It works extremely simple, yet the framework looks somewhat modest, truth be told. A similar augmentation framework can be found on the arm band of the Marinemaster 300 and where I previously thought that it was modest on that lux watch survey (with a retail cost of approx. 2500 Euro at that point), it’s not improving when the retail cost of the lux watch audit is 7200 Euro.


Make no mix-up, this Grand Seiko SBGA231G is much the same as some other Grand Seiko an incredible piece of designing. The completing is inconceivable, however it feels a piece as I am rehashing myself again and again with regards to Grand Seiko. I additionally must be reasonable here: I feel that Grand Seiko is (still) a great deal of value for the money, yet the measure of bucks expected to obtain one of their lux watch survey has been expanding in the previous few years. The retail cost of 7200 Euro for this titanium jumper is as yet under the 7850 Euro sticker price of a Rolex Submariner Date or a titanium Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M (7900 Euro), yet it is drawing near. There’s no uncertainty as a primary concern that this Grand Seiko SBGA231G couldn’t measure up to both of these two. In any case, for 7200 Euro an earthenware bezel would have been quite the expansion framework in the fasten could utilize a redesign also, particularly compared to the two other lux watch audit referenced previously. I figure I would go for the steel SBGA229G form of this lux watch audit myself, for a 1000 Euro, I could live with the 64 grams extra weight.

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