Introducing: The Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Ref. SBGR321

Introducing: The Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Ref. SBGR321

Quick Take

Grand Seiko has just announced an additional model to their blue-themed 60th Anniversary Limited Edition collection. The original four watch collection was previewed in late January of this year and included a Hi-Beat model, a ladies automatic, and two quartz models – all as limited editions with blue dials (and most with red accents). The new SBGR321 makes that quartet more of a “Five Neat Guys” scenario and rounds out Grand Seiko’s 60th Anniversary collection with an approachable 40mm automatic. 

Initial Thoughts

Larger than the SBGR253 but smaller than the SBGR307, the SBGR321 is 13mm thick with a domed and anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 100m water resistance, and a display caseback showing a red and blue coloring for the rotor which, like the shimmering blue shade of the dial, is inspired by dawn over Japan’s Mt. Iwate. 

Like other SBGR models, the SBGR321 is powered by Grand Seiko’s 9S65 automatic. Offering a 72-hour power reserve, a rate of 4 Hz, and a stated accuracy of +5/-3 seconds a day, the 9S65 is beautifully finished and offers time along with central seconds and a date function at three. 

Limited to 2,500 pieces and hitting Grand Seiko retail for $ 5,200, I have to think this will be one of the most popular models in the lineup, as the SBGR321 offers a straightforward automatic movement and costs some $ 1,100 less than the (admittedly more limited) SBGH281 Hi-Beat 60th Anniversary model. 

If you dug the original idea of a blue-dialed limited edition Grand Seiko but didn’t want to shell out for the Hi-Beat, this might be the one for you. 

The Basics

Brand: Grand Seiko
Model: 60th Anniversary Limited Edition
Reference Number: SBGR321

Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 13mm
Case Material: Steel
Dial Color: Blue
Indexes: Applied
Water Resistance: 100m
Strap/Bracelet: Steel bracelet

The Movement

Caliber: 9S65
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve: ~ 72 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewels: 35 jewels

Pricing & Availability

Price: $ 5,200
Availability: October 2020
Limited Edition: 2,500 units

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