Serious question / thoughts about Grand Seiko

So I'm trying to eye my next watch, and I am flirting with the idea of a Grand Seiko because I think the spring drive technology is fascinating and an industry innovation. I also absolutely am a fan of Japanese engineering and design philosophies in general given their insane attention to detail and thoughtfulness.

Here's my problem: I just can't seem to get excited with the designs of dials? They all just seem so restrained, almost too leaning on dressy vs everyday wear. Now I will admit, I've only seen a few in person, never handled one either. Are these truly watches that just need to absolutely be appreciated in person?

There are other watches that seem to photograph real well and be a stunner in person, or maybe just split in terms of photo appeal vs real life. Are Grand Seikos in this class where you just need to see them and touch them in the wild?

Anyone else here who originally didn't feel the appeal of Grand seiko from seeing it online but then fell in love afterwards? And are there models you recommend that is less "blingy" or dressy? I'm a guy who typically leans on satin/brushed finished models that overly polished and shiny cases.

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I have these exact same questions. I want to know as well.

I gravitate towards sporty over dress, so I went with this quartz piece:

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I get completely overwhelmed by the amount of releases they have. For me it鈥檚 not only overload, but makes me think 鈥渙h this is a really lovely one, but hmmm , let鈥檚 see what they come out with next. I鈥檝e never bought one

I whole heartedly recommend them, not only as a fan, but in someone who LOVES attention to detail. Zaratsu polishing and the use of diamond tipped tools to polish the hands and indices shows in the overall dial execution. I love the innovation in the Spring Drive, and I may endeavor to have one of each movement (Spring Drive, GMT, hi beat, 9F Quartz) in my collection at some point. When you watch videos about the Japanese painstaking focus on precision and quality as a personal trademark, the finished product far outweighs the fact it says 'Seiko' on the dial. Lastly, I love the quote from John Mayer on Talking Watches (granted, talking about Rolex) when he said "Its invisible to people unless they know what it is." As for seeing them in person? Stunning.

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P.S. These are my two GSs

neloms

I gravitate towards sporty over dress, so I went with this quartz piece:

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Looks great, how large is it? I can get behind this look. Quartz is out of the running for me so hopefully they have more models like this in spring drivr (not knocking quartz, I just know for myself if I'm spending on grand seiko I want that spring drive)

timeHoff0472

I whole heartedly recommend them, not only as a fan, but in someone who LOVES attention to detail. Zaratsu polishing and the use of diamond tipped tools to polish the hands and indices shows in the overall dial execution. I love the innovation in the Spring Drive, and I may endeavor to have one of each movement (Spring Drive, GMT, hi beat, 9F Quartz) in my collection at some point. When you watch videos about the Japanese painstaking focus on precision and quality as a personal trademark, the finished product far outweighs the fact it says 'Seiko' on the dial. Lastly, I love the quote from John Mayer on Talking Watches (granted, talking about Rolex) when he said "Its invisible to people unless they know what it is." As for seeing them in person? Stunning.

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P.S. These are my two GSs

Appreciate your answer. I don't mean this to sound insulting. It's a genuine question: Take out all of the behind the scenes terminology like zaratsu polishing and its attributes, etc etc. Say you never knew any of that: If you pick up your watches are you floored and immediately notice this is something special?

The way you described it, i think i know the answer that you're a enthusiast and know what is quality. But I'm just ultimately curious how much of it isn't down to hype these days of the "lore" that is now growing behind the brand.

It's like when you ask an owner of a cool car how's it drive. Are they answering with clear appreciation of the car or are they repeating the brochure?

Btw, that GMT is that a traveler's jumping hour hand?

yankthemike

I get completely overwhelmed by the amount of releases they have. For me it鈥檚 not only overload, but makes me think 鈥渙h this is a really lovely one, but hmmm , let鈥檚 see what they come out with next. I鈥檝e never bought one

yeah honestly I felt this way about panerai for a long time. So many models. But in a way what's cool is there will eventually be one that goes "yup okay that may work for me, I like that". At least I hope that's the case for me and GS. I will say that sweep secomds hand tech is the most buttery out of anything I've ever seen. It just appears to glide.

Totally get that, great question! To be honest, I was initially drawn to strictly the aesthetics of the dial and indices, probably like many. Thats what prompted me to do more research as to why... thats when I found out about the "brochure stuff" and the attention to craftsmanship, and I was sold. When they each arrived, I was blown away.

AirJordi7

Appreciate your answer. I don't mean this to sound insulting. It's a genuine question: Take out all of the behind the scenes terminology like zaratsu polishing and its attributes, etc etc. Say you never knew any of that: If you pick up your watches are you floored and immediately notice this is something special?

The way you described it, i think i know the answer that you're a enthusiast and know what is quality. But I'm just ultimately curious how much of it isn't down to hype these days of the "lore" that is now growing behind the brand.

It's like when you ask an owner of a cool car how's it drive. Are they answering with clear appreciation of the car or are they repeating the brochure?

Btw, that GMT is that a traveler's jumping hour hand?

Yes, the hour hand jumps, but the gmt hand travels.

I think GS is one of those brands that you gotta handle them in person to really understand. I also wasn鈥檛 too sure about getting one until I learned more about the 9F movement. Pictures just don鈥檛 do it justice. Have some fun checking them out at an AD! 馃コ

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