#NWA! Hanami -> Hana fubuki -> Hana ikada -> SBGA413!

Well, the cat was out of the bag last night at the big Vancouver meetup, so 'll make it official here as well on our global channel.

fieldwalker's new (for me) GS is... the SBGA413.  Now had a solid 24 hours on wrist, and still smiling.

For a few years I've collected GS swag, undertaken far flung trips, and even established a few inside connections at GS, all to know the brand better... so,

How could someone with all this, still not own a GS?

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Well, I found a kind private seller that let me have his lightly used model for about 2/3 of what it would've cost me at Canadian retail.  I could finally afford it and the deal could happen. 

that looks better!

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My last post kind of over inflated how big a deal this was, sorry those who thought I'd snagged at white whale like the Kodo, Suwa or Kirazuri.  I think next grail for me is likely one of those (the Kodo would also involve some magic economics sadly)

Despite the 413 now becoming a little more common, at least among our high horology group, it's always going to be a special watch for me.

In the decades I've been married, wifey and I spend hours every spring sitting on a blanket, eating drinking and enjoying the transient cherry blossoms above us.  It's called 'Hanami'.  I've enjoyed it with family and I've enjoyed it with my close friends.  

Riding bikes under them:

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Sitting, eating, drinking under them

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My mom and dad when they visited us - at Ikuno Castle

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and in front of my home in Vancouver as well:

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Our old dog enjoying them:

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I think the cherry blossom is such a great theme for a watch, it is the embodiment of both beauty and (brevity of) our time here.   I also love that it's titanium and so light.  Now a few glamour shots of the 'flower raft', hana ikada:

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I'm going to drive ya'll crazy with this in the spring 😜

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Hooray!

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Gorgeous. 

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Excellent watch of course, but even better is the story and photos behind. Congrats and wear in good health!

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Awesome, man!!!

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Congratulations on the awesome new watch! I‘ve been eyeing that one myself. 

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Edge168n

Hooray!

First 24hr check : 0.0 sec per day 🤘🤠

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Fieldwalker

First 24hr check : 0.0 sec per day 🤘🤠

Another accuracy fiend.

Be cool man.  No need to flex. 🤣😉🤣😉

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Wow absolutely gorgeous Congratulations!!!!!

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Edge168n

Another accuracy fiend.

Be cool man.  No need to flex. 🤣😉🤣😉

Point taken.  I know some of the GS super gold star quartz models are more like 0.0/year.  It's mostly since it's a second hand watch so that first 24 hour check is a little nail biting

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Very nice and spring drive too

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Congrats! 

Recently, I walked from a Rolex AD to another shop to try the grand seikos. So I had a fresh experience base to compare. And it was night and day, just like they say. I never truly understood the reverence for GS until I felt it in my hand. And then I said, yeah that's why they get this instead. 

My eye was immediately drawn to their fall of winter dial. I held it in hand and wound the crown. It was so much fun seeing that power reserve indicator go up. Yes, spring drive. 

One day, I might spring for that watch. (See what I did there ;-). 

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gbelleh

Congratulations on the awesome new watch! I‘ve been eyeing that one myself. 

It's worth eyeing.🤩😗  In daily wearing you get random reflections of pink and white that are brighter than seems possible.  

Pops like a cherry tree in full bloom among other trees. 

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(Yes, I will be an effusive fanboy for a while 😳)

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Oh my days!

So beautiful!!! 😍

Congratulations on a stunning piece 🥳🎉

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ckim4watches

Congrats! 

Recently, I walked from a Rolex AD to another shop to try the grand seikos. So I had a fresh experience base to compare. And it was night and day, just like they say. I never truly understood the reverence for GS until I felt it in my hand. And then I said, yeah that's why they get this instead. 

My eye was immediately drawn to their fall of winter dial. I held it in hand and wound the crown. It was so much fun seeing that power reserve indicator go up. Yes, spring drive. 

One day, I might spring for that watch. (See what I did there ;-). 

Score on walking out of Rolex AD and seeing some other options 👍


The winter version of this watch is also fantastic.  Depending on your latitude it may speak more to you than a cherry blossom.  In Vancouver we enjoy months of sky with that exact dark grey dial color, so I mulled it over that option as well.  Some don’t like power indicator, but I love it‘s convenience and how it’s beautifully it’s finished.    

Oh and spring drive … 😍🦄🌈

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Deeperblue

Oh my days!

So beautiful!!! 😍

Congratulations on a stunning piece 🥳🎉

Thank you !😊 

(Sorry, it’s not going into ramen despite 100m and a screw crown !)