Cheapest ways to get into a Grand Seiko

I hear complaints about the inexorable uptrend of GS prices led me to the topic of budget grand Seikos. I came up with the SBGW231 (3-4k) and the SBGV243 (2k). What are some other options that come to mind? 馃

Not the cheapest, but the best value: 聽SBGA427 (Soko Light) and SBGA429 (Soko Dark)

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Japan Seasons Special Edition 2020 | Grand  Seiko
  • 9R65 Spring Drive movement with 72 hour power reserve
  • 100M water resistance
  • Imminently wearable at 39mm diameter, 46.8mm lug-to-lug, and 12.3mm thickness
  • Comes with both bracelet and crocodile strap on butterfly deployant
  • All for $5,000
HotWatchChick69

Not the cheapest, but the best value: 聽SBGA427 (Soko Light) and SBGA429 (Soko Dark)

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Japan Seasons Special Edition 2020 | Grand  Seiko
  • 9R65 Spring Drive movement with 72 hour power reserve
  • 100M water resistance
  • Imminently wearable at 39mm diameter, 46.8mm lug-to-lug, and 12.3mm thickness
  • Comes with both bracelet and crocodile strap on butterfly deployant
  • All for $5,000

Thanks for the input! 聽I saw these at my AD, thought they were cool, but for some reason lacked personality to me... Iono if that makes sense, great specs but especially the silver dial was very plain.

Interesting options! The cream dialed GS is gorgeous. They just seem a little simple compared to the Snow Flake or the Shunbun.

ThomasM

Interesting options! The cream dialed GS is gorgeous. They just seem a little simple compared to the Snow Flake or the Shunbun.

Definitely simple but in that very elegant way 馃憣

Max

Thanks for the input! 聽I saw these at my AD, thought they were cool, but for some reason lacked personality to me... Iono if that makes sense, great specs but especially the silver dial was very plain.

Yeah, I think you've hit the nail on the head. 聽On paper, the SBGA427 is amazing. 聽It was top of my list for a while, and then I went in to a boutique, and it completely lacked personality, as you say.

Okay, well, if that's a bust, how about this one: 聽SBGA375 - it's got spring drive and the 44GS case. 聽Who doesn't love the 44GS case? 聽It looks like a TIE Fighter!

HANDS-ON: Everyday simplicity done right 鈥 the Grand Seiko Spring Drive  SBGA375 - Time and Tide Watches

It looks like the recently got discontinued, but the SBGA283/285 were spring drive watches that had a retail price of $3800. The dial work wasn鈥檛 as intricate as some of their higher end models, but the cheapest way to get into a spring drive. i just did a search on Chrono24 and am seeing them for as little as $2800. Otherwise the absolute cheapest new GS will be the SBGX259/261/263. Beautiful 9F powered 37mm pieces for retail of $2200

HotWatchChick69

Yeah, I think you've hit the nail on the head. 聽On paper, the SBGA427 is amazing. 聽It was top of my list for a while, and then I went in to a boutique, and it completely lacked personality, as you say.

Okay, well, if that's a bust, how about this one: 聽SBGA375 - it's got spring drive and the 44GS case. 聽Who doesn't love the 44GS case? 聽It looks like a TIE Fighter!

HANDS-ON: Everyday simplicity done right 鈥 the Grand Seiko Spring Drive  SBGA375 - Time and Tide Watches

Never noticed, but now will never unsee.

The new GS quartz sbx347 And 349 are great. 34mm but very elegant. Really like the blue dial. Grey market price would be good for these

Badgerracer

It looks like the recently got discontinued, but the SBGA283/285 were spring drive watches that had a retail price of $3800. The dial work wasn鈥檛 as intricate as some of their higher end models, but the cheapest way to get into a spring drive. i just did a search on Chrono24 and am seeing them for as little as $2800. Otherwise the absolute cheapest new GS will be the SBGX259/261/263. Beautiful 9F powered 37mm pieces for retail of $2200

Good call! 聽A pic of the sbga283 for reference 馃憤

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The SBGX 341 鈥榯ough quartz鈥. Extremely high level of finishing with dual lumed indices that glow like a torch. 200m WR and magnetic resistant. 45mm lug to lug with a 40 mm dial makes it most wearable. Priced competitively at around 3500 USD.

I really like the SBGN005 (and 003).

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This is mine. I think it's one of the least expensive spring drive options. Also one of my favorite. (why I bought it) :)

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SBGA293

Vintage GS might be an option, perhaps lacks some variety of but well within an enthusiast's budget.

AGrove
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The SBGX 341 鈥榯ough quartz鈥. Extremely high level of finishing with dual lumed indices that glow like a torch. 200m WR and magnetic resistant. 45mm lug to lug with a 40 mm dial makes it most wearable. Priced competitively at around 3500 USD.

Ooo I've always liked this one! 聽Looks like Olympic colors to me 馃槀

OlDirtyBezel

I really like the SBGN005 (and 003).

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I was tempted to pick one of these up back in the day! 聽Great proportions 馃憤