Considering taking the Grand Seiko faith fall…any GS fans out there?

Need a daily all-around and leaning quartz (nice to have a low-maintenance option with minimal hassle).  I’m convinced on the longevity and quality of the 9F movement (in fact, it’s a plus for me here).  I am curious to know if the finishing and quality down the line is as great as everyone claims.  Also, an excuse to enjoy all of the great GS photos I hope will follow below.  Cheers! 🍻 

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On the Japanese manufacturing side definitely cannot do any better than Grand Seiko. But think about this. Are you after functionality and then form or are you about one or the other? Why spend the money when you can get functionality and form in a cheaper form factor and still stay Seiko or a Japanese manufacturer. There are also a plethora of smaller brands as well that would buy for your affection and your business. Consider that for the moment 

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I recently needed a watch for the same reasons. and also just wanted to get into grand seiko. so a few backs a went to my AD and walked out with a SBGN003. it is now my grab and go daily watch. i never realized how attached id be so be so attached to a quartz movement. 

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If you are interested in seeing macro video of (and discussion about) that watch, this video was posted yesterday.

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@roberto I was about to write the same comment about WatchFinder. Great Video. @horolawyer2022 I hope that helps. BTW, These GS are usually available on the ADs so it is relatively easy to see it in the metal and try it in person. 

Good luck! 

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I have held and tried on that very watch and I'll put it this way - run, don't walk, to get one. It's astoundingly beautiful, and the 9F is the greatest movement that too few people talk about.

I don't own a quartz GS as of yet but I am weakening...

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Do you want a daily watch to have lume?  Very few GS models have it. Something to think about if you want versatility vs just a straight up dress watch. 

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I love GS.  I have 3 Hi-beat, 2 spring drive, and plan on buying a 3rd spring drive.  Thought I would NEVER be interested in a GS 9F.

Then a buddy of mine got the SBGV238.  Let me wear it for a bit.  Now I can't stop thinking about it.

HANDS-ON: High-end quartz – Grand Seiko celebrates the 25th anniversary of  the 9F with two limited editions (SBGT241 and SBGV238) - Time and Tide  Watches
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You have a nice video about the same model of your picture from Watchfinder, they have released it a couple of days ago 👍🏻 

9F quartz is far from any normal quartz we know, from the accuracy to the decoration, it's a very good movement. 

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I am absolutely enthralled by GS (Spring Drive only), but for me it's not for it to be a daily/accuracy watch. Yes, it could perhaps serve that purpose, but purely for "accuracy" and "maintenance free", I opted for a Casio G-Shock GW-B5600BC-1B because of the Bluetooth sync (or radio sync if you're in a region within range) and solar powered - probably as accurate and maintenance-free as it gets. It does look nice but I generally wear it as a beater, and keep it around in case for any reason I need perfect time which is ready to go at a moment's notice.

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I love GS.  I have 3 Hi-beat, 2 spring drive, and plan on buying a 3rd spring drive.  Thought I would NEVER be interested in a GS 9F.

Then a buddy of mine got the SBGV238.  Let me wear it for a bit.  Now I can't stop thinking about it.

HANDS-ON: High-end quartz – Grand Seiko celebrates the 25th anniversary of  the 9F with two limited editions (SBGT241 and SBGV238) - Time and Tide  Watches

Probably the lighting. But that watch looks beautiful. Is this steel or gold on the dial?

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Probably the lighting. But that watch looks beautiful. Is this steel or gold on the dial?

Yeah, man!  It's out of this world gorgeous!  It's steel and 18k gold!  Unfortunately, it's a limited edition of 600 pieces, and I think they may be completely sold out at this point.

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Agree with other posts that while there are a number of very good quartz watches out there, the GS quartz is truly special. My GMT is in my daily wear rotation and is a go to travel watch. 

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I saw the SBGP015 at a dealer and it was pretty much an impulse purchase for me. I had seen it online but wasn't enamored of it based on Grand Seiko's photos, but I did know all about the 9f and had it at the back of my mind that a GS quartz was likely going to be my next watch (nice to have a grab and go watch).

Fast forward 1.5 years and it has gone from what I viewed as a niche piece to being worn nearly every day.

I won't write a million words, but I love the 200m water resistance, the spooky accuracy (I can rely on it to get me back to my desk for a WebEx meeting bang on time), the angular late 60's style case, the unique blue ceramic bezel, and the general fit and finish. I prefer it on a thin single-pass versus the bracelet (except for summer/swimming season). 

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Honestly, I have had a few and still have the Lake Suwa but they are priced where they should be, if not overpriced now. The spring drive is amazing and I would recommend that if going with GS. Their case designs are average (1/2 their catalog is horrible), bracelet has no 1/2 links and usually doesn’t fit perfect, the dial is great but then only up close so you’ll be enjoying those fine details alone in the right lighting.   If you are in the sub-$5k I would also consider a used JLC, Nomos, Tudor, or Omega. Not to deter you from GS, I do enjoy mine, but they aren’t the underdog that some make them out to be. 

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Here are a few pics for you to enjoy. I love Grand Seiko and especially love the 9F85 movement. You would be hard pressed to find a better everyday watch in my opinion.