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Grand Seiko Take the Evolution 9 in a Sportier Direction with a Spring Drive GMT Complication

Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Spring Drive GMT ref. SBGE283

Grand Seiko are focussing on giving the Evolution 9 collection a sporty update for this year’s Watches & Wonders releases by expanding the range with an array of practical complications. First up are a duo of Evolution 9 Spring Drive GMTs, including one of the first to combine Grand Seiko’s exceptional textured dials with a GMT function.

Both GMTs, refs. SBGE283 and SBGE285, have a new 41mm titanium case that develops the style of Evolution 9 collection. They have the same facetted, angular design but have an increased diameter and thicker, rotating bezel. Which makes the appearance feel sturdier and rounder in line with their sportier appeal.

SBGE283 Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT

While the case has been updated, there has been no compromise in the attention to detail of the dials. The SBGE283 has a black dial with the classic hour markers and hands seen across the collection, but it’s the SBGE285 that is particularly impressive. It has a white dial with a gently undulating texture that evokes images of early morning mist before the rising sun burns it away. It’s only the second GMT from Grand Seiko in the brand’s 20 year history of producing the complication to use a textured dial inspired by the Shinshu region.

Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Spring Drive GMT ref. SBGE283

Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Spring Drive GMT ref. SBGE283

Moving onto the GMT function itself, a key component is the bezel, the first rotating bezel on any Evolution 9. It’s engraved with a 24-hour scale in a new font specially developed for the collection. The scale works in conjunction with the central GMT hand to allow you to keep track of multiple separate time zones with ease, it’s the classic traveller’s complication. And considering the increased risk of bumps when travelling, the function compliments the titanium watch’s robust durability nicely.

SBGE285 Grand Seiko Mistflake Spring Drive GMT

SBGE283 Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT

Under the surface, both versions of the GMT house the same calibre, the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT 9R66. It’s an automatic piece with a great power reserve of 72- hours and equally impressive accuracy of +/- 1 second per day. Plus, it’s a true GMT meaning you can independently adjust the central time and the GMT hand.

Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Spring Drive GMT ref. SBGE283
Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Spring Drive GMT ref. SBGE285

Both watches will be priced at £7,290 which is not too dissimilar to other Evolution 9 references. The white model in particular is sure to be a big hit, combining a textured dial the vein of the GPHG-winning White Birch with the added utility of the GMT function and sportier case.

Price & Specs:

Model: Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Spring Drive GMT
Reference: SBGE283 (black dial)
SBGE285 (light grey dial)
Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 13.9mm height, titanium case, textured pattern black or light grey dial
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: GS Spring Drive GMT 9R66, automatic with manual winding, 30 jewels
Power reserve: 72h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds with a unique glide motion, GMT hand, date, power reserve indicator
Strap: Titanium bracelet
Price/availability: £7,290, available in August

More details at Grand Seiko.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.