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Grand Seiko x Watches of Switzerland 62GS Explores Night Patterns at the Beach

Grand Seiko Watches of Switzerland Collection SBGH337G Nova Purple

There’s a lot of national pride baked into the watch industry. Swiss watches are known for their precision and elegance, Japanese watches for their artistic beauty, German watches for their Bauhaus influences and so on. However, Grand Seiko have put aside their national pride to combine their Japanese horology with Swiss… sales and marketing.

I’m talking about the new Grand Seiko 62GS x Watches of Switzerland collaboration, a trio of special and limited editions exclusively available through Watches of Switzerland and their associated stockists, Goldsmiths and Mappin & Webb.

Grand Seiko Watches of Switzerland Collection SBGH337G Nova Purple

All three watches have the same case design, which is based on the 62GS from 1967, which was Grand Seiko’s first automatic wristwatch. It’s similar in style to the popular 44GS design except that it’s a little broader and flatter. That’s easiest to see when you look at the crown because on the 44GS the crown is flush with the bezel but here on the 62GS there’s a clear arc of metal running from lug-to-lug between the crown and the bezel. And really bezel is a generous term, it’s more of a slight lip where the sapphire crystal meets the case.

Grand Seiko Watches of Switzerland Collection SBGH333G Jōdogahama Beach at Night
Grand Seiko Watches of Switzerland Collection SBGH335G Nova Green

As for measurements, the 62GS case is 40mm x 46.2mm x 12.5mm and is made from stainless steel. It also has a combination of brushed and polished surfaces with those long flanks I mentioned above being nice and shiny. It really is a handsome case, especially on the three-link bracelet. However, what makes the 62GS x Watches of Switzerland collection special is the dial.

Each of the watches in the collection has the same textured dial pattern but in different colours depending on the reference. The regular special edition is the ‘Jōdogahama Beach at Night’ (SBGH333) in black, joined by the two limited editions ‘Nova Green’ (SBGH335) and ‘Nova Purple’ (SBGH337). I hope I don’t have to tell you what colours those latter two are.

Grand Seiko Watches of Switzerland Collection SBGH333G Jōdogahama Beach at Night

The pattern itself is very interesting. On a watchmaking level I’d describe it as a stylised version of Clous de Paris guilloché, a radiating mosaic of diamond shapes. Conceptually it’s inspired by Jōdogahama Beach, a famous area of designated scenic beauty on the Japanese coastline.

The beach is known for its white rock as well as the dramatic cliffs and islets that rise forth from the water, a sense of which is captured by the sheen of light playing across the dial. The dial can also be interpreted as the dark, starry sky above, hence the name ‘Jōdogahama Beach at Night’ for the SBGH333.

Grand Seiko Watches of Switzerland Collection SBGH335G Nova Green

That night sky theme is also borne out on the two Nova limited editions whose bright colours are inspired by supernovas. Supernovas are the bright and violent explosions of stars with green and purple being common colours associated with them. Alternatively, I think the vibrant tones are more reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis, another phenomenon of the night sky. It makes for a particularly striking pair of watches that’s for sure.

Beneath the surface of all three watches is the Hi-Beat 36000 Calibre 9S85, a very impressive calibre with 55-hour power reserve and accuracy of +5/-3 seconds per day. You can learn all about the Hi-Beat and its horological rival the spring drive with this handy video.

Grand Seiko Watches of Switzerland Collection SBGH333G Jōdogahama Beach at Night
Grand Seiko Watches of Switzerland Collection SBGH335G Nova Green
Grand Seiko Watches of Switzerland Collection SBGH337G Nova Purple

All that remains is pricing and availability. The ‘Jōdogahama Beach at Night’ (SBGH333) is £6,300 available from Watches of Switzerland, Goldsmiths and Mappin & Webb boutiques. The ‘Nova Green’ (SBGH335) and ‘Nova Purple’ (SBGH337) are the same price with the added restriction of each being limited to 200 pieces globally. With their intricate dials, heritage cases and high end movements, this is Grand Seiko doing what they do best, they just happen to be Watches of Switzerland exclusives.

Price and Specs:

Model: Grand Seiko x Watches of Switzerland 62GS
Ref: SBGH333G (Jōdogahama Beach at Night), SBGH335G (Nova Green), SBGH337G (Nova Purple)
Case: 40mm diameter x 12.5mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Black, green or purple with radiating mosaic pattern
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Seiko calibre 9S85, automatic, 37 jewels
Frequency: 36,000 vph (5 Hz)
Power reserve: 55h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Price: £6,300, Nova Green & Nova Purple limited to 200 pieces each

More details at Watches of Switzerland.

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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.

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