Getting Drunk On Champagne With The Grand Seiko SBGV205

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

By Daniel Yong

So it’s been two months of wearing this beautiful piece that some might say, is an entry level piece to taste what Grand Seiko has to offer. I don’t know if I like calling something ‘entry level’, because it kind of cheapens the product. Nevertheless, it has everything you want from the brand. A 44GS inspired case that’s mirror polished, a champagne dial that anyone would struggle to take their eyes off, the famed heated blue seconds hand and a fully developed in house quartz movement that boasts an accuracy of +/- 10 seconds per year.

So what do I like about it? I don’t like it, I love it. The more I wear the piece, the more I start to appreciate the subtle qualities of it. Obviously, there’s the case which is hot, but that silky sunray champagne dial is seriously something that you need to savour because if you don’t spend time looking, you would miss the show. Then you have the hands man the hands! If you don’t already know, Grand Seiko finish their hour and minute hands differently depending on the colour of the dial. Dark dials will most likely feature brushed hands with some polished accents, where light coloured dials like this guy, feature fully mirror polished hands. This is due to legibility and um… attractiveness. With a 40 mm case, it wears comfortably on my 7-inch wrists, but I assume it would also look good on smaller wrists, yes ladies, even you could rock this one.

On the other hand, there are some things that I do wonder. The original Taro Tanaka 44GS case has a facet between the two polished lugs. A brushed facet that has been removed from the modern interpretation which means, on leather straps (if you love and prefer to wear watches this way), may look a bit odd if you’re used to pairing straps on your 44 or 45GS. Of course, you can get away with it depending on the actual strap. Apart from that factor, I love everything else about this watch.

Who do I think it would suit? Anyone looking to get into Grand Seiko that’s on a budget for under 5000 AUD. There are quite a few models with different colour variations, and in addition to that, you now also have the luxury of deciding on the new SBGP versions with the updated jumping hour movement. This is useful for you travelers out there needing something quick and easy to adjust. It’s also the perfect watch for someone who is curious about Grand Seiko and wants the best value for 4600 AUD.

There are so many things to boast about. But to sum it all up for you, you get Grand Seiko finishing, an iconic case design, superior accuracy, and a watch that's fully made in house.

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