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    Thoughts on a Grand Seiko SGBA259/SBGA211

    Iíve just tried one, in fact it was 2, but the only difference was the gold on one of them.

    They fitted perfectly and were a really good price. Adored the dial and Iím extremely tempted by them, but somethingís telling me not to buy one.

    Whatís everybodyís thoughts on them?




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    Would have the non gold one in a heart beat. Absolute classic (IMO)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip View Post
    Would have the non gold one in a heart beat. Absolute classic (IMO)
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    The gold looks terrible in that picture, but having seen it in real life it's a stunner. That said if probably still have the non-gold.

    I haven't regretted buying my GS. It's now, pretty much, my only watch and I love it.

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    That power reserve kills it for me. If it must have one, stick it on the back, not on the dial!
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    I was in the Seiko boutique last month. Was saying I was tempted by a spring drive and was told to Ďwait for later this yearí as GS will be bringing out a number of new ones, including ltd editions. Apparently this year will be Ďspring drive yearí.




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    I think the Snowflake is a modern classic and sized perfectly at 41mm. I had one for a while and sold it as I wanted to try some other GS but I think I will come back to one at some point. I am not so sure on the gold version as I loved the blued second hand and the impeccable finish of the hands on the original version and would miss that blue second hand sweeping the dial smoothly.

    As for waiting, GS is constantly releasing LE's, thats their strategy to build brand awareness and it is certainly working. I don't know what you would be waiting for exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mondie View Post
    I think the Snowflake is a modern classic and sized perfectly at 41mm. I had one for a while and sold it as I wanted to try some other GS but I think I will come back to one at some point. I am not so sure on the gold version as I loved the blued second hand and the impeccable finish of the hands on the original version and would miss that blue second hand sweeping the dial smoothly.

    As for waiting, GS is constantly releasing LE's, thats their strategy to build brand awareness and it is certainly working. I don't know what you would be waiting for exactly.

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    As I was saying, they are focusing on SD this year specifically.


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    Thoughts on a Grand Seiko SGBA259

    Now Iím not a gold person at all but the gold snowflake is jumping out at me, I think that would look super classy on the wrist with lots of different reflective surfaces shimmering in the light..

    Saying that I still prefer the full stainless..

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    It seems that they have done plenty of SD LE's but if they are planning to focus on SD for 2019 who knows what they might come up with. I haven't been attracted to many of the LE's to follow too closely.

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    I donít think itís just LEs but he seemed quite excited about what was coming. Guess weíll see in good time


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    if given a chance to be kn your shors, I would definitely get the SS one. the blue hands look awesome!

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    Neither! I like GSís, but unfortunately I have no love for snowflake dials.


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    I don't have a problem with gold details on a SS watch, but I think when you see them side by side I would pick the full Steel version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ywl23n View Post
    if given a chance to be kn your shors, I would definitely get the SS one. the blue hands look awesome!

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    The blue hand is one of the things that stands out to me.

    Iím going back later for another look and to see if they can tempt me to part with my cash.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan C View Post
    The blue hand is one of the things that stands out to me.

    Iím going back later for another look and to see if they can tempt me to part with my cash.

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    Just do it. Lovely watches and revered design for a reason. Let us know how you get on!
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    Buy it!!! Lovely watches, I have just tried both of these on at the grand Seiko boutique in New York they are amazing watches..
    I also tried the blue faced ltd US edition which was fabulous, in fact if the prices weren't so crazy here I'd have bought it!!

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    Just been offered the silver handed one for a lot less than I saw it for yesterday.

    Think I need to be doing some haggling!!


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    Titanium-only (is the bi-metal steel or Ti?) version all day, for me - as others have said, it's a classic. The Ti makes it supremely comfortable to wear, the dial is just gorgeous and details like the blued seconds hand make it (to me at least) endlessly enjoyable to look at. It's my first (and so far only) Spring Drive watch and has me completely sold on the technology and on GS' aesthetic.

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    I'd go for the SBGA211 as its the one watch that GS are well known for. Beautiful dial and the titanium makes it supremely light and comfortable.

    If you can wait, you do see them popping up here on SC once in a while.

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    Standard blue hand version for me, lovely watch but would prefer it in steel.

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    Standard blue hand version for me, lovely watch but would prefer it in steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAFF View Post
    Apparently this year will be Ďspring drive yearí.

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    I actually really like the gold option. I've had the "standard" Snowflake for a couple of years but would consider a trade to the gold for a little more exclusivity dare I say...

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    Stick with th non-gold one.

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    Thoughts on a Grand Seiko SGBA259/SBGA211

    Yellow Snow is never a good look!

    I love my classic version. The blue second hand is mesmerising to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy100 View Post
    That power reserve kills it for me. If it must have one, stick it on the back, not on the dial!
    Same for me. Itís put me off a lot of Spring Drive watches - Iím fairly sure Iíd have bought more than the handful I have over the years if they didnít have the feature on the dial.

    Other than that, I think itís a great looking watch.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Off into Sydney today to do a bit of haggling. Letís see what I come back with.


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    I love the dials on these. In the pic the gold looks a bit tacky (I've not seen one in the metal) but the blue hands look pure class!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan C View Post
    Off into Sydney today to do a bit of haggling. Letís see what I come back with.


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    Good luck, let us know which one you pick!

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    Well......it looks like it hasnít worked out for me, which is a bit of a shame.

    The watch was a bargain, but it would have had to be pre-ordered and then shipped out to me later in the month. I really wanted to pick it up and take it home with me.

    I did however pick up a samurai which I will post up on the incoming thread, and Iím also tempted by a golden turtle that Iíve seen here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan C View Post
    Well......it looks like it hasnít worked out for me, which is a bit of a shame.

    The watch was a bargain, but it would have had to be pre-ordered and then shipped out to me later in the month. I really wanted to pick it up and take it home with me.

    I did however pick up a samurai which I will post up on the incoming thread, and Iím also tempted by a golden turtle that Iíve seen here.


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    You've certainly gone from one extreme end of the spectrum to the other on that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie747 View Post
    You've certainly gone from one extreme end of the spectrum to the other on that....


    Youíre not wrong. But I couldnít leave town totally empty handed, could I!


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