Grand Seiko Omiwatari Review

According to Rod Stewart, every picture tells a story. By the same token, every timepiece tells a story don’t it? And in a world where’s there’s precious little technological differentiation between modern mechanical watches, the “story” moves the metal. Where would OMEGA’s Speedmaster Professional be if it wasn’t the Moonwatch? So here’s the backstory behind the new Grand Seiko Omiwatari . . .

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Grand Seiko Omiwatari – Finally!

The Grand Seiko SBGY007 isn’t a limited edition watch. Not exactly. Come July 2021, you can buy a Grand Seiko Omiwatari at Grand Seiko boutiques and “select” retail partners. Or not. When all the usual suspects revealed Grand Seiko’s latest time-only Spring Drive watch – no date window or power reserve indicator – GS retailers’ phones lit up like a Christmas tree. Does Grand Seiko have a new “it” watch?

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New Watch Alert: Longines, Vostok, Grand Seiko

Longines Dolcevita – $1800 “The Longines DolceVita has never been the most appealing watch of the brand.” New watch alert! When monochrome-watches.com slates a watch, you know Longines has a problem. Needless to say, monochrome softens the blow; Brice Goulard predicts that the model’s new Art Decor Sector dial “might change the situation.” Well, The Situation has changed (he’s been sober for five years). Meanwhile, the SweetLife’s new dial is unlikely to transform the fortunes of the mid-market brand’s Cartier Tank Americaine-a-Like. Especially when you compare the DolceVita to . . .

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Grand Seiko Constant Force Tourbillon. Yay?

Grand Seiko makes as good or better a watch as any mainstream Swiss watchmaker (cough Rolex cough). Grand Seiko makes timepieces that put some high horologists to shame (who shouldn’t be smoking weed in the first place). The Japanese watchmaker’s oeuvre now includes the Grand Seiko Constant Force Tourbillon, the world’s first constant force tourbillon. How great is that? . . .

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