Grand Seiko SBGC253

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Category: SBGC253

Grand Seiko ‘Tokyo Lion’ Spring Drive Chronograph GMT


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This timepiece draws inspiration from the association of Grand Seiko with the lion which has been the symbol of Grand Seiko since its beginnings.

The lion mark evolved with the first Grand Seiko in 1960 as a reflection of the ambitions of its Japanese watchmakers. They defined their goal as making the “king of watches” – a watch which was as precise, durable and beautiful as possible. Just as the lion is seen as the “king” of the jungle, they wanted their timepiece to be “king” of the watchmaking world.
The pattern on the dial represents the texture of the lion’s mane, whilst the statement angled case embodies intense strength and dignity. The claw-shaped lugs are angled inwards to represent the lion’s paw and ensure a comfortable fit on the wrist.

The SBGC253 is powered by the brand’s iconic, exclusive Spring Drive movement, one of the most significant developments in recent watchmaking which took 28 years to develop. With a superior level of precision, Spring Drive generates energy with a mainspring combined with an electronic regulator, never requiring a battery change. In a Spring Drive watch, the second hand moves in a perfect glide motion, designed to represent the natural continuous flow of time itself. It has a 72-hour power reserve, and a power reserve indicator on the bottom left of the dial.

The in-house created Spring Drive Calibre 9R86 is accurate to ±15 seconds per month, or ±1 second per day and the chronograph function measures elapsed time up to 12 hours to the same level of accuracy. Crucially, it measures time not to the nearest fraction of a second but exactly, thanks to the fact that the glide motion hands stop at the very instant that the button is pressed and not at the nearest ‘tick.’ The GMT function with a bi-directional 24 hour bezel allows the wearer to change the time zones without impairing the movement’s one-second-a-day precision.

Every Grand Seiko features signature high standards of precision, durability and legibility, handcrafted in Japan by Takumi artisans.
Grand Seiko: beautifully, precise Japanese watchmaking, from the pinnacle of Seiko Watch Corporation’s in-house ‘manufacture.’


Accuracy: -15/+15 seconds per month
Calibre: 9R86
Movement Type: Spring Drive
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Watch Exterior
Case Diameter: 44.5mm
Case Thickness: 16.8mm
Case Material: High Intensity titanium
Lug Width: 23.0mm
Clasp: Three fold clasp with push button release and slide adjuster
Dial Colour: Cream
Other Specifications
Crystal Coating: Anti-reflective coating on inner surface
Crystal Type: Dual-curved sapphire crystal
Water Resistance: 20 bar
LumiBrite: Lumibrite on hands and indexes

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