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10 Best Grand Seiko Watches From S$1,000 to S$16,000

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Grand Seiko watches have been synonymous with precision, craftsmanship, and elegance since their introduction in 1960. Over the years, the brand has continued to innovate and evolve, consistently pushing the boundaries of watchmaking and solidifying its status as a luxury timepiece manufacturer.

A notable aspect of Grand Seiko watches is their distinct design language, combining traditional Japanese aesthetics with modern touches. The brand’s dedication to perfection is evident in every element, from the choice of premium materials to the intricate finishing of each component. 

The average price of a Grand Seiko watch can vary greatly depending on the model and collection, ranging from S$7,454 to over S$153,066. Despite this wide price range, collectors and connoisseurs alike are drawn to the brand’s offerings, knowing that every watch embodies Grand Seiko’s unwavering commitment to excellence.

In the market for the best Grand Seiko watch? Here are some top picks within the S$2,662- S$15,440 price point worth considering:

1. Grand Seiko ‘White Birch’ – Stainless Steel, White Dial ref. SLGH005

Grand Seiko SLGH005G

About

The Grand Seiko ‘White Birch,’ ref. SLGH005, is a stunning luxury men’s timepiece inspired by the white birch tree forests in Shizukuishi, where the brand’s mechanical watches are crafted. It has a distinctive white dial with a pattern mimicking the texture of white birch bark, giving it a unique and eye-catching appearance. It’s complemented by a 40mm 44GS steel case and matching bracelet- giving it an everyday yet sophisticated look.

The 44GS case is a distinctive design language that set Grand Seiko apart from its Swiss rivals in the 1960s. It typifies a focus on sharp angles, highly reflective polished surfaces, and absolute precision in chronometry and finishing of every exterior component. 

The modern 44GS case measures an even 40mm in diameter and tends to wear tall (but compact) thanks to the dramatic beveling on the caseband. Grand Seiko has continued celebrating the 44GS case with new limited edition releases, including a smaller 36.5mm version and models that feature the brand’s next-generation calibers.

Features

They include a white birch-patterned dial, a 44GS-style stainless steel case, a Zaratsu polished bezel and case, sapphire crystals at the front and back, a blued steel seconds hand, and a Hi-Beat movement with Dual Impulse escapement.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2020
  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – White, with a white birch pattern, a silver-tone minute and hour hand with a classic Grand Seiko style, a blued steel seconds hand, and silver-tone index hour markers
    • Bracelet – Stainless steel, with a three-fold clasp with push button release
    • Bezel – Fixed, smooth, Zaratsu polished, stainless steel
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Hi-Beat Caliber 9SA5 movement with a Dual Impulse escapement, 47 jewels, an 80-hour power reserve (approximately), and a 36,000vph frequency

Why You Should Invest?

Its unique dial pattern and the incorporation of the brand’s renowned Hi-Beat movement make it a desirable addition to any watch collection. Also, its price has increased by at least 10 percent since production.

2. Grand Seiko Blue 44GS Limited Edition – Stainless Steel, Blue Dial ref. SBGP017

Grand Seiko SBGP017

About

The Grand Seiko SBGP017 is a limited-edition luxury men’s timepiece created to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the 44GS aesthetic. It’s limited to 2000 pieces and features a 40mm 44 GS stainless steel case and matching bracelet, a beautiful blue dial, and a high-precision movement.

Features

The main ones are a date window at 3 o’clock, a blue cloud-texture dial inspired by the sea of clouds in Shinsu, a quartz movement, water resistance to 100m, and double index hour markers at 12 o’clock.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2022
  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Blue, with silver-tone hands with a classic Grand Seiko style, applied index hour markers, and a blued steel seconds hand
    • Bracelet – Stainless steel, with a three-fold clasp with push button release
    • Bezel – Fixed, smooth, Zaratsu-polished, stainless steel
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Caliber 9F85 Quartz movement with a battery life of approximately 3 years

Why You Should Invest?

Its limited-edition nature ensures it will hold its value and potentially appreciate over time, making it a worthwhile investment. For example, its price increased by at least S$800 between 2022 and 2023.

3. Grand Seiko Heritage Quartz – Stainless Steel, Blue Dial ref. SBGX265

Grand Seiko Heritage Quartz SBGX265

About

The Grand Seiko Heritage Quartz ref. SBGX265 is a luxury women’s (and men’s) timepiece that showcases the brand’s dedication to precision and craftsmanship. 

It’s part of Grand Seiko’s Heritage Quartz collection and is among the most affordable pieces in the brand’s lineup. It’s a real women’s teaser with its super shiny 37mm stainless steel case and matching bracelet, and sexy stunning blue sunray dial.

Features

Some of the main ones are a blue sunray dial, an extra shiny stainless steel case and bracelet, a quartz movement, a solid caseback, and a sapphire crystal with AR coating over the dial.

Specifications

  • Production Year: Unknown
  • Case Size: 37mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Blue sunray, accented by silver-tone index hour markers and hands
    • Bracelet – Stainless steel, with a three-fold clasp with push button release
    • Bezel – Fixed, smooth, extra shiny stainless steel
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Caliber 9F62 quartz movement with a battery life of approximately 3 years

Why You Should Invest?

Its precision, aesthetic appeal, and reliability make it an excellent addition to any collection. Moreover, according to WatchCharts, its average market price increased from S$1,823 on February 2, 2023, to S$1,855 on July 29, 2023.

4. Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 60th Anniversary – Stainless Steel, Blue Dial ref. SLGH003

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 60th Anniversary SLGH003

About

The Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 60th Anniversary ref. SLGH003 is a stunning limited edition men’s luxury timepiece that effortlessly merges a slim, modern design with a new high-beat mechanical movement. 

It was created to celebrate the brand’s 60th anniversary and offers a handsome 40mm stainless steel case, blue dial, and a variety of features that make it a worthwhile investment.

Features

Some of them include a blue dial with a red seconds hand, a Zaratsu-polished case with wide lugs and a 9S-style design, a Hi-Beat movement, a bracelet with a clasp decorated with GS initials in gold, a see-through caseback, and a screw-down crown.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2020
  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Blue, with silver-tone hands, applied index hour markers, and a red seconds hand
    • Bracelet – Stainless steel, with a three-fold clasp with push button release
    • Bezel – Fixed, smooth, stainless steel
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber 9SA5 Hi-Beat movement with a Dual Impulse Escapement, 47 jewels, an 80-hour power reserve (approximately), and 36,000vph

Why You Should Invest?

It has a limited availability as a production run of just 1000 pieces- making it a must-have among most watch enthusiasts. Additionally, its price rose by at least 30 percent between 2020 and July 31, 2023.

5. Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – Stainless Steel, Ivory Dial ref. SBGW231

Grand Seiko SBGW231

About

Grand Seiko’s Elegance Collection showcases understated design and refined style, exemplified by the Grand Seiko ref. SBGW231 model. It’s a luxury women’s time-only timepiece that blends classic aesthetics with modern functionality, clear from its well-polished round 37.3mm stainless steel case and bezel, stylish ivory-colored dial, and a leather strap- a combination that’s sure to appeal to the modern, sophisticated woman.

Features

They include an ivory dial with a subtle sunburst finish, a sleek stainless steel case with curved lugs, double applied silver-tone hour markers at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, a date display at the 3 o’clock position, and a box-shaped sapphire crystal on the dial with AR coating.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2019
  • Case Size: 37.3mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Ivory with sunburst finish, silver-tone hands, and applied index hour markers
    • Bracelet – Black alligator leather strap with pin buckle with twin-trigger release clasp
    • Bezel – Fixed, smooth, stainless steel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Hand-winding Caliber 9S64 with 24 jewels, a 72-hour power reserve, and a 28,800vph frequency

Why You Should Invest?

It has a timeless design that maintains its appeal over the years. Moreover, its average market price rose from S$3,978 on February 4, 2023, to S$4,062 on July 31, 2023.

6. Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – Stainless Steel, Black Dial ref. STGF289

Grand Seiko Elegance Collection ref. STGF289

About

The Grand Seiko Elegance Collection ref. STGF289 is a luxury women’s dress watch that combines time-honored watchmaking artistry with modern sophistication. It stands out for its simple yet stylish appearance, featuring a stunning green dial with diamond details, a high-quality 26mm stainless steel case, and a smooth leather strap that’s easy on the wrist.

Features

They include an olive green dial, eight diamond hour markers, a quartz movement, a date indicator at 3 o’clock, and a dark-brown alligator leather strap.

Specifications

  • Production Year: Unknown
  • Case Size: 26mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Black, with silver-tone hands and diamond/index hour markers
    • Bracelet – Dark-brown alligator leather strap with a one-push three-fold steel clasp
    • Bezel – Fixed, smooth, stainless steel
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Battery-powered Caliber 4J52 quartz movement

Why You Should Invest?

Its combination of high-quality materials and exquisite design makes it a fashionable accessory and a durable, reliable timepiece for everyday wear. Plus, its price increased by 20% between 2022 and July 31, 2023.

7. Grand Seiko Sport Spring Drive – Titanium, Khaki Green Dial ref. SBGA403

Grand Seiko Sport Spring Dive SBGA403

About

In the mood for a powerful timepiece that echoes a lion’s unmatched strength and power? The Grand Seiko Sport Spring Drive ref. SBGA403 delivers this and more. It’s a remarkable limited edition men’s luxury timepiece with an attractive lion theme, from its bold, angled 44.5mm Titanium case with curved lugs that resemble the big cat’s claws to its unique mane-inspired dial. 

It may be intimidatingly large, but it’s also surprisingly lightweight around the wrist and has an air of confidence around it- suitable for the fashion-conscious gentleman looking to make a statement.

Features

Its main features are a black ceramic bezel, a Zaratsu-polished Titanium bracelet, a khaki-green dial with a lion’s mane-like pattern, a high-intensity titanium case, and a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2019
  • Case Size: 44.5mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Khaki green, with a lion’s mane pattern and lume-applied diamond-cut hands and applied hour markers
    • Bracelet – High-intensity Titanium, with Zaratsu polishing and a three-fold clasp with secure lock & push button release, solid & slide adjuster
    • Bezel – Fixed, smooth, black ceramic, 60-minute
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber Spring Drive 9R15 movement with manual winding, 30 jewels, and a 72-hour power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

It’s limited to 500 pieces, making it attractive to most watch collectors and enthusiasts. Additionally, its price has increased noticeably since production by at least 60 percent. 

8. Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT – Titanium, Black Dial ref. SBGE215

Grand Seiko Spring Drive ref. SBGE215

About

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive ref. SBGE215 is a luxury men’s GMT timepiece that balances ergonomics and a nice, modern design. It’s an improvement of the SBGE201, boasting a more reliable 44mm Titanium case (compared to the former’s steel case), more colorful detailing on its dial, and a solid caseback to accommodate its generous 200m water resistance. 

Features

Its standout features are a date window at 4 o’clock, a red GMT hand, a crown at the 4 o’clock position, a bezel with a 24-hour scale, and odd number Arabic numeral hour markers on the dial’s rehaut.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2017
  • Case Size: 44mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Black, with lume-applied red-gold tone hands and index hour markers, and a red GMT hand with a luminous tip
    • Bracelet – Titanium, with a three-fold push-button clasp
    • Bezel – Bi-directional, smooth, black ceramic, with a 24-hour scale
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds, GMT
  • Mechanism: Automatic Spring Drive Caliber 9R66 movement with 30 jewels and a 72-hour power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

Its use of high-intensity Titanium, sleek black dial, and true GMT function make it a versatile and practical option for daily wear or travel. Furthermore, its Spring Drive mechanism guarantees precise timekeeping, and its price has risen by approximately 15% since production.

9. Grand Seiko Spring Drive 5 Days – Stainless Steel, Black Dial ref. SLGA015

Grand Seiko Spring Drive watch SLGA015

About

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive 5 Days ref. SLGA015 is a luxury men’s dive watch that’s an update of the limited edition SLGA001. It has a 43.8mm Titanium case with GS’ innovative Evolution 9 shape, a deep black dial that carries a part of Japanese history, and a reliable high-precision movement in its hood. It’s smaller and thinner than its predecessor, giving it a better wrist presence for most (male) wearers.

Features

They include a textured ‘Black Stream’ dial- inspired by the oceans surrounding the Japanese archipelago, a unidirectional bezel, a domed sapphire crystal with AR coating over the dial, a crown that’s recessed between shoulders, and a solid screwed-down Titanium caseback.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2022
  • Case Size: 43.8mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Deep black, with a black stream pattern and luminous hands and round/rectangular/triangular hour markers
    • Bracelet – Titanium, with a three-fold clasp with secure lock & push button release, solid & slide adjuster
    • Bezel – Unidirectional rotating Titanium, with a white-filled 60-minute graduated scale and a luminous pearl at 12 o’clock
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic Spring Drive Caliber 9RA5 movement with 38 jewels and a 120-hour (5-day) power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

According to WatchCharts, its average market price increased from S$10,664 on February 3, 2023, to S$10,768 on August 1, 2023.

10. Grand Seiko Quartz GMT – Stainless Steel, Champagne Dial ref. SBGN011

Grand Seiko Quartz GMT ref. SBGN011

About

The Grand Seiko Quartz GMT ref. SBGN011 is a luxury men’s GMT timepiece with a monochromatic steel design and eye-catching champagne dial. It’s among the five quartz pieces that Grand Seiko added to its lineup in 2020 and has a quiet, reserved appearance- a look that the less-flashy but equally stylish gentleman will appreciate. It’s SBGN013 brother is less shy and more adventure-themed.

Features

Some of its key features include a dial that merges a 24-Hour GMT scale with the usual 12-Hour scale, a blue GMT hand, a bracelet with a small bevel on the edges, a Zaratsu-polished bezel, and sharp-tipped hour and minute hands.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2020
  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Champagne, with silver-tone hands and index hour markers and a blue GMT hand
    • Bracelet – Stainless steel, with a three-fold clasp with push button release
    • Bezel – Fixed, smooth, stainless steel
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds, GMT
  • Mechanism: Caliber 9F86 quartz movement with a GMT function and a battery life of at least 3 years

Why You Should Invest?

Its GMT function allows for a convenient way to track two time zones simultaneously, making it an ideal travel companion. What’s more, as per WatchCharts, its average market price increased from S$2,364 on February 3, 2023, to S$2,397 on August 1, 2023.

Summary

The following table highlights the Grand Seiko models above, plus their key features, retail, private market, and pre-owned prices:

ModelKey FeaturesRetail PricePrivate Market PricePre-Owned Price
Grand Seiko ‘White Birch’ ref. SLGH005• White birch-patterned dial
• 44GS-style stainless steel case
• Sapphire crystals at the front and back
S$12,112S$8,086S$8,396
Grand Seiko Blue 44GS Limited Edition ref. SBGP017• Date window at 3 o’clock
• Blue cloud-texture dial inspired by the sea of clouds in Shinsu
• Quartz movement
S$5,058S$4,772S$5,059
Grand Seiko Heritage Quartz ref. SBGX265• Blue sun-ray dial
• Extra shiny stainless steel case and bracelet
• Sapphire crystal with AR coating over the dial
S$2,662S$1,855S$1,914
Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 60th Anniversary ref. SLGH003• Blue dial with a red seconds hand
• Zaratsu-polished case with wide lugs and a 9S-style design
• Bracelet with a clasp decorated with GS initials in gold
S$14,778S$9,461S$9,639
Grand Seiko Elegance Collection ref. SBGW231• Ivory dial with a subtle sunburst finish
• Sleek stainless steel case with curved lugs
• Double applied silver-tone hour markers at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock
S$5,723S$4,062S$4,395
Grand Seiko Elegance Collection ref. STGF289• Olive green dial
• Eight diamond hour markers
• Dark-brown alligator leather strap
S$3,461S$2,790S$2,990
Grand Seiko Sport Spring Drive ref. SBGA403• Black ceramic bezel
• Zaratsu-polished Titanium bracelet
• Khaki-green dial with a lion’s mane-like pattern
S$14,109S$10,837S$11,755
Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT ref. SBGE215• Crown at the 4 o’clock position
• Bezel with a 24-hour scale
• Odd number Arabic numeral hour markers on the dial’s rehaut
S$10,116S$6,402S$6,801
Grand Seiko Spring Drive 5 Days ref. SLGA015• Textured ‘Black Stream’ dial
• Unidirectional bezel
• Domed sapphire crystal with AR coating over the dial
S$15,440S$10,768S$11,330
Grand Seiko Quartz GMT ref. SBGN011• Dial that merges a 24-Hour GMT scale with the usual 12-Hour scale
• Blue GMT hand
• Bracelet with a small bevel on the edges
S$3,993S$2,397S$2,516

Final Word

With an unwavering focus on creating aesthetically pleasing and technically advanced timepieces, Grand Seiko remains a prominent figure in the luxury watch market. As it continues to evolve, most collectors and enthusiasts eagerly await each release, eager to experience the latest advancements in Grand Seiko’s ongoing pursuit of horological perfection.

Key Takeaways

  • Grand Seiko watches are renowned for their high-quality craftsmanship, with each watch assembled by hand and produced entirely in-house. They offer a range of models, from vintage pieces to modern quartz watches, which cater to different tastes and preferences.
  • Grand Seiko watches’ most notable features are a Zaratsu-polished case and bezel, double (or more pronounced) hour markers at 12 o’clock, and unique dials with special finishes.
  • Grand Seiko pieces are worthwhile investments for their high-quality materials, unique designs, rich Japanese heritage, high-precision movements, and ability to retain and even appreciate in value with time.

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