The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.

SBGR097 55th Anniversary Grand Seiko



The SBGR097

With a few exceptions, Grand Seiko models without rotating bezels, both automatic and Spring Drive, are in the 38-41mm range. At 42mm, Grand Seiko's 55th Anniversary SBGR091 is a modest outlier and is Grand Seiko's largest size for a non date automatic. This celebratory 500-piece limited edition is offered in stainless steel with a sapphire case back, and features the new 28,800 VPH, 33 jeweled, Calibre 9S61 movement, which is a non date variant of the 9S65.

The most notable design element of the SBGR097 is the interwoven Grand Seiko logo pattern on the dial. The repeating logo treatment on the dial is a design used on other anniversary models, such as last year's SBGA109.

So how prevalent is the logo? If you've followed the watch you've probably seen photos of the watch with effects ranging from the logo pattern dominating the visual, to those where it is barely visible. All in all, it is actually much more subtle in person than it is in the "soldier shot" on Seiko USA's website. At an angle the logo design is hard to see, though it is certainly apparent when viewed straight on. How do you like the SBGR097, and how do you feel about the "logo" dial?

The 55th Anniversary Limited Edition SBGR097 retails for $4,100.

A look at the upper left quadrant of the SBGR091.

The logo pattern of the SBGR091.

An angled shot of the lower portion of the SBGR091. The logo pattern is much harder to see in this photo than the one right above.

A side view of the SBGR091in which the logo pattern effectively disappears.

The crown and bezel edge of the SBGR091.

The case back of the SBGR091 with a view of the 9S61 movement.

Another view of the case back of the SBGR091 with a view of the 9S61.

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.