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Grand Seiko SBGA405 Godzilla 65th Anniversary Watch Review

Posted by Daniel Luczak on 19th Apr 2020

Grand Seiko unveils this stunning Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition SBGA405 watch to mark both the 20th anniversary of their successful Spring Drive movement and the 65th anniversary of the legendary Godzilla beast.

One of the many reasons Grand Seiko fans love their watches so much is their desire to celebrate and activate their Japanese roots, whether it is with a snowflake dial influenced by the snow scene on the tops of Mt. Iwate, the mountain that sits outside the windows of the factories of Grand Seiko, or the patterns and colors of the trees growing around Joboji.

The company is taking a new path with this Grand Seiko Godzilla Limited Edition and is becoming positively influenced by one of Japan’s most famous monsters. Let’s take a look at what this watch offers the audiences across the globe.

Case

The 44.5 mm case is made of lightweight high-intensity titanium. Thanks to the brand’s renowned Zaratsu polishing and hairline finish, it is designed with thin, faceted lugs with a beautiful distortion-free look.

Due to the lugs curve and the case’s small center of gravity, you should be able to enjoy maximum comfort and safety when this limited-edition beast is resting on your hand.

A slim black sapphire bezel, painted with a 60-minute scale, Lumibrite markers, and scratch-resistant dual-curved sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating for increased legibility are also fitted in the cases.

Dial

The trademark roar and heat ray beam of Godzilla is perfectly articulated on the large, burgundy dial adorned with delicate sunray textures and stunning straight indexes and hands. The hands and markers are also Lumibrite-coated for readability in low lighting.

Movement

One of the most popular and spectacular movements, Spring Drive movements of Grand Seiko, powers each of the dial functions. This movement comes with the Calibre 9R15. This impressive automated winding motion initially emerged from the Calibre 9R65 to provide an even higher level of accuracy.

The 9R15 now offers an almost unbelievable precision of ±10 seconds a month, which roughly translates into ±0.5 seconds a day. This is much better than the precision of the 9R65 caliber, which was ±15 seconds a month (equivalent to ±1 seconds a day). Furthermore, the 9R15 has an impressive 72-hour reserve power.

The Strap

To suit the dial of the 65th Anniversary Watch of Grand Seiko Godzilla, the company has offered a beautiful watch strap made of shark leather and painted with an unmissable red coating to provide the immediate feel and look of the appearance of the glowing red skin of Godzilla.

Instead of titanium, the buckle is uniquely fitted with a stainless-steel loop. However, the audiences feel that the titanium would possibly have matched well with the case stock.

An Overview

Here are the some details on this watch:

- Case Size: 44.5mm

- Case Material: High-intensity titanium

- Bezel: Rotating with Lumibrite markers

- Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment

- Crown: Screw-down

- Case Back: Exhibition with special decoration

- Water Resistance: 200 meters

- Movement: Calibre 9R15 Spring Drive automatic winding

- Accuracy: ±0.5 second per day (±10 seconds per month)

- Functions: Hour, minute, seconds, date, power reserve indicator

- Power Reserve: 72 hours

- Jewels: 30

- Dial: Red with sunburst decoration and Lumibrite hands and indexes

- Strap: Red shark leather with stainless steel buckle

- MSRP: $14,580

- Limited Edition: 650 pieces

- Release Date: November 2019

What Do We Have to Say?

Seiko is a master in producing and offering world-class watches. The latest Godzilla limited edition is no exception. It is not only beautiful but also feels comfortable around the wrist. If you want to pair this watch with a modern watch strap, head over to DaLuca Straps. Offering everything from leather watch straps to Shell Cordovan bands to handmade alligator straps and more. You can choose from a wide range of top-notch watch straps that are built to last.