Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE253/255/257 Watch Trio Review
Posted by Daniel Luczak on 23rd Nov 2022
No one else creates dress watches quite like Grand Seiko. However, they also do a fantastic job with sports watches. The Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE253/255/257 is superb amongst their sportier models.
This watch has everything you could want in a contemporary GMT: a 40.5mm stainless steel case, a ceramic bezel, 200 meters of water resistance, a sturdy steel band, and a dependable Spring Drive movement. It is a watch that can withstand almost everything thrown at it. Let’s see what the brand-new Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE253/255/257 watch really offers.
Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE253 Watch Details
Grand Seiko is renowned for its characteristics, including Spring Drive, hi-beat movements, case and dial patterns as well as their famous Zaratsu finishing. Additionally, they are renowned for producing some very outstanding sports watches.
Beautiful models include the SBGJ239 hi-beat GMT and the SBGC231 Spring Drive chronograph. They are also considered "large" timepieces since their diameter is over 44mm. However, the company wanted to address this issue and began by introducing more compact models recently. The SBGE253, 255, and 257 are a trio of sports watches from Grand Seiko that have more compact proportions and were released in the fall of 2020.
These variants all have diameters of 40.5mm and fall in the much more wearable territory for most collectors. They are roughly 4mm thinner than the model's (SBGE) previous iteration. Despite being smaller, they have fixed ceramic bezels, 200m water resistance, and, most significantly, Spring Drive GMT movements.
These watches are still highly competent, adaptable, and useful for traveling and sports. These versions also still read as Grand Seiko timepieces with the crowns at four. These seemed to fulfill a need for Grand Seiko enthusiasts and were received with instant enthusiasm. They come in black, blue, green, and brown LE. The brilliant Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE253 is the frontrunner of this series and offers a sleeker look at your disposal.
The Narrower and Sleeker Case
When you look at the SBGE255, the term "athletic" comes to mind. Despite having a 40.5mm diameter, the watch has an unmistakable muscular strength. The bezel is large, and the lugs are long and broad. It's a little difficult to believe it's that thinner since it seems bigger. The only adjustment that clearly lowers the diameter is changing the crown to four, a distinctive feature of Grand Seiko. It is almost too long, measuring 48.5mm from lug to lug, but the lugs are sufficiently curved to make up for it. It is 14.7mm thick as well. It does assist a little that Grand Seiko adds a taper to the sides, and the bevel beneath the bezel also helps.
The SBGE257's forest green dial features two distinguishing details.
- One, it only appears brilliant green under certain lighting conditions, leaning more toward an extremely dark bottle green or perhaps black. This helps to keep it relatively unnoticed for a dial with such a hue.
- Two: Although the finish is a sunburst, it is not too bright. Overall, this has a calm and appealing appearance.
The watch's hands have blunt tips and are wonderfully reflective thanks to their faceted design. The polish on the hands and indexes is stunningly perfect, as expected. Looking attentively, you can see vertical lines on the indices' upper surface. A company will only try this type of embellishment if they are certain that the results will be beyond reproach. After all, Grand Seiko is known for its extreme accuracy.
The Snug Watch Strap
The clasp features four micro-adjust holes so you may fine-tune the fit, and the bracelet comprises three sections with polished outside borders and two half-links. This is advantageous since the watch's weight is distributed more evenly around the case than it is around the strap. It makes sense that a tight fit would be more pleasant. The bracelet's finish is of the same high caliber and homogeneity as the rest of the watch.
The Ideal Grand Seiko GMT Watch
The display of the SBGE253/255/257 is typical of most sports GMT watches, with a central H-M-S and a prominent 24-hour hand to show the home time while traveling or in another time zone at home. The date may be advanced or retracted and is connected to the local hour hand. A power reserve sits between 8 o'clock and 9 o'clock to bring the entire design together.
Everything comes together once the SBGE253/255/257 is on the wrist. Because of its design and polish, it wears extremely nicely and exudes confidence. The watch's 40.5mm case size and the downward-sloping lugs make it comfortable to wear on various wrist sizes. The Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE253/255/257 Watch is a brilliant sports watch. You can find hundreds of different watch straps on DaLuca Straps for your stunning Grand Seiko timepiece or watch in general. You can find high-quality shell cordovan watch straps and custom made watch straps at DaLuca Straps. The choice is yours, so choose well.