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Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch

Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Normally, the news that Godzilla was on his way to town would inspire mass panic and a city-wide evacuation. Luckily, for Japan’s premier brand, the Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition watch is highly unlikely to cause the same reaction. This new release celebrates both the 20th anniversary of the Spring Drive movement and the 65th anniversary of everyone’s favorite “urban developer,” the (almost) unstoppable force from the depths of the ocean and our nightmares, Godzilla. Joining the Grand Seiko Sport collection is a handsome, burgundy-dial timepiece boasting a 44.5mm × 14.3mm high-intensity titanium case.

Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

On a personal note, Grand Seiko is one of my favorite brands, and the Spring Drive technology is truly amazing. My one gripe with many of the designs, however, is that the caseback sapphire crystal is often decorated with the lion logo, which, while cool in itself, obscures the view of a movement I’d very much like to see in its entirety. On this version, however, the lion has been usurped by Godzilla, and the image of this legendary “Kaiju” razing the famous clock tower that rises above the Wako store (a retail establishment of Seiko’s) to the ground is, for me, a welcome and humorous alteration to the norm. It is, at once, hilarious, cheeky, and creative — not something we can say about most watch components these days. The image is illustrated by Shinji Higuchi, co-director and special effects director for the movie “Shin Godzilla,” released in 2016. Behind the glass is the famous Spring Drive caliber 9R15, an automatic movement with accuracy parameters of an exceptionally tight ±10 seconds per month and a 72-hour power reserve.

Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Dial-side, the watch offers a timeless yet contemporary aesthetic with a deep red dial finished with a 3D ray effect inspired by the “heat-ray beam” Godzilla has been known to shoot from his gizzard when particularly ornery. The strap, created from shark skin, was chosen to reference the beast’s hide, while the case it holds to the wrist has a hulking, aggressive presence inspired by the sheer bulk of Godzilla. The strap is fastened by a triple-fold buckle with push-button release.

Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

And should Godzilla attack your hometown, you can rest assured that the Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition watch is the perfect timepiece to accompany you on your fight for survival. Legibility remains top-notch, thanks to the LumiBrite hands, hour markers, and bezel, as well as the anti-reflective coating on the curved sapphire bezel. This will be very useful, indeed, when the power goes out during Godzilla’s rampage. The curvature of the lugs and low center of gravity of the watch means it will stay in place no matter how fast you have to run, or however many destroyed taxis you have to leap/cartwheel/backflip over as you charge for safety. And if, for some unknown reason, you fancy your chances of out-swimming the largely aquatic behemoth, your watch will continue to function, thanks to its 20 bar (200 meter) water resistance and screw-down crown.

Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition (reference SBGA405) will hit the shelves in November 2019 and will be limited to 650 pieces worldwide, available at select Grand Seiko and Seiko boutiques around the globe, as well as a handful of authorized dealers. It will retail for approximately €12,700. Learn more about the brand at grand-seiko.com.

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  • SuperStrapper

    The whole thing is a nightmare and I kinda want one.

    • gwd

      Elegant way to say exactly how I feel about this. The exhibition back is so over the top, the strap is like demonic lava. Hell yes.

      • Best strap description of the year goes to…

  • egznyc

    Come on, GS. While the dial is very attractive, the markers, hands, and bezel all scream sporty. Seems to be a mismatch of styles. The case is cool but a bit large and chunky IMO – again not exactly in keeping with the refined nature of the dial pattern. Godzilla? Cool. Too bad it obscures the rear view.

  • Agnar Sidhu

    Not sure what to say about this well executed misfit..

  • werner

    Imho, this model should have been part of the Seiko realms… GS, please plan carefully not to waste your succes. Stop making to much models too.

  • Independent_George

    Sometimes,from time to time, terrible tie-ins result in terrific watches.

    I want one.

  • Berndt Norten

    History shows again and again
    How nature points out the folly of men
    Seiko ‘Godzilla’!

    • Independent_George

      Oh, no! It’s made by Grand Seiko . . .
      No, no Godzilla! (yeah)
      Oh no! For sale in Toe-kee-yo . . .
      No, no Godzilla! (yeah)
      [Shredding guitar lead from Buck Dharma]

  • Gokart Mozart

    Lovely case, dial and strap.

    Shame about the handset the indices and silly bezel.

    Nearly there GS.

  • David Stettenbauer

    Bad ass , but I would change the straps.

  • thebarhound

    I love the look of this watch but at a bit more than 12k, no way this will be on my wrist anytime soon. I too would change the strap.

  • Swiss_Cheese

    The dial is nice, it reminds me of the some of those Presage models – I’d say it isn’t exactly a ‘companion’ piece at 42x the price though. The printed caseback makes it look a bit to busy in my opinion, and, as people have pointed out, the strap is… well… looks like a 3rd degree flesh burn. All in all, quite nice.

  • Gojira @Godzilla lives most of its life in the Pacific Ocean but if the strap is made out of tanned shark skin leather, you can’t swim wearing Godzilla but need to avoid water contact right? Or is the shark skin treated to make it waterproof? The watch needs a complementary rubber strap

  • Jonathan Hancock

    I like the watch except that case back. For a watch this expensive, I would expect something a little more classy. The image of Godzilla reminds me of Reptar from the kids show Rugrats. https://media1.giphy.com/media/1FNZbBbD8lkPu/giphy.gif

    • Low~Rotor

      When I see any Godzilla films, I am not struck by classiness. Seeing as this watch is a tribute to the popcorn creation, I think the art style is perfectly fitting, but I would be happier if it were etched or even enameled into a solid case back.

  • Low~Rotor

    I handled this in Wako last week. It was on display but apparently not on sale until November! Lucky I wasn’t in the market for this exact piece.

    The dial is really very red. It is on the lighter side of burgundy, bordering on blood red. The sort of red you might witness if Godzilla grabs you by the scruff and slams your face into a wall. It loses the discreetness of the SBGH403’s dial. For that, it’s not my cup of tea, but still a beaut.

  • SMB

    Great write up! The watch is not my style, but great fun reading about it.

  • David

    I really dislike it when brands place images on the display back Crystal. If it’s display back I want to see the movement, if not show me the metal. Nice red dial by the way.

  • Mikita

    Crazy and cool at the same time. Want one for myself.

  • David Bredan

    It’s because I couldn’t open it / view it. It appeared as a dark image I couldn’t make out the contents of, posted by an anonymous. That’s why, and not because we aren’t supportive of some celebratory Godzilla dance.

    • anonymous

      Ah, OK. Thanks for responding. I assumed someone was irrationally offended by Godzilla dancing – political correctness gone too far.

  • Svetoslav Popov

    I love it. So glad it is a 12k EUR watch and not 2k, because I will not have to spend 2k 🙂