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Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE248 Two-Tone Watch With Blue Dial

Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE248 Two-Tone Watch With Blue Dial Watch Releases

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT has been a staple in the brand lineup for some time now. In fact, I remember reading Ariel’s article almost 12 years ago when he was preaching the good word back when I was an aBlogtoWatch reader still getting acquainted with the luxury Japanese watchmaker. It’s long been one of the best GMT watches out there for those people who don’t want to pay the, let’s call it “soda tax” for some Swiss varieties with a hero complex. Well, the newly introduced Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE248 is the most lustworthy, as well as the most expensive, Spring Drive GMT yet. With a royal blue dial and bezel with two-tone yellow gold case and bezel, it’s a showstopper — but one for which you’ll have to pay about double what you would for the classic steel variant.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE248 Two-Tone Watch With Blue Dial Watch Releases

The 18k yellow gold ring in the rotating bezel is a first for Grand Seiko, but it’s really the contrast between the blue and gold that grabbed my attention. Of course, we are going off press images here, so I’ll reserve final judgment for when I can see the watch in person. The yellow gold on the bezel and crown nails the extent to which two-tone works, at least in my opinion. The classic steel bracelet (which I am quite sure will have the gold GS logo on the clasp) pulls the watch back from being too much of a retro-style throwback and shows just enough restraint.

I’d also just like to note that the GMT hand and power reserve indicator in gold are just *chef’s kiss.*

Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE248 Two-Tone Watch With Blue Dial Watch Releases

Case size and movement here in the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE248 are unchanged . The 44mm-wide and 14.7mm-thick case houses the Caliber 9R66 Spring Drive movement with its 72-hour power reserve. Grand Seiko is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Spring Drive this year, and you may have caught my hands-on coverage of the dressy manual-wind Elegance collection last week. 

Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE248 Two-Tone Watch With Blue Dial Watch Releases

This Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE248 reminds me of a more elaborate and attention-grabbing cousin of the SBGE015, which was in titanium and played with much more discreet hints of two-tone and black dial. It’s not a limited edition, which is great to see. However, this is going to be a Grand Seiko Spring Drive for a more self-selective buyer pool, as it’s priced at $11,500. The watch will be available this September, and you can learn more at


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  • Independent_George

    Is two-tone now officially a thing? Since the luxury watch industry moves slowly and self-corrects at an even slower pacer, this can’t be a good thing.

    • dr3

      It will only become a thing if we let it. Resist! ?

    • Swiss_Cheese

      I thought (and hoped) that two tone watches died along with shoulder pads and hair that has to be measured in cubic feet. We had the 70’s revival with the Genta sports watch craze of the 2010s, looks like we now on the cusp of the two-tone 80’s craze for 2020+

    • Leonarr

      I do hope it’s a thing, I’m already wearing mine with a bold chalkstripe suit like it was 1985!

  • There’s that PR we all know and love! Right in the middle of nowhere on the dial, as far as possible from any implied line of symmetry!

  • Agnar Sidhu

    The way the gold and blue works together, surrounded by some lovely finished steel is just smashing!

    • Independent_George

      Stop it! You’re just encouraging ’em!

      Kidding. Two-tone watches are polarizing, to say the least. To each his own, I say. However, when the day comes and the Two-Tone Wars are upon us, I am joining forces with Gokart.

      • Joe

        Which side is Gokart on?

        • Independent_George

          Read the Tudor two tone comments.

          • Joe

            Same side as us then…

        • Gokart Mozart

          I am generally almost always against two tone watches but some are tastefully done.

          I think the problem with this watch is it is not very good looking. If it was all steel with the blue dial I still think it would look bad but certain elements make it look worse. Eg gold hands and indices with lume. The gold crown at 4 is the worst 2 tone offence on this watch. Luckily they did not 2 tone the bracelet with is a big positive.

          Too many companies think they need to have a nice colour pattern to make two tone work. Eg silver gold silver gold silver gold as you go from the left side of the case to the right side ending at the crown.

          Yellow gold and Steel and blue do not really go well. Pink or rose gold would look better.

          Below is a roughly 80k Nautilus 2 tone with the blue but using pink gold and looks quite bad, but would look worse in yellow gold.

  • Expat

    A thin strip of gold around the insert, a gold crown and some gold lettering = double the price? LOL, GS really has lost the plot in its absolutely mad rush to move upmarket.

  • Marius

    I’m a big GS fan but dear me, no.

  • Greg Dutton

    I love it, but what in the actual f is going on with Seiko prices???

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Can I just add the date window is hideous. It should match the dial colour with white numerals, but what do I know….

  • Joe

    I’m generally not a two-tone fan…and this watch does nothing to change my mind.

    I would rather go all gold than two-tone but I would also not get an all (yellow) gold watch either.
    White gold and platinum, sure. Rose gold…also unlikely.

    My theory on why gold and two-tone might be polarising:
    Unless you’re a movie star and can turn on the style, yellow gold works well with warmer skin tones.
    If you have fair skin but dark, ginger, or brown hair…generally it doesn’t work.
    YMMV and some may get it to work.
    I googled a bit since writing above and this pretty much sums up my thoughts.

    I guess there’s a market for this but at this mark-up over the standard model might be a hard sell.
    I think this blue would go well with steel (or white gold) too…like the Rolex Submariner “Smurf”.

  • Tempvs Mortvvs

    Most GS watches really convey an awful sense of a esthetics. I can’t find any harmony in them, no matter how well executed they are. Hideous.

    • Alex Libkind

      It’s just the different aesthetics.

  • SuperStrapper

    Love the *chef’s kiss* ?

    I’d love to see them release this watch without the PR indication on the dial.

  • What a mess. I guess I need to see a Grand Seiko in the metal to appreciate them, but this one is just…a gold crown?

  • =VH=

    This is ugly

  • commentator bob

    Interestingly the best argument against this watch is the new Spring Drive Seiko Prospex LX SNR033.

    The new Swatch Group jumping-hour/true GMT movement, the ETA C07.661, also known as the Powermatic 80.661 and the H-14, is also going to shake things up for GMT watches. Right now it is only available in some Hamilton, Tissot, Mido, Certina, and Rado watches without rotating 24 hour bezels, but once it gets paired with a rotating bezel it will be a game changer.

  • Julie Hill

    Cheap looking. Quality will be outstanding, but from a distance cheap looking.

  • Dakota Dennison

    GS are always too large and too thick. It is always a disappointment. Would prefer seeing this as a Hi-Beat at 38-40mm and less than 12mm thick, however you could say that about just about every GS release for me. Sharp looking and I actually like the fact that there is no gold on the bracelet. I agree that the GS stamp in gold would be a very nice touch.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Two tone can be done well but you have to get the colours and finishing right and get the coloured bits in the correct place to look good. Personally they also look better on a leather strap.

    Oris do some nice two tone watches. Yes I know they are not solid gold but stylistically they are subtlish and not too attention grabbing.

    • Larry Holmack

      Those are both very nice!

  • Joe

    I don’t mind white gold or platinum (if I could afford it) but I’m generally more into tool watches than dress watches so steel is good 🙂

    • egznyc

      Steel is great for many watches! For tools, I’d think you might also like titanium – strong and light. I just don’t really like its dull gray color.

      • Joe

        Yes I like titanium too (and ceramics).
        We seem to associate weightiness with luxury, so while I’d totally consider a ti watch, I would judge a titanium watch on a case-by-case basis (no pun intended) 🙂
        If a watch is too light, it can feel wrong.

        That aside, I think I like the weightiness of a watch for practical reasons – eg being able to flick my wrist to change the position of a watch that has stuck to my arm.

  • Larry Holmack

    I love the look. The blue dial is stunning….and I think it’s one of their best looking GS’s!
    Yes…I know…most guys are afraid to wear a watch that doesn’t have a black dial and bezel with white numerals…because heaven forbid someone notices your watch! Personally…if that was the only choice for a watch, I wouldn’t wear one.

  • Ulysses31

    The watch itself is really quite beautiful. Paired with the steel bracelet though and it starts to look a bit weird. If they’d done all the metal parts in gold, it would look better, but that might be a bit too flashy for some. That’s the problem with most two-tone watches; they look like the bling is half-assed.

  • tmvu13

    Love it. A tad big for my tastes but I like it a lot, nonetheless. What’s the lug-to-lug?

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