When Hodinkee lines up to collaborate with a major watch manufacturer, rest assured the team are going to hit it out of the park with every detail meticulously pored over to create the best watch watch possible, true to the brand’s history. And this is no different.
Teamed up with Grand Seiko, the teams have spent three years perfecting this – Grand Seiko Automatic GMT SBGM239 Limited Edition for HODINKEE. Only 500 are to be made and unfortunately for some, only available in the US market.
Fitted to a stainless steel bracelet, a first for the SBGM series – since Grand Seiko became its own independent brand in 2017 – and to U.S.-based collectors, the 39.5mm case features an achingly beautiful dial in a shade of twilight blue that was partially inspired by the daily transition from day to night – the hours that comprise dusk in English, or Yūgure in Japanese. Powered by the self-winding 9S66 caliber, the watch features GMT functionality and a 72-hour power reserve.
Unfortunately to those who don’t live in the US, it will prove difficult to get your hands on one new, with over half of the allocation ready for immediate delivery and the remainder shipping in February 2021. The price for this limited Grand Seiko? $5,400.
Hodinkee, the one stop shop for all things horological has on occasion teamed up with some of the top watch manufacturers to create what the team felt were the ultimate watches – some favourites include the Zenith El Primero, Tag Heuer Carerra Skipper and the Nomos Glashutte Metro Chronometer.
Most of the limited edition watches are snapped up as soon as they are announced with prices ranging between $2,500 and $60,000 until its most recent announcement. Hodinkee teamed up with Swatch to create the latest collaboration – the Swatch Sistem 51 Hodinkee Vintage 84 to give its full name. It is accessible for most too, priced at $150 described as, “interesting, democratic, and just flat-out cool.”
The watch uses Swatch’s self-winding movement, Sistem 51, originally released in 2013 with a 90 hour power reserve and one central screw holding the 51 parts together. Designwise, the watch pays tribute to Swatch’s first sports watch with reinterpreted luminous markers, sword like hands and a date window at the six o’clock. Being the quirky movement that it is, Swatch added a clear caseback so users can see the black and white patterns change as the winding rotor spins.
It is available to preorder on the Hodinkee store with deliveries starting December 12th, just in time for Christmas. If you aren’t lucky enough to grab one of the preorder slots from December 12th, Swatch will stock a limited quantity at its flagship store on Times Square in New York.