Introducing The Grand Seiko Sport Tokyo Lion Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC253 Watch

The lion branding is back in a permanent collection Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC253.


The lion is the brand emblem that first appeared on the back of the inaugural Grand Seiko watch in 1960. The case was revived in a trio of models that Grand Seiko unveiled in 2019. The case underwent another resurgence the following year in the form of a sophisticated and constrained chronograph, the 60th Anniversary reference SBGC238. Fast forward 4 years and the most recent model from the Japanese brand is here to make a powerful statement, the new Spring Drive Chronograph GMT SBGC253. Like its forefather, it draws its inspiration from the lion’s mane, ushering in a slick and potent design to the collection.

The bold, ultra-angular case is finished with brushed and Zaratsu polishing and it’s crafted from high-intensity grade 5 titanium. The case has a  44.5mm x 16.8mm size profile. The use of titanium as opposed to stainless steel makes it that much more durable in addition to being 30% lighter than a stainless steel equivalent. As with earlier editions, the case size and finishing are both substantial, have sharp edges, and combine polished and brushed surfaces. A fixed 24-hour bezel hosts a luminous scale coated with LumiBrite. With large pushers and screw-down crown, water resistance is rated at 200m.

The powerful Lion’s mane texture appears on the dial in ivory-white color. The lion mane texture projects the image of power and authority that the Grand Seiko brand seeks to achieve in watchmaking, and perhaps already did. A 24-hour additional time zone with a separate 24-hour hand, a chronograph with central seconds, a 30-minute counter, a 12-hour counter, small seconds, a date, and a power reserve indicator are among the features of the dial. The large hands and applied markers are all coated in LumiBrite and the dial is sealed with a dual-curved sapphire crystal which has an anti-reflective coating.

On a more technical side, it’s the Grand Seiko’s proprietary Spring Drive Caliber 9R86 that powers the watch. Visible through a sapphire screwed caseback, the 50 jewels movement is a column-wheel chronograph, has ±1 second per day accuracy and offers a 72h power reserve.

Grand Seiko Sport Tokyo Lion Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC253 is part of the permanent collection and comes paired with a high-intensity titanium bracelet, coupled by a three-fold clasp and a slide adjuster for micro-adjustments and push-button release. It will cost EUR 13,400 when it becomes available in March 2023 at Grand Seiko boutiques and retailers all over the world.

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