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    Hello gentlemen,

    I heard briefly about GS and the Spring Drive movement.

    Can anyone help to explain and why is it worth that price? I like some of their designs so am thinking of getting but hesitant if it's really worth that price for the movement. Brand wise is a perspective so that doesn't matter.

    Thanks.
    "Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it." - Benjamin Franklin

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    No reply in this thread sums up the Grand Seiko popularity...
    "Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it." - Benjamin Franklin

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    Let me try.
    I do not have a GS but have owned a Spring Drive (model SNR 013) for a few years.
    The unique mechanism and extreme accuracy of the watch are the main attractions for me. If you have not done so, I encourage you hold a spring drive up-close and see the ultra-smooth sweep of the second hand - it is sight to behold, something that even the Pateks, the Jeager or the Langes have not achieved.
    The down side are:
    a) People will think you are weird (or even stupid) to pay $5000 -$7000 for a Seiko
    b) Poor resale value compared to a Rolex
    c) Service & repairs can only be done in Japan, so expect turnaround time of at least 3 months and to pay more than $700
    d) The long term reliability of the Spring Drive is unknown, as they were launched only in 2005. Recently, my watch stopped running despite the Power Reserve showing at least 30 hours left - it is now having its long spa session in Japan!

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    If you wanted a GS, getting a spring-drive is perhaps the best option as such truly differentiates GS movements from other in-house movements. It is a technology synonymous to GS and offers you accuracy and precision that none other mechanical watches can claim close.

    As to whether is it worth the price .....this is really subjective. Is an ETA-based PAM worth its price ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by notelover View Post
    No reply in this thread sums up the Grand Seiko popularity...
    There is a Seiko forum. Grand Seiko is popular, just whether you asking correct group of people.
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    Omega Ocean Planet 22015000
    Bell & Ross Heritage BR126
    Grand Seiko GMT SBGM021
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    Thanks guys. Appreciate your replies.

    I am considering a SD GMT. See how then.
    "Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it." - Benjamin Franklin

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    Quote Originally Posted by notelover View Post
    Thanks guys. Appreciate your replies.

    I am considering a SD GMT. See how then.
    I have took the plunge (arrgh). Wait for my sharing and pics!
    "Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it." - Benjamin Franklin

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    well done! only pple in the circle will appreciate Grand Seiko.

    I went for a GS function in 2010 and i am impressed and humble by the heritage and horological advancement of the GS and Spring drive.

    http://kymwatchlog.blogspot.com/2010...-grandeur.html

    As one guy pointed out, in this part of Asia, Seiko is still viewed as a "cheap" watch. Sad, but true.

    Seiko was one of the brands i was crazy about during my early days into the hobby. i still love my Seikos!


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    My Current

    Rolex Daytona 116515
    Rolex Submariner 16610
    Rolex Submariner 116610
    Rolex Date 1550
    IWC Spitfire Chronograph 371705
    IWC Portuguese 7 Days 500107
    Omega Ocean Planet 22015000
    Bell & Ross Heritage BR126
    Grand Seiko GMT SBGM021
    Seiko Sumo SBDC001
    Seiko Sumo SBDC003
    Seiko Marinemaster SBDX012
    Seiko Brightz SDGZ013 Chronograph

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    Quote Originally Posted by lthg25 View Post
    yes, same event.

    i think it is events such as this that raise the awarness of GS.

    i am not yet a GS ownwer myself but hopefully will be one day


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