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  • Manufacturer: Grand Seiko
    Year: 2020
    Reference No: SBGM239
    Movement No: 2'034'958
    Case No: Numbered 411/500; certificate number 163298
    Model Name: Automatic GMT SBGM239 Limited Edition for Hodinkee
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 9S66, 35 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Grand Seiko Inspection Certificate, warranty card, instruction manual, hang tag, polish cloth pouch, fitted presentation box, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In late 2019, online watch publication and retailer Hodinkee released their first limited edition collaboration with the venerated Japanese brand Grand Seiko – the Automatic GMT SBGM239. Realized in only 500 total pieces, the reference had previously been celebrated for its easy-to-use GMT, or dual time, function, superb finishing relative to retail price, and three-day power reserve provided by the in-house, Seiko caliber 9S66. A well-proportioned and comfortable 39.5mm in diameter, this version of the SBGM series was the first to be available both on a bracelet and leather strap for American collectors.

    The Hodinkee iteration introduced some enhancements to the dial and the addition of a stainless steel three-link bracelet to build upon the tried-and-true elements of the original. The bracelet is robust and ergonomic, and melds beautifully with the Zaratsu-polished case.

    The most significant changes were made however to the dial. Its color is described as “twilight blue”, referring to the color of the sky between sunset and the onset of dusk. Technically, the color is closest to what is referred to as evening nautical twilight, though it is often referred to more poetically as l’heure bleu in French and yūgure in Japanese. It is rather a chameleon, taking on slightly different hues depending on the lighting situation. Hodinkee worked with Grand Seiko to refine the text on the dial, which is printed in a muted grey color. Though the color is quite subtle against the vividness of the blue dial, legibility is not compromised.

    Generously donated by Grand Seiko in collaboration with Hodinkee, a longtime partner and sponsor of the Horological Society of New York, the present SBGM239 is numbered 411 of 500 and is offered in brand new, unworn condition with all its original accessories.

    This watch is being sold to benefit the Horological Society of New York’s ongoing education initiatives, in support of international traveling and virtual education programs, scholarships for students of watchmaking, and awards to watchmaking schools.


Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. SBGM239
A brand new, very fine, attractive, and limited stainless steel dual time-zone wristwatch with date, bracelet, certificate, and presentation box, sold to benefit the Horological Society of New York’s ongoing education initiatives

39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet, and clasp signed.

$3,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $8,820

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Timepieces for HSNY: Online Charity Auction

Online Auction 7 - 14 June 2021