20 years of Spring Drive and 50 years of the NISSAN GT-R are celebrated in a limited edition Grand Seiko watch

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A new creation in the Grand Seiko sport collection pays homage to an emblematic Japanese classic, the NISSAN GT-R which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a very special edition. This Grand Seiko watch is at the leading edge of sports technology, with its Spring Drive chronograph caliber and a ceramic case. It will be available in June at selected Grand Seiko and Seiko Boutiques, and selected retail partners across the world.

Grand Seiko SBGC229 and Nissan GTR
Grand Seiko SBGC229 and Nissan GTR

Introduced in 1969, the Skyline 2000 GT-R was the first in this celebrated series. Since then, the GT-R has earned its place in sports car history as setting the absolute standard in performance and has continuously showcased NISSAN’s passion for, and mastery of, car making. Cutting edge technology combined with Japanese craftsmanship makes possible the precision and high performance of each generation of these remarkable sports cars.

Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R
Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R

Since its birth in 1960, Grand Seiko has also set the very highest standards in the essentials of watchmaking, accuracy, durability and legibility, thanks to the skills and experience of its Japanese watchmakers and craftsmen. The unique Spring Drive technology was launched 20 years ago this year.

Grand Seiko SBGC229
Grand Seiko SBGC229

Both Grand Seiko and the NISSAN GT-R are determined to deliver the best in performance and this shared commitment to perfection is made strikingly clear in this collaborative and commemorative timepiece.

Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R & Grand Seiko SBGC229
Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R & Grand Seiko SBGC229

The NISSAN GT-R 50th Anniversary model pays homage to the race-car version of the Skyline 2000 GT-R, and is available until the end of March 2020. The watch design takes inspiration from the GT-R’s iconic blue color, known to car enthusiasts as ‘Bayside blue’, which is reflected in the blue of the ceramic outer case. This ceramic and the inner case made by light high-intensity titanium protects the watch from scratches while fitting comfortably on the wrist and delivers 10 bar water resistance.

The NISSAN racing livery with its distinctive white stripe is reflected in the white crocodile strap and the silver white color of the dial, creating a perfect aesthetic harmony with the blue of its ceramic case.

Grand Seiko SBGC229
Grand Seiko SBGC229 back

The Spring Drive movement can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back and the GT-R anniversary emblem in 18K yellow gold is set into the oscillating weight to symbolize the watch’s enhanced accuracy level of ±0.5 seconds per day. The stopwatch measures elapsed time for up to twelve hours and is the perfect caliber with which to celebrate the twin anniversaries of Spring Drive and the NISSAN GT-R.

Spring Drive 20th & NISSAN GT-R 50th Anniversary Limited Edition: SBGC229

Spring Drive Chronograph GMT 9R96

Grand Seiko SBGC229


  • Driving system: Automatic
  • Power reserve: 72 hours
  • Accuracy: ±0.5 seconds per day (±10 seconds per month)
  • Power reserve indicator
  • GMT hand, Chronograph up to 12 hours
  • Hour hand adjusted independently
  • Number of jewels: 50


  • High-intensity titanium and ceramic case
  • High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • See-through screw case back, Screw-down crown
  • Water resistance: 10 bar
  • Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
  • Diameter: 46.4mm, Thickness: 16.2mm
  • Crocodile strap with three fold clasp with push button release
  • Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: €21,600
  • Limited edition of 200

For more information, please visit the Grand Seiko Website. (Text and images courtesy of Grand Seiko)

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