Seiko Grand Elegance Urushi Dial

May 21, 2020,14:40 PM

Just received this piece today and wanted to share pics of the dial. Never had any interest in Seiko until I saw this series and when I did it really engaged me. It's easy to say you like something. It proves more difficult to explain the "why", but I thought that I would give it a go and try to break down what is the appeal. What first drew me to the watch was the case. I think it's subtly unique. I like the step up bezel and the way the lugs dramatically sweep inwards and down. Everything draws your eye to the top of the crystal. Notice how the crystal mimics the shape of the pie pan dial. Not all that unique, but altogether it seems to create some magic. The case comes in at 39 mm which is the sweet spot for me. And all that red gold! Now for the dial you can visit the Seiko website for details, but the gist of it is it's an Urushi lacquer dial made from the sap of trees in Japan which creates this beautiful rich amber color. On top of that Seiko added a sunburst pattern which is supposed to represent Mt. Iwate. Hopefully the photos capture that design. In addition the applied indices and two Arabic numerals along with the Seiko logo are dusted with platinum adding another contrast to the red/burgundy dial. Subtle, yet rich. Notice how the minutes hand is angled at the tip to parallel the outer edge of the dial. Nice touch. Icing on the cake is that it's thin and a manual wind movement. It's difficult to find a watch that you won't tire of after staring at for a few months, but I think this one fits the bill. Hope so, I'll let you know.


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 By: : May 21st, 2020-14:48
Congratulations! Looks absolutely amazing in the sunlight!


 By: jimidnsr : May 21st, 2020-15:08
Yes, dial is one of those hidden treasures. Only reveals itself in certain light. Another reason to like it.

Breathtakingly . . .

 By: Dr No : May 21st, 2020-16:48
. . . beautiful. The comparably handsome steel version was high on my acquisition list, and still there, if not quite as looming a possibility. The movement architecture and layout are deeply compelling; not much more can be said about GS dials that hasn'... 

Haute horology at its best !!!

 By: aperna : May 21st, 2020-16:56
I have the steel “Iwate” version and am extremely pleased Your reference is amazing. Where it in good health and enjoy it every day. You will find at the light plays tricks with the dial and every day will be a new experience. Where at in great health, be... 

Thanks for your review of this gorgeous watch!

 By: cazalea : May 21st, 2020-17:06
I have moved it to the Seiko forum which is its natural home. Cheers, Mike aka Cazalea / Seiko Moderator


 By: BWA : May 21st, 2020-20:46
This is a wonderful collection and I share your fondness for the hands and case. I am enjoying my blue dialled steel model and also find that it is keeping very good time, better than some well known swiss brands. Do enjoy it!