Grand Seiko offers a wide range of stunning nature-inspired dials, but one stands out among the rest: the Snowflake. It has become an iconic symbol of the brand, drawing inspiration from the pristine snow-covered landscapes of Shinshu, Japan. While the Spring Drive SBGA211 is known for its Snowflake dial, Grand Seiko has recently expanded this concept with two new quartz Snowflake watches for 2024.
The first model, SBGX355, is a midsize version crafted from High Intensity Titanium. This alloy, comprised of titanium, niobium, and iron, is harder and more scratch-resistant than standard titanium. The SBGX355 measures 37mm in diameter with 10mm thickness, 19mm lugs, and a lug-to-lug profile of 44.6mm. It features a double-curved sapphire crystal, a solid caseback, and 100 meters water resistance.
The dial of the SBGX355 showcases the signature textured pattern of the Snowflake, with faceted hour markers, a date window at 3 o’clock, and dauphine-shaped hands. Powered by the brand’s nine-jewel Cal. 9F62 quartz movement, this model offers a three-year battery life and an accuracy rating of just -/+10 seconds per year. The dial does not include a power reserve indicator, maintaining a simplified display.
Completing the SBGX355 is a matching High-Intensity Titanium bracelet with largely brushed surfaces, two thin rows of high-polished center links, and a machined folding clasp.
The second quartz model, STGF385, is crafted from stainless steel and features a diamond-set bezel. With a diameter of 28.9mm and a thickness of 8.8mm, it is smaller than its midsize titanium sibling. It also has a double-curved sapphire crystal, a solid caseback, and 100 meters water resistance. The dial and hands mirror the design of the midsize titanium model, while the bezel is set with 44 diamonds totaling 0.39 carats.
The STGF385 is powered by the brand’s seven-jewel Cal. 4J52 quartz movement, offering the same performance as the Cal. 9F62 with a three-year battery life and an accuracy rating of -/+10 seconds per year. The stainless steel bracelet features a simplified flat three-piece link design, with entirely brushed upper surfaces and a matching three-section machined folding clasp.
Although Grand Seiko offers watches at various price points, these new Snowflake models with quartz movements are relatively affordable compared to other offerings. The midsize Grand Seiko Snowflake SBGX355 in High-Intensity Titanium has an official retail price of $3,800 USD, while the diamond-set Grand Seiko Snowflake STGF385 is priced at $5,500 USD. With the Snowflake dial’s popularity, offering it in different sizes and configurations is a logical move. These new quartz models provide a simplified and more compact expression of the celebrated Grand Seiko dial design, at a lower price point than the full-size Spring Drive SBGA211.
For more information on the Grand Seiko Snowflake SBGX355 and STGF385 watches, please visit the brand’s website.