Limited-edition watch celebrates 50 years of Nissan GT-R

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Nissan GT-R anniversary watch will be priced at $21,000 | Grand Seiko photos

With the 50th anniversary of the Nissan GT-R coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Grand Seiko’s Spring Drive watch technology, the Japanese watch maker is producing 200 examples of its SBGC229 model timepiece.

“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,” the watch company says in its news release. 

“This Grand Seiko watch is at the leading edge of sports technology, with its Spring Drive chronograph caliber and a ceramic case.”

Timepiece and iconic GT-R

The text continues: “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.

“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.

The company says the watch is inspired by the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary model arriving in the late spring of 2020.

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“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.

Spring Drive viewed through rear part of watch case

“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.

The watch is priced at $21,000.

For more information, visit the Grand Seiko website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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