Now to the watch itself. The SLGA001 is a limited edition of 700, expected this August, and it’s more evolutionary than revolutionary, at least as compared to its new movement. It features styling that’ll please the vast numbers of fans of the SBGA229, even though this new one is more aggressive—I love those lugs, for instance. The dial color, which is called “Grand Seiko Blue,” is only going to be available in this LE, and it looks great.
This new model is rated for 600 meters and will no doubt have some of the most impressive lume on the market.
Predictably, it’s cased in high-intensity titanium, GS’ proprietary blend that’s lighter (in appearance) and harder than most other titanium alloys. Interestingly, GS says that ease of disassembly and maintenance were priorities in the design of this rather large (46.9mm, 16mm thick) case.
Perhaps most amazing of all, Grand Seiko managed to create a power reserve where up points to full (just kidding GS, I know the 9S67 did too).
Purists who prefer their tool watches to be, well, tool watches, will be pleased to know that GS has once again opted for a solid back to their watch, although I personally would love to see that gorgeous 9RA5 inside.