Grand Seiko Hi-Beat SBGH005 Watch Review

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat SBGH005 Watch Review

In shiny midnight black, this is the Gennaker version of the Stolas Harbormaster watch and you have the chance of winning one this month on The Harbormaster Gennaker has a 44mm wide PVD black coated steel case that is water resistant to 200 meters. The crystal is sapphire and there is lume applied to the dial and bezel. The watch face is in black carbon fiber with a lightning bolt orange seconds hand (I've never seen orange lighting before). Inside the watch is an SMC 2824 clone automatic movement. More more information on the similar Spinnaker model, check out this review here. Price for the Stolas Harbormaster Gennaker is 9 and you can enter for a chance to win one below.

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Inside the watch is an in-house VC Calibre 1136 QP automatic. With a chronograph, perpetual calendar, and moon phase (along with the time), I am impressed by its only 228 parts. Usually watches this complicated have more parts. Don't be confused however, mechanically speaking the fewer parts a movement has the less prone to failure it is. I like how the hands and hour indicators stick out enough to have a high level of legibility on the dial. The functions are all contained within the four subdials that each have two displays inside of them. Attached to the watch is a blue alligator strap with a nice red lining. VC also includes a brown strap that should look nice.

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During the height of the most modern economic boom, Romain Jerome was little more than a quirky brand that sold golf-themed timepieces. The problem was that most golfers didn't want to wear a watch (or a bulky one) while playing the game. The owners brought in Yvan Arpa who decided to create a watch that combined a few things: luxury, rarity, and unattainability. It also had to involve something that people all over the world would know about. An idea he settled on was the most famous sunken ship ever, the Titanic.

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One of the most important improvements in the Diavolo over the first Freak is the lack of pinion sticking through the sapphire crystal. Originally, in order to secure the large hands, the Freak had a metal rod that went through the center of the watch. It actually stuck out a bit (though was polished and smooth) through the crystal. It isn't too noticeable, but Ulysse Nardin wanted to engineer it out for the next model. The Freak Diavolo does not contain this pin and is able to secure the movement in other ways. The most noticeable new feature of the Diavolo is the tourbillon. Where the escapement was located in the original model sits a beautiful and complex tourbillon style escapement. It also doubles as a seconds indicator - a function lacking in the original model.