In 1968, Seiko launched their first 36,000 vph automatic movement–the caliber 61GS. This was an important achievement in a decade that saw Grand Seiko rapidly develop several highly-regarded mechanical movements. Soon after, the Quartz Crisis hit the watch industry and the brand instead poured their efforts into developing some of the most accurate quartz movements in the world. It wasn’t until 1998 that Grand Seiko would return to their mechanical roots and launch a new automatic movement–the caliber 9S.
Both the 61GS and the 9S represent the manufacturer’s dedication to creating the very finest mechanical calibers in the world. To celebrate their anniversaries in 2018, Grand Seiko released 3 limited edition watches: a platinum SBGH265, a yellow gold SBGH266, and a stainless steel SBGH267. All three shared the same caliber 9S85 movement, a newly designed 39.5mm case, and a radial mosaic dial. It was the SBGH267 that stood out though, not only for its affordability, but for being the only one with a colored dial and a specially made anodized titanium rotor. The result is an incredibly beautiful watch that has become one of the most iconic Grand Seikos of this decade and is often simply referred to as the “Whirlpool”.
Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary 'Whirlpool' LE
Grand Seiko 9S85
Grand Seiko stainless steel bracelet
Max Wrist Size:
8in (16 links)
Hand model has a wrist size of 6.2 in
UNWORN: Case is pristine with no signs of use. Original stickers may still be present. Dial, hands, and lume have no imperfections and may show natural, even aging.
MINT: Case has only a few superficial hairlines. Lugs are thick, full, and sharp with superb finishing. Dial, hands, and lume may have micro imperfections visible only with a loupe.
EXCELLENT: Case has very light scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick, full, and well-defined. Dial and hands may have imperfections visible upon close inspection. Lume is fully intact and may show slight discoloration.
VERY GOOD: Case may have a few moderate scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick and full but may have softened edges. Dial and hands may have light stains or marks. Lume may have cracks or discoloration.
GOOD: Case has many scratches and nicks. Lugs may show signs of moderate polishing with worn edges. Dial and hands may have noticeable stains or marks. Lume may be damaged or show significant discoloration.
Case: The case shows minimal signs of wear with a few hairlines present on the lugs and case back. The lugs are thick and sharp with beautiful definition between brushed and polished surfaces.
Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The dial and hands are pristine with no imperfections. The front and rear sapphire crystals are scratch-free.
Bracelet/Strap: The fully-linked Grand Seiko stainless steel bracelet shows no stretching and practically no signs of wear with only a few hairlines present.
Functions: All functions including the crown-winding, time-setting, and date-changing are working as expected.
Service History: Unknown.