Unveiled in 2017, the original SBGJ227 “Peacock” was an immediate hit with watch collectors who fell in love with its distinctive green dial and pattern inspired by the peacock’s feathers. Today at COUTURE, Grand Seiko Corporation of America is proud to reintroduce the Peacock, this time as a U.S. Limited Edition of 500 pieces with a mesmerizing blue and purple dial.
The dial of SBGJ261 features a texture achieved through an intricate press patterning process. The effect, radiating from the dial’s center, is immediately eye-catching, recalling the vibrant plumage of a peacock’s train. Multi-faceted indexes and razor-edged hands offer high legibility, as well as a contrasting GMT hand for tracking an additional time zone. A dual-curved sapphire tops the dial.
The stainless steel 44GS case measures 40mm in diameter and 14mm in thickness. It offers highly polished, distortion-free surfaces—courtesy of Grand Seiko’s acclaimed Zaratsu finishing technique—and perfect comfort on the wrist. The case of the 44GS makes full use of the interplay of light and shadow, giving it a distinctly Japanese quality.
The 44GS case was first introduced in 1967, establishing the design profile that came to be known as the Grand Seiko Style. In 2013, Grand Seiko unveiled the modern interpretation of the 44GS, created by Grand Seiko designer Nobuhiro Kosugi. 2022 marks the 55th anniversary of the original 44GS design.
Powering the watch is Hi-Beat GMT caliber 9S86, a movement assembled by the craftsmen and women of Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi, the homeplace of all Grand Seiko mechanical watches. The caliber has an accuracy of +5 to -3 seconds a day (when static), a beat rate of 36,000 bph, and a power reserve of 55 hours. Additionally, the GMT hand allows for the tracking of a second time zone, with the hour hand being independently adjustable.
The SBGJ261 “Peacock” will be limited to 500 pieces and is featured in the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection. Retail is $6,800 and it will be available for purchase at Grand Seiko Boutiques and selected retail partners in the United States this September.