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Grand Seiko Heritage “Autumn” Limited Edition SBGH269

A new GS limited edition inspired by autumn in Japan and lacquered wooden floors.

| By Brice Goulard | 3 min read |
Grand Seiko Heritage Autumn Limited Edition SBGH269

Being inspired by its country of origin is a recurring theme at Grand Seiko. Proud of being Japanese, the brand relies on classic artistry and culture to create dials that reflect Nippon scenery or local craftsmanship, such as the Snowflake model or the Elegance collection with Urushi dials. Part of the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection, a new limited edition model has just been presented with a dial reflecting autumn in Japan. Meet the new Limited Edition SBGH269 Hi-Beat.

This new autumn-inspired watch is based on a classic model in the Heritage collection, the 36000 Hi-Beat watch, which can be found as regular models under the references SBGH201 (white dial) and SBGH205 (black dial). In this instance, the Autumn SBGH269 relies on most visual and mechanical specifications, with the addition of a new (and truly special) dial, as well as a special decoration for the movement.

Grand Seiko Heritage Autumn Limited Edition SBGH269

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Let’s first look at what is common to this limited edition and the rest of the 36000 Hi-Beat models. This new reference SBGH269 comes in a well-proportioned 39.5mm case made of stainless steel. It features the signature case of the brand, with sharp angles, faceted internal part of the lugs, straight case bands and a flat polished bezel. The surfaces are finished in Grand Seiko’s traditional way, meaning a superb lustre thanks to the Zaratsu (distortion-free) polishing technique, combined with brushed areas.

Grand Seiko Heritage Autumn Limited Edition SBGH269

The Grand Seiko Heritage “Autumn” Limited Edition SBGH269 is worn on a 3-link stainless steel bracelet, equipped with a three-fold clasp with push-button release. The watch has a sporty style and offers a solid 100m water-resistance. Other specifications include a 13mm height and an overall weight of 154 grams, bracelet included.

Powering this SBGH269 is the well-known calibre 9S85, a precise automatic movement with a central rotor and, main specificity, a hi-beat frequency of 5Hz – or 36,000 vibrations per hour. This movement displays the hours, minutes and seconds, as well as a date at 3 o’clock. The power reserve is of 55 hours and the accuracy is reported at +5 to -3 seconds per day (which, knowing Grand Seiko, is more than cautious).

Grand Seiko Heritage Autumn Limited Edition SBGH269

What differs in this Autumn Limited Edition SBGH269 then? Mainly, the dial. The dial is said to reflect “the scenery seen in the mountainous areas of Japan in which the leaves gradually turn to a deep red as the season changes from summer to autumn“. The dial features an intense dark red colour with a gradient effect over a vertical pattern, as “reflected in the lacquered wooden floors of traditional Japanese architecture“. This dial is punctuated by gold-coloured accents on the seconds hand, the minute markers and the applied GS logo. Signature faceted hands and applied indexes are found too.

Grand Seiko Heritage Autumn Limited Edition SBGH269

Also new to this model is the specifically decorated movement, with a titanium rotor that has been anodised to a blue-green colour, depicting “the shade of green leaves that have not yet been dyed in red, allowing the seasonal shifts to be felt“.

Price and availability

The Grand Seiko Heritage Autumn Limited Edition SBGH269 is a limited edition of 900 pieces, which will be available later this Autumn 2019. It will be priced at USD 6,400 or EUR 6,800 (vs. USD 5,800 for the SBGH201 and SBGH205). More details at

11 responses

  1. Soon we will have Monday Limited Edition, Tuesday Limited Edition, Nov. 15th Limited Edition… depending on how many pattern and colour combination can they (not onlu GS, almost all manufacturers) come up with. phew…

  2. Just get what has really impressed you, whatever it’s limited or not.

  3. I can’t hold a bad view on this one because it reminds me of walking over the Nightingale floorboards in Kyoto’s Nijo Castle in October when the trees outside were the most beautiful colour. Plus its dimensions are reasonable.

    Have you put the price only in U.S Dollars because it’s only available in the U.S?

  4. Definitely. If you look at the picture of it on GS’s website, it looks like a garish bright red pinstriped tie. Between that and these somewhere the truth lies.

  5. I have the watch. My AD had to pull some strings, but got it for me. A true stunner that needs to be seen in person, and another difference from previous models (such as its predecessor – SBGH267) is the date is now white on black. I agree about the limited edition after limited edition with them. However, with Rolex unobtanium right now, GS can really take advantage of the market with better availability and a solid product line.

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