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The Online-Exclusive, Red Dial Grand Seiko 44GS Hi-Beat SBGH345

A Mt. Iwate dial in a vibrant scarlet tone encased in Ever-Brilliant Steel, but only for online boutiques.

| By Brice Goulard | 2 min read |

Probably the most classic, emblematic and recognizable model made by Grand Seiko, the 44GS is the watch that created the “House Style” according to the so-called Grammar of Design. A timeless design that has influenced the entire production of the brand since its introduction in 1967, the 44GS returned in 2023 in a slightly updated form, with multiple discreet upgrades. Mechanically identical to the SBGH299 and SBGH301 presented here, there’s now a new vibrant scarlet red edition with Mt. Iwate textured dial. However, this new reference SBGH345 is an online-exclusive model.

Just like its sisters from the permanent collection (SBGH299 and 301), this new red SBGH345 relies on the brand’s most iconic shape, the 44GS, a watch that was crucial in the definition of the brand’s style. As such, it uses a razor-sharp case of 40mm with strong faceted shoulders, a slim conical bezel, a slightly recessed crown and an overall design that has been imagined to highlight the brand’s signature polishing technique – a distortion-free method named Zaratsu.

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Just like the white and dark grey models, this 44GS Hi-Beat SBGH345 is made from Ever-Brilliant Steel (this was one of the updates done in 2023), an alloy close to 904L steel that has more brilliance, a whiter hue and better mechanical properties than traditional 316L steel – mostly more corrosion resistance. The 100m water-resistant case features a screw-down crown and sapphire crystals with AR coating on both sides. It measures 13.3mm in thickness and 46.2mm in length, with a 19mm lug width.

The most important element of this new version of the 44GS is its dial. While the texture is classic, with a so-called Mt. Iwate pattern (inspired by the many-ridged contours of Mt. Iwate, the mountain next to the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi, where mechanical watches are made), the colour is a bold and distinctive choice of scarlet red. It is paired with silver-toned applied markers and hands, with their traditional high-end execution and sheen.

Under the sapphire caseback is the well-known calibre 9S85, a hi-beat automatic movement running at a 5Hz frequency or 36,000 vibrations/hour. Notably, it boasts a comfortable power reserve of 55h and a claimed accuracy of +5 to -3 seconds per day. This version is worn on an Ever-Brilliant stainless steel bracelet with a three-fold clasp secured by pushers.

Released in a non-limited edition, this Grand Seiko 44GS Hi-Beat 36000 Ever-Brilliant Steel SBGH345 is, however, exclusively available from the brand’s online boutiques. It’ll be available from March 2024 for EUR 7,600, USD 6,900 or GBP 6,500. For more details, please visit

Note: images were provided by the Grand Seiko GS9 Club US

6 responses

  1. Too thick for a time & date only watch, and power reserve is not that great by nowadays terms. Pass. But yeah looks beautiful!

  2. They need to update their bracelet design, and introduce thinner watches! Most of their watches are 13mm thick, thats a lot for a simple watch like this one!!

  3. I live seiko and GS but the constant release of special editions is getting a bit old and personally I’m suffering from dial fatigue. I would agree with bring a slimmer case comments.


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