It’s hard to believe that the NISSAN GT-R is celebrating its debut 50 years ago in 1969, but Grand Seiko isn’t letting the moment pass unnoticed. The Japanese watch company, which is celebrating its own 20th anniversary and is known for making all of its parts in-house, has a new, limited-edition watch that marks the Japanese supercar’s 50th anniversary.
Living up to its own reputation of reliability and performance, Grand Seiko also took note from the GT-R’s reputation to create a watch that is both highly detailed and a reliable performer. The watch was unveiled at the New York auto show in April.
The watch is built around Grand Seiko’s Spring Drive technology for its incredibly accurate movement. Boasting an accuracy of plus or minus 0.5 seconds per day, the watch also has a 72-hour power reserve, which can be monitored via the power reserve indicator. The watch also features chronograph functionality as well as GMT functions. It also has a magnetic resistance of 4,800 A/m.
As for styling, the double anniversary watch features a blue ceramic case with a white dial—the design is meant to reflect that of the NISSAN GT-R 50th anniversary model. The “Bayside Blue” used for the watch is the same classic colour used in the 1999-2002 R34 generation of Skyline sports cars. A GT-R anniversary emblem in 18k gold is set into the oscillating weight, which can be viewed through the sapphire crystal back, and the crown is GS stamped.
The watch uses titanium for its inner-case construction and is water resistant to a depth of 10 bar. It comes with a stylish white crocodile strap, which pays homage to the Skyline GT-R’s racing livery with a white stripe on the hood and roof.
Only 200 examples of the watch will be made, with each being available through the Grand Seiko online store and priced at USD$21,000.