In a relatively short period of time, the Lion case shape, which debuted in 2019, has become a fixture of Grand Seiko’s sports watches. Inspired by the enduring symbol of the brand, the emblematic lion that appeared on the back of the first Grand Seiko watch, this angular case has provided a perfect canvas on which to apply the complementary contrasts of Zaratsu polishing and hairline finishing.
Until recently, the Lion form was exclusively found in limited editions. But earlier this year, Grand Seiko debuted a new chronograph GMT version that marked a debut for the shape as a standard production watch. Now, at Watches & Wonders Geneva, a time and date (and power reserve) version has also made its appearance, sending out a powerful roar: The “king of the jungle” is here to stay.
The SBGA481 is in every way an expression of the ideals of a Grand Seiko sports watch. From its high-intensity titanium construction to its 200-meter water resistance and 44.5mm case, this bold watch can not only go just about anywhere, but it is also made to stand out from the pack.
A dual curve sapphire crystal, prominent indexes, and large hands designed for legibility ensure that this watch is easy to read at a glance, as a sports watch should be.
The opaline-coloured dial features a pattern inspired by the flowing mane of the majestic feline. Beneath that dial is the automatic Spring Drive Calibre 9R65, which is highly resistant to shocks and accurate to 1 second per day / ±15 seconds per month on average.
The SBGA481 “Tokyo Lion” will be available at Grand Seiko boutiques and select retail partners starting in August for a retail price of £9,600.
Below, please find a gallery of live photos. Note that the watches featured here are non-functioning production samples.