Fresh off a Baselworld that saw Grand Seiko introducing updated models in their sports watch line up, the Japanese brand has announced a new limited edition Spring Drive chronograph GMT that pays tribute to another icon of the Land of the Rising Sun: the Nissan GT-R. This big, blue chronograph is very much a statement piece with a case made from ceramic and titanium, a flagship Grand Seiko movement, and a colorway inspired by Nissan’s classic sports car, which this year celebrates its 50th birthday.
The Nissan GT-R was introduced in 1969 as the Skyline 2000 GT-R, and in the past 50 years has become an enthusiast favorite. It’s one of those cars that isn’t always mentioned in the same breath as its exotic European competition, but those who know will consistently tell you it should be. In that sense, there’s an obvious link between the GR-R and Grand Seiko, with the latter seemingly always discussed with a “but you’ve got to see it in person” caveat by watch nuts. For that reason, I think there’s probably an appeal to this watch that extends beyond GT-R owners to those who are simply interested in great things that fly under the radar.