This $24,000 Grand Seiko Watch Celebrates the Nissan GT-R
It sure feels good to own a Nissan GT-R but it’s probably better if you have a matching expensive watch to complement itby Tudor Rus, on
Slowly but steadily approaching its retirement, the mighty Godzilla of the automotive world has been receiving facelifts and special editions as part of Nissan’s strategy to keep buyer interest as high as possible. But there’s no denying that the R35 Nissan GT-R is an aging beast. One that, should you ask for our two cents, has aged exquisitely. Speaking of getting old and all that, 2019 marked a massive milestone for the Nissan GT-R: 50 years since the first generation GT-R say daylight wearing the “Skyline” moniker. The year was 1969. And that’s precisely what Grand Seiko wanted to encapsulate with a special-edition, limited-run watch that kills two birds with one stone: celebrate five decades of the GT-R and two decades of Grand Seiko’s Spring Drive chronograph.
Grand Seiko Celebrates the Nissan GT-R
We’re trying to stay on top of the topic here, but we’ll ask you this: are you still keeping count of how many fancy-ass supercars have been smoked by the R35 Nissan GT-R since the supercar’s inception? Porsches? Ferraris? The R35 devoured all of them. And if you’re anything like us, your dream Nissan GT-R would wear the Bayside Blue body color, just like the 2019 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition. Well, all of a sudden, our favorite watch is also wearing that color, because Grand Seiko painted its watch’s ceramic outer case in the same color hue. And just like Godzilla is indestructible in drag races, the case promises to protect the integrity of the watch thanks to its light but sturdy “high-intensity” titanium frame that also delivers 10-bar water resistance abilities.
2019 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition Details
|Availability||Through March 2020|
|Color||Bayside “Wangan” Blue|
|Engine||VR38DETT, 3.8-liter V-6, twin-turbo|
|Torque||467 pound-feet @ 3,300 - 5,800 rpm|
|0-60 mph||2.9 seconds|
|Gearbox||six-speed dual-clutch, revised R mode|
|Wheelbase||109.4 inches / 2,780 mm|
|Length||185.4 inches / 4,710 mm|
|Width||74.6 inches / 1,895 mm|
|Height||53.9 inches / 1,370 mm|
Moreover, the watch reinterprets the white racing stripe seen on the 50th Anniversary GT-R with the help of the white crocodile strap and silver-white dial. The strap features a release system the mixes together a three-fold clasp and a push button. The case back is transparent sapphire crystal, exposing the Spring Drive movement as well as a GT-R anniversary emblem that features 18-karat yellow gold. Other features include a stopwatch that can measure elapsed time for up to 12 hours and 50 jewels used to decorate the watch and an accuracy level of +/- 0.5 seconds per day.
As far as availability is concerned, the Grand Seiko Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Limited Edition will be produced in just 200 units, each priced at €21,600 (that’s a tad over $24,000 at current exchange rates). You can get yours at select worldwide Grand Seiko shops, Seiko Boutiques, and retail partners. And yes, that includes Amazon, where the price tag is a cool $25,000.
|Power reserve||72 hours|
|Accuracy||+/- 0.5 seconds per day (+/- 10 seconds per month)|
|Number of jewels||50|
|Water resistance||10 bar|
|Magnetic resistance||4,800 A/m|
|Band material||Crocodile leather|
|Production run||200 pieces|
Read our full review on the 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition.