Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby tiktok » February 19th 2018, 6:51pm

I've really been ogling the SBGH263, a hi beat with a textile dial but nothing else that makes you sticky when you look at it. GS has made it a non Japanese release with a tag of $6200. All I can say is really? A bare bones hi beat is now over six large and I can't find one of my Asian angles to pry one free. Let me tell you there are many flaws in many GS and the company does not make an effort to rectify them over the entire collection. Some pieces have micro adjuster bracelets, others don't fit so good. Random acts of improvement, pricing hard core, efforts to eliminate gray market are all frustrating people's perception of this cockamaney brand. Well art lest the hands and numerals are gold.
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby artman » February 19th 2018, 7:11pm

I like the gold hands and numbers. Very classy. 6k is steep.
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby biglove » February 19th 2018, 7:46pm

Nice looking. $6K is stupid though. I expect some 18K Gold at that price.

They are doing it because they can. People will pay it because it is GS.
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby tiktok » February 19th 2018, 7:49pm

There are gold hands and numerals
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby tiktok » February 19th 2018, 8:02pm

Funny, I'm watching Swiss brands trying to offer savings while GS is on the crack pipe. The new Polaris line from JLC starts at 6K and caps with a limited edition alarm clock diver at $14. I know I can kick back and find one gray within six months. Or take Bvlgari offering the world s thinnest automatic at $12k, that's serous engineering and while I may not be able to afford it I can respect the brand and the numbers make sense.
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby smellody » February 19th 2018, 8:21pm

Try a smooth bezel Datejust with a white dial... more watch for the bang.
   
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby bedlam » February 19th 2018, 8:23pm

tiktok wrote:I may not be able to afford it I can respect the brand and the numbers make sense.

Really?

How much for an IWC? How much for a steel Sub...I could go on and on.
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby tiktok » February 19th 2018, 8:26pm

In my business a Rolex is looked down on.
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby biglove » February 19th 2018, 8:30pm

tiktok wrote:There are gold hands and numerals



Even if they are solid 18K, that really is a tiny amount of Gold. While I have seen a number of GS that I would spend $6K on if I had the disposable cash, this one isn’t one of them.
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby tiktok » February 19th 2018, 8:32pm

Did I say Rolex or IWC?
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby Mark1 » February 19th 2018, 8:45pm

I've seen that same model for $5500 on WatchRecon yesterday. Not much of a markdown but there was a BNIB GMT hi-beat listed for $4200 also.
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby bedlam » February 19th 2018, 8:50pm

tiktok wrote:Did I say Rolex or IWC?

No.

The thread title indicates the GS isn't worth the money. Yet there are many watches (as I suggested) with lesser movements and similar or worse finish that cost more. In that market, how is the pricing of this GS 'too stiff'?
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby conjurer » February 19th 2018, 9:35pm

The pricing isn't the only thing that's stiff over here.
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby tiktok » February 19th 2018, 10:03pm

Nice call Mark, there are indeed pieces available as low as $5200, now that's worth it!

Mark1 wrote:I've seen that same model for $5500 on WatchRecon yesterday. Not much of a markdown but there was a BNIB GMT hi-beat listed for $4200 also.
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Re: Grand Seiko pricing too stiff

Postby TemerityB » February 20th 2018, 8:55am

tiktok wrote:Funny, I'm watching Swiss brands trying to offer savings while GS is on the crack pipe. The new Polaris line from JLC starts at 6K and caps with a limited edition alarm clock diver at $14. I know I can kick back and find one gray within six months. Or take Bvlgari offering the world s thinnest automatic at $12k, that's serous engineering and while I may not be able to afford it I can respect the brand and the numbers make sense.


Your statement also makes sense. There's the real world, then there's GS - really great watches and I'm a fan, but look down the road. Being a New Yorker, you know what real world values are from the get-go.
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