GRAND SEIKO Elegance SBGE269 "Toji" Spring Drive GMT
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Elegance SBGE269 "Toji" Spring Drive GMT

SBGE269
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$9,400
Elegance Collection SBGE269. The winter solstice has arrived. The days are short and the air is crisp and clear. Even the snow muffles the sound of the wind. The dial has the texture and color of the snow that covers the landscape and shimmers in the crystal-clear light. The GMT hand catches the last rays of the evening sun.

Monards is an authorised retailer of Grand Seiko. Grand Seiko timepieces are available for purchase at our 101 Collins Street and Crown Melbourne boutiques.
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Specifications
Brand: GRAND SEIKO
Model: Elegance SBGE269 "Toji" Spring Drive GMT
Reference: SBGE269
Dial Colour: White
Case Diameter: 40.2mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Movement: SPRING DRIVE
Complication: GMT
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Bracelet Material: Stainless steel
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