Seiko has released a limited-edition watch based on the classic Nissan Skyline GT-R sports car.
Nissan and Grand Seiko collaborate on a high-end chronograph for the anniversary of the GT-R sports car. They have teamed up on a Nissan Skyline GT-R commemorative watch celebrating the car’s 50th anniversary.
Grand Seiko is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Spring Drive watch technology. And Nissan is celebrating the golden anniversary of the Skyline GT-R, which debuted in 1969.
The GT-R name is coming back on a 2020 model that was revealed at the New York auto show in April.
Limited to just 200 pieces, Grand Seiko is incorporating design elements of the GT-R into the watch’s design.
“A new creation in the Grand Seiko sport collection pays homage to an emblematic Japanese classic, the Nissan GT-R, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a very special edition,” the company said in a press release. “This Grand Seiko watch is at the leading edge of sports technology, with its Spring Drive chronograph calibre and a ceramic case.”
The anniversary GT-R is available in three two-tone colour combinations, including Bayside (Wangan) Blue, a hue last available on the R34 generation of 1999–2002.
That shade of blue is used on the watch’s ceramic outer case; the inner case, made of titanium, is water resistant to a depth of 10 bar (about 330 feet). The silvery dial and the white crocodile strap accented by blue contrast stitching pay homage to the Skyline GT-R’s racing livery with its white stripe on the hood and roof.
While the R34 featured a twin-turbo straight-six under its hood, the watch’s 9R96 automatic Spring Drive Chronograph GMT can measure elapsed times for up to 12 hours and features a GMT function for tracking multiple time zones. The movement is visible through a sapphire-crystal case back. The oscillating weight features the GT-R anniversary emblem in 18-karat yellow gold.
Priced at $21,000, anyone interested to pick one can put in a request on the Grand Seiko page now. The timepiece will only be available until March next year.