The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.

SBGA011 vs SBGA059: Snowflake Showdown II

The SBGA011 "Snowflake" has been our best selling Grand Seiko model in our first few months as a dealer. Inspired by the "Snowflake Showdown" on Watchuseek that compared the SBGA011 to a Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) version that features three arabic markers, we thought we'd do another showdown between the SBGA011 and the SBGA059 "boutique edition". The "Golden Snowflake" features the same dimensions and shapes of the original Snowflake, but features gold treatment on the logos, hour indices, hands, and date aperture. Aside from the use of color, the watches are identical.

At $5,100, the boutique edition SBGA059 is $400 less expensive than the SBGA011. Which one do you prefer?

SBGA059 "Golden Snowflake"

SBGA011 "Snowflake"

Gold colored hands and indices of the SBGA059.

The steel (and blue) colored hands and indices of the SBGA011.

The gold-colored power reserve indicator of the SBGA059.

The steel-colored power reserve indicator of the SBGA011.

A closer look of the dial of the SBGA059.

A closer look of the dial of the SBGA011.

The framed date aperture of the SBGA011.

The framed date aperture of the SBGA059

The dial text of the SBGA059.

The dial text of the SBGA011.

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.