Nissan Commemorates the Skyline GT-R with a 50th-Anniversary Grand Seiko Watch

Kirk Seaman
Photo credit: Grand Seiko

From Car and Driver

  • Grand Seiko and Nissan have teamed up on a Nissan Skyline GT-R commemorative watch celebrating the car's 50th anniversary.
  • The watch's color scheme includes Bayside (Wangan) Blue, a classic color from the 1999–2002 R34 generation of the Skyline sports car.
  • Priced at $21,000, the watch is going on sale by the end of June in a limited edition of 200.

Within the whirling galaxy that is the love for all things automotive spins another constellation-the love of watches and other instruments that measure time. When these two phenomena collide, few can hope to escape their gravitational pull, and here's more proof: Seiko has released a limited-edition watch based on the classic Nissan Skyline GT-R sports car.

Grand Seiko is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Spring Drive watch technology just as Nissan observes the 50th anniversary of the Skyline GT-R, which made its debut in 1969. The GT-R name is coming back on a 2020 model that was revealed at the New York auto show in April.

Grand Seiko is incorporating design elements of the GT-R into the watch's design. The anniversary GT-R is available in three two-tone color combinations, including Bayside (Wangan) Blue, a hue last available on the R34 generation of 1999–2002.

That handsome 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.

Photo credit: Grand Seiko

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.

Grand Seiko will produce 200 watches at a price of $21,000 each, with availability beginning this month.

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