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Updated: Nov 12, 2020


Before i found myself 2,208 kilometers away from home, I asked myself a not-so simple question common amongst watch collectors: “what’s the best wrist companion on a trip with a different time zone.” The answer was obvious, any watch would do, especially if it is newly purchased. So i decided to take my current “flavor of the month” and with it brought along my macro lens. It was a bonus that it happened to be a GMT.

I found some time and did some macro shots on the Credor GCBZ997 in between meetings as I tried my best to get the proper lighting in a dark and creepy hotel room. I was amazed with the close up details of the watch, from the starlight sparkle on the Credor logo and the weird-shaped GMT hand, to the small intricate detail of the “mountain” pointed hands, which I recently read and now fully appreciate in the recent article of GD on the Grand Seiko “First”.

While I’ve been trolled by guys in GSOC Facebook page about the roulette-like dial design, I feel it looks more like a dart board with each hour marker painted a deep color blue and a portion of the area acting as the landing area for the darts that will come flying in. But the star of the show is really the engraved rose on the dial adorning each quadrant with “concentric linearity” that envelopes the whole dial, making it look like a piece of artwork waiting to be hung on one’s living room. I counted a total of 16 roses, how many did you count?

This watch is equipped with the 8L36 movement, very similar to the 9s family of Grand Seiko but only with “finishing differences.” Though not exactly in the mold of the SBGM GMT watches of GS, but a rarity in the line of Credor. (currently the only movement that exists on the Seiko/Credor lineup and found only in 3 variants of this watch). Those of you who know your movements, the 8L movement is the machine that powers the marinemaster, a current crowd favorite amongst modern Seiko lovers...

When I first saw the watch it not only sang to me, but I knew at once I had to have it. Which is why I honestly believe that the lyrics of the song, ironically entitled “The Rose” describes what the watch is now, and what it will be in the future...

“Just remember in the winter

Far beneath the bitter snows

Lies the seed that with the sun's love

In the spring becomes the rose.”

Though not very popular amongst Seiko Collectors, I believe this watch is waiting to be discovered as I feel it is one of the most underrated watches of Credor right now.

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