This is what the watch actually looked like. And yes, I know because I bought this very example. I was convinced that the photos in the listing were just bad. There was no way that a dial by Grand Seiko could look this bland… right? Wrong. The dial of my SBGE033 looked as dark as my soul in nearly all lighting conditions, even out in the sun! You call this “sunburst”? More like “0.672%-of-indoor-fluorescent-lighting-burst”. But that doesn’t sound as good.
Learning a valuable lesson
To be honest, this watch disappointed me only a few days into the honeymoon period. Nevertheless, I spent over three years trying to love it anyway. I don’t have any original undoctored photos of it because I was too busy lying to myself (and my Instagram followers) to save them. Eventually, I sold this piece and learned an important lesson about my tastes and pet peeves.
I should never merely trust photos of audemars piguet replica watches online. Chances are, they’ve been edited to make the watch look better (my photos are guilty as charged). If possible, I should try to check the watch out for myself, and if I can’t, I should ask for the opinions of people who’ve seen it. If anyone says a sunburst dial “looks almost black” in whatever lighting, run away, Brandon. Run away fast! Some of you may like the subtlety that a dial like this provides. I don’t. Bring the color full force, or my money stays mine.
“One detail I need to mention also is the position of the window because at first, the team showed me the position at 12. I said, ‘Look, the hand inevitably hides the perfect moment because the hand would be at 12, and the hour would jump and you wouldn’t even see it!’ So, I sent them back to the drawing board and said, ‘We need to have this window at 6 o’clock.”
I can’t applaud this decision enough, and it’s one of the many reasons that I love Chopard. If I’m ever able to afford the flippin’-awesome Quattro Spirit 25, I’d have no qualms about adding it to my collection. But this watch and examples from Gérald Genta, Chronoswiss, and DeWitt, among others, help hammer my point home. There are plenty of ways to make a legible jumping-hour display. If you’re going to do it, do it right, or don’t do it at all.
Watch pet peeves: “Sunburst” dials that don’t burst in the sun
The above photo is a lie. I know because I took it. I took it of my own watch and then doctored it to death. Or should that be “life”? Do you see the “sunburst” green dial of this Grand Seiko SBGE033? Yeah… it hardly ever really looked like that. I just wanted it to look that way so badly that I amped up the color, saturation, and contrast until I couldn’t anymore. You see, I spent over two years tracking down this cheap omega replica merely based on pictures that I had found on the internet. Many of the photos showed the dial in a similar way with a beautiful, verdant forest green popping through. I’m a huge fan of green and in-your-face dials, so I thought this watch could be the perfect keeper for me. Oh, how wrong, how dreadfully wrong I was.