Re-creations of the first Grand Seiko

SBGW259

The first Grand Seiko watch, faithfully re-created with an eye to the future

2020 is a special year for Grand Seiko as it is the 60th anniversary of its creation. The date was December 18, 1960. For some time, a determined team in Seiko’s Suwa facility in central Japan had been working on the creation of a watch that would be as precise, durable, comfortable and beautiful as humanly possible. On that day, the result of all their efforts was released. It was a watch with a 14k gold filled case and a slim movement whose precision met the highest international standard of the time. Such was the level of their achievement that it was decided to call the watch Grand Seiko. Now, in this special year, a new re-creation of the first Grand Seiko watch from 1960 takes its permanent place in the collection.

SBGW259

[ Grand Seiko Elegance Collection ]
GBP 7,150

*Available at the Grand Seiko Boutiques

Specifications

Exterior
Case Material :Brilliant Hard Titanium
Glass Material :Dual-curved sapphire crystal
Glass Coating :Anti-reflective coating on inner surface
Case size : Diameter 38mm  Lug-to-lug 45.7mm  Thickness 10.9mm
Band Material :Crocodile leather
Clasp type :Three-fold clasp with push button release
Movement
Calibre no. : 9S64    Instructions
Movement Type :Manual winding
Power reserve :Approx. 72 hours(3 days)
Mean daily rate : +5 to -3 seconds per day
Normal usage accuracy : +10 to -1 seconds per day
Functions
Water resistance :Splash Resistant
Magnetic resistance :4,800 A/m
Weight :55.0 g
Other details / Features :
  • ・24 jewels
  • ・Case back with lion emblem
  • ・See-through case back
  • ・Stop seconds hand function

FEATURES

The 60th anniversary of Grand Seiko is marked by the re-creation of the 1960 original

2020 is a special year for Grand Seiko as it is the 60th anniversary of its creation. The date was December 18, 1960. For some time, a determined team in Seiko’s Suwa facility in central Japan had been working on the creation of a watch that would be as precise, durable, comfortable and beautiful as humanly possible. On that day, the result of all their efforts was released. It was a watch with a 14k gold filled case and a slim movement whose precision met the highest international standard of the time. Such was the level of their achievement that it was decided to call the watch Grand Seiko. Now, in this special year, a new re-creation of the first Grand Seiko watch from 1960 takes its permanent place in the collection.
The case shape and the softly curved dial and hands are entirely faithful to the 1960 original, but the case back is now in sapphire, revealing the beautiful finish of the movement. In line with today’s aesthetic, the case diameter has been increased from 35mm to 38mm and a three-fold clasp makes the watch easy to wear.
The third case is in Brilliant Hard Titanium, which is exclusive to Grand Seiko. It is as light as pure titanium but twice as hard as stainless steel and therefore highly resistant to scratches. Its color is brighter than the other forms of titanium used for Grand Seiko and allows the Zaratsu polished surfaces to stand out even more prominently.

Brilliant Hard Titanium gives
a classic a new contemporary aura.

This iteration has a dial in the signature Grand Seiko blue. The case is made from Grand Seiko’s proprietary Brilliant Hard Titanium, which is as light as pure titanium and twice as hard as stainless steel and therefore highly resistant to scratches. Despite its hardness, the case is polished with the Zaratsu technique to give the titanium a brilliant white elegance all of its own.

Manual-winding
Caliber 9S64

The beauty of Caliber 9S64 and its escapement shines through the sapphire case back. The movement has a power reserve of 72 hours and a precision rate of +5 to -3 seconds per day and is finished to perfection.

The birth of Grand Seiko, a high accuracy watch with a quiet, Japanese refinement

The first Grand Seiko born on December 18, 1960.
It was the determination to excel that brought about the birth of Grand Seiko in 1960. During its development and ever since, the idea that drove the designers and engineers was that Grand Seiko should be the ‘ideal’ watch with standards of precision, durability and beauty that would lead the world.

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