In order to celebrate 40 years of Seiko’s luxury Credor line, Seiko is introducing a brand new Signo model in the limited series. This beautiful newcomer boasts an exquisite skeletonized dial that features a cherry blossom pattern and a blue mother-of-pearl ring around the outer edge. The motif of cherry blossoms with 3 pink mother of pearl cherry blossoms floats down a stream from the 3 o’clock position to the 6 o’clock position. The blossoms symbolize Japanese aesthetics. Each engraving of the skeletonized movement is done by Seiko’s Master Artisan, Mr. Kiyoshi Terui.
The new Seiko Credor 40th Anniversary Signo Cherry Blossoms Skeleton (ref. GBBD965) is housed in an elegant platinum case which measures 37.4mm in diameter and only 6.6mm in thickness.
Actually, Seiko has utilized their 6899 ultra thin hand wound movement in this exceptional piece. The caliber itself is only 1.98mm thick, and some its components can be just 0.25mm thick. The impeccable movement comes with 37 hours of power reserve in order to keep a +25/-15 second a day precision rating. This dual level movement has a unique feature in order to achieve stable precision.
Because of the skeleton design of this movement, air resistance in the balance is reduced and the swing angle of the balance increases. To correct this, a “torque control wheel” has been used to master the stability of the timepiece precision and to improve the swing angle of the balance. This exceptional caliber is manufactured in extremely low volume at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio in Morioka, Japan.
The 40th Anniversary of Seiko’s Credor is expressed in engraving on the case back. “CR. 40″ will be engraved discreetly in the highlighted area of the image above.
According to Arizona Fine Time blog where I first got the information about the new Seiko Credor 40th Anniversary timepiece, this newcomer will be produced in the limited series of only 40 pieces. The watch will be released by the end of 2014 and the retail price will be $26,000.
These images are from Arizona Fine Time blog.