The Japanese watchmaker re-created the very first Grand Seiko watch to celebrate the brand’s 130th anniversary. With a new manual-winding mechanism, the latest Grand Seiko watches possess qualities that have been carried ever since the first timepiece from this extraordinary collection was born, back in 1960.
As a part of the Seiko’s 130th Anniversary Commemorative Collection, introduced on the Baselworld 2011, new timepieces come in three limited editions. Seiko produced just 130 pieces of gold and platinum versions, while the steel edition has 1,300 pieces.
What makes the Grand Seiko Collection so special? Well, first of all, it has a long tradition – the legendary model was crafted 50 years ago. Further, it was the product of a Japanese watchmaker idea to create the best luxury watch. In order to achieve the goal, Seiko determined main principles – the highest possible precision, legibility and toughness. Finally, it needed to be easy to wear. Isn’t it what every watchmaker wants? Probably. The truth is that just a few have succeeded to put all these ultimate qualities in a case and sell them for a high price.
Just like the very first model, the latest Grand Seiko watches are powered with the hand-winding movement of the highest quality. Exclusively used for the Grand Seiko, the Caliber 9S64 provides a superb 72 hours power reserve, thanks to the thinner and longer mainspring, crafted in Seiko’s alloy “SPRON510”.
This mechanism also incorporates the brand’s new escape wheel and balance spring. It is highly resistant to shocks and magnetism, thanks to another recently developed alloy “SPRON610”. New components guarantee great durability and fantastic precision (-3 to +5 seconds per day, under static conditions). The Caliber 9S64 oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and comprises 24 jewels.
Designed to pay a tribute to the model from 1960, new watches come with exactly the same Grand Seiko name on their dials and buckles, as it was on the original. The renowned ‘lion’ symbol beautifies the caseback. Simple and clear, the dial is protected with a high definition, dual-curved sapphire crystal, with an anti-reflective coating that makes it very readable.
Blade polished cases, each with a mid-size diameter of 35.8 mm, present the famous brand watchmaking technique. They are made either in stainless steel (price around 5,000 Euros), platinum (23,500 Euros) or gold (15,400 Euros), matching crocodile straps.