Seiko, for quite a while, has been away from the pattern of vintage and reissues. This was just not their thing, the brand essentially accentuated on advancement and present day plans. However, since a couple of years now, and mostly with the appearance of the Presage assortment, the Japanese brand presently takes a gander at its rich history. For Baselworld 2017, the emphasis will be on the amusement of the first Grand Seiko, dispatched for Japan just in 1960 (while the international dispatch of Grand Seiko occurred in 2010), with three restricted editions (SBGW251 – SBGW252 – SBGW253). What’s more, for the individuals who incline toward present days, there will likewise be an advanced reissue, the SBGR305.
While the global dispatch of Grand Seiko occurred in 2010, the name really goes back 1960. Fro the soonest days, the focal point of this top of the line sub-brand has consistently been on exactness, dependability, fine execution and exquisite plans. The dial of the absolute first Grand Seiko watch conveyed the name Grand Seiko at the twelve o’clock position as an image of its extraordinary character and predominant quality. Additionally, it highlighted the notice “diashock” on the dial, Seiko’s own variant of the shock safeguard framework found in mechanical developments – yet this notice got kind of famous. This definite watch is today the translation hotspot for another scope of models, to be viewed as steadfast reissues.
The first Grand Seiko, re-made in platinum, gold and steel (SBGW251 – SBGW252 – SBGW253)
The new Grand Seiko SBGW251 – SBGW252 – SBGW253 utilize precisely the same case and dial plan as the 1960 first watch of the brand. However, its measurement has been expanded to 38mm, in accordance with contemporary taste yet truly sensible. The double bended sapphire gem is additionally faithful to the first shape and gives the re-creation a similar pleasingly delicate profile. With respect to the dial, similar markers and logos can be found, just as the “Diashock xx jewels” notice. At long last, even the hands show precisely the same plan, with their sharp features and totally clean edges.
All forms include a hand-twisted, yet current, development, the Caliber 9S64, with a 4Hz recurrence and 72 hours of force hold (as frequently with Grand Seiko, the development, regardless of whether totally completed, is taken cover behind a plain caseback, to remain dedicated to the first watch).
3 Versions of this re-production of the first Grand Seiko will be available:
- (picture above) – with a 999 platinum case and 18k white gold hour markers. The base of the dial is likewise in gold. The logo is strongly engraved in the dial. The 9S64 type of this platinum rendition has been changed in accordance with a much more elevated level of exactness, – 1 to +5 seconds out of every day. Restricted to 136 pieces, valued at 38,500 Euro – available from March 2017.
- (picture above) – with a 18k yellow gold case, gold hour markers and gold hands. The logo is here applied on the dial. Restricted to 353 pieces, estimated at 21,700 Euro – available from March 2017.
- (picture above) – with a hardened steel case, steel hands and markers. The second hand is here warmth blued and the logo embellished on the dial. Limited to 1,960 pieces, evaluated at 7,200 Euro – available from March 2017.
A new case material and another type for the present day re-understanding (SBGR305)
Alongside these three completely devoted understandings of the first Grand Seiko, the brand will likewise present something more current and more creative, while having a similar DNA as the 1960s watches. The cutting edge re-understanding of the 1960 Grand Seiko ref. SBGR305 highlights another programmed type, the 9S68, which makes conceivable a bigger date window. This development has a 72 hours power reserve and a 4Hz frequency.
Other oddity with the SBGR305 is the situation, made of Brilliant Hard Titanium, another material that is select to Grand Seiko and that is just about as light as unadulterated titanium yet twice as hard as treated steel. However, it shows cleaned and brushed surfaces. The plan of the watch is a blend between signs of the 1960s and current days, with sharp edges, pleasantly finished dial yet similar hands and records as the vintage adaptations and, for the visual appeal, the hauls are limited and the case sides are recessed to give a similar thin profile as the original.
This Grand Seiko SBGR305 anyway uncovered its guts, with the caliber 9S68 obvious through the sapphire caseback. This watch will be a restricted release of 968 pieces, evaluated at 8,800 Euro and available from July 2017.