Saturday, March 21, 2015

Grand Seiko Historical Collection, Edition 2015

Japanese watch manufacture SEIKO pays tribute to the iconic Grand Seiko collection with new and advanced versions. Because of cherished and long held values, Grand Seiko’s history is a source of rich inspiration for its designers and the Grand Seiko Historical Collection is the result. In 2013, the 1967 44GS was recreated, in 2014 it was the turn of the 1964 “Self Dater,” and in 2015, Grand Seiko returns to 1967 and to its first ever automatic watch, the 62GS.

62GS was not only automatic; it was supremely accurate, achieving the level of the highest published standard of the day. The design, too, established a style that has been passed down the years to today’s Grand Seiko. 62GS had a mirrored, multi-sided case and a wide dial opening, achieved with a bezel-free construction and Grand Seiko’s unique “Zaratsu” polishing. Together, these elements combined to make 62GS a clean, slim, easy-to-read and comfortable watch whose popularity was both immediate and lasting. It was distinctive, too. The crown was recessed and placed at the 4 o’clock position to dramatize the fact that hand winding was not required, and 62GS also had the long and razor-edge hands that have always been part of the Grand Seiko signature.
Since its creation in 1960, every Grand Seiko watch has shared the same commitment to the pure essential of watchmaking. Precision, legibility, comfort and durability are the attributes that have always defined Grand Seiko and always will. There are eight references in the new 62GS collection. Four are faithful re-creations of the 1967 original with an automatic caliber and four are modern re-interpretations featuring Grand Seiko’s most advanced movements, including Spring Drive. All are limited editions.

Caliber 9S65 drives the re-creation models. One is in steel and the others are in different shades of 18K gold. The lion emblem on the case back, the dial layout, the distinctive hour markers and the dial logotypes (notably “Diashock”) are all inherited from the original 62GS. The dial color of the steel case model is also faithful to the original dial. The hi-beat 36,000 caliber is in two of the modern steel-cased versions, while the remaining two house the Spring Drive caliber with cases in high-intensity titanium. In these modern versions, the case diameter is wider, there is a see-through case back and the bracelets are metal, in line with today’s consumers’ tastes.

Grand Seiko Historical Collection: SBGR091, 092, 094, 095
Movement
Caliber 9S65
Driving system: Automatic with manual winding mechanism
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Loss/gain (mean daily rate): +5 to -3 seconds (when static)
Power reserve: 72 hours (when fully wound)
Number of jewels: 35
Outer diameter: 28.4mm, Thickness: 6.0mm

Case
18K white gold (SBGR091), 18K yellow gold (SBGR092), 18K rose gold (SBGR094), stainless steel (SBGR095)
High definition dual-curved box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw case back
Water resistance 10 Bar. Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 37.6mm, Thickness: 12.9mm

Band
Crocodile with 18K white gold buckle (SBGR091), 18K yellow gold (SBGR092),
18K rose gold (SBGR094), stainless steel (SBGR095)

Price
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: SBGR091 Euro 17,000, SBGR092, 094 Euro 16,100, SBGR095 Euro 4,300

Edition
Limited edition: 600 pieces of SBGR095; 100 pieces each of SBGR091, SBGR092, SBGR094

Grand Seiko Historical Collection: SBGH037, 039
Movement
Caliber 9S85
Driving system: Automatic with manual winding mechanism
Vibrations: 36,000 vibrations per hour (10 beats per second)
Loss/gain (mean daily rate): +5 to -3 seconds (when static)
Power reserve: 55 hours (when fully wound)
Number of jewels: 37 jewels
Outer diameter: 28.4mm, Thickness: 5.9mm

Case
Stainless steel
High definition dual-curved box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back, Screw-down crown
Water resistance 10 Bar. Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 40.0mm, Thickness: 12.9mm

Band
Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 5,900

Edition
Limited Edition: 1,000 pcs (SBGH037), 700 pcs (SBGH039)

Grand Seiko Historical Collection: SBGA125, 127
Movement
Caliber 9R65 Spring Drive
Driving system: Automatic with manual winding mechanism
Power reserve: 72 hours
Number of jewels: 30 jewels
Accuracy: ±1 second per day (±15 seconds per month)
Outer diameter: 30.0mm, Thickness: 5.8mm

Case
High-intensity titanium
High definition dual-curved box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back, Screw-down crown
Water resistance 10 Bar. Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 40.0mm, Thickness: 12.8mm

Band
High-intensity titanium with three-fold clasp with push button release

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 5,900

Edition
Limited Edition: 1,000 pcs (SBGA125), 700 pcs (SBGA127)

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