GRAND SEIKO, Its New Avatar

GRAND SEIKO, Its New Avatar

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Grand Seiko, launched in 1960, now is being re-interpreted though based directly on the original Grand Seiko design. What the company feels are faithful re-creations and a modern re-interpretation.

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The dial of the very first Grand Seiko watch carried the name Grand Seiko at the twelve o’clock position as a symbol of its unique identity and superior quality. The present series displays the Grand Seiko name on the dial, as will all other Grand Seiko designs.

The majority of the first Grand Seiko models were produced in a 80-micron gold-filled case but some were also made in platinum. The new re-creations are being offered in both these metals and also in stainless steel. The case is virtually identical to the original, but its diameter has been increased to 38mm in line with contemporary taste. The dual-curved sapphire crystal is also loyal to the original shape and gives the re-creation the same pleasingly gentle profile.

The platinum version uses Platinum 999 and has 18-ct gold hour markers, just as on the original. The base of the dial is also in gold, which allows the Grand Seiko logo to be particularly sharp in its outline and detail. The gold version uses 18-ct gold for the entire case and all the hour markers, while the stainless steel version also has a gold accent in the form of the Grand Seiko lion emblem embedded in the case back.

All three versions incorporate the 9S64 manual winding calibre, but the platinum version has been adjusted to an even higher level of precision, -1 to +5 seconds per day. All of them are offered as limited editions, each with a special “Inspection Certificate” and are already available.