Seiko Grand Seiko Historical Collector’s Edition Introduction
In celebration of the ‘100th Anniversary of the Seiko Watchmaking Process’, a classic watch from the Grand Seiko series is returning with glory. In 1967, the 44GS series watch was first introduced, showing the charm of the Grand Seiko series with a new look. This new design was created by a young designer to reflect and interpret the essence of the SEIKO brand. When the first Grand Seiko watch came out in 1960, it was pursuing purely functional goals such as precision, practicality and wearing comfort. Its charm lies in outstanding movement manufacture. In the early 1960s, a young college student who joined the company discovered that focusing solely on building movements was not enough. He researched the models on display at the Wako Department Store in Tokyo, realizing that SEIKO needed to create a watch with a design that exudes more glamorous luster and excellence, so he decided to make a wrist for SEIKO. The table sets an appearance style. He eventually created the ‘Seiko Classic Style’, and the 44GS was the first watch designed accordingly, and the Grand Seiko watch, which was stable, unique, simple and brilliant, was born.
The angular hands and hour markers are the hallmarks of the Grand Seiko collection.
Unique SEIKO aesthetic art
‘SEIKO Classic Style’ is not only a typical Japanese style, but also SEIKO’s unique style. Its quiet nature reflects the implicit and restrained aesthetics most admired by Japanese culture. And this kind of high-level sense of serenity comes from the unremitting insistence on every basic watchmaking detail: precision, durability and legibility. These concepts combine to form the aesthetic core of Grand Seiko watches. This series of watches is radiant, but there is no lack of subtle elegance. The benchmark of ‘Seiko classic style’ comes from the aesthetic awareness of ‘light’. Japanese tradition cherishes the subtle gradation of infinite chromaticity between light and darkness. This is why, for example, Japanese-style folding screens and sliding doors (paper screens) seem to consist of simple lines and planes. In fact, with different locations and times, light and shadow tones are intertwined with each other. The glamorous luster of each Grand Seiko watch also comes from this unique Japanese aesthetic perspective, so although it looks simple, it uses a very unique ‘grinding method’ without any skew to make the watch refract Every gleam of light shines.
The meticulous polishing technology and craftsmanship give Grand Seiko’s case a clear outline and a smooth and perfect surface.
44GS Limited Edition Collector’s Edition
The new 44GS Limited Collector’s Edition replica watch is as accurate and reliable as its prototype. It is equipped with a hand-wound mechanical movement and the same size ‘Lion’ badge is engraved on the case back. Made of stainless steel, the dial, hands and scale are exactly the same as the prototype.
There are four watches in this series, all equipped with the 9S64 mechanical movement first introduced in 2011. The movement’s oscillating wheel rotates at 8 revolutions per second (28,800 revolutions per hour), has an accuracy of -3 to +5 seconds per day, has an energy storage of up to 72 hours, and is set with 24 gems. Three of these watches are made of 18K gold (white, yellow and rose gold), and the other is stainless steel. The case diameter is 37.9 mm, and the inner layer of the sapphire crystal is coated with SEIKO’s unique ultra-clear coating.
Relying on the high precision of SEIKO’s latest machinery and polishing technology, owning and appreciating the new 44GS series watch is a personal experience of the quiet and perfect traditional craftsmanship recreated in the new era. The Grand Seiko classic was reborn.
SBGW043 SBGW044 SBGW046
The new Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition is available in 18K gold in 3 different colors.
Specification: SBGW043, 044, 046, 047G
● 9S64 movement
Winding system: manual winding
Rotation speed of swing wheel: 28,800 rpm (8 rpm)
Power reserve: more than 72 hours of energy storage (under full chain state)
Number of gems: 24 stones
Static day difference: -3 to +5 seconds
Diameter: 37.9 mm, thickness: 11.5 mm
18K White Gold (SBGW043), 18K Yellow Gold (SBGW044), 18K Rose Gold (SBGW046), Stainless Steel (SBGW047G)
Water resistance: 3 bar, anti-magnetic function: 4800 A / m
Alligator leather strap, 18K white gold buckle (SBGW043), 18K yellow gold buckle (SBGW044)
18K Rose Gold Buckle (SBGW046), Stainless Steel Buckle (SBGW047G)
● Table mirror
Sapphire crystal (inner ultra-clear coating)
* Static day difference: before the movement is placed in the case, the day in six positions is measured in a manually fixed environment for up to 12 days in a strictly fixed process.
Poor average. During daily use, due to changes in wearing conditions, the time difference will be different.
Limited edition of 700 pieces worldwide, suggested retail price in China: RMB 44,000, stainless steel (SBGW047G)
Limited edition of 70 pieces each, suggested retail price:
20,000 Euros (approximately RMB 162,000), 18K Platinum (SBGW043)
19,000 Euros (approximately RMB 154,000), 18K Gold (SBGW044)
19,000 Euros (approximately RMB 154,000) in 18K rose gold (SBGW046)
Listed in June 2013