Introducing Re-Creations Of The First Grand Seiko For The 60th Anniversary Of Grand Seiko, SBGW259, SBGW258, SBGW257
Grand Seiko watches were first presented in 1960, and in the 60 years from that point forward, Grand Seiko watches have been flagship watches in a greater number of ways than one. They are, famously, amazingly beautifully made, and address not simply an outflow of Grand Seiko’s center way of thinking of greatness, but also of a broader, Japanese approach to watchmaking, in which commitment flawlessly in basic details is taken to anything but a basic level.
Grand Seiko today means an exceptionally wide articulation of various types of watchmaking, including everything from unabashedly top of the line articulations of the most significant level of craft in development completing, jumper’s watches, a variety of Spring Drive-prepared watches, and endlessly. Be that as it may, there is undeniably a virtue and clarity to the original plans which has stayed new over a time of six decades, and the 60th Anniversary of Grand Seiko is an occasion to think back with recharged appreciation at the original plans. Keeping that in mind, Grand Seiko has launched a bunch of three watches which incorporate all the original Grand Seiko configuration signs, in a somewhat updated size, with a cutting edge hand-wound Grand Seiko movement.
This is, as Grand Seiko fans will be aware, not the first occasion when that Grand Seiko has created watches that return to the original Grand Seiko watch. Beforehand, three Grand Seiko watches were released in 2017, in steel, gold, and platinum, with 38mm x 10.7mm cases, utilizing the hand-wound caliber 9S64. The occasion in this instance was the announcement that Grand Seiko would, pushing ahead, exist as a company autonomous from Seiko – a brand in its own right, rather than a sub-brand. The watches each featured a somewhat extraordinary rendition of the original Grand Seiko logo and, with regards to the original, had strong casebacks.
Prior to that, the original basic plans had also been seen in 2011, but in a marginally smaller case, at 35.8mm. The three new models have cases up-sized from the original 1960 watches as well, at 38mm x 10.9mm, and they also have display backs.
SBGW257, in platinum.
At the highest point of the gathering is the platinum SBGW257, which is offered at $38,000. I’ve always felt that one of the ultimate stealth-extravagance watches is a platinum Grand Seiko. They are easily and frequently mistaken for steel, with the exception of sharp-looked at individual Grand Seiko enthusiasts, or the individuals who perceive the particular delicate gleam which separates platinum from titanium or steel. In the hand and on the wrist, nonetheless, the mass of a platinum case reassures you that you have something extremely out of the ordinary.
SBGW258, in yellow gold.
Yellow gold is a more obvious declaration of extravagance, but it has an association with the very long term creation of gold-cased watches which keeps it grounded in tradition. A few people consider it a bit of an elderly person’s metal, but to me, it’s always appeared to be significantly more ageless than that. Especially in a 38mm hand-twisted watch of this degree of fineness, it’s less a watch for an individual of any particular age or sex as it is a sort of representation of the Platonic ideal of a fine watch. SBGW258 in gold is $26,000.
SBGW259, in Brilliant Hard Titanium
Though this is the least costly of these three new 60th Anniversary Grand Seikos, it very well may be the one generally attractive to hardcore Grand Seiko enthusiasts, independent of cost. The case is purported Brilliant Hard Titanium – this is a proprietary Grand Seiko alloy, which is actually particular from the High Intensity Titanium alloy utilized in some other Grand Seiko watches (counting the just-announced new Grand Seiko Spring Drive Professional Diver 600M ). Like High Intensity Titanium, Brilliant Hard Titanium is certainly not a surface treatment, which means that it’s possible to restore the case if the proprietor wants it; Brilliant Hard Titanium has just been utilized once before by Grand Seiko, in the SBGR305. The latter was also part of the 2017 re-launch of Grand Seiko as an autonomous brand. It’s significantly harder than conventional stainless prepares, and according to Grand Seiko, harder than even High Intensity Titanium. It also can be cleaned to a more brilliant completion; thus the name. SBGW259 records for $8,000.
Caliber 9S64, visible through the display back.
It’s a fascinating additional point that these are not restricted versions, in contrast to the 2017 models – the largest creation number for that arrangement was for the steel model, of which 1,960 were made.
All three of the new 60th Anniversary models will be available from June 2020 at Grand Seiko boutiques.
The Grand Seiko Re-Creations Of The First Grand Seiko: cases, Brilliant Hard Titanium, 18k yellow gold, or platinum 950; 38mm x 10.9mm, 3 bar/30 meters water resistant; antimagnetic to 4,800 A/m; sapphire crystals front and back. Developments taking all things together three models, the hand-wound Grand Seiko caliber 9S64; recurrence, 28,800 vph, running in 24 gems; 72-hour power hold, rated to +5/ – 3 seconds maximum deviation in rate each day. Costs, $38,000 (platinum) $26,000 (gold) and $8,000 (Brilliant Hard Titanium). Available from June 2020 onwards at Grand Seiko boutiques. Discover more at Grand-Seiko.com.