SBGW253 Grand Seiko
This year at Basel World Grand Seiko became its own brand, independent of Seiko, and they have certainly done it in style.
Some of the newly announced watches are the reissues of the very first Grand Seiko, first produced in 1960 which was built with the aim to be the Worlds best watch.
Fittingly the watch we will be looking at here is a limited edition reissue of only 1960 pieces worldwide, the SBGW253. This stunning stainless steel re-release of the first ever Grand Seiko has been carefully designed to echo the original, using cutting edge modern technology to show how far the watch technology has advanced.
The Bureaux Officiels de Contrôle de la Marche des Montres is a Swiss institution responsible for certifying accuracy and precision of watches, also referred to as COSC.
It was awarded official designation as ‘chronometer’ according to the highest chronometer standard at the time.
As such the ‘chronometer appeared on the dial. Nowadays Grand Seiko no longer carry this. In 1998 Grand Seiko set up their own in-house testing facility which more stringent standards than that of COSC.
Watches in the 9S caliber hold a greater distinction - ‘Grand Seiko Special Standard’.
The reissue Grand Seiko is a testament to the original design. Its curved sapphire crystal glass retains the original shape and gentle profile. The 38mm case, although slightly larger than the original 36mm still has a lovely vintage model feel to it.
The hand-would mechanical 9S64 movement boasts and impressive 72 hour power reserve as well as -3 to +5 seconds per day accuracy, as well as boasting ‘Grand Seiko Special Standard’ movement.
Anyone who knows about Grand Seiko knows the sheer level of skill and craftsman ship that goes into each watch. Each watch is crafted with precision, beauty and legibility as the most import and features of the watch.
The 9S64 calibre movement is manufactured and assembled in the Shizuku-Ish watch studio in Japans Iwate Prefecture.
Each and every 200-300 part movement is assembled by highly skilled craftsmen and women who have honed their craft to such and extent that they can adjust parts by hand to tolerances of one hundredth of a millimetre, thus yielding complete masterpieces every time.
Since 1960 a lion has been the symbol of Grand Seiko, and has graced the case back of each watch. The SBGW253 features an 18ct gold plated lion on its case back, as it was designed to be the ‘King of Watches’.
Grand Seiko’s styling is pure and practical. Every detail visible on the watch, from the cut of the hour markers to the length of the hands has been carefully considered and designed with ease of use in mind. The multifaceted hands and markers mean that the watch can be easily read in every light and situation, and highlighting Grand Seikos unrivalled quality in each timepiece they produce.