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Grand Seiko Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko watch from 1960

Three new watches in platinum, titanium and yellow gold celebrate the very first Grand Seiko model of 1960.

2020 is a special year for Grand Seiko as it is the 60th anniversary of its creation. The date was December 18, 1960. For some time, a determined team in Seiko’s Suwa facility in central Japan had been working on the creation of a watch that would be as precise, durable, comfortable and beautiful as humanly possible. On that day, the result of all their efforts was released. It was a watch with a 14k gold filled case and a slim movement whose precision met the highest international standard of the time. Such was the level of their achievement that it was decided to call the watch Grand Seiko. Now, in this special year, a new re-creation of the first Grand Seiko watch from 1960 takes its permanent place in the collection.

The re-creation is presented in three versions, all with the same slim profile and high precision (+5 to -3 seconds per day) afforded by the use of the manual-winding caliber 9S64, offering a 72-hour power reserve. 

Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko watch from 1960

Ref. SBGW257, Platinum © Grand Seiko

The case in the platinum version is in Platinum 950 and the dial carries the star mark that signifies that its hour markers are in 18k gold. The engraving of the Grand Seiko name on the dial is particularly sharp thanks to the fact that the dial, too, is in 18k gold.
The case of the second creation is in 18k yellow gold, as are the hour markers. 


Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko watch from 1960

Ref. SBGW258, Yellow Gold © Grand Seiko

The third case is in Brilliant Hard Titanium, which is exclusive to Grand Seiko. It is as light as pure titanium but twice as hard as stainless steel and therefore highly resistant to scratches. Its color is brighter than the other forms of titanium used for Grand Seiko and allows the Zaratsu polished surfaces to stand out even more prominently.

Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko watch from 1960

Ref. SBGW259, Titanium © Grand Seiko

The case shape and the softly curved dial and hands are entirely faithful to the 1960 original, but the case back is now in sapphire, revealing the beautiful finish of the movement. In line with today’s aesthetic, the case diameter has been increased from 35mm to 38mm, it is just 10.9mm in depth and a three-fold clasp makes the watch easy to wear.

Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko watch from 1960

Caliber 9S64 © Grand Seiko

All three versions feature crocodile straps with three-fold clasp with push button release. 
They will be available at Grand Seiko Boutiques from June 2020 onwards.
Price: €39,000 (platinum, ref. SBGW257), €27,000 (yellow gold, ref. SBGW258), €8,300 (titanium, ref. SBGW259).

 

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