Introducing: The Grand Seiko SBGW251, SBGW252, SBGW253 (Exclusive Live Pics & Pricing)
The first Grand Seiko watches were made in 1960, and despite the fact that they have consistently been a religion top choice, they weren’t given a full global dispatch until 2010 – before at that point, becoming a Grand Seiko proprietor implied either an outing to Japan or purchasing from outsider re-venders. Fabulous Seiko watches up to now have been a Seiko sub-brand, with the Seiko logo at 12:00 and Grand Seiko at 6:00. Nonetheless, pushing ahead, Grand Seiko will be introduced as an autonomous brand and the dials will basically peruse “Great Seiko.”
Seiko President and CEO Shinji Hattori said, in a delivered explanation, “Fabulous Seiko has consistently been unmistakable in its plan, character, introduction, and all the more as of late, its types. To additionally build up its special allure and connect with a more extensive crowd, we are today making one stride further and introducing Grand Seiko as an altogether isolated brand. On all the manifestations we are introducing here at Baselworld, the Grand Seiko logo is at the 12 o’clock position and this will likewise be valid for all Grand Seiko watches from now onwards.”
Seiko CEO Shinji Hattori, the extraordinary grandson of Seiko originator Kintaro Hattori.
To mark the event, Seiko is delivering three restricted version watches in steel, gold, and platinum. Every adaptation has a somewhat extraordinary form of the first Grand Seiko logo, and all are fueled by the hand-wound Grand Seiko type 9S64. Albeit the watches on which they’re based were 36mm in measurement, the restricted releases will be a refreshed 38mm instead.
Seiko fans will review the 130th Anniversary of Seiko restricted versions from 2011; these new models are comparative yet marginally bigger (the 130th Anniversary models are 35.8mm). We had the option to photo the strong gold and steel models in front of Baselworld. The gold model, SBGW252, has a 18k gold case and 18k gold markers. The main Grand Seikos from 1960, incidentally, were 80 micron gold-plated, anyway there were a couple of platinum-cased models as well.
One little however key detail is the logo. The Grand Seiko logo of each watch addresses an alternate adaptation of Grand Seiko lettering as it showed up on the first watches. The gold model highlights a raised Grand Seiko logo.
The watch drew quick eager appreciation among HODINKEE staff and I believe it’s quite evident why – it’s pretty much as incredibly turned out as you would anticipate from Grand Seiko, and keeping in mind that the 130th Anniversary restricted release in gold is, too, a wonderful watch, at 38mm this new form has recently huge wrist presence.
The gold model is evaluated at $17,200 and 353 pieces will be made.
The steel model is indistinguishable in size and specialized qualities to the gold model. One distinctive characteristic is its blued-steel seconds hand; in the same way as other Grand Seiko watches, it dazzled us as a great illustration of how great a watch can look with only a couple basic components, yet totally finished with genuine consideration and meticulousness. You truly notice the tastefulness of the faceted drags on this one and however it’s not as clearly sumptuous as the gold model, it is maybe a shockingly better stage for flaunting, without interruption, what makes Grand Seiko what it is.
It’s difficult to envision an all the more really rich straightforward watch, and SBGW253 is a pleasure to deal with and wear. You take a gander at it and in case you’re somebody who has been into looks for some time, it helps you to remember why you got keen on mechanical watches in any case. Of course, it’s a mechanically made watch, however the additional interest in quality is evident to the point that it truly becomes hard to think about some other time-just, three-gave watch that even comes near being competitive.
The Grand Seiko lion symbol on the rear of the steel watch is a strong gold emblem, and like the gold and platinum models, it’s fueled by Seiko’s hand-wound type 9S64. It has a similar case breadth as the two valuable metal models – 38mm – anyway it’s somewhat thicker; the gold and platinum models are 10.7mm thick, while the steel model is 11.2mm thick. The cost at dispatch will be $5,700, and there will be 1960 made, to pay tribute to the birth-year of Grand Seiko. There may be a more sizzling best-day by day destroy watch there some place – however you know what, there may not be.
We couldn’t photo the platinum model, anyway here are the fundamentals on the remainder of the trio.
As the third of the truly enlivened models, ref. SBGW251 will have a marginally unique form of the Grand Seiko logo – for this situation, engraved into the dial, which should give a decent profundity impact. It will likewise offer an uncommon change for rate security. While the gold and steel models are appraised to – 3/+5 most extreme variety in rate each day, the platinum model is conform to – 1/+5 seconds greatest deviation in day by day rate. This will likewise be the most restricted of the restricted arrangement, at 136 pieces – to pay tribute to Seiko’s 136th birthday celebration, this year – and it will be estimated at $30,600.
Expect all models to be accessible at Seiko retailers and shops not long from now, and look at the Grand Seiko committed site here.
Grand Seiko models SBGW251/252/253: Cases; steel, 18k gold, or 999 platinum. All cases 3 bar/30 meters water safe, with domed sapphire “superior quality” gems with antireflective covering. In platinum and gold, 38mm x 10.7mm; in steel, 38mm x 11.2mm. Antimagnetic to 4,800 A/m (amperes per meter). Development, hand-wound type 9S64, 28,800 vph, running in 24 gems. – 3/+4 seconds greatest deviation in every day rate; SBGW251 changed in accordance with – 1/+5 most extreme day by day rate deviation.