The Grand Seiko collection has known a rapidly increasing success in Japan and a growing presence in Europe and other markets. Every Grand Seiko watch showcases the pure essentials of watchmaking, with craftsmanship and high technology manufacturing being harmonised to create watches that are as accurate, as legible, as comfortable and as durable as can be achieved.
In addition to the Hi-beat models, the 2014 Grand Seiko collection also includes five new creations that pay homage to a 1964 watch that is fondly remembered by devotees of the brand’s early history. Known as the “Self-dater”, the 1964 “Self-dater” was the first Grand Seiko to incorporate a date window and was water resistant to 5 bar.
The five new creations use two of Grand Seiko’s exclusive and most advanced calibers. First, three models have Spring Drive movements, offering their unique combination of +/- 0.5 seconds a day precision and mainspring power, and a power reserve of 72 hours. Two models are in steel (SBGA103, SBGA105) - a limited edition of 500 - and one in platinum (SBGA107) - a limited edition of 50. Waterresistant to 10 bars, the cases are completed with a dual curve sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inner surface and a screw see-through case back.
The other two models (ref. SBGV009 and SBGV011) use the 9F caliber, surely the most advanced quartz watch ever created, with its high-torque, super-sealed movement and instantaneous date change. The cases are in stainless steel, waterresistant to 10 bar.