Seiko celebrates in 2015 the 55-year history of Grand Seiko. Since its creation in 1960, every Grand Seiko watch has shared the same commitment to the pure essential of watchmaking: precision, legibility, comfort and durability.
In 2013, the 1967 44GS was recreated, in 2014 it was the turn of the 1964 “Self Dater,” and in 2015, Grand Seiko returns to 1967 and to its first ever automatic watch, the 62GS.
62GS was not only automatic, it was supremely accurate, achieving the level of the highest published standard of the day. The design, too, established a style that has been passed down the years to today’s Grand Seiko. 62GS had a mirrored, multi-sided case and a wide dial opening, achieved with a bezel-free construction and Grand Seiko’s unique “Zaratsu” polishing. Together, these elements combined to make 62GS a clean, slim, easy-to-read and comfortable watch whose popularity was both immediate and lasting. It was distinctive, too. The crown was recessed and placed at the 4 o’clock position to dramatize the fact that hand winding was not required, and 62GS also had the long and razor-edge hands that have always been part of the Grand Seiko signature.
There are eight references in the new 62GS collection. Four are faithful re-creations of the 1967 original with an automatic caliber and four are modern re-interpretations featuring Grand Seiko’s most advanced movements, including Spring Drive. All are limited editions.
We present today the first four faithful re-creations of the of the 1967 original: the ref. SBGR091 (in white gold), 092 (yellow gold), 094 (rose gold), and 095 (steel).
Water-resistant to 100 m, the high definition dual-curved cases are topped with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, and the case-back is screwn. The house the automatic mouvement Caliber 9S65, with manual winding mechanism, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offering a 72-hour power reserve.
The lion emblem on the case back, the dial layout, the distinctive hour markers and the dial logotypes (notably “Diashock”) are all inherited from the original 62GS. The dial color of the steel case model is also faithful to the original dial
An alligator strap completes the watch, whose buckle is of the same material as the case.
600 pieces of the steel version will be produced, and only 100 pieces each of the three gold models.