Seiko released its first Grand Seiko wristwatch in 1960. This year, to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Japanese brand’s most haute watch collection, Seiko has introduced a new, limited-edition Grand Seiko, equipped with its proprietary Spring Drive chronograph movement.
Like many other timepieces on the market these days, the Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary Spring Drive Chronograph Limited Edition features a de rigeur deep blue dial (Seiko says it is the Grand Seiko line’s signature color), which provides an attractive contrast with the chronograph hands, which are gold toned. A center-mounted hand ticks off the stopwatch seconds, while two small subdials on the right side of the dial tally up the minutes (30) and hours (12).
The dial also features a date window at 3 o’clock, a power reserve display at 7 o’clock, small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, and a central GMT hand. The tachymeter-scale bezel is made of black, mirror-polished ceramic, seven times harder and 25 percent lighter than stainless steel and renowned for its durability and high scratch resistance. The watch is the first Grand Seiko to use a ceramic bezel.
Inside the 43-mm-diameter titanium case is Seiko’s Spring Drive Caliber 9R96, which achieves its high level of accuracy (+/- 0.5 seconds per day, +/- 10 seconds per month) through its combination of a balance wheel, electro-magnetic energy, and a quartz oscillator instead of a traditional escapement; the Spring Drive system does use a traditional rotor for automatic winding of the mainspring — here emblazoned with the Grand Seiko lion emblem in 18k yellow gold (pictured below).
The Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary Spring Drive Chronograph — which is entirely manufactured, from movement to finished watch, in Seiko’s Shinshu Watch Studio in mountainous central Japan — is a limited edition of 400 pieces worldwide, priced at $10,500. Specs on the watch are below the photo.
Reference number: SBGC013
Movement: Caliber 9R96 Spring Drive chronograph, automatic winding, 50 jewels, 72-hour power reserve, accuracy of +/- 0.5 seconds per day, +/- 10 seconds per month
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, 12-hour chronograph, power-reserve display, GMT indication
Case: High-intensity titanium with ceramic bezel, 43 mm in diameter, 16.5-mm thick, dual-curved sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating, sapphire exhibition caseback, screw-down crown and chrono pushers, water-resistant to 100 meters, magnetic resistance to 4,800 A/m;
Bracelet: Titanium, three-fold clasp with push-button release and “GS” emblem in 18k yellow gold
Limited edition of 400 pieces