Thanks to its rapidly increasing success in Japan and its growing presence in Europe and other markets, the Grand Seiko collection is expanding in 2014 to include not only three new models with the hi-beat GMT caliber but also five new additions to the historical collection.
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”, it marked an important advance in the range of Grand Seiko fifty years ago, as it took the precision and luxury appeal of Grand Seiko and made them accessible to those who wanted a Grand Seiko watch that was more practical in everyday life. The 1964 “Self-dater”, as the rather awkward name implies, was the first Grand Seiko to incorporate a date window and was water resistant to 5 bar.
The five new Limited Edition creations use two of Grand Seiko’s exclusive and most advanced calibers. First, three models have Spring Drive movements SBGA103, SBGA105 SBGA107, and are limited to just 50 pieces each. Spring Drive is increasingly in demand all over the world as watch lovers learn of its unique combination of +/- 0.5 seconds a day precision and mainspring power. Two models are in steel and one in platinum.
Secondly, two models SBGV009 (1200 pieces) and SBGV011 (900 pieces) use the remarkable 9F caliber, surely the most advanced quartz watch ever created, with its high-torque, super-sealed movement and instantaneous date change.
Diverse though the new 2014 additions may be, they all express anew the simple yet powerful philosophy of Grand Seiko. Every Grand Seiko watch showcases the pure essentials of watchmaking, with craftsmanship and high technology manufacturing being harmonized to create watches that are as accurate, as legible, as comfortable and as durable as can be achieved.
・Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: Euro 6,050 (SBGA103, SBGA105), Euro 31,900 (SBGA107)
・Limited Edition of 500 (SBGA103, SBGA105) Limited Edition of 50 (SBGA107)
Caliber diameter: 29.0mm, Thickness: 3.1mm
・Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 3,750
・Limited Edition: 1,200 pcs (SBGV009), 900 pcs (SBGV011)