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Grand Seiko Anniversary Limited Edition

Post by andrema on Tue 25 Oct 2011, 7:23 pm

The first Grand Seiko was produced in 1960. The first Grand Seiko model was produced in Suwa Seikosha in Nagano prefecture in central Japan.



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In celebration of their 130th anniversary, Seiko has produced a Grand Seiko Anniversary Limited Edition, which is a revised version of the original Grand Seiko from 1960.

This is an article from TimeZone that goes over the details of this great LE watch:



Grand Seiko Anniversary Limited Edition Comes to the U.S. Market




At Baselworld Seiko officially launched three limited edition Grand Seiko timepieces as a part of the brand’s 130th Anniversary Commemorative Collection. All three models house a newly developed mechanical hand-winding movement, and all three will come to the U.S., market, albeit in very small numbers.

The design of this limited edition pays faithful homage to the now-collectible original Grand Seiko model from 1960.

Until last year, Grand Seiko was available only in Japan and a very limited number of retail locations elsewhere, but now enthusiasts in over 20 major countries are discovering Seiko’s finest timepieces.

The caliber in these timepieces, 9S64, is entirely new. Like the original 1960 model, it is a mechanical hand-winding movement with excellent timekeeping performance, and the new caliber uses the latest Seiko high technology. The mainspring is Seiko’s proprietary “SPRON510” alloy. The balance spring is made of another recently developed highly shock resistant and anti-magnetic alloy “SPRON610” and the caliber uses a new escape wheel and pallet manufactured by Micro Electro Mechanical System or MEMS. Seiko claims a -3 to +5 seconds per day mean daily rate under static conditions.

The cases, available in steel, 18k yellow gold, and platinum, are polished by hand, using Seiko’s Zaratsu technique, and the dual-curved sapphire crystals have an anti-reflective coating. The Grand Seiko name on the dial and buckle is exactly as it was on the first 1960 Grand Seiko watch, and the “lion” symbol adorns the case back.

The gold and platinum versions are offered in a limited edition of just 130, while the steel execution edition is of 1,300. The USA should receive approximately 20 steel pieces, and 5 or 6 each of the gold and platinum.

The steel version is priced at $6500. The gold is $16,500, and platinum is $25,000. Specifications appear below the images.



Specifications:
• Caliber 9S64
• Manual winding – Hour, minute and second hands
• 28,800 vibrations per hour
• 24 jewels
• Power reserve: 72 hours
• Mean daily rate between -3 and +5 seconds per day (under static conditions)
• Movement diameter: 28.4 mm, thickness: 4.9 mm
• Available in September 2011

Here is a nice video from YouTube...

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Re: Grand Seiko Anniversary Limited Edition

Post by porschefan on Tue 25 Oct 2011, 8:04 pm

Nice dress watch
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