While the main watch made by Grand Seiko traces all the way back to 1960 – a watch that was reproduced a year ago in a steadfast re-release – another critical date throughout the entire existence of the brand is 1998. In reality, twenty years prior, Grand Seiko presented Caliber 9S, a completely new development planned without any preparation to convey high exactness and incredible toughness. Today, the whole Grand Seiko mechanical assortment is worked around this development. For its 20th anniversary, the brand dispatches three uncommon developments, another case, and a novel dial. Meet the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary ref. SBGH265 – SBGH266 – SBGH267.
In 1998, Seiko dispatched Caliber 9S, a development planned without any preparation and new on all levels. From the earliest starting point, this development was intended to be the foundation of the whole assortment, which it has become as today, all mechanical watches in the GS assortment (not the Spring Drive pieces) are controlled by a development that depends on the 9S design. The origination of this development was clear: dependability, usefulness, versatility (a few complications, including a chronograph, can be added to the base caliber) and precision.
Several renditions, every one of them with self-winding limit, have seen the light. Some component a straightforward time-and-date show, some add a GMT work, many sudden spike in demand for a high-beat recurrence – the 36000 models, with their 5Hz recurrence. Since the time its presentation, the 9S caliber has been persistently upgraded, with new Spron compounds for both the primary and equilibrium springs and MEMS designing, a procedure that permits key components to be fabricated to resiliences as little as one-thousandth of a millimeter.
For Baselworld 2018, Grand Seiko needs to honor this development, known as a standout amongst other three-hand developments around, with three new restricted release watches. Every one of them share the very soul as the development that ticks inside their case: dependability, obviously, yet mostly high-exactness, including the comeback of three unbelievable letters: VFA (extremely fine change). Here are the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary ref. SBGH265 – SBGH266 – SBGH267.
These three new references share a similar base development – Caliber 9S85 – just as the equivalent, recently planned case, with a truly sensible 39.5mm width. Likewise, another kind of dial, with a spiral mathematical example, showing a mosaic of GS logos, is remembered for each of the three variants.
The Grand Seiko Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary ref. SBGH265
The first of the renditions is an uncommon piece with respect to its extraordinariness and its value. The reference SBGH265 is restricted to 20 pieces worldwide and is fabricated from 950 platinum – for the case and the collapsing clasp. Its dial is introduced in a brilliant white tone, with silver hours and minutes hands and a blued seconds hand – a common style on very good quality Grand Seiko watches. The case is done with extraordinary consideration and shows two surfaces of Zaratsu cleaning that reach out to the actual edge of the carries, where the two meet the hairline finish to make an ideal triangle.
Note the three letters on the dial of reference SBGH265: VFA, for Very Fine Adjustment – a notice previously utilized in 1969. For sure, on this platinum adaptation, Caliber 9S is acclimated to “+3 to – 1 seconds for each day”, after a testing program stretched out to 34 days – the entirety of that in overabundance of the typical Grand Seiko principles. The back uncovers the high-beat development, with the rotor embellished with a gold medallion.
The Grand Seiko Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary ref. SBGH265 will be accessible in March 2018 (soon after Baselworld) as a restricted release of 20 pieces overall for EUR 53,500.
The Grand Seiko Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary ref. SBGH266
The second form to praise the 20th anniversary of Caliber 9S is an old style, rich interpretation of a similar plan. Reference SBGH266 has a similar 39.5mm case and a similar completing however is introduced in 18k yellow gold. It will be a rather uncommon release as well, as just 150 pieces will be delivered. Inside the case is a similar high-beat 5Hz development, this time directed to “normal” Grand Seiko norms, which means a very precise +4 to – 2 seconds for every day.
Also obvious through the sapphire case back, the 9S85 development is embellished with a gold emblem that portrays the Grand Seiko lion token. The dial has a shimmering white tone, with the mark spiral example and little GS mosaic. All the hands and the files are made in yellow gold, to coordinate the case. The Grand Seiko Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary ref. SBGH266 is conveyed on an earthy colored crocodile tie. Restricted to 150 pieces the watch will be accessible in March 2018 and valued at EUR 27,000.
The Grand Seiko Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary ref. SBGH267
Last yet not least, Grand Seiko has a third version to bring to the table for the 20th anniversary of its unique development, this time implied for people in general everywhere – or possibly, a release with a more moderate cost. The reference SBGH267 shares the greater part of the determinations of the two other releases, however with a sportier plan. Its 39.5mm case is appended to a metallic wristband and the entire watch is made of hardened steel. The dial, with a similar spiral example, is introduced in a dull blue tone with rhodium-plated hands and markers, just as an overlaid seconds hand.
Visible through the sapphire case back of this ref. SBGH267 is a similar high-beat Caliber 9S85, with a similar guideline to +4 to – 2 seconds out of each day, yet with a unique rotor. The swaying weight is molded like a haggle of titanium and tungsten. The titanium surface is hued blue by an anodic oxidation measure (a surface treatment wherein metals are exposed to electrolysis in order to misleadingly produce an oxide film). The outcome is very astounding and alluring. The Grand Seiko Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary ref. SBGH267 will be created in 1,500 pieces, accessible from March 2018 at Seiko and Grand Seiko stores, too as selected Grand Seiko retail accomplices. It will be evaluated at EUR 6,500.
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