AZ Fine Time is proud to bring you the first live look from Seiko’s booth here at Baselworld 2014!! There are some great anniversaries for Seiko this year, which leads to a ton of great new items releasing in the near future. Here’s a taste of what you will see delivering to our store over the next several months…
As a part of the Grand Seiko Historical Collection, Seiko commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 2nd Grand Seiko released, the Self-Dater from 1964. The collection will consist of 3 40mm Spring Drive models, the silver dialed SBGA103, the blue dialed SBGA105, and the champagne dialed with platinum case SBGA107. All 3 of these models will utilize the 9R15 Spring Drive movement the US market saw for the 1st time last year in the 18k gold Snowflake models. This movement contains a specially selected quartz crystal giving a higher accuracy rating of +/-10 seconds a month as compared to the 9R65’s +/-15 seconds a month. The steel bracelet versions will retail for roughly $6,500 and be limited to 500 pieces for the world,while the platinum piece will retail for roughly $34,500, with only 30 pieces produced total.
As a part of the same collection, Seiko will have 2 new Grand Seiko Quartz models to pay tribute to the GS Self-Dater. The silver dialed SBGV009 and black dialed SBGV011 will have 37mm stainless steel cases with black crocodile leather straps. Each contains the 9F82 quartz caliber with specially selected quartz crystal giving a +/- 5 second a year accuracy rating. The SBGV009 will be limited to 1,200 pieces for the world, while the SBGV011 will only have 900 pieces. The estimated retail is roughly $4,000. The fact that the GS Self-Dater was made in Seiko’s Suwa Seikosha factory (now Seiko Epson) makes these pieces even more special as this is now where they make their Spring Drive and Quartz movements for GS. Daini Seikosha (now SII) did not start making GS until 1967 with the 44GS we saw reprised last year.
Another anniversary this year is the 5 year of the 9S85 Hi-Beat caliber. In light of this, Seiko not only has a limited edition model (or 2), but has introduced a whole new feature and caliber to the Hi-Beat line up. The 9S86 movement will feature a GMT with independent moving hour hand and be expressed in 2 regular production models, the white dialed with blue GMT hand SBGJ001 and the black dialed with red GMT hand SBGJ003. The limited edition variation is labeled as SBGJ005 and have a green dial with gold GMT hand. All pieces will have the same Hi-Beat case that is 40mm, and the LE pieces will be limited to 600 made for the world with titanium and tungsten rotor in gold tone. All dials are textured, and exquisite in person. Prices are estimated to range from $7,000-$8,000. There are also 3 18k Hi-Beat GMT Special’s on the horizon, not on display, but they are coming.
Aside from all the anniversary type pieces, Grand Seiko is finally expanding their 9F Quartz collection. The introduction of the SBGV005 with champagne dial and the SBGV007 with black dial, will have the same 40mm stainless steel case and bracelet as found on last years 44GS automatic limited editions. Prices are estimated to be in the $3,500 range.
Galante will also have a new addition labeled the “Snow Leopard”. This limited model will have a white dial, white leather strap and incredible design. More information soon to come.
And now the news everyone has been waiting for… Prospex will finally be available in select styles in the US!!! I hate to leave you hanging, but there will be more to come…
And one of the biggest advancements in tech for Seiko is the release of the NEW Astron GPS Solar CHRONOGRAPH!! Utilizing the 8X82, not only will Astron have a completely new function, but also smaller size at 45mm wide, 13.3mm thick. The new series will consist of many models, with SBXB001 as the new flagship limited edition. Stand by for a whole lot of news on these new releases…
All models are officially available for pre-order through AZ Fine Time. As I mentioned in the beginning, this is only a taste of what is to come. Stand by for much much more on the AZFT Blog, from Seiko and all the other brands we carry! Here’s a little teaser of something else we love…
Prices, quantities and availability are subject to change
Thanks for reading!
Great info, for sure. You do however need a better travel camera. 🙂
Now I eagerly await the new GS HAQ diver.
It actually wasn’t the camera, but the displays/lighting at the fair. I do have better pics soon to follow from inside of the booth.
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I agree, you need a better camera !!!!!
Really exciting to know Seiko can shrink down the size of Astron. The new 13.3mm thickness is certainly a good progress. In fact I would rather they release a ‘plain’ GPS solar watch without chronograph to reduce the size even more. Around 40mm wide and 10mm thick would be perfect. I guess they will schedule another smaller release roughly in every 2 years (Morse law!).
I think SBXB005 is the best looking one in this series, as it has a blue dial and is relatively unique in the entire series. The rest in the series are predominantly black dial, which become too common.
Whilst the limited edition SBXB001 has a white dial, it doesn’t really look that special/precious. Personally, I think Seiko keep releasing limited edition watches with a much higher price for a different colour is a bit of a joke to rip off customer (even the greedy Apple won’t do this trick for their gold iphone). Especially the so call limited edition are 7000 of them, 7000 is a lot! I don’t see much point to call it ‘limited’ anymore.
Apart from my minor criticism, I really looking forward for this new release in September 2014.
I have been searching for the weight for this 2nd gen Astron, but I couldn’t find it from the Seiko press release. If you know the weight, please post it online. Thank you.
Thank you very much for the feedback David. The blue dial is definitely a gorgeous piece. As far as the LE goes,there will be a substatial difference in materials used like titanium with diamond coating and ceramic. There are other titanium models in the line up, but of course will not be as much as the LE. Because there will be both steel and titanium models, the weights will vary. I will post exact weights when I have them. Thank you.
Thanks for the informative post. I’m very interested to see the new Astrons come through. Been hankering after one for a while, and now starting to wonder whether my procrastination has paid off. Smaller is good, but I’m already amazed how light these Ti watches are for their size.
I’d buy an Astron, but would be a little narked if the Gen2 versions have daylight saving and/or alarms built in.