For the 50th Anniversary of the second Grand Seiko ever produced (the Self-Dater cal. 5722), Seiko introduced a series of limited editions in 2 movement types. We first reviewed the Spring Drive series, and today, introduce the 9F82 Quartz models, SBGV009 and SBGV011. Both the Spring Drive and quartz models are made at the Suwa factory in the Nagano prefecture of Japan. This is the same area where the Grand Seiko was made back in 1964, when they released the original Self-Dater.
There will be 2 models of 9F82 high accuracy quartz introduced this year to help replicate the original. The first in the line up is the SBGV009. The 009 will have a silver, radial sun burst dial in a 37.2mm stainless steel case. The Grand Seiko logo is in the same font type as found on the model from ’64 and the case design will be almost exact, just slightly larger. Only 1,200 of this model are to be produced.
The second model in the series is the SBGV011 with what may be called a black dial based on most pictures seen. The dial is actually more of a dark grey, or anthracite, also with a radial sun burst finish. Only 900 will be produced of the 011. The case on both models will be 37.2mm wide, 10.5mm thick, and will be completely finished in the immaculate Zaratsu blade polishing technique, giving a beautiful mirror look to every angle of the case. This is special not only because of all the labor that is required for this technique, but also as the ’64 Self-Dater was the first in the Grand Seiko brand to have it.
The movement utilized in these L.E.’s is the 9F82 quartz. Not your typical quartz watch to begin with as it typically has a +/- 10 second a year accuracy rating and 50 year internal service life (not counting battery changes every 3 years). The movement inside these Self-Dater models will actually have a specially aged, tested, and selected quartz crystal, ensuring a +/- 5 second a year accuracy rating, and of course still maintains the same service life.
The case back of both models pay tribute to the original by using the same Grand Seiko logo on the case back. The watches will be individually numbered XXX/1,200 or XXX/900, depending on the model. The case design is truly impressive, using a deeply domed sapphire crystal, with thick rounded lugs, that are something you do not see in any other current Grand Seiko models. The facet to the case sides also adds tremendous detail, especially considering the whole case is executed in the same finish.
The release of the original Self-Dater was considered to be the “evolution of practicality”, being the first Grand Seiko to have date, higher water resistance, and Zaratsu finish. This started new design elements in the series and those designs continued to evolve every year.
Both models are set to retail at $4,000. These will include the crocodile leather strap with tang buckle (as pictured) and (I believe) stainless steel bracelet. Both are scheduled to arrive sometime in July, with extremely limited quantities in the USA. Both are available for pre-order. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.
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