Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

To conclude our series of posts featuring the 44GS Historical Collection from Grand Seiko, we introduce the white gold limited edition SBGW043.  The SBGW043 is limited to only 70 pieces for the world of which only one came to the United States, and is exclusively sold at AZ Fine Time.  This model differs from the steel SBGW047 not only because of the precious metal, but also because of its blue accented second hand and GS logo.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

The 44GS series pays tribute to 100 years of watchmaking for Seiko, and also to their original 44GS which debuted in 1967.  The manually wound SBGW series are exact replicas of the original from 1967, having the same case shape, size, dial design and also replicate the piece by having a manually wound movement.  This of course is not going to be the same movement, but the latest and greatest from Seiko, using their in house designed and manufactured 9S64 movement.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

We previously discussed the 9S64’s components such as the Sprong 510 mainspring, the Spron 610 hairspring, and MEMS manufacturing process and how they contribute to making such a finely tuned movement.  An even bigger contribution to this movement is the fact that all of these pieces are assembled by some of the most talented watch makers at Shizuku-Ishi watch studio in Morioka Japan.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

The craftsmen who assemble these movements have all achieved excellent results at the National Watchmakers Skill Competition in Japan are required to have long term experience in the field.  One of the most difficult tasks in watchmaking is adjusting the balance.  The adjustment is performed completely by hand and requires delicate strength control.  This cannot be done by machine.  With the use of customized tweezers, the adjustments can be made to .03mm thick hairspring, and regulated to perform with excellent accuracy.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

After assembly, the watches are then put through a thorough 17 day testing process which was created to surpass the rating found in chronometer grade.  The testing not only involves more strict guidelines on the accuracy (-3 to +5 Sec a Day vs -4 to +6), but also involves testing in 6 positions compared to 5 (12:00 upright being the additional), 2 temperature variations rather than 1 (8-38 & 23-38°C) and of course the 17 days of testing vs 15.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

After an over 1,000 hour process to certify Grand Seiko quality, the original inspiration of creating the ideal watch has come to reality.  The 44GS goes through an incredibly labor intensive process not only for the movement, but also the fit and finish.  The elegant 37.9mm white gold case is finished in the pure mirror “Zaratsu finsih” to give perfect reflection with no distortion.  The hands and indexes are diamond cut and polished in the same technique giving great legibility, but also an incredible glimmer.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

With only one of this model in the US, it’s rarity only complements  its beauty.  The MSRP on the SBGW043 is $18,500.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 and check us out on AZFineTime.com

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

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Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

To continue our reviews of the latest historical recreation from Grand Seiko, we introduce the 44GS Manual Wind in 18k Pink Gold, SBGW046.  The 44GS Series will consist of 3 different colors of gold (pink, yellow, and white) each being limited to only 70 pieces produced for the entire world.  Only one of each color came to the United States, and are exclusively available at AZ Fine Time.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

The SBGW046 is the same retro design originally founded in 1967.  The 44GS has impacted the overall design of Grand Seiko in many ways, in creating Seiko Style.  The inspiration of this reincarnation of the 44GS stems from the 100 years anniversary of watchmaking for Seiko.  In 1913, what was known back then as Seikosha, had introduced their 1st wrist watch, the Laurel.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

Seiko was originally founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori.  Originally, he had opened a clock and jewelry store in the Ginza region of Tokyo.  The evolution of the company truly started in 1892 when Hattori started manufacturing his own clocks under the name Seikosha.  Hattori had dreamed of manufacturing his own wristwatch and knew it could only be possible if all parts were manufactured in house.  By 1910, Seikosha had started to develop their own hairsprings.  By the dawn of the Taisho era (mid 1912), other clock manufactures started to challenge Seikosha, pushing Hattori to reach his goal of manufacturing his first wrist watch.  By 1913, Seiko had released Japan’s first wrist watch.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

The release of the Laurel continued to drive Seikosha in the realm of watchmaking and to continue the pursuit of perfection.  By 1960, Seiko had introduced Grand Seiko, which rivaled the finest watches in the industry when it came to precision.  In 1967, the design of the 44GS combined the beauty of design was implemented along with the finest mechanics to create a new era for Grand Seiko.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

Today, the 44GS Limited Edition has the same exact 37.9mm case beautifully finished in the immaculate and time consuming Zaratsu blade polishing technique.  This allows for a beautiful sparkle, on the case, but also the hands and indexes.  The flat, slightly off white, dial has a very subtle metallic tone with an even more discreet sunburst pattern.  The heavily domed sapphire crystal uses Seiko’s proprietary clear anti-reflective coating ensuring you see no distortion when looking at its gorgeous dial.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

The strap on the SBGW046 is an elegant brown croc in a glossy finish, which compliments the pink gold tremendously well.  The tang buckle is also in 18k pink gold and also helps duplicates the original 44GS in every aspect, aside from the fact of the precious metal used.  This classic design is truly impressive and with out question, retains its vintage appeal.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

The use of the 9S64 manual wind in this timepiece pays tribute to the vintage 1967 44GS.  Of course, Seiko’s most modern technology takes place internally, boasting a 72 hour power reserve due to its Spron 510 mainspring, and incredible reliability and stability die to its Spron 610 hairspring (as we discussed in our last 2 reviews.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

Another important contribution to the quality of the 9S64 is the use of MEMS technology.  MEMS allows for the ultimate construction of parts, enabling for a more precise design of the escapement wheel and pallet fork, that also has enhanced durability and a longer lubricant reserve.  When compared to traditionally machined parts, the other benefits include a smoother surface with less abrasion, intense hardness, and shapes and designs that would not typically be possible.  The combination of the use of cutting edge technology and traditional watchmaking are incredible.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

The SBGW046 retails for $18,500.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or check us out on AZFineTime.com.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

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