Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

Continuing there additions of automatic movements to the Citizen Signature Collection, Citizen has introduced their first diver model in the series.  The new NB1031-53L Grand Touring Sport is going to be the first to feature a screw down crown, have a 60 click uni-directional blue diver bezel, and have an impressive blue dial with orange accents.

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The blue dial on this piece is very well executed, using a sandwich type style for the minute/second track on the outer edge of the dial.  The first 15 minutes of the are highlighted in orange, and the rest in white making for a nice subtle accent.  The hour and seconds hand are in white with the minute hand in orange making for an easy indication of minutes passed when coordinated with its blue uni-directional bezel.  The bezel has 60 clicks and functions solid and smooth giving clear indications of what minute marker you are aligned with.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

The blue dial definitely has a slight radial pattern to it and looks metallic in certain lights, however, in most situations the dial looks to be a matte blue.  It is sort of an optical illusion with this model as you really have to pay attention to see its detail.  The applied indexes are very thick with generous amounts of lume applied towards the outer edge of the dial.  Finishing on the indexes is mostly brushed but its faceted edges are done in a high polish.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

With the new NB1031-53L, you have a 300m water resistance achieved mostly due to its screw down crown.  None of the other Citizen Signature Automatic have had this feature, or this water resistance as of yet.  The crown protector, very similar to the Grand Touring model that came out last year, is still attached to the actual crown through an insert on the side profile.  As the crown is unscrewed and pulled out, you will see the insert protrude from the crown protector as pictured above.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

The movement utilized in the Grand Touring Sport is the automatic Citizen produced caliber 9012.  This movement (which was also featured in the original Grand Touring) has 28,800 bph, 24 jewels, a 42 hour power reserve, striping and skeletonized rotor exposing more of the internals.  The rotor is uni-directional winding and moves at a very fast, smooth pace.  You can tell the weight of the rotor is significant, as it throws itself around like a 7750, though this is only a three hand with date.  Very impressive, especially for its price point.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

The retail price on the NB1031-53L is going to be $1,195, but is available for order directly on our site for $896.25 HERE.  There will also be a black dialed version with rose gold accents (pictured below) that will retail for $1,295, but sold for $971.25 HERE.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1036-50E

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Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition – SBGV009 – SBGV011

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

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.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

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.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

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.

 

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

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.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

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.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

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.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

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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Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA103 – SBGA105 – SBGA107

Grand Seiko 1964 Self-Dater

Grand Seiko 1964 Self-Dater

To honor the 50th Anniversary of the 2nd Grand Seiko model ever made, the 1964 GS Self-Dater (or 57GS), Seiko has introduced a new part of their Historical Collection featuring the design very similar to that of the 1964 model.  These recreations will come in 3 Spring Drive models, and 2 9F Quartz.  Today we introduce the 3 Spring Drive Limited Editions, SBGA103, SBGA105 and the Platinum 950 cased SBGA107.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Spring Drive Limited Edition Platinum SBGA107

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Spring Drive Limited Edition Platinum SBGA107

Before we get into the exacts of the new editions, it is important to talk about the ’64 model.  When they introduced the 1st “Self-Dater”, this was the 1st Grand Seiko to feature not only a date, but also to have 5 ATM water resistance, and was the 1st to implement the Zaratsu Katana Blade polishing technique.  These virtues hold true now to all Grand Seiko’s today, and this retro-remake is no different.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Spring Drive Limited Edition Platinum SBGA107

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Spring Drive Limited Edition Platinum SBGA107

It is important to know that the ’64 variation was manufactured at Suwa Seikosha, which is now Seiko Epson.  The factory that produced this model as well as all other Grand Seiko’s prior to the 44GS was the Suwa factory, and Suwa is home to the Shinshu Watch Studio, which also created Spring Drive.  The new Historical Collection models that house Spring Drive movements are going to be a 39.9mm case that is 13.2mm thick.  The piece pictured above is the Platinum 950 model SBGA107 on crocodile leather, which is limited to only 50 pieces to the world, only 1 of which will come to the USA.  This will be exclusively available at AZ Fine Time.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Spring Drive Limited Edition  SBGA105

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA105

The next  model in the line up is already without question the most popular, the SBGA105 with a deep radial finished metallic blue dial.  This model has the same 39.9mm case as on the SBGA107, but in stainless steel with a stainless steel 5 piece link bracelet.  The dial color on this model is spectacular and has a huge range of color depending on the amount of light that hits the dial.  Varying from a deep dark blue to a vibrant true blue, it is the perfect color to symbolize Grand Seiko.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Spring Drive Limited Edition  SBGA105

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA105

Only 500 units will be produced for the world of the SBGA105, which is truly a shame.  With such limited quantities, and such a highly demanded dial color, these models are sure to sell quickly.  The dial color isn’t even one of the best parts of this model, or the entire series for that matter.  What is truly special, is what lies on the inside.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Spring Drive Limited Edition  SBGA105

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA105

All 3 models in this line up will feature the higher accuracy 9R15 Spring Drive movement.  Thanks to a specially selected quartz crystal, which Seiko grows and tests entirely in-house, this Spring Drive movement is capable of an accuracy rating of only +/- 10 seconds a MONTH, or .5 seconds a day specifications.  The accuracy and performance of Spring Drive is already uncanny to begin with.  The 1st time this movement was available outside of Japan was in the 18k gold Spring Drive Snowflakes.  Now, this movement is available in a much more reasonable price point.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Spring Drive Limited Edition  SBGA103

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA103

The final model in this series of Spring Drive “Self-Daters” is the SBGA103, with radial silver dial and blued second hand.  This model recreates the original the most in this series, and has a very complex dial, which is easy to see in any lighting.  The sapphire crystal utilized in this series has an even deeper dome than most core models of Grand Seiko, which also adds to its vintage appeal.  Of course, the sapphire is coated in Seiko’s proprietary anti-reflective coating, giving a distortion free view of the dial.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Spring Drive Limited Edition  SBGA103

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA103

You can certainly distinguish the case design is completely unique as compared to other models of the GS line up.  The wider, more square, lugs of this model contribute more to its unique design, which combines a small amount of satin finish with a large amount of Zaratsu.  This model holds special value in the sense the Self-Dater was the 1st to use this technique, and the quality speaks for itself.  The mirror finish will be found on the bezel, front of the lugs, case sides, and in 2 pieces of each link set.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Spring Drive Limited Edition  SBGA103

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA103

The Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Spring Drive Limited Editions are scheduled for delivery sometime in July.   The estimated MSRP’s will be $34,500 for the Platinum SBGA107, and $6,500 for the steel SBGA103 and SBGA105.  These models are currently available for pre-order through AZ Fine Time, but are sure to sell through quickly.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.

 

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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.

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Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Yellow Gold SBGW044

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Yellow Gold SBGW044 In celebration of the arrival of the new Grand Seiko 44GS Manual Wind Limited Editions, we present one of the rarest LE’s to come out this year, the SBGW044.  The SBGW044 is identical to the SBGW047 (stainless steel model) we reviewed yesterday, but with a beautiful 18kt yellow gold case.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Yellow Gold SBGW044 The first variation of the 44GS debuted in 1967 and was the founding of what is known today as “Seiko Style”.  Seiko Style is a very specific design element that takes traditional Japanese aesthetics and implements them to the watches design in numerous ways.  The basic Seiko Style includes attributes like multifaceted-cut hands and indexes, an elegantly curved side line of the case, and super mirror polished surfaces.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Yellow Gold SBGW044 The super mirror polish utilized is known as Zaratsu.  This painstaking art form is a hand finish that originally derived from the katana blade.  This 3 stage process provides a a distortion free finish that is quickly becoming known as one of the finest in the watch industry.  There are only a small amount of highly experienced craftsmen capable of applying this finish to Grand Seiko.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Yellow Gold SBGW044 To compliment the beauty of the exterior, and remain reminiscent of the original from 1967, Seiko uses their in house manufactured 9S64 caliber.  In yesterdays review, I discussed the Spron 510 mainspring which provides the piece a 72 hour power reserve of only one barrel.  Today, I would like to discuss the Spron 610 alloy, which is utilized for the hairspring.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Yellow Gold SBGW044 The Spron 610 alloy is also manufactured in house by Seiko and is essentially made of the same materials as the 510.  The hairspring is one of the most sensitive parts in any mechanical watch.  The goal of the Spron 610 was to make a hairspring that was more durable, more shock resistant, longer lasting, and a less effected by temperature fluctuation, and Seiko did exactly that.  The resilience of the 610 alloy is incredible and has already proven it can take a beating (no pun intended) and still perform like new after numerous years of use.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Yellow Gold SBGW044 With such an elegant retro design and an incredible fit and finish the 44GS in 18k yellow gold is truly exquisite.  This incredibly rare model is limited to only 70 pieces for the entire world only one of which came to the US.  We are proud to say, this model (as well as the other 2 versions of 18k gold) are exclusively sold at AZ Fine Time in the US market.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Yellow Gold SBGW044 The MSRP on the Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Manual Wind SBGW044 is $17,500.  Considering the case is solid 18k gold, and the movement has one of the most strict accuracy ratings in the world, this 44GS is actually very reasonably priced and well worth every penny.  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 Yellow Gold SBGW044

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Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection SBGW047 Limited Edition

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection SBGW047 Limited Edition One of the most exciting introductions from Seiko this year is their commemorative replica of a vintage Grand Seiko design from 1967, the 44GS.  The 44GS Historical Collection SBGW047 was introduced as a very special limited edition to celebrate 100 years of watchmaking for Seiko.  The SBGW047 is the stainless steel version which is an exact replica of the original 44GS from 1967, with the exception of the internals which utilize Seiko’s latest technology for a manually wound caliber.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection SBGW047 Limited Edition As with the original 44GS, this limited edition is encased in a 37.9mm wide and 11.5mm thick body.  Back in 1967, the 44GS was one of the 1st Grand Seiko’s to focus on exterior design, using traditional Japanese aesthetics to contribute to its construction.  The use of flat surfaces and straight lines allow the case to play with light and shadow, and with the broad flat surfaces of the case sides finished in the mirror like Zaratsu polishing technique, it does exactly that.  The majority of the case is finished with Zaratsu, but another great detail is the small amount of vertical brushed finish above the 12:00 and below the 6:00.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection SBGW047 Limited Edition Aside from its beautiful finish is its element of design that has become known as “Seiko Style”.  The flat surfaces are not only found on the case, but also the dial, hands and indexes.  The dial is a slight off white tone with a very subtle silver attribute that really only becomes noticeable in the light.  The hands of the 44GS have a thin flat surface in a brushed finish that is complimented by sharp angles on the sides finished in Zaratsu which add to the legibility.  The indexes have broader flat surface than most others in the line up along with a double wide index at 12:00.  The indexes are diamond cut at multiple angles and also finished in Zaratsu, giving them the gorgeous sparkle that is most comparable to a diamond.  The deeply domed sapphire crystal shows no distortion and uses Seiko’s proprietary clear coating that eliminates glare.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection SBGW047 Limited Edition

The movement found inside the SBGW047 is Seiko’s completely in house manufactured 9S64 caliber.  Because the 44GS from 1967 originally housed a manual hand wind movement, Seiko felt it was only appropriate to use their latest variation of hand winding caliber to keep the nostalgia from its initial vintage piece.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection SBGW047 Limited Edition The 9S64 has many modern attributes that put it in a class of its own.  One of the most intriguing attributes is the use of their in-house developed and manufactured Spron 510 mainspring alloy.  This alloy allows this manual wind caliber to run for 72 hours from a full wind, all off of only one spring.  The other benefits of the alloy are that it is extraordinarily durable and maintains a longer life without losing strength.  Spron is also more shock resistant, resilient and provides more torque than other mainsprings.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection SBGW047 Limited Edition

The case back is closed and looks identical to the original model.  It has the Grand Seiko medallion in the center, and will be engraved with each individual serial number out of the 700 pieces they produced for the world.  The US market received a very small amount in comparison to how many were produced for the global market.  Needless to say, this piece will only be gracing the wrists of a lucky handful of customers across the country.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection SBGW047 Limited Edition The SBGW047 retails for $5,150.  As always, if you have any questions please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or inquire by email on the AZ Fine Time site.  Stay tuned for our reviews of the extremely rare 18k variations of this piece, the SBGW043, SBGW044 and SBGW047 over the next few days.

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