Seiko Credor 40th Anniversary Signo Cherry Blossoms Skeleton GBBD965

Seiko Credor 40th Anniversary Signo Cherry Blossoms Skeleton GBBD965

To celebrate 40 years of Seiko’s luxury brand Credor (debuted in 1974), the introduction of a new limited edition Signo model has come forth.  You may remember a few weeks ago when we shared a live experience of Seiko’s Master Engraver, Kiyoshi Terui, doing a hand engraving at the Baselworld Fair (which can be seen HERE).  This was a sneak peak of what we knew was coming, but was not officially released until today.  We are proud to introduce the first Credor model ever to make its way to the USA, the new Seiko Credor 40th Anniversary Signo Cherry Blossoms Skeleton GBBD965.

Seiko Credor 40th Anniversary Signo Cherry Blossoms Skeleton GBBD965

This new limited edition model will express the motif of cherry blossoms with 3 pink mother of pearl cherry blossoms, floating down a stream from the 3:00 to 6:00.  The blossoms symbolize Japanese aesthetics, with every part of this skeletonized movement hand engraved by Seiko’s artisan, Mr. Terui.  The ring around the outer edge of the dial is a blue toned mother of pearl, with a 37.4mm wide, 6.6mm thick platinum 950 case.

Seiko Credor 40th Anniversary Signo Cherry Blossoms Skeleton GBBD965Seiko has utilized their 6899 ultra thin hand wound caliber in this new limited model.  The movement itself is is a part of the caliber 6800 series, which was actually developed in 1969.  The hand engraving executed in this model has to be within an extremely tight tolerance.  The movement itself is only 1.98mm thick, and parts in this caliber can be as thin as 0.25mm thick.  A delicate depth of only 0.15mm can be engraved on the components, and the artists patterns engraved are within an astounding 0.01mm tolerance.

Seiko Credor 40th Anniversary Signo Cherry Blossoms Skeleton GBBD965

Seiko Credor 40th Anniversary Signo Cherry Blossoms Skeleton GBBD965

The 6899 caliber has a 37 hour power reserve in order to keep a +25/-15 second a day accuracy rating.  While this is not going to be close to the actual performance (as we have learned in other Seiko timepieces performing much better then their rating), this is extremely difficult to achieve in a movement this thin.  This dual level movement has a unique feature in order to achieve stable accuracy.  Due to the skeleton design of this caliber, air resistance in the balance is reduced and the swing angle of the balance increases.  To correct this, a “torque control wheel” is used to control the stability of the watches accuracy and improve the swing angle of the balance.  This caliber is produced in extremely low volume at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio in Morioka, Japan.

Seiko Credor 40th Anniversary Signo Cherry Blossoms Skeleton GBBD965

The 40th Anniversary of Credor is expressed in engraving on the case back.  In the highlighted area in the image above, “CR. 40” will be engraved subtlety.  Arizona Fine Time is extremely proud to be receiving very few of these extremely limited models, with only 40 pieces produced for the entire world.  The MSRP on the GBBD965 is $26,000 and is scheduled to be released by the end of 2014.   If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry to AZFineTime.com.

 

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Credor Master Engraver Live In Action At Basel 2014

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This year at Baselworld 2014, AZ Fine Time had the distinct pleasure of seeing one of Seiko’s master craftsmen work in front of a large audience, in a way we have never seen before.  The highly regarded brand Credor is typically only sold in the Japanese market and has an extravagant line up of both men’s and ladies pieces, requiring different skills as compared to their other top quality brands, Grand Seiko and Galante.  The amount of skill required for the Credor brand as a whole is amazing, working mostly with precious metals and gems. Today, we discuss one technique you will only see in the Credor brand from Seiko, hand engraving.  The craftsman we saw in Basel is the award winning Kiyoshi Terui, who uses tools that he makes himself.

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Mr. Terui is responsible for hand engraving movement parts as thin as 0.25mm thick, at a depth of only 0.15mm.  As you can see in the image above, Terui does his work under a microscope ensuring his engravings are within a 0.01mm tolerance.  The main plate bridge of the Credor caliber 6899 is being engraved in a unique fashion, with no polishing and focusing on sharp edges and gleaming surfaces.  The sharp edges give the engraving more definition, not to mention a tremendous finished product.

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

The near 20 years Terui has been engraving for Seiko is very impressive and his experience is expressed beautifully in his work.  In 2002, Mr. Terui was recognized by the Japanese government for his outstanding skill and awarded the “Outstanding Skilled Worker Award”.  By 2007, he was awarded the “Medal with Yellow Ribbon” for outstanding professional achievement by the Emperor of Japan.  There were samples of engravings that Terui had previously completed on display.  As you can tell from the picture, these examples are precisely executed, incredibly detailed and sparkle beautifully.   Hard to believe something so small can be done so perfectly, but this is what an artist like Terui is renowned for.

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

You can see Terui’s work in progress on the monitor behind him.  On this bridge, he is engraving peacock feathers in perfect detail.  This process is tedious and time consuming , as one could imagine from the detail alone.  In most cases, engraving for one watch can take an entire week making a perfect example of being “dedicated to perfection”.

Credor Platinum Skeleton Hand Engraved GBBD985

On Mr. Terui’s wrist, you will see the platinum Credor Signo Skeleton model GBBD985.  This model features the hand wound mechanical caliber 6899, with 26 jewels, and is ultra thin at under 2mm, enabling them to keep it in a case under 6mm thick.  This was our first time seeing this model in person and it is truly extravagant.  The piece glimmers beautifully and is certainly eye catching, even though its size is subtle at under 35mm.  Even the crocodile leather is impressive in person, with a tremendous high gloss finish.  These pieces are manufactured, engraved and assembled at Seiko’s Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio in Morioka, Japan.

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui Cherry Blossoms

This year, AZ Fine Time will get a very small taste of Credor in limited edition form.  To give a subtle clue, imagine the Signo GBBD985, with subtle accents of cherry blossoms incorporated.  To find out more about this model, please contact us 1-800-486-3396.

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

It was truly an honor to see one of the many highly skilled craftsmen of Seiko live in action.  Stay tuned to the AZFT Blog for more news on Credor and other amazing Seiko products!

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See our video of Kiyoshi Terui below…

 

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