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Baselworld 2016: Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve with pricing

by Nick Gould on March 18, 2016

Seiko produces some fantastic watches throughout all of its lines, especially the Grand Seiko collection which is held in very high regard.  For Baselworld 2016, Seiko is presenting a new model for the Grand Seiko line that looks very clean and  has a brand new calibre powering it.  Introducing the Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve.

This is the very first Grand Seiko watch to have been created by the celebrated Micro Artist Studio in Seiko’s facility in Shiojiri in the Nagano prefecture of central Japan. Like the diamond-dust sparkle of snow that shimmers in the morning light in the clear mountain air of the area around the Studio, the dial glistens with a subtle and unusual beauty. The five-faceted hour and minutes hands, one of the iconic characteristics of Grand Seiko, are longer than those on any previous Grand Seiko watches.

The 43mm case is made of a special platinum that can be polished to a sparkling mirror finish using the Zaratsu technique, itself adapted for working with platinum.

 

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The razor sharp sliver hour and minute hands and the lovely blued steel seconds hand of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve.

 

The manually wound 9R01 Spring Drive caliber, through three barrels offers an eight-day power reserve.  To keep the dial looking clean the power reserve indicator has been placed on the back of the movement.

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The 9R01 Spring Drive manually wound movement which is hand finished.

On the back, a sapphire case back allows for a clear view of the exquisite finishing of the one-piece bridge and jewels.  This one-piece bridge ensures the precise positioning of each wheel in the gear train and maximizes the efficiency of the transmission of power from the barrels. Its rigidity also prevents distortion in the event of impact or other shock.

We are big fans of Seiko at Deployant and this new model looks stunning.  Everything from the dial texture to the hand finishing of the movement just is spot on.  This new movement has been finely tuned and .5 +/- of a second a day accuracy is making a statement.

Well done Seiko!

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve will retail for approximately 60,000

For more information please visit Grand Seiko

Technical Specifications

Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve: SBGD001
Caliber specifications: 9R01 Spring Drive
Driving system: Manual winding
Power reserve: 8 days (192 hours)
Accuracy: ±0.5 second per day (±10 seconds per month)
Power reserve indicator
Independent hour hand adjustment
Number of jewels: 56 jewels
Number of parts: 307
Outer diameter: 37.0mm, Thickness: 7.1mm
Specifications: SBGD001
Platinum 950 case
High definition dual-curved box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 43.0mm, Thickness: 13.2mm
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 60,000 Euro

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