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Press Release information: Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Editions

In the late 1950’s, a small team of Seiko’s finest watchmakers came together with a very simple yet ambitious aim. It was to create the very best watch of which they were capable, with the highest possible levels of precision, legibility, durability and ease of use. In December 1960, their first creation was born and, in keeping with the team’s ambition and desire to create the “king” of watches, it was named Grand Seiko. It had a level of accuracy equivalent to the superior grade of the recognized chronometer standard at the time and it marked the first step on a sixty year journey towards the summit of the watchmaking art.

Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Editions

The four new watches, all with the signature blue dial.

2020 marks the Grand Seiko’s 60th anniversary. Of course, the number sixty is one of the most fundamental numbers in horology, but, in Japan, it has an additional significance as a moment of new energy and re-birth. Today, to begin a full year of celebrations of this important landmark, four new timepieces are released that both celebrate the first sixty years of achievement and point the way forward to the next sixty year cycle of Grand Seiko’s life.

All four of the new creations have dials in Grand Seiko’s signature blue color but each one exemplifies a very different aspect of the wide range of expertise and craftsmanship that Grand Seiko commands today.

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Hi-Beat 36000 Limited Edition

The 60th anniversary celebration starts with two automatic watches that are unmistakably and quintessentially Grand Seiko. The men’s watch pays homage to the famous 44GS from 1967 whose design was the first ever expression of the uniquely Japanese Grand Seiko Style which, ever since, has been its visual signature.

The Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Heritage Collection Hi-Beat features the high beat Caliber 9S85 which delivers an accuracy of +5 to –3 seconds a day and a 55 hour power reserve. In honor of the 60th anniversary, the Grand Seiko symbol is in gold and the seconds hand is in a vivid red, colors that, together, symbolize a sunrise and all the new energy that a new dawn brings.

Available worldwide in February 2020 in a limited editions of 1,500.

Grand Seiko Elegance Collection Women’s Automatic Limited Edition

The women’s Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary automatic watch is powered by Caliber 9S27, an automatic movement specifically designed for Grand Seiko’s women’s collection.

It delivers a good balance of precision (+8 to –3 seconds a day), power reserve (50 hours) and slimness. It has a mother of pearl dial in Grand Seiko blue and has diamonds as hour markers and which is framed on its bezel with 45 diamonds. After all, it is a diamond anniversary.

Available worldwide in February 2020 in a limited editions of 300.

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Quartz Limited Edition

The 60th anniversary is also celebrated with a new quartz movement. Caliber 9F85 has a time difference adjustment function that allows the hour hand to be adjusted without stopping the seconds hand and thus preserving its high precision when the wearer changes time zones. This new caliber makes its debut in two 60th anniversary designs. The first has a version of Caliber 9F85 that is specially adjusted to a level of accuracy of ±5 seconds a year.

This high precision is marked by the five pointed star at the six o’clock position. The dial, too, has a unique marking with a 2020 pattern, reminding the wearer of this special year. The case design is modern in its execution. Its bezel is thin which allows the dial to be wider and therefore more legible. The case side has a sharp curve so that more light reflects off it and adds to the “sparkle of quality” that is an essential part of the Grand Seiko Style. The seconds hand of this timepiece is also in a vivid red.

It will be available in March 2020 as a limited edition of 2,500.

Grand Seiko Sport Collection Quartz Limited Edition

The second watch to have the new quartz caliber joins the Sport Collection. In addition to the Grand Seiko blue dial, it features a ceramic bezel of the same color that is almost impervious to scratches.

The markers as well as the hour and minute hands are coated with LumiBrite so as to increase the legibility of the time even in low light conditions. It has 20 bar water resistance, magnetic resistance of 16,000 A/m and a screw-down crown for enhanced security.

It will be available in April 2020 as a limited edition of 2,000.

Click here for the Grand Seiko Special 60th Anniversary Site.

Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Technical Specifications

Heritage Collection Hi-Beat 36000 Limited Edition Caliber 9S85

Driving system: Automatic Vibrations: 36,000 vibrations per hour (10 beats per second) Accuracy: +5 to –3 seconds per day (when static) Power reserve: 55 hours Number of jewels: 37
Specifications Stainless steel case High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating See-through screw case back, screw-down crown Water resistance: 10 bar, Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m Diameter: 40.0mm, Thickness: 13.3mm Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €6,200 Limited edition of 1,500

Elegance Collection Women’s Automatic Limited Edition Caliber 9S27

Driving system: Automatic Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second) Accuracy: +8 to –3 seconds per day (when static) Power reserve: 50 hours Number of jewels: 35
Specifications Stainless steel case with 56 diamonds (0.48 carat) High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating See-through screw case back Water resistance: 10 bar, Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m Diameter: 27.8mm, Thickness: 11.2mm Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €9,900 Limited edition of 300

Heritage Collection Quartz Limited Edition Caliber 9F85

Accuracy: ±5 seconds per year (at temperatures between 5°C and 35°C) Time difference adjustment function Number of jewels: 9
Specifications Stainless steel case High definition sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating Screw case back with 18k yellow gold plate Water resistance: 10 bar, Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m Diameter: 40.0mm, Thickness: 10.8mm Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €3,900 Limited edition of 2,500

Sport Collection Quartz Limited Edition Caliber 9F85

Accuracy: ±10 seconds per year (at temperatures between 5°C and 35°C) Time difference adjustment function
Specifications Stainless steel case High definition sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating Screw-down crown, screw case back Ceramic bezel Water resistance: 20 bar, Magnetic resistance: 16,000 A/m Diameter: 40.0mm, Thickness: 12.4mm Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €3,900 Limited edition of 2,000

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