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The Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary Spring Drive Chronograph Limited Edition

by Nick Gould on July 8, 2015

2015 marks the 55th anniversary of Grand Seiko.  We just recently published an article on our love for Grand Seiko here.  To mark the occasion Seiko has released a limited edition chronograph.  Introducing the Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary Spring Drive Chronograph Limited Edition.

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The Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary Spring Drive Chronograph Limited Edition

Grand Seiko’s signature color is a deep blue which sets the tone for this Limited Edition. The chronograph hands are in gold tone, creating a strong and elegant contrast with the blue dial and giving high legibility to the stopwatch function.

This is the first ever Grand Seiko watch to use a ceramic bezel. The deep black ceramic on the bezel gives the watch a crisp and refined appearance. Ceramic is seven times harder on the Vickers Scale  and 25% lighter than stainless steel, and scratch resistant. Its surface is specially polished to the highest possible level to create a long-lasting and super-flat mirror finish.

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The Caliber 9R96 Spring Drive movement

This Limited Edition houses the unique Spring Drive movement, specially tuned for enhanced accuracy. The crystal oscillators are selected individually with time and care, realizing an accuracy of +/- 0.5 seconds a day (+/- 10 seconds per month). A lion emblem in 18K yellow gold graces the oscillating weight to symbolize the enhanced accuracy.

We have a lot of respect for Grand Seiko timepieces and we think this piece represents value for money with its build quality, great movement and overall level of finishing.

Both the movement and the complete watch are assembled in the Shinshu Watch Studio, in the
mountainous area in the center of Japan. The watch is offered in a limited edition of just 400 and the approximate recommended retail price $10,500 Euros.

Technical Specifications

Reference: SBGC013
・Caliber 9R96 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT
Driving system: Automatic with manual winding mechanism
Chronograph up to 12 hours
GMT hand
Power reserve: 72 hours
Number of jewels: 50 jewels
Accuracy: ±0.5 seconds per day (±10 seconds per month)
・Case
High-intensity titanium with ceramic bezel
High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back, Screw-down crown and buttons
Water resistance 10 Bar
Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 43.5mm, Thickness: 16.5mm
・Band
High-intensity titanium, three-fold clasp with push button release with “GS” emblem in 18K yellow gold
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 10,500
Limited Edition of 400 pieces

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