Grand Seiko Marks its 60th anniversary with a Re-creation of its 1960 Debut Model

Three versions have been created, all of them featuring the same slim profile and high precision of the manual-winding caliber 9S64.

On December 18, 1960, a determined team at Seiko’s Suwa facility in central Japan created a watch with a 14K gold case and a slim movement whose precision met the highest international standards of the time. To mark the quality achieved, it was decided to call the watch “Grand Seiko.”

Now, in 2020, Grand Seiko marks its 60th anniversary with a re-creation of that 1960 timepiece. Three versions are presented, all featuring the same slim profile and high precision afforded by the manual-winding caliber 9S64 movement. Up front, the case shape and the softly curved dial and hands are entirely faithful to the 1960 original. However, it comes with a twist, as the case back is now in sapphire—revealing the beautiful finish of the movement—while the case diameter has been increased from 35mm to 38mm.

Furthermore, there different materials are used for this re-creation. The first comes in Platinum 950 with a dial that carries the star mark, signifying that its hour markers, as well as the engraving of the Grand Seiko name, are in 18K gold.

The case and the hour markers of the second version is in 18K yellow gold, while the third case is in Brilliant Hard Titanium—as light as pure titanium but twice as hard as stainless steel and therefore highly resistant to scratches—which is exclusive to Grand Seiko. Completed with 72 hours of power reserve, all three offer a remarkable blend of slimness, efficiency and precision.

 

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