About Grand Seiko SBGC201
A chronograph with the reliability of Spring Drive
The first ever Grand Seiko chronograph, this model is powered by a Grand Seiko’s unique Spring Drive caliber, which combines the motive force of a mainspring with the high precision of a quartz watch.
The Spring Drive mechanism allows the watch to maintain precise timekeeping while also incorporating accurate chronograph capabilities, all with a maximum 72-hour (3-day) power reserve.
Grand Seiko’s original glide motion is also featured in the chronograph’s blue steel second hand.
The chronograph utilizes a Ready/Start button with a half-press shutter, to ensure the most precise possible operation, the chronograph start an stop buttons have a ‘ready’ stage so that the chronograph is armed by pressing the button half way.
Grand Seiko SBGC201 Features :
- 24-hour hand (dual time display function)
- 50 jewels
- Calendar-linked time difference adjustment function
- Chronograph with 30 minutes & 12 hours
- Power reserve display
- Screw case back
- Screw-down crown
- See-through case back
- Stop second hand function
Grand Seiko SBGC201 History :
Prior to 1960, to challenge the status of Swiss watches and change the perception of Japanese watches, Daini Seikosha and Suwa began the discussion of a product line that can match the quality of Swiss watches under the suggestion of the parent company. At the time, Suwa Seikosha Co. was in charge of manufacturing men’s watches, so it was decided that Suwa would be producing the first Grand Seiko (GS).
The first Grand Seiko was released in 1960, it was based on Seiko’s previous high-end watch, CROWN. This Grand Seiko has a 25-jewel, manual-winding, 3180 caliber, and only 36,000 units were produced. This was also the first chronometer-grade watch manufactured in Japan, and it was based on Seiko’s own chronometer standard.
The design language of the Grand Seiko was set in 1967, with the creation of Grand Seiko 44GS. The 44GS set the ground for all future Grand Seiko with nine elements. These elements help improve the legibility of the watch under different situations, and create a sharp, crisp visual impression:
- Double width index at 12 o’clock
- Multi-faceted rectangular markers
- Highly polished bezel
- Highly polished planes and two-dimensional surface
- Half recessed crown
- Flat dial
- Multi-faceted hour and minute hands
- Curved side line
- Reverse slanted bezel wall and case side
- Dress style with simple but beautiful design
- Zaratsu polishing
source : wikipedia