About Grand Seiko SBGW252
The first Grand Seiko, re-created in 18k yellow gold
This re-created model preserves the design of the first Grand Seiko launched in 1960, incorporating the manual winding mechanical Caliber 9S64.
The combination of case, strap and embossed Grand Seiko logo strongly evoke the style of the original model. It is offered in 18k yellow gold. The entire case is in gold, in place of the 80-micron gold–filled case used in the original.
The dual-curved sapphire crystal retains the original shape and gives the re-creation the same pleasingly gentle profile as the original. The gentle curve toward the outer edge of the domed dial lends the watch its classic look, which is enhanced by the dual sapphire crystal.
The 18k yellow gold markers have the same diamond cut as on the original watch.
Grand Seiko SBGW252 Features :
This version is offered in 18k yellow gold. The entire case is in gold, in place of the 80-micron gold–filled case used in the original.
Using new techniques, the embossed Grand Seiko logo has the same sharp outline as the original.
The hour markers are also in 18k gold. The star mark at the six o’clock position indicates that this model uses gold for the hour markers.
The Grand Seiko lion on the case back
The case back is set to make the Grand Seiko emblem above the 3 o’clock position, which is also faithful to the original model.
Grand Seiko SBGW252 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