About Grand Seiko SBGW253
The first Grand Seiko, recreated in stainless steel
This re-created model preserves the design of the first Grand Seiko launched in 1960, incorporating the manual winding mechanical Caliber 9S64.
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 Grand Seiko lion is engraved in a plate made of 18k gold embedded in the case back.
Limited edition of 1,960 pieces.
Grand Seiko SBGW253 Features :
- 24 jewels
- Screw down crown
- Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Case back with a lion emblem
- Serial number on the case back
- Magnetic resistance
Grand Seiko SBGW253 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