It should not go unnoticed, this change at the Seiko Watch Corporation. Grand Seiko is is now a different element and will at this point don’t highlight ‘Seiko’ on the dial of their watches. The Grand Seiko logo will gladly show at 12 o’clock on the entirety of their watches from now on.
Grand Seiko SBGW252
A shrewd move I think, as there was all in all too much disarray now and again with three distinctive ‘Seikos’ on the dial. First there was the brandname ‘Seiko’ at 12 o’clock, underneath the middle pinion you’d discover the ‘GS’ logo and ‘Grand Seiko’ composed under that. From today on, it is only the ‘GS’ logo at 12 o’clock and ‘Grand Seiko’ composed under it. Yet, not just that, Grand Seiko will be treated as a different company. Like what Lexus is to Toyota.
Grand Seiko a few new models in BaselWorld, that all comply to these new ‘rules’. One of them is their diversion of that absolute first Grand Seiko of 1960 (delivered till 1964, utilizing their type 3180 chronometer evaluated development). Accessible in hardened steel, 18 carat gold and platinum, however just as restricted editions.
We had the option to investigate their Grand Seiko SBGW252, the 18 carat gold rendition of their entertainment of the 1960 Grand Seiko. Two or three things changed obviously, like the advanced development, the size (38mm) and that it has a strong case (rather than 80 micron gf). Just 353 pieces are accessible for the gold model, 136 in Pt950 and 1960 pieces in treated steel. The 353 represents the day of 1960 that it was presented, 136 represents the time of Seiko and 1960 for the time of the primary Grand Seiko.
As consistently, the principal thing to see (I likewise concede that I am extremely centered around these things) are the sharpness of great importance marker and hands. The degree of finish on those are simply inconceivably high. The 38mm case is only an incredible size. An unobtrusive gold watch that isn’t so little to be that commonplace ‘grandfather’s watch’ yet in addition not very enormous so it becomes somewhat ludicrous or ‘cheap-ish’. Grand Seiko picked admirably for this diameter.
Inside is the Grand Seiko type 9S64. This is a hand-wound type, similar to its archetype from 1960. Grand Seiko just began to utilize self-twisting developments from 1966 and onwards in their reference 62GS. Intriguing to note is, that Grand Seiko chose to utilize two varieties of this development. The Grand Seiko SBGW252 we have here, and the treated steel adaptation (SBGW253) utilize a variation of the type 9S64 that is precise inside – 3 and +5 seconds per day. For the platinum variant (reference SBGW251), they managed it between – 1 and +5 seconds per day. It truly makes me can’t help thinking about why they would do this just for the platinum form. Both are well inside the COSC guidelines (note that this watch isn’t chronometer appraised), yet it just struck me as peculiar that they make the reference SBGW251 not just more elite than the others by the utilization of platinum, yet in addition to have it preferable directed over the steel and gold reference. On the off chance that you can direct a watch between – 1 and +5 seconds every day, why not do it for every single 9S64 development or if nothing else for these three 1960 entertainment models of the Grand Seiko? At any rate, they assume somewhat unique about that subject at Grand Seiko.
Let’s return to the watch. The Grand Seiko 9S64 development has a force hold of 72 hours and has 24 gems. Intriguing is that the first type 3180 development had 25 gems, which was a common thing to have imprinted on the dial back then. On the new Grand Seiko SBGW252 (and the other two references) they printed ’24 jewels’ on the dial at 6 o’clock. The typography is indistinguishable from the one utilized on the first 1960 model, including the little logo underneath. The first Grand Seiko from 1960 with its type 3180 development was chronometer appraised, so there was ‘chronometer’ imprinted on the dial also. Today’s type 9S64 isn’t chronometer evaluated, so Grand Seiko didn’t put that ‘chronometre’ composing on the diversion variants. You can’t put it on the dial at any rate, when it isn’t chronometer confirmed. In any case, this is the lone distinction you’ll see from the outset when taking a gander at the Grand Seiko SBGW252.
The caseback of the Grand Seiko SBGW252 is strong gold (no view on the development), and highlights the emblazoned emblem of a lion. The first Grand Seiko of 1960 likewise had the lion on the caseback. Other than some particular model data on the caseback and the emblem in the middle, you will locate the novel number of the restricted release engraved in there. The Grand Seiko SBGW252 is very slim (10.7mm) as should be obvious and makes it a comfortable watch on the wrist. Note that the crown is endorsed with a ‘S’. This may have something to do with the way that it was likewise endorsed with a ‘S’ in 1960, later models (and today’s present day Grand Seiko watches) are endorsed with ‘GS’.
The Grand Seiko SBGW252 is essentially a lovely dress watch that truly does equity to the first 1960 model. It is an assertion watch from Grand Seiko to show what they can do and the amount they esteem their set of experiences. Grand Seiko can be pleased with that rich history, as they did some magnificent things. At that point, and now. The plan of the Grand Seiko SBGW252 is staggering and I basically love those generally burly long carries. The dim nectar shaded crocodile lash suits the gold of the case (and hour markers and hands and so forth) and comes with this gold clasp marked ‘Seiko’ (most presumably like the first version).
The Grand Seiko SBGW252 doesn’t come modest with a retail cost of 21.700 Euro. The platinum form retails for 38.500 Euro and the treated steel Grand Seiko SBGW253 for 7.200 Euro. I love the 18 carat gold form best frankly, as I accept this watch ought to be in a valuable metal. Presently, platinum is additionally a valuable metal and those initial 1960 models were likewise accessible in platinum, yet I like the shade of yellow gold on this kind of dress watch.
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