Grand Seiko's is divided into three collections: Elegance, Heritage and Sport. But in keeping with the story here, we will mention some of the most famous models in its famous movement collection.
Speaking of the 9S series of calibres, the Grand Seiko SBGR311 Automatic is just one of the built-in 9S automatic watches that have been built during more than 20 years of 9S production. Another item worth owning is of course the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 SBGH267, which was made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first caliber 9S, and its cousin, the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ203. The Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition SBGJ229 is a special piece, and while it also belongs to the Hi-Beat family, this guy's case is made of titanium and blue zirconia ceramic, which gives him a bit of a difference and a more special tone. The Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 Professional 600m Diver's SBGH255 is the last we'll mention in our Hi-Beat story, but it deserves the honor as the first professional Grand Seiko diver's perfect watches website.
As for the 9F series, it is worth mentioning another Grand Seiko SBGV238, which is a limited edition with the 9F82 inside.
Speaking of the Spring Drive GS chronograph, we also cannot ignore the famous snowflake named after the dial design. Dubbed the SBGA211G, this watch is undoubtedly one of the most popular Grand Seiko watches among collectors. Another timeless piece in the GS collection, the 2007 Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC201 features Spring Drive inside.
For fans of hand-wound Spring Drive watches, the Grand Seiko SBGD001 Spring Drive 8-day power reserve (yes, you read that right, 92 hours), along with its limited edition, is a revolution in itself and is taken seriously must-haves.
At Baselworld 2017, Seiko announced that it had parted ways with Grand Seiko, leaving it alone to write its glorious history. Still, some Seiko watches have a Grand Seiko flair (especially in terms of looks via the Presage collection) and of course Spring Drive inside, which answers those wondering if Spring Drive is only for luxury brands. Also, an interesting fact is that the first Spring Drive movement was not GS compliant, it was used in other Seiko watches. While Seiko is a wildly popular brand, Grand Seiko was and still is its mysterious cousin, whose watches were not available on the global market until 2010. Until then, only passionate collectors owned a luxury watch, assembled and tested entirely by hand by the most capable craftsmen in Seiko's Japanese factories. Even now, Grand Seiko wears a veil of mystery, as its pieces are certainly rarer than Seiko's collections.
It seems that the evolution of Grand Seiko is far from over, but at a new beginning. Especially the all-ceramic case (launched in 2016 with the black ceramic limited edition) and its ever-evolving movement, from the stunningly accurate 9F quartz of ±10 seconds per year to the magnificent Spring Drive. But some things are timeless, like the techniques used by skilled watchmakers, such as the "ancient" Zaratsu polished on sharp hands, the recognizable method of engraving and the ultimate dedication to the task.
2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the GS brand. That's why Grand Seiko is not only a luxury version of its roof brand until recently, but also a monument to something worth remembering: times come and go, but true values triumph over everything. replica watch stores