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Mar 9, 2012

Grand Seiko Reaches New Heights With A Special Hi-Beat 36,000 Edition

The first Grand Seiko standard was set in 1966, since which time it has been raised as new materials, technologies and mainstream techniques have made possible new advances. Today, the Special Edition Hi-beat 36,000 goes beyond the standard with levels of accuracy that are among the highest in the world.

In recognition of its importance in the pantheon of Grand Seiko creations, this specially adjusted caliber is offered exclusively in 18k gold, with the lion emblem, also in gold, on the oscillating weight. Seiko’s latest hi-beat movement was introduced in 2009 and was made possible by advances in every aspect of the caliber. A new Spron material is used for the mainspring to deliver more torque and a new pallet and wheel increase the efficiency of the escapement. Together, these advances deliver more stable accuracy and a remarkable, industry-leading 55 hour power reserve.

Half a century ago, the legend of Grand Seiko was born with the simple idea of creating the ideal watch. Each Grand Seiko watch should be as accurate, as legible, as durable and as easy to wear as humanly possible.

The new Special Edition builds on these advances to deliver enhanced precision as well as outstanding power reserve. On all the precision criteria, this specially tuned new piece exceeds the Grand Seiko standard. The enhanced performance of the new Special Edition is entirely the result of the skills of the Master Watchmakers at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio where the watch is created. The adjustment is entrusted to only the very best of the Studio’s most experienced watchmakers who test and select the balance springs individually.

  Special Edition GS Standard
Mean daily rate -2 ~ +4sec -3 ~ +5sec
Mean rate variation 1.6sec 1.8sec
Maximum rate variation 3.0sec 4.0sec
Greatest rate difference 7.0sec 8.0sec
Rate variation according to temperature -0.3 ~ +0.3sec -0.5 ~ +0.5sec
No. of test positions 6 6

Grand Seiko GMT. The refinement of a masterpiece

Ten years ago, the first Grand Seiko GMT watch was created and almost immediately it became the brand’s signature timepiece. In celebration of its tenth anniversary, two new Limited Edition GMT models have been created with a distinctive blue dial, a titanium oscillating weight and a gold colored GMT hand.

The titanium oscillating weight delivers a notable advance in performance. It has high elasticity and therefore resists distortion if the watch is dropped or damaged. It absorbs vibration ten times better than the widely used material of brass, thus reducing any risk of damage to the movement or bearings and its high resistance to corrosion ensures its durability and beauty. The oscillating weights and the dials are in Grand Seiko’s traditional blue, a color never before used for a Grand Seiko GMT model.

Specifications

Caliber 9S85
36,000vph, 55 hour power reserve, self-winding with manual winding capability
SBGH022
Case:

18K rose gold

See-through screw case back with sapphire crystal

38.0 mm in diameter

Band: Crocodile with 18K rose gold buckle
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 10,000 A/m
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 23,300
SBGH019
Case:

18K white gold

See-through screw case back with sapphire crystal

38.0 mm in diameter

Band: Crocodile with 18K white gold buckle
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 10,000 A/m
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 24,700
SBGH020
Case:

18K yellow gold

See-through screw case back with sapphire crystal

38.0 mm in diameter

Band: Crocodile with 18K yellow gold buckle
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 10,000 A/m
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 23,300
Caliber 9S66
28,800vph, GMT hand, 72 hour power reserve, self-winding with manual winding capability
SBGM029
Case:

Stainless steel

See-through screw case back with sapphire crystal

39.2 mm in diameter

Band: Solid stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 10,000 A/m
Limited edition of 700 pieces
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 6,600
SBGM031
Case:

Stainless steel

See-through case back with sapphire crystal

39.5 mm in diameter

Band: Crocodile with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 10,000 A/m
Limited edition of 1,000 pieces
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 6,300

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