Every year for Baselworld, Seiko introduces a new series into their Historical Collection line up. This year, celebrating the 55th Anniversary of Grand Seiko, Seiko brought their first GS Automatic back to life in limited edition form as the SBGR095. The 62GS from 1967 was one of the most accurate mechanical self-winding watches of its time, and the new SBGR095 is no exception.
The SBGR095 recreates the original 62GS unlike the other editions we have already covered (SBGA125, SBGA127, SBGH037, and SBGH039 which are modern interpretations). The dial takes from the original shade of the 1967 model and features the words "automatic" and "diashock", as the original 62GS did.
The case back is also closed like the original, with the Grand Seiko Lion medallion in the center, distinguishing it as "King of Watches". The crown is also located at the 4:00 position, not only allowing for additional comfort, but also to signify that this watch does not need to be hand wound.
The case of the SBGR095 is stainless steel and measures out at 37.6mm wide and 12.9mm thick. The presence on the wrist is beautiful, with a lot of vintage appeal and clean, crisp legibility. The diamond cut hands and indexes have mirror polished flats surfaces, creating a black effect making for great contrast on the silver dial.
The crystal is truly impressive. This "Box-Shaped" design creates a height on the sides that was mostly seen on pieces with acrylic crystals in the past. It is difficult to achieve this deep dome shape as it requires extensive polishing of the crystal to be done.
The box shaped crystal also allows this piece to be bezel-less and have a large dial space. The case is uniquely designed with faceted lugs and sides, featuring the impressive Zaratsu polishing technique that creates a smooth mirror surface.
The movement utilized is the Grand Seiko 9S65 caliber, which has a rate of 28,800 bph, 35 jewels, a power reserve of 72 hours with only one barrel to power it, and an accuracy rating of -3/+5 seconds per day. This caliber is made at Shizukuishi watch studios in Morioka Japan.
The Grand Seiko 62GS SBGR095 is going to be limited to only 600 pieces for the world and should be delivering to the US market by June. The estimated retail should be around $4,000.
Along with the stainless model, Seiko also introduced three 18k gold limited editions. Pictured above is the white gold SBGR091 with blued second hand.
In 18k yellow gold will be the SBGR092, with brown crocodile strap and matching 18k buckle.
The rose gold interpretation will be under model number SBGR094. These pieces are going to be limited to 100 pieces of each shade of gold and should deliver to the US by July. Estimated retail will range from $17,000 to $18,000. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 to discuss any of these impressive new LE's!