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Jason Pitsch

REVIEW: Grand Seiko GMT

Jason Pitsch

Overview Dating back to 1881, Seiko is Japan’s oldest watchmaker. Grand Seiko, which was founded in 1960, is the company’s high-end watch line. There is even a higher line called Credor, but those pieces are significantly pricier and very rare. Grand Seiko is amongst a very elite group of mechanical watch manufactures (including Rolex) that can produce an entire mechanical timepiece – meaning the case, hands, dial, movement, fully in-house – from start to finish. And like the aforementioned brand, Grand Seiko is able to use their absolute control over production, as well as their watchmaking know-how, which dates back to the late 19th century, to produce superb timepieces. Every detail of a Grand Seiko exudes high-quality craftsmanship. The dial The dial of this Grand Seiko GMT (Ref. SBGM023) is silvered, but in certain light, it looks almost cream colored.

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Jason Pitsch

Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary Spring Drive Chronograph

Jason Pitsch

To celebrate the 55th Anniversary of Grand Seiko, a high-end division of Seiko, the Japanese watchmaker created a 400 piece limited edition Spring Drive Chronograph. A case in high-intensity titanium, measuring 43.5 mm by 16.5 mm, houses a specially tuned version of the Spring Drive caliber 9R96. According to the manufacture, “the crystal oscillators are selected individually with time and care, realizing an accuracy of +/- 0.5 seconds a day (+/- 10 seconds per month). A lion emblem in 18K yellow gold graces the oscillating weight to symbolize the enhanced accuracy.” This is the first ever Grand Seiko watch to use a ceramic bezel, which is seven times harder and 25% lighter than steel, and highly scratch-resistant. A ceramic bezel insert also gives a unique appearance versus steel or aluminum, in this case, a deep black. Further, it’s specially polished

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BASELWORLD: The Grand Seiko 62GS Hands-On

Since its creation in 1960, Grand Seiko has produced timepieces that represent the best Japan has to offer. And for 2015, they debuted a new version of their first automatic: the 62GS. The modern reinterpretation, like the original, has a mirrored, multi-sided case and a wide dial opening achieved with a bezel-free construction and Grand Seiko’s unique “Zaratsu” polishing. Notably, in 1967, when the 62GS made its debut, the crown was recessed and placed at the 4 o’clock position to dramatize the fact that hand winding was not required. The 62GS also had the long and razor-edge hands that have always been part of the Grand Seiko signature. Inside, is the 35 jewel, in-house manufactured caliber 9S65 with automatic winding, with an oscillation frequency of 4Hz (or 8 beats per second). It has a mean daily rate of +5/-3, with

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Jason Pitsch

PHOTO REPORT: Seiko's new high-end Madison Avenue boutique

Jason Pitsch

In August, Seiko opened their first US flagship boutique. The prime Madison Avenue location is home to the world’s premiere fashion and luxury brands. The boutique carries an unprecedented selection of Seiko products, including: Astron, Ananta, Prospex, Grand Seiko and Credor.

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Jason Pitsch

Grand Seiko Service Update

Jason Pitsch

Last August, I wrote an Editorial about a vintage Grand Seiko Hi-Beat Ref. 6146-8030TAD wristwatch that I had sent into Grand Seiko for cleaning and service. At the time, Grand Seiko informed me they could not service the watch because the mainspring was broken, and they no longer carried the part. Thankfully, a mainspring was eventually located, and the watch was fully serviced (through a non-official Seiko repair facility). The watch now works perfectly and looks great. More photos will be posted on PROFESSIONAL WATCHES later in the month. Since then, the process for servicing Seikos (and Grand Seikos) through the manufacturer has been greatly improved. As of May 2014, Seiko Corporation of America launched a new Service Center website (www.seikoserviceusa.com). It has been designed to reduce service turnaround time, according to Seiko, “from weeks to days.” The website offers

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Angus Davies

The Grand Seiko Baselworld 2014 Report

Angus Davies

Grand Seiko is a brand for the informed watch buyer. On occasion, I have published articles about amazing timepieces from this high-end arm of the Japanese watch company and it has elicited a plethora of comments on social media.

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Japan's Finest: The Yamazaki + Grand Seiko

As part of our new lifestyle series, each month we will feature a collaboration between a fine timepiece and a related lifestyle product. For February, we chose two products from Japan: a Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition wristwatch in steel and The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky Aged 12-Years. While Japan is well known for producing automobiles and electronics. Producing fine mechanical watches and single malt whisky is not something they are widely recognized for. Nonetheless, they do produce both, and they do so with their own unique style and with all the quality you can expect from a Swiss mechanical watch or a Scottish single malt whisky. The Yamazaki Yamazaki is Japan’s first and oldest distillery. Inspired by Scottish whisky, Suntory was founded in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii. He envisioned creating a Japanese single malt whisky that is unique compared

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EDITORIAL: The Service Dilemma: Vintage Grand Seikos

In this article I will discuss a beautiful circa 1969 vintage Grand Seiko Hi-Beat Ref. 6146-8030TAD wristwatch that I recently sent in to Grand Seiko Japan to be overhauled and serviced. The timepiece needed a cleaning, lubrication, adjustment and new plastic crystal, but apart from that everything appeared to be original and in very good condition. Additionally, when I sent it in, the watch could not hold any power, and as I feared, it was due to a broken mainspring (which winds up and then releases the power to animate the watch). No worries, though, they can just put a new mainspring in when they service the watch and everything will be working again, right? After all, they are the manufacturer of the watch. Wrong.

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Introducing The Grand Seiko 44GS 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Hands-On

Seiko has been making watches since 1913, and to mark their 100th anniversary they have re-introduced a limited edition version of the first Grand Seiko — the Grand Seiko 44GS from 1967. Named after the caliber 4420 which originally powered this model, it was the first model produced by Daini Seikosha (whom the company is named after).

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Grand Seiko from 1960s, To Be Sold Without Reserve

An early model Grand Seiko Chronometer will be available at Antiquorum Hong Kong in October. Ref. JJ14070GS with a Diashock automatic movement, made in the early 1960s. It is comes in a polished and brushed 35 mm by 11 mm gold-filled case with inclined bezel and screwed-down case back, with an embossed logo. The dial is matte silver with applied gold faceted baton indexes, outer minute divisions. Gold dauphine hands.

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