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.
In this article I will discuss a beautiful circa 1967 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.
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).
October 2, 2012 | Grand Seiko
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.
October 1, 2012 | Grand Seiko
Last month, Seiko announced a pair Grand Seiko Anti-Magnetic timepieces inspired by pieces from the brand's archives (quartz model inspired by piece from 2003). Comparable to the Rolex Milgauss and IWC Ingenieur, each timepiece is resistant to magnetic fields (non-magnetic) with a rating of 40,000 A/m or greater.