Grand Seiko Historical Collection “Selfdater”

In addition to the Hi-beat models, the 2014 Grand Seiko collection also includes five new creations that pay homage to a 1964 watch that is fondly remembered by devotees of the brand’s early history.

Known as the “Self-dater”, it marked an important advance in the range of Grand Seiko fifty years ago, as it took the precision and luxury appeal of Grand Seiko and made them accessible to those who wanted a Grand Seiko watch that was more practical in everyday life.

Grand Seiko Historical Collection “Selfdater”
Image Credit: SEIKO

The 1964 “Self-dater”, as the rather awkward name implies, was the first Grand Seiko to incorporate a date window and was water resistant to 5 bar.

The five new creations use two of Grand Seiko’s exclusive and most advanced calibers. First, three models have Spring Drive movements. Spring Drive is increasingly in demand all over the world as watch lovers learn of its unique combination of +/- 0.5 seconds a day precision and mainspring power. Two models are in steel and one in platinum.

Secondly, two models use the remarkable 9F caliber, surely the most advanced quartz watch ever created, with its high-torque, super-sealed movement and instantaneous date change.

Technical details

References: SBGA103, 105, 107

Movement
Caliber 9R15 Spring Drive
Driving system: Self-winding type with manual winding mechanism
Power reserve: 72 hours
Jewels: 30 jewels
Accuracy: ±0.5 second per day (±10 seconds per month)
Outer diameter: 30.0mm, Thickness: 5.1mm

Case
Stainless steel (SBGA103, SBGA105)
Platinum 950 (SBGA107)
Dual curve sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on inner surface
Screw-down crown (SBQA103, SBQA105)
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 39.9mm, Thickness: 13.2mm
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m

Band
Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release (SBGA103, SBGA105)
Crocodile strap (SBGA107)

Price
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: Euro 6,050 (SBGA103, SBGA105), Euro 31,900 (SBGA107)

Edition
Limited Edition of 500 (SBGA103, SBGA105) Limited Edition of 50 (SBGA107)

References: SBGV009, 011

Movement
Caliber 9F82 High Precision Quartz
Accuracy: ±10 seconds per year (at temperatures between 5℃and 35℃)
Instantaneous calendar change
High-torque stepping motor
Super-sealed movement
Outer diameter: 29.0mm, Thickness: 3.1mm

Case
Stainless steel
Box type sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on inner surface
Screw case back
Diameter: 37.2mm, Thickness: 10.5mm
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m

Band
Both a crocodile strap and a stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release are attached.

Price

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 3,750

Edition
Limited Edition: 1,200 pcs (SBGV009), 900 pcs (SBGV011)

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