In 1881, Seiko’s founder Kintaro Hattori established his own company, “K. Hattori”, to wholesale and retail imported timepieces and, just twelve years later, he established a factory which he called Seikosha, to produce his own clocks and, later, watches. Seiko will be celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2021.
To mark the 140th anniversary of its foundation, the Japanese watch maker has proposed a new re-creation of the first Grand Seiko from 1960. This commemorative timepiece will be released in January 2021.
This ultra-thin watch features an 18k rose gold case with 38mm diameter and just 10.9mm thickness. The hand-winding Caliber 9S64 provides a power reserve of 72 hours with an accuracy rate of +5 to -3 seconds per day. The “S” trademark is visible through the sapphire crystal set into the 18k rose gold case back.
The case and indexes are in 18k gold and the anniversary is marked by the trademark “S” engraved on a gold plate set into the movement’s bridge. Kintaro Hattori registered this mark in 1900 as the symbol of the Seikosha factory. The watch will be presented in January 2021 as a limited edition of 350 in the Grand Seiko Boutiques worldwide.
Model: Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko in rose gold (Seiko 140th Anniversary Limited Edition), Reference: SBGW260
Driving system: manual-winding
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Accuracy: +5 to -3 seconds per day (when static)
Power reserve: 72 hours
Number of jewels: 24
18k rose gold case and clasp
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through case back
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €29,800
Limited edition of 350 available exclusively at the Grand Seiko Boutiques