Grand Seiko 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition, Reference SBGW289

The Grand Seiko 44GS 55th anniversary limited edition watch combines the iconic “Grand Seiko Style” with a stunning dial design inspired by the beauty of spring in northern Japan, where all Grand Seiko mechanical watches are made.

Introduced in 1967, 44GS was the watch to embody the design code known as the “Grand Seiko Style”, the set of nine principles which gave Grand Seiko its distinctive look and which still inspires every new creation. Celebrating its 55th anniversary, the 44GS design is commemorated with a limited edition manual-winding watch whose slender case profile pays tribute to the “Grand Seiko Style”.

Grand Seiko 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition, Reference SBGW289

Sakura-kakushi is a brief moment in spring when, in northern Japan, snow and cherry blossom co-exist. The dial of this new creation is a delicate pink with a slight silver hue that, together, perfectly capture the moment when the cherry blossom peeks through the snow as it shimmers and begins to melt in the spring sunshine.

The unique quality of this watch is that it combines a slim 36.5mm profile with all the characteristics that made the 44GS such a memorable and lasting design. The case was designed to take full advantage of the slimness of Grand Seiko’s manual-winding Caliber 9S64, while retaining the flat surfaces and sharp angles of the original 44GS. The bezel, indexes and hands are slender to match the case design, creating a fresh yet classical Grand Seiko look.

Grand Seiko 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition, Reference SBGW289

The movement is assembled by hand by the craftsmen and women in the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi, and the case is Zaratsu polished, also by hand, to give the distortion-free surfaces that have always been a defining characteristic of the “Grand Seiko Style.”

The box-shaped sapphire crystal allows the light to flood in and illuminate the subtle texture of the dial. The individual serial number is engraved on the case back below the lion emblem.

Grand Seiko 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition, Reference SBGW289

Belongs to the Heritage Collection, this timepiece will be available in June as a limited edition of 1,200 at the Grand Seiko Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide.

Technical details

Model: Grand Seiko 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition
Reference SBGW289
Collection: Grand Seiko Heritage

Caliber 9S64
Driving system: manual-winding
Vibrations: 28,880 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Accuracy: +5 to -3 seconds per day (mean daily rate)
Power reserve: 72 hours
Number of jewels: 24

Case and bracelet
Stainless steel case and bracelet
Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 36.5mm, Thickness: 11.6mm

Limited edition of 1,200 pieces

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €5,400