Grand Seiko has expanded its Heritage collection by launching a limited edition model commemorating the 55th anniversary of the iconic 44GS watch.
Introduced in 1967, 44GS was the first watch to embody the design code known as the Grand Seiko Style. Now, as part of the year-long celebration of the 55th anniversary of the 44GS, the brand presents a quartz watch that embodies the spirit of this icon.
This limited edition stainless steel watch features a remarkable light blue color dial boasting the texture of the sea of clouds that form around the mountains on some mornings in the Shinshu region where this and all Grand Seiko quartz watches are made.
Grand Seiko SBGP017 is powered by a specially enhanced version of Caliber 9F85 that is accurate to +5 to -5 seconds a year. The five-pointed star at the six o’clock position on the dial stands for the watch’s high accuracy.
It also has a time difference adjustment function that allows the hour hand to be moved without stopping the seconds hand, thus preserving its high precision when the wearer changes time zones. A backlash auto-adjust mechanism eliminates any shudder in the seconds hand. The date changes in the blink of an eye. A twin-pulse control system allows the minute and seconds hands to extend right to the edge of the dial so that the exact time can be read with ease.
The 40mm diameter case in steel offers the combination of Zaratsu polished and hairline finished surfaces. The fine finish of the movement with its tempered blue screws can be admired through the sapphire case back.
Limited to 2,000 pieces, the 44GS 55th Anniversary watch (reference SBGP017) will be available in July 2022 at the Grand Seiko Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide.
Model: Grand Seiko 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition
Driving system: quartz
Accuracy: +5 to -5 seconds per year (at temperatures between 5°C and 35°C)
Time difference adjustment function
Stainless steel case
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release
Limited edition of 2,000 pieces
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €3,800