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Grand Seiko Heritage Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Ref. SBGR311

$5,095

Pre-owned Grand Seiko 42mm Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary Limited Edition, Brown “Cookie” Dial, Stainless Steel Bracelet Ref SBGR311

This limited edition from the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection celebrates the 20th anniversary of the 9S movement. The watch is one of 1,300 pieces and includes its original box and papers.  The celebrated caliber 9S68 is a self-winding mechanical movement that has a power reserve of 72 hours and an accuracy of -5/+3 seconds per day.  Although it is worth discussing the performance of this watch, this brown dial is also interesting with its small, flowing ‘Gs’ and ‘Ss’ that are reminiscent of the local traditional blacksmiths who work iron with flames.  The hands and hour markers are also finished in a level equal to the highest quality watchmakers.  Whether this watch is your first introduction to Grand Seiko or you are already amongst the brand’s many fans, it is a watch that should impress.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Bezel

Smooth, Stainless Steel

Box and Papers

Box and Papers

Band Type

Bracelet

Brand

Grand Seiko

Caliber

9S68

Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size

42mm

Caseback

Exhibition

Clasp

Folding Clasp, Push Button

Complication

Date

Crown

Screw Down Crown

Crystal Material

Sapphire

Dial Color

Brown

Movement

Automatic

Size

40mm – 42mm

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0005203
Model #SBGR311
Model NameCaliber 9S 20th Anniversary Limited Edition
Year Produced2018

Description

The first Grand Seiko was released in 1960 as the result of a team effort that was challenged to build a watch that would be as precise, durable, easy to wear and beautiful as humanly possible.  The first Grand Seiko was a major advance. The new caliber 3180 was accurate to within +12 to -3 seconds a day and offered a power reserve of 45 hours. It was the first watch in Japan to be compliant with the standard of excellence of the Bureaux Officiels de Contrôle de la Marche des Montres.  Just four years after the creation of the first Grand Seiko, the Grand Seiko Self-Dater was introduced. The emphasis was on practicality included an additional calendar function and improved water resistance up to 50 meters.

Released in 1967, 44GS had the highest level of accuracy of any manually wound 5 beat watch in the world. In just a few short years, Grand Seiko had made extraordinary strides towards its goal. The design of 44GS included many aspects that have been passed on to today’s Grand Seiko watches.  44GS established the look that Grand Seiko has continued to this day. It was a complex design idea, with rules about proportion, finish, angles and every other design aspect. Indeed, there were three basic principles and no fewer than nine elements required to achieve them. No other watch has had such an influence on the character of Grand Seiko.

Development continued at a rapid pace with the release in 1967 of the 62GS, the first automatic Grand Seiko, followed in 1968, by the automatic 10 beat 61GS and the manual 10 beat 45GS.  In 1968, a Seiko movement was awarded the overall prize as the best mechanical watches in the Geneva observatory competition and the world saw that the Grand Seiko movements were among the very best in the world.

In 1988, the first Grand Seiko quartz watch, the 95GS was born. It far exceeded the performance of all regular quartz watches with its accuracy of ±10 seconds per year. Using quartz crystals grown in its own facilities and in its own way, the Grand Seiko team was able to select only those oscillators that exhibited superior performance in temperature resistance, humidity resistance and shock resistance, to produce movements with the highest possible accuracy.

While the first Grand Seiko quartz watch was exceptional, it did not quench the enthusiasm of the Grand Seiko team to go further and create the ‘ideal’ quartz watch. In 1993, just five years after the arrival of the first Grand Seiko quartz watch, Caliber 9F83 was completed. This quartz watch incorporated four key innovations, the Backlash Auto-Adjust Mechanism, the Twin Pulse Control System, the Instant Date Change Mechanism, and the protective shield construction. It sought to embody what Grand Seiko considered to be the essential qualities of a wrist watch, namely: accuracy, beauty, legibility, durability and ease of use.  Grand Seiko watches continue to strive to achieve these qualities.