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Introducing: Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary – Three Re-creations of the First Grand Seiko

Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary First Grand Seiko Re-Creation

Back in 1960, Grand Seiko began with the pretty bold aim to build the perfect watch. At least by their own standards. That first Grand Seiko model laid down the foundations for what the brand is today, namely flawless finishing and a level of quality that’s made them the darling of collectors. Now as the brand hits 60 years old, they’ve recaptured that first model in a trio of new pieces: the SBGW259, SBGW258 and SBGW257.

The First Grand Seiko

The First Grand Seiko from 1960.

Stylistically, the three new pieces are authentic to the original bar a slightly larger, more modern case size at 38mm. That means all the signature Zaratsu polishing on indexes and hands – the hands alone are a work of art up close – and an elegant, timeless shape.

Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary-First-Grand Seiko Re-Creation

Grand Seiko SBGW257

In fact, timeless elegance defines the three pieces. The first is a platinum number with a tone-on-tone silver dial; the second is a rich gold and champagne combo and the last is Brilliant Hard Titanium.

Grand Seiko SBGW258

Grand Seiko SBGW258

That last is pretty self-explanatory; it’s an ultra-hard titanium alloy that can be polished to a brilliant shine. Paired with a midnight blue dial, it’s the most contemporary of the three – and the most accessible.

Grand Seiko SBGW258 Caseback

All three are equipped with the Grand Seiko caliber 9S64 with its 72-hour power reserve and typically excellent finishing, which you can see for yourself through the sapphire caseback.

Grand Seiko SBGW259

Grand Seiko SBGW259

With Grand Seiko bringing out newer, sportier watches (such as their new diver, more info here) relatively often now, this trio of 1960-inspired watches is a nice look back at where Grand Seiko began, one that’ll have many a collector itching to own one.

Price & Specs:

Model Name: Grand Seiko 1960 Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko
Ref: SBGW257 (Platinum 950); SBGW258 (18k Yellow Gold); SBGW259 (Brilliant Hard Titanium)
Case/Dial: 38mm diameter x 10.9mm height, platinum, 18k yellow gold or Brilliant Hard Titanium
Water resistance: 30m (3 ATM)
Movement: Calibre Grand Seiko 9S64, in-house, manual winding
Functions: Minutes, hours, seconds
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 72h
Strap: Crocodile leather with three-fold clasp and push-button release
Price: €39,000 (platinum), €27,000 (yellow gold) and €8,300 (titanium), available from June 2020

More details at Grand Seiko’s website.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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