To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 9S caliber, Grand Seiko has created a series of three limited edition watches, each of which, in different ways, pays homage to the high precision of caliber 9S which was born in 1998.
The first one is VFA (Very Fine Adjusted) offered in platinum (SBGH265). The 9S85 Hi-Beat caliber is adjusted to +3 to -1 seconds per day with testing done over 34 days. This watch is a new interpretation of the most widely admired Grand Seiko design, created by Nobuhiro Kosugi, the designer of the first 9S watch in 1998.The dial design incorporates a special mark that was used to designate the watches made by the team at Daini Seikosha, the company now known as Seiko Instruments Inc., which developed its first Grand Seiko Hi-Beat watch in 1968, 50 years ago this year.
The other two are an 18k gold case (SBGH266) and a stainless-steel case (SBGH267). Both share the same case design as the VFA watch, the same caliber 9S85, and the same dial design. The gold version is adjusted to the rate of +4 to -2 seconds per day. As with the VFA version, the oscillating weight carries the Grand Seiko lion emblem in 18k gold as a symbol of the enhanced accuracy. The stainless-steel watch also has a special oscillating weight. It is made of titanium and tungsten and the titanium surface is colored blue by an anodic oxidation process.All three limited editions are available from March 2018. SBGH265 is limited to 20 editions and the price is $53,000. SBGH266 is limited to 150 editions and the price is $27,000. SBGH267 is limited to 1,500 editions and the price is $6,300.
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