In 1988, the Grand Seiko team set themselves an ambitious goal that would place Grand Seiko far ahead of every other quartz watch. They decided that to be the ‘ideal’ quartz watch, a new caliber was needed that would be even more precise, more durable and more in keeping with the aesthetics of Grand Seiko.
Five years later, in 1993, Caliber 9F83, the first 9F caliber, was completed. It delivered advances in every aspect. Its hands were as long as those on every other Grand Seiko watch, the calendar change was instantaneous and the durability and reliability was enhanced. Caliber 9F incorporated key innovations such as a backlash auto-adjust mechanism to eliminate any shuddering of the second hand, a twin pulse control system to deliver increased torque and a unique protective shield to minimize the risk of dust coming into contact with the gear train or stepping motor.
The 40mm SBGV238 is limited to 600 pieces and costs $6,200.00
Even to this day, Caliber 9F can lay a strong claim to being the highest performance quartz watch in the world.
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Caliber 9F, comes two LE releases of 600 and 1,500pcs pieces respectively, accurate to +\- 5 Seconds per year and with a very special dial embossed with GS9F in the shape of the quartz crystal logo.
The new limited editions pay proud homage to the 1993 design. Its case and bracelet retain the soft contours of the original.
In line with contemporary taste, the case is slightly larger, the Grand Seiko name is now at the 12 o’clock position and the dial carries a special pattern based on the traditional Quartz symbol with, above the six o’clock marker, the 5-pointed star which, symbolizes the extraordinary precision rate of + 5 to – 5 seconds a year.
The 39.1mm SBGT241 is a limited edition of 1,500 pieces and costs $ $4,586.00
With a Zaratsu-polished case and a white dial, this watch retains the classic style of Grand Seiko’s original 9F quartz watch.The Grand Seiko lion emblem is in 18k yellow gold on the case back. For the eagle eyed, the dial pattern at the 25-minute position is also subtly different; the symbols 9F and 25 are discreetly shown. And just above the 6 o’clock position on the dial, a 5-pointed star can be found. This is a special designation reserved for watches of the highest accuracy – that is, watches with an annual variation of ±5 seconds.
SBGT241 and SBGT38 will be available in selected markets from April and May 2018 and will also be on show at Baselworld 2018, and we will be sure to review them
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