A new take on a classic, the modern reinterpretation of the original Grand Seiko from 1960 makes it's debut at Baselworld 2017. This new model, SBGR305, takes inspiration from the original 3180, with many unique and distinct differences.
The SBGR305 is the first model to use a new Grand Seiko Mechanical caliber, the9S68. This new caliber makes it possible to increase the size of the date window, again enhancing the visibility of Grand Seiko. Another feature of this watch that was not the case in the original, is this piece will have a sapphire crystal case back, allowing you to see the high quality finish of this new movement.
A unique enhancement is the creation of a new titanium alloy, known as Brilliant Hard Titanium. Brilliant Hard Titanium retains the same light weight qualities of pure titanium, however, enhances it's hardness to twice that of stainless steel. This in turn, increases scratch resistance. The material also has a unique brightness that can only be achieved by utilizing the adopted method of Zaratsu polishing for this unique alloy.
The case design is inspired by the original Grand Seiko 3180, with narrow lugs, large dial space and large legible hands. A new attribute is that the case sides are recessed to give a slimmer profile more similar to the original. The case diameter is 40.5mm, and 13.6mm thick, a more modern size for today's world.
The SBGR305 will be limited edition, with only 968 pieces available globally, and paying tribute to the new 9S68 caliber. The price is set in the USA for $7,200 with delivery taking place this July.
Case: Brilliant Hard Titanium
Water Resistance: 10 Bar
Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m
Driving System: Manual Winding
Accuracy: -3/+5 seconds per day (when static)
Vibrations: 28,800 bph (8 beats per second)
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Other: Crocodile Strap with Three-Fold SS Deployant Clasp
Limited Edition: 968 pieces
Price: $7,200 USD