Grand Seiko is a Japanese watchmaking company that started in 1960. The company is known for demonstrating the art of Japanese craftsmanship in watchmaking. The Grand Seiko brand is a part of Seiko Holdings Corporation. The parent company founded in 1861 is known for making top-quality electronic devices, optical products, semiconductors, and jewelry products. The brand has made a name for itself in the international market thanks to its focus on quality.
About the brand
Kintaro Hattori, the founder of Seiko started a shop selling watches and jewelry in 1881. After entering the industry, in 1892 he started a company Seikosha to make clocks. He renamed the company Seiko in 1924. The owners of Seiko were keen on establishing a brand that could challenge the stronghold that Swiss watchmakers had on the market.
In 1960, the company started the brand Grand Seiko. The brand’s first watch was released the same year and based on the popular Seiko watch ‘Crown’. Incidentally, it was also the first ever chronograph watch made in Japan. The Grand Seiko 44GS was launched in 1967. This was an important milestone since it established the design style for the brand.
The polished bezel, double width index at the 12 ‘o clock position, curved side line, flat dial, Zaratsu polishing, and the half recessed clown were significant features that all Grand Seiko watches incorporated.
The popularity of the brand and its watches
Grand Seiko has very quickly become one of the popular watches across the world, including in Hong Kong. The focus on quality is the primary reason for its popularity. The brand brings into play the legendary Japanese quality perfection in its watches. The precision watches are known for their legibility, finishing, and the accuracy.
The stringent focus on quality to ensure all these has helped make Grand Seiko a successful brand. The watches made by the company are flawless and have helped prove that Japanese watchmaking can be as perfect as Swiss watchmaking. The design elements and style of the watch have made it popular.
The watches have artistic dials that make it look attractive. The flawless design execution and the excellent chronometry are reasons why the company’s watches have become popular.
Collections and models
The following are ten of the top watches offered by the brand.
The Grand Seiko Snowflake is one of the most popular watches made by the company. The design of the dial is meant to create a feel of fresh snow. The artistic quality of the design has made this watch immensely popular. The titanium watch case makes it a durable watch. The exquisite finish and the Grand Seiko Spring Drive movement are what make this watch a collector’s delight.
2) The GMT
The Grand Seiko GMT is a truly versatile watch. It has a 40 mm steel case and features an automatic movement. The watch incorporates all the top features of the 1967 44GS design style. The GMT SBJ203 is the perfect watch to wear for any occasion. The Grand Seiko logo features at the top of the watch.
3) Caliber 9F
The first Grand Seiko Quartz watch was released in 1969. The company’s innovations in this field are well-known. The Caliber 9F is the quartz movement used in most of the brand’s watches today. This was introduced in 1993. To celebrate 25 years, the brand released the SBGV 238 watch that has a case made of steel and gold.
4) Hi Beat
The Grand Seiko Hi Beat SBGH267 is a watch that uses the Caliber 9S movement. This automatic watch has a golden second hand. This is yet another special watch that was released to make the 20th anniversary of the 9S movement. The watch has a 39.5 mm case. The Hi Beat watches have contributed to the success story of this brand across the globe.
5) The 2017 collection
The Grand Seiko 2017 collection of watches is special and displays the brand name on the dial. One of the top watches in the 2017 collection is the SBGC203G model. This model has a 43.5 mm diameter size. It comes with a quartz movement and has a black dial. It has a chronograph and GMT. It is water-resistant for up to 100 m.
6) The SBGR311
The SBGR311 model is a limited edition watch and is considered special. Only 1,300 of these watches were released. It has a Caliber 9S movement. The watch has a blue and black dial. It has a 42mm diameter steel case with a steel bracelet.
7) The Chronograph
The model SBGC201 features a chronograph. With a spring drive movement, it was one of the watches of the brand that customers eagerly awaited. It comes with a dual-register chronograph. The light champagne-colored dial is one of the attractions of the watch. It has a stainless steel case.
8) Vintage SBGW253
The SBGW253 is a special watch. It is a reissue of the first-ever watch made by Grand Seiko. This is a model to celebrate the historic start of the brand. It has a 38 mm stainless steel case. It features a manually wound movement.
9) Ceramic Grand Seiko
SBJ229 is a special watch model made of blue zirconium ceramic. The inner shell is made of highly durable titanium. It features the Caliber 9S86 movement. It is a classic Grand Seiko watch with an immensely stylish design and appearance. It is one of the watches of the company that brings in modern design elements. The model represents the new direction of the company.
10) The diver watch
Most watch companies have a diver watch model that works perfectly underwater. The SBGH255 model from Grand Seiko is a diver watch. It has a titanium case that is not just durable but can withstand underwater pressure while diving. It is water-resistant for up to 600 m. The dial is made from pure iron to protect the Calibre 9S85 movement from the effect of magnetic forces.