grand seiko spring drive

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Spring Drive is a unique watch technology. It generates energy like every other luxury mechanical watch but combines this with an electronic regulator to deliver a level of precision that no mechanical watch can match. The New Grand Seiko Caliber 9RA5 Spring Drive 5 Days Slimmer, more precise and more powerful. A new Spring Drive movement marks a new beginning for Grand Seiko Spring Drive.

A new Spring Drive movement marks a new beginning for Grand Seiko. Mar 5, 2020 INFORMATION “Sport Collection Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Professional Diver’s 600M” special page is now available. Mar 5, 2020 PRESS RELEASE grand seiko watches for sale 

The development of Spring Drive was possible because Grand Seiko is one of the few manufacturers to master both electronic and mechanical watchmaking. THE 9f CALIBER. Quartz on a new level. The calibre 9F redefines the quartz watch and offers higher performance and a longer service life. It is the quartz watch that deserves the name Grand Seiko.

Accuracy of the Grand Seiko 9R86 Spring Drive movement is excellent. Seiko calls the 9R86 “by far the world’s most accurate chronograph driven by a mainspring” and like most technical claims the Japanese make, this too is closer to being true, than if the Swiss had said it (sorry, not sorry – though it is true they have improved in …grand seiko spring drive chronograph

Spring Drive prototypes exhibited at the Seiko manufacture. In 2004, the first Grand Seiko Spring Drive, a model using Caliber 9R65, was released. Combining a traditional mainspring with an electronic regulator, the idea was to combine the best of both worlds.

Best Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Editions

In the late 1950’s, a small team of Best Grand Seiko watch finest watchmakers came together with a very simple yet ambitious aim. It was to create the very best watch of which they were capable, with the highest possible levels of precision, legibility, durability and ease of use. In December 1960, their first creation was born and, in keeping with the team’s ambition and desire to create the “king” of watches, it was named Grand Seiko. It had a level of accuracy equivalent to the superior grade of the recognized chronometer standard at the time and it marked the first step on a sixty year journey towards the summit of the watchmaking art.

2020 marks the 60th anniversary of this achievement. Of course, the number sixty is one of the most fundamental numbers in horology, but, in Japan, it has an additional significance as a moment of new energy and re-birth. Today, to begin a full year of celebrations of this important landmark, four new timepieces are released that both celebrate the first sixty years of achievement and point the way forward to the next sixty year cycle of Grand Seiko’s life. All four of the new creations have dials in Grand Seiko’s signature blue color but each one exemplifies a very different aspect of the wide range of expertise and craftsmanship that Grand Seiko commands today.

The 60th anniversary celebration starts with two automatic watches that are unmistakably and quintessentially Grand Seiko. The men’s watch pays homage to the famous 44GS from 1967 whose design was the first ever expression of the uniquely Japanese Grand Seiko Style which, ever since, has been its visual signature. It features the high beat Caliber 9S85 which delivers an accuracy of +5 to -3 seconds a day and a 55 hour power reserve. In honor of the 60th anniversary, the Grand Seiko symbol is in gold and the seconds hand is in a vivid red, colors that, together, symbolize a sunrise and all the new energy that a new dawn brings. SBGH281

The women’s automatic watch is powered by Caliber 9S27, an automatic movement specifically designed for Grand Seiko’s women’s collection. It delivers a perfect balance of precision (+8 to -3 seconds a day), power reserve (50 hours) and slimness. It has a mother of pearl dial in, of course, Grand Seiko blue and has diamonds as hour markers and which is framed on its bezel with 45 diamonds. After all, it is a diamond anniversary. STGK015

The 60th anniversary is also celebrated with a new quartz movement. Caliber 9F85 has a time difference adjustment function that allows the hour hand to be adjusted without stopping the seconds hand and thus preserving its high precision when the wearer changes time zones. This new caliber makes its debut in two 60th anniversary designs. The first has a version of Caliber 9F85 that is specially adjusted to a level of accuracy of ±5 seconds a year. This high precision is marked by the five pointed star at the six o’clock position. The dial, too, has a unique marking with a 2020 pattern, reminding the wearer of this special year. The case design is modern in its execution. Its bezel is thin which allows the dial to be wider and therefore more legible. The case side has a sharp curve so that more light reflects off it and adds to the “sparkle of quality” that is an essential part of the Grand Seiko Style. The seconds hand of this timepiece is also in a vivid red. It will be available in March 2020 as a limited edition of 2,500. SBGP007

The second watch to have the new quartz caliber joins the Sport Collection. In addition to the Grand Seiko blue dial, it features a ceramic bezel of the same color that is almost impervious to scratches. The markers as well as the hour and minute hands are coated with LumiBrite so as to increase the legibility of the time even in low light conditions. It has 20 bar water resistance, magnetic resistance of 16,000 A/m and a screw-down crown for enhanced security. SBGP015

Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi

July 20, 2020 marked the opening of Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi, a space devoted to producing Grand Seiko mechanical watches and other high-end timepieces. This workshop was effectively added to the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio, a high-end watch and movement manufacturing site of Morioka Seiko Instruments (located in the town of Shizukuishi in Iwate Prefecture).  SBGH283
The new studio was completed on the milestone sixtieth anniversary of the birth of the Grand Seiko brand. The design is the brainchild of Kengo Kuma, a celebrated Japanese architect also famed for his work on the new Japan National Stadium finished in 2019. 
Surrounded by a thicket of trees, the studio incorporates various areas. There is a workshop devoted to the assembly and fine-tuning of each product by expert watchmakers, and a display space where visitors can discover and appreciate the brand’s history and background. An adjoining lounge provides an invigorating view of a celebrated peak, Mount Iwate. 
In every way, this site is fashioned for visitors to directly bask in the craftsmanship of Grand Seiko-a brand emerging from graceful symbiosis with the natural world. The new studio will be open to the general public on a reservation-only basis.

Morioka Seiko Instruments Inc., located in the town of Shizukuishi in Iwate Prefecture, is the production site for the Grand Seiko series as well as other members of Seiko Watch’s high-end mechanical watch lineup. 
To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of its famed Grand Seiko brand, Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi was opened in July 2020. Kengo Kuma, one of Japan’s most acclaimed architects, was selected to design this new space. To learn more about this landmark undertaking, we spoke with Kuma about how he has articulated the technology and underlying spirit of the Grand Seiko models in the studio’s structure.

“To begin with, I feel that Grand Seiko’s brand philosophy ‘The Nature of Time’ is a phrase that almost everyone can intuitively embrace,” he says. “My goal, however, was to reach beyond the primary nuance of the essence of time to inspire a sense of the mysterious linkage inherent between the aspects of nature and time. I strove to frame a more tangible picture of that awareness through my architecture.
“In this studio, I sought to instill a unique configuration that kindles instinctive appreciation,” Kuma continues. “This first involves the use of wood, arguably the most natural element of all. Second, we underscored the creation of Grand Seiko watches-instruments intricately crafted to mark the passage of time-taking place in this space. The building is meant to embody the vision this enduring brand pursues. As an architect, I found this to be an extremely stimulating and joyous opportunity.”

Inside the new Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi space, Grand Seiko products imbued with the “Nature of Time” philosophy of its creators continue to track the movement of time, with ultimate precision, on the wrist of every owner. 

“I sincerely hope that the instant people set eyes on a Grand Seiko they will sense nature’s presence in it,” Kuma adds, “tapping into images of this rich natural setting full of nature, mountains, open skies and other blessings that embrace the studio. I would be elated if each of these timepieces served as a radiant medium that awakens an awareness of the bonds that exist between Mother Nature and human beings.”

Kuma went on to explain that the building does not stand as an isolated entity. Rather, the studio is powerfully linked to the surrounding environment. On that point as well, he stresses how Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi sparkles as an unprecedented architectural triumph.
“It is genuinely rare for the spirit and skills of artisans to be preserved in the midst of such a magnificent natural environment, while steadily thriving over the decades. Moreover, with this new structure in place, I am confident that these qualities will be sustained and passed on for many decades to come. For the building as well, I cannot imagine a greater source of contentment.”

The Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi opens its doors

A new chapter in the 60-year history of Grand Seiko opens with the inauguration of an entirely new studio dedicated to the production of Grand Seiko’s mechanical watches. It will be home to the craftsmen and women who assemble and adjust each and every Grand Seiko mechanical watch. 

The Replica BEST Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi was declared opened on July 20th, 2020 in a ceremony that took place simultaneously at the Wako building in Tokyo and at the studio in Shizukuishi. In Tokyo, Shinji Hattori, the Chairman and CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation, was joined by the studio’s distinguished architect, Kengo Kuma, while, in Shizukuishi, the Governor of Iwate Prefecture, Takuya Tasso, graced the occasion with his presence alongside the studio’s directors. 

As he announced the opening of the studio, Shinji Hattori said, “The studio provides the ideal environment for our craftsmen and women to bring Grand Seiko’s mechanical watches to life and for the next generation of watchmakers to be trained and their skills developed. It embodies Grand Seiko’s philosophy, The Nature of Time, and is clear evidence to the world of our dedication to the art of mechanical watchmaking.”

Explaining his design for the studio, Kengo Kuma said, “Grand Seiko’s view of the importance of nature is reflected in every corner of its design and construction. I greatly enjoyed the challenge of making the clean room, where watches of the highest precision are assembled, from wood. To balance natural materials with the room’s high technology technical requirements was a new and intriguing task.” The studio has a floor area of 2,095 square meters and not only gives the Grand Seiko watchmakers an enhanced working environment but also opens up future production potential.  SBGH283

The studio also incorporates an exhibition space where visitors can immerse themselves in Grand Seiko’s history as well as explore the manufacturing characteristics that make Grand Seiko’s mechanical watches so special. Events will be held at which visitors can try their hand at assembling a mechanical watch themselves in a dedicated space known as the Studio Seminar Room.

A lounge on the second floor looks out at Mt. Iwate, the mountain that inspires many aspects of Grand Seiko’s designs. The lounge contains an exhibition that explains the world of Grand Seiko and will also showcase the brand’s first ‘concept creation’, a watch movement which will reveal the full extent of the ingenuity and skill of every one of Grand Seiko’s specialists, from designers to technicians. Full details of this remarkable ‘concept creation’ will be released at a later date.

In addition, a Grand Seiko watch made exclusively for, and at the studio, will be presented in the lounge and will be available for purchase. It is a limited edition Hi-beat 36000. 



Arita Porcelain Dial Limited Edition

New Best Seiko Presage Line Arita Porcelain Dial Replica Watch SPB171J1 Seiko Presage Prestige Line Arita Porcelain Dial Limited Edition Presage captures the beauty of the moon reflected in water with an Arita porcelain dial.

During the Heian age, from the late eighth to the early twelfth century, Japan enjoyed a long period of prosperity during which a large part of the nation’s cultural identity was forged through prose, poetry and painting.

A favorite pastime among the leisured classes was Suigetsu, the enjoyment of the moon’s reflection on the lakes and ponds in their gardens, a sight that appealed because of its ephemerality and unattainability and that has inspired Japanese art ever since. Suigetsu is a Japanese word whose Kanji characters signify water and the moon. This fascination with the moon continues in Japan to this day and is brought to life in this new Presage creation with the highest levels of traditional Japanese hand craftsmanship and mechanical watchmaking reflected in every detail.

Arita, a small town on Kyushu, the third largest island in the southwest of Japan, came to prominence in the early 17th century when clay suitable for porcelain manufacture was discovered. 
Today, Arita porcelain is still highly prized worldwide, thanks to its long tradition of craftsmanship, to the rich variety of its products and to the uniquely Japanese sensibility that they embody.

The production of each watch dial is a multi-stage process that requires several phases of firing and involves great skill and patience. The dials are produced by master craftsman Hiroyuki Hashiguchi and his colleagues at an experienced manufacturer in Arita that has been making porcelain since 1830. To give the dials the strength required for a watch, the craftsmen use a type of Arita porcelain specially formulated to be harder and more durable than traditional porcelain.
A very precise casting mold is used to achieve the difficult task of giving each dial the precise dimensions required to fit perfectly into a wristwatch.

The new Presage porcelain dials are made by an experienced manufacturer in Arita that has been making porcelain since 1830. Hiroyuki Hashiguchi is the master craftsman and he and his colleagues have been developing the dials with the Presage team over the past few years.

While in traditional Arita porcelain a special glaze is applied to create its distinctive subtle blue sheen, a clear, transparent glaze is used for the dial of this new watch to allow the natural whiteness of the porcelain material to shine through. This pure white porcelain, called Hakuji, echoes the delicate reflection of the moon on water, and creates a sharp contrast with the blue of the hands, roman numerals and sub-dials. The combination of the blue color with the white Arita porcelain lends the watch a uniquely Japanese aesthetic that captures the transient yet memorable beauty of the time-honored tradition of Suigetsu.

The blue hands, hour markers and sub-dials stand out clearly from the pure white dial.
The gray scale along the dial is in harmony with the dial, and the crescent moon motifs of the power reserve indicator and the seconds hand enhance the unique beauty of this watch.

The watch is presented on a crocodile strap with a blue tone that echoes the color of lakes and ponds illuminated by moonlight.

The letters “Limited Edition” and the serial number 0001/2000-2000/2000 are inscribed on the case back as proof of this limited quantity edition.

In an actual product, the case back direction might be different from the photograph.

  • Limited edition of 2000 SPB171J1
  • The serial number is inscribed on the case back
  • Available in June
  • The watch is offered in a special box

Seiko Presage × Matsumoto Koshiro Exclusive Interview Beauty and artistry in step with Japanese tradition

Kabuki and Arita porcelain meet: The Best Seiko Presage watch collection brings a tradition-respecting actor and a seasoned craftsman together. The actor is Matsumoto Koshiro, who is amazed and thrilled by the aesthetic beauty of those watches in which various forms of master craftsmanship are condensed. As a kabuki actor, Matsumoto earnestly endeavors to let as many people as possible at home and abroad feel the charm of the traditional Japanese theatrical performance. As such, he has no doubt found that kabuki and the watch manufacturing process, also aimed to deliver the Japanese sense of beauty to the world, have a shared goal. This is the first in a series of interviews Matsumoto has had with Japanese master artisans who are upholding traditional craftsmanship expertise. The first article covers the Arita porcelain dial model, which features a gentle curve unique to porcelain. SPB171J1

New Best Seiko Presage Line Arita Porcelain Dial Replica Watch SPB171J1 Presage captures the beauty of the moon reflected in water with an Arita porcelain dial

Arita porcelain, a specialty of Arita, a town in Saga Prefecture, western Japan, and its vicinities, was launched by Kanagae Sanbee (also known as Yi Sam-pyeong) in the early 17th century — the early part of the Edo period. Arita porcelain began to be exported to Europe in the middle of the 17th century as “Imari porcelain” because Imari in the area was used as the port of origin. In Europe, the imported porcelain works were highly prized as “Imari” especially by royal families and nobilities. At around the same time, kabuki became extremely popular in the imperial capital of Kyoto. This means that both kabuki and Arita porcelain have a 400-plus-year history. Matsumoto appears to have been impressed by the coincidence of history when having the watch dial made of Arita porcelain in his hand.

“Suigetsu” (“water” and “moon”) is a traditional Japanese term that describes the moon reflected on the surface of the water. With the esthetic brilliance of the moon used as the motif, the Arita porcelain dial of the Seiko Presage watch collection gives a glossy three-dimensional appearance unique to earthenware. The model also has two three-dimensional subdials visible through dual-curved sapphire crystal glass. The complex mechanical system of the watch is visible thanks to the see-through case back. The light blue crocodile leather band, evocative of the water surface tenderly illuminated by moonlight, makes the wrist look dignified. This limited-edition model is one that combines the cream of traditional craftsmanship and more than 100 years of watch manufacturing experience to the extent that watch collectors are likely to yearn for it.

A series inspired by a bar came across on a journey to get away from everyday life.

A rooftop bar with a stunning view at the hotel of our travel destination. This limited edition with a refreshing dial color is reminiscent of a cocktail enjoyed exclusively at the rooftop bar.
Inspired by a cocktail, the Tequila Sunset SRPE47J1
The pink dial is inspired by the cocktail, the Tequila Sunset.
It evokes the beautiful sunset seen from the rooftop bar.
Inspired by a cocktail, the Frozen Margarita SRPE49J1
The blue dial is inspired by the cocktail, the Frozen Margarita.
Its color brings to life the cool blue of sky.
Dial
The refreshing dial color is in the image of the cocktail enjoyed at the journey destination’s hotel rooftop bar.
The embossed pattern is in beautiful harmony with the dial tone.
BRACELET & STRAP
A mesh bracelet and calf leather strap, both with the easy fitting spring bar, are available. You can enjoy the casual bracelet during the day while the leather strap fits perfectly for a night at the bar.
CASEBACK
“Limited Edition” and the serial number 0001/5000-5000/5000 are inscribed on the case back. In the actual product, the case back direction may be different from the photograph.
SPECIAL BOX
This new creation is offered as a limited edition of just 5,000 and is presented in a special box with a calf leather strap.
Limited edition of 5000
The serial number is inscribed on the case back
The replica seiko presage watch is offered in a special box

A series inspired by a bar came across on a journey to get away from everyday life.

A series inspired by a bar came across on a journey to get away from everyday life by replica seiko presage watch
A series with a vintage look inspired by a bar came across on our travels.
An old bar which we came across during our journey. The dial pattern is delicately embossed and perfectly harmonious with the gradation evoking a beautiful cocktail enjoyed with a vintage glass at the bar. The Arabic numerals are in the image of a vintage bottle’s label and projects on the dial. Its 38.5mm diameter ensures a perfect fit on the wrist, and enhances the vintage look.
Inspired by a cocktail, the Negroni SRPE41J1
The deep red color is in harmony with the beautiful gradation on the dial.
Inspired by a cocktail, the Old Clock SRPE43J1
The deep blue color gives the dial a three-dimensional feel.
Inspired by a cocktail, the Mojito SRPE45J1
The green color is enhanced by the gold indexes and hands.

Seiko 5 Sports meets Street Fighter V

Introduced in 1968 and re-born in 2019, Best Replica Seiko 5 Sports has offered a wide variety of durable and reliable mechanical watches for watch lovers of every age for over half a century. Today sees the release of six new Seiko 5 Sports creations that take inspiration from STREET FIGHTER V, the latest edition of the world-famous Player VS Player fighting game, STREET FIGHTER. First released in 1987, it is now the leading fighting game in the esports field, played and viewed by millions worldwide. Each of the six creations is inspired by the game’s central characters: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Zangief and Blanka. The series will be available worldwide at Seiko Boutiques and selected retailing partners in September as limited editions of 9,999 each.

RYU – Unshakable Fist SRPF19K1

The watch’s design is inspired by his classic “do-gi” Judo uniform, and the scratch-like marks across the bezel reflect the tough training required of Ryu to become a “true fighter”. At the 9 o’clock position is a simplified version of the iconic “Furinkazan” kanji characteristics on his gloves, which signify “as swift as the wind, as gentle as forest, as fierce as fire and as unshakable as the mountain.” These four characters are also printed on the back of the strap while the controller command for his special move, “Hadoken” is discreetly printed on the case back.

KEN – Rush ‘n’ Blaze SRPF20K1

Ken’s costume and blond hair are captured in the watch’s red and yellow color scheme, and his costume design is also reflected in the dial. At the reverse side of the strap end is the logo of his company, the Masters Foundation, showing another side to his identity. The command for one of the most known moves of the game, “Shoryuken” is printed on the case back.

CHUN-LI – Blue Jade SRPF17K1 

The combination of blue and gold brings to life Chun-Li’s China dress. The same design on her dress collar is at 12 o’clock, and her spike bracelet inspires the indexes at six and nine o’clock. The beautiful dragon pattern on her waist belt is printed on the strap back, and her special move “Spinning Bird Kick” command is printed on the case back.

GUILE – Indestructible Fortress SRPF21K1 

Guile’s uniform as Major of the US Air Force inspires the military camouflage-patterned dial and patch at the 6 o’clock position. At 9 o’clock is the “dog tag” of his best friend Charlie Nash that he keeps with him to cheer him up and stay sharp during fights. On the case back is printed the command for Guile’s special move, “Sonic boom”.

ZANGIEF – Iron Cyclone SRPF24K1 

The dial’s design reflects the power of Zangief’s muscular body. The circular pressed pattern is reminiscent of his special move “Cyclone Lariat”. The large, bold Arabic figures and indexes, as well as the calendar display with a magnifying lens adds impact to the watch. Its nylon strap is a perfect expression of Zangief’s wrist band. The case back carries the command of his move “Screw Pile Driver”.

BLANKA – Call Of The Wild SRPF23K1 

The bezel’s electric discharge pattern captures one of Blanka’s special moves, “Electric Thunder”. The dial’s pressed spinning design is based on Blanka’s iconic rolling attacks, and the indexes are in the image of his sharp and powerful teeth. An affectionate “Blanka Chan” doll’s image is printed on the back of the nylon strap end. The case back is printed the command for his special move, “Electric Thunder”.

The movements are all Seiko’s tried and trusted automatic Caliber 4R36, with 24 jewels, optional manual-winding, a 41 hour power reserve and a hacking second hand. All are water resistant to 10 bar and have see-through case backs.

Wear a Replica Seiko 5 Sports of your favorite character and find a fighter worthy of your challenge!

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SPB135J1, SPB133J1, SPB137J1, SPB138J1, SPB140J1 : Available in July 2020 * SPB141J1 : Available in September 2020 * These watches are available at Seiko boutiques. Lukia SPB133J1 Lukia SPB133J1 is powered by 6R35 automatic with manual winding capacity movement with +25 to -15 second per day accuracy. This timepiece features a 34.79mm dial with a date display, curved sapphire crystal, and 100 meters water resistance. Lukia SPB133J1 JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser.

Seiko Lukia SPB133J1 Lukia SPB133J1 is powered by 6R35 automatic with manual winding capacity movement with +25 to -15 second per day accuracy. This timepiece features a 34.79mm dial with a date display, curved sapphire crystal, and 100 meters water resistance. Lukia SPB133J1 JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. SPB133J1, SPB133 Analogue – 3 Hands. Ladies New. Seiko Lukia Automatic Boutique Exclusive. $1,995 COMING SOON TO ONLINE STORE Coming Soon Click to be Notified. Specifications. Calibre Calibre Type Automatic – Powered By The Movement Of The Wearer Calibre Function Analogue – 3 Hands …

Movement

Caliber Number

6R35

Movement Type

Automatic with manual winding capacity

Accuracy

+25 to -15 seconds per day

Exterior

Case Material

Stainless steel

Crystal

Curved sapphire

Crystal Coating

Anti-reflective coating on inner surface

Band Material

Crocodile leather

Clasp

Three-fold clasp with push button release

Other Details

Water Resistance

10 bar

Case Size

Thickness: 11.4

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Diameter: 34.8

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Length: 41.8

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Other Specifications

  • Mother of pearl dial with diamond(s)
  • Screw case back
  • See-through case back

Other Features

  • 24 jewels
  • Date display
  • Stop second hand function