In the year 1988, Grand Seiko introduced a new quartz caliber; a caliber that exceeded expectations and soon set a benchmark for the brand’s fans. It was the quartz era and Seiko wanted to do things a little differently by focusing on the simple essentials of precision and durability, in line with the ideas that had always inspired Grand Seiko
In the year 1993, Caliber 9F83, the first 9F caliber, was completed and delivered advances in every aspect. Longer hands, instant calendar change, 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. No effort was spared and, still today, Caliber 9F can lay a strong claim to being the highest performance quartz watch in the world.
This year at Baselworld 2018, Seiko will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Grand Seiko 9F quartz caliber by introducing two new limited edition watches that pay proud homage to the 1993 design.
Limited to 1500 pieces, the SBGT241 Model will be available in selected markets from April 2018. This watch retains the soft contours of the original. The case is slightly larger and the Grand Seiko name is now at the 12 o’clock position. 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 Grand Seiko lion emblem is in 18k yellow gold on the case back. The dial pattern at the 25 minute position is also subtly different; the symbols 9F and 25 are discreetly shown.
The second limited edition also commemorates the 25th anniversary of Caliber 9F. The case design is a contemporary re-interpretation of the celebrated 44GS from 1967 and showcases the beauty of the finishing on the 9F movement through an exhibition case back. The robust construction is clear to see and the striped pattern of the engraving bears witness to the care taken on the finishing on every 9F movement which, albeit hidden behind the case back in every other model, is assembled and finished by hand to the same high standard. It has a specially enhanced precision rate of +5 to -5 seconds a year. The dial, with its special markings and star symbol, is the same as on the first commemorative edition, SBGT241, and the bezel is in 18k gold. It is a limited edition of 600 and will be available in May 2018 at Grand Seiko’s retail partners in selected markets.