Movement : Spring Drive Grand Seiko Cal. 9RA2
Age : 2021/2030
Specific Age : December 2021
Case Size : 40mm
Case Thickness : 11.5mm
Lug to Lug : 47mm
Lugs : 22mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : Manufacturers Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Grand Seiko Box & Paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original 22mm Grand Seiko polished and brushed stainless steel bracelet with a three-fold push-button release clasp. The watch is from December 2021 and is sold in worn condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see. The watch comes with its Manufacturer's Warranty.
Here we have a 2021 Grand Seiko Spring Drive Lake Suwa SLGA007G limited to 2021 pieces, made to celebrate their 140th Anniversary. The elegant 40mm stainless steel case has been expertly polished for an exquisite finish, and a subtle curve of the lugs sits perfectly on the wrist, the lug-to-lug length of 47mm and a case thickness of 11.5mm, ensure a comfortable fit. On the right side, a signed crown. The stepped brushed and polished smooth bezel holds a domed sapphire crystal AR coated on the inside above a stunning textured blue dial that resembles the ripples of the incredibly blue waters of Lake Suwa, applied faceted indexes marking the hours have chamfered edges Zaratsu hand polished which shimmer in the light as you rotate your wrist, elegant dauphine hands are Zaratsu polished with razor edges complemented by a gold coloured sweeping second hand, at 12 o’clock we have the applied gold coloured “GS” and Grand Seiko underneath, at 6 o’clock “Spring Drive” “5 Days” completes this incredible dress watch. On the reverse a screw-down exhibition case back, inside a Spring Drive Grand Seiko Cal. 9RA2, the innovative Spring Drive movement is mechanical, but with an electromagnetic escapement regulated by a quartz oscillator, it has 38 jewels and a power reserve of an impressive 5 days. Its sole power source is a mainspring that drives a series of gears, a rotor connected to the end of these gears then generates a small electrical charge that activates an electronic circuit and quartz oscillator, therefore there is no need for a battery. The movement has Dual-size barrels and a one-piece centre bridge which provides strength, durability and shock resistance. The watch comes fitted on its 22mm Grand Seiko polished and brushed stainless steel bracelet with a three-fold push-button release clasp and the watch comes with its Grand Seiko presentation box and paperwork.
I've wanted to get a Lake Suwa in for a little while, the interest in the model has been incredible since launch and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about... I can safely say I am not disappointed! The dial is mesmerising, the movement with the 5-Day Reserve is incredible and the bracelet is super comfortable. I am also a big fan of how this watch wears a tad larger than Grand Seiko's typically do, with a minimal taper on the bracelet it feels very different to most Grand Seiko's we have had in. Book an appointment and come see it for yourself, you'll see exactly what I mean.
The first Grand Seiko debuted in Tokyo in 1960. The reference 3180 was made by Suwa Seikosha. Rather than sending its 25 Jewels Chronometer movement to the Swiss to be tested, Seiko decided to do the testing themselves. The European Chronometer Official Association believed that a chronometer-rated watch had to be independently tested to be awarded that designation. Seiko watches were not independently tested so therefore they could not be chronometers. The ECOA did what irritated watchmakers do, they wrote a stern letter to Seiko requesting that the designation of Chronometer on Grand and King Seiko watches stop. Seiko obliged and ceased using the "Chronometer" on their watches. In response, the Japanese Chronometer Authorization Association was started in 1968 as an independent group to test timepieces to chronometer standards. The Association was short-lived: due to the rise of quartz watches, it closed in 1983. Today Grand Seiko movements are tested over 17 days in 6 positions compared to COSC testing over 15 days in 5 positions. In 1985 Suwa Seikosha became Seiko Epson Corporation In 2017 Seiko announced that Grand Seiko would become an independent brand.