Movement : Grand Seiko 5-Days Spring Drive Cal. 9RA2
Age : 2021/2030
Specific Age : July 2022
Case Size : 40mm
Case Thickness : 12mm
Lug to Lug : 47mm
Lugs : 19mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : Manufacturer's Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Grand Seiko box, swing tag & Grand Seiko paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original 19mm stainless steel Grand Seiko bracelet with a signed clasp, all links included. The watch is from July 2022 and is sold in worn condition, however, as you can see from the photos the watch is in excellent condition. The watch comes with its Manufacturer's Warranty.
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Here we have a 2022 Grand Seiko "Orbit" 55th Anniversary 44GS SLGA013G limited to 500 pieces, the impressively sculptured 40mm stainless steel case is a modern interpretation of their iconic 44GS of 1967, exquisitely polished and brushed surfaces curve over your wrist toward the drilled lugs, and a lug-to-lug of 47mm and a case thickness of 12mm gives the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side is a signed crown sitting slightly recessed, and a smooth bevel-edged bezel holds a box-shaped sapphire crystal. The black dial has a stunning deeply etched textured pattern that reflects the elliptical orbit of the stars in our night skies, an outer minute track surrounds applied chamfered-edges batons with vertical lines on the top surface, that magically play with the light as you rotate your wrist, at 3 o’clock a framed date window, elegant Dauphine hands are Zaratsu polished with razor edges complemented by a tapered sweeping second hand. At 12 o’clock an applied “GS” and printed “Grand Seiko” underneath, and at 6 o’clock “Spring Drive 5 Days” complete this distinctive dress watch. On the reverse, we have a screw-down exhibition case back, inside a Grand Seiko 5-Days Spring Drive 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 original Seiko 19mm polished and brushed stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp and comes with its Seiko presentation box, swing tag and papers.
Grand Seiko never fails to impress, especially when it comes to their dials and the attention to detail, this "Orbit" is no exception! The dial is definitely the star of the show, but as always with GS this is built like a tank and the 5-day spring drive movement is oddly beautiful with its power reserve proudly displayed on the back, more brands should do this!
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.