The design code known as the “Grand Seiko Style” was the 1967 44GS, the set of nine principles that gave Grand Seiko its distinctive look and which still inspires every new creation. Now, 54 years on from its first appearance, the 44GS is commemorated in a new Hi-Beat 36000 GMT watch with a titanium case.
The case and bracelet are in high-intensity titanium, a material that is about 30% lighter than stainless steel and highly resistant to both scratches and corrosion. The titanium has a bright aspect and the case is Zaratsu polished to give the distortion-free surfaces that are a defining characteristic of the Grand Seiko Style.
The caliber is the hi-beat 9S86, offering 55 hours of power reserve and an accuracy rate of + 5 to –3 seconds a day. The GMT hand and the 24-hour inner bezel ring allow the time in a second time zone to be read with ease and the hour hand can be adjusted independently without compromising the precision of the watch.
The oscillating weight features the Grand Seiko lion emblem and is in a gold tone that is achieved through an anodic oxidation process in which the titanium is subjected to electrolysis so as to generate an oxide film. The colour is determined according to the light refraction index by adjusting the thickness of the oxide film.
The watch will be available as a limited edition of 1,200 at the Grand Seiko Boutiques and selected retail partners worldwide in January 2022.
Grand Seiko Heritage Collection
Hi-Beat 36000 GMT 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition
Driving system: Automatic
Vibrations: 36,000 vibrations per hour (10 beats per second)
Accuracy: +5 to –3 seconds per day
Power reserve: 55 hours
Number of jewels: 37
High intensity titanium case and bracelet
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through screw case back
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 40.0mm, Thickness: 14.0mm
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €8,500
Limited edition of 1,200
For more information please visit Grand Seiko