Grand Seiko ‘Orbit’ Hi-Beat 44GS 55th Anniversary

£8,990

LIMITED EDITION OF 550 PIECES
Calibre9SA5
Movement TypeAutomatic & Manual Winding
Accuracy-3/+5 seconds per day
Case MaterialEver-Brilliant steel
Case Diameter40.0mm

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Description

There are just 550 pieces of this limited-edition design available globally, created to mark the anniversary of the ‘Grand Seiko Style;’ the embodiment of the Grand Seiko design philosophy first established with the 44GS model in 1967. The 44GS created a visually recognisable grammar of design for Grand Seiko watches to follow – balancing legibility and light with a beautiful dial layout.

The textured dial of this timepiece is inspired by the elliptical orbit of stars symbolising the passage of time in the sky. ‘The Nature of Time’ theme features prominently in Grand Seiko watch designs – a Japanese spirituality where each moment is a unique expression unveiled through light and shadow. The watchmakers’ pride in their surroundings is represented from engineering watch movements which emulate the smooth motion of time passing, to creating dials reflecting the beauty of Japanese nature.

The case, crown and bracelet are all made from brand’s exclusive ‘Ever-Brilliant Steel’ – with its brilliant white hue, this grade of steel is more corrosion resistant than that which is used in most high-end watches today.**

This high-beat watch is powered by the revolutionary Calibre 9SA5, which offers a power reserve of 80 hours thanks to its enhanced energy efficiency. First presented in 2020, Calibre 9SA5 incorporates three significant developments: the entirely new Dual Impulse Escapement, the Grand Seiko free-sprung balance and the horizontal gear train. These three elements together set a new standard in high-beat horology.

Every Grand Seiko features signature high standards of precision, durability and legibility, handcrafted in Japan by Takumi artisans. Grand Seiko: beautifully, precise Japanese watchmaking, from the pinnacle of Seiko Watch Corporation’s in-house ‘manufacture.’

*This material is used extensively in the surfaces of marine structures and vessels because of its extreme corrosion resistance in sea water. It has a PREN (Pitting Resistance Equivalent Number) value 1.7 times higher than that of the grade of steel used in most high-end watches. PREN is a widely accepted standard used to measure corrosion resistance.
** as of December 2019, based on Seiko Watch Corporation’s research.

SPECIFICATION

Movement
Accuracy: -3/+5 seconds per day
Calibre: 9SA5
Movement Type: Automatic & Manual Winding
Power Reserve: 80 Hours
Watch Case
Case Material: Ever-Brilliant steel
Case Thickness: 11.7mm
Case Diameter: 40.0mm
Lug Width: 19.5mm
Exterior
Dial Colour: Blue
Clasp: Three-fold clasp with push button release
Strap/Bracelet: Ever-Brilliant Steel
Other Specifications
Water Resistance: 10 bar
Weight: 154.0g
Crystal Coating: Anti-reflective coating on inner surface
Crystal Type: Box shaped sapphire crystal
Other Specifications: Date display, LIMITED EDITION on the case back, Screw case back, Screw-down crown, See-through case back, Serial number engraved on the case back, Stop seconds hand function
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