SEIKO - a gentleman's Grand Seiko limited edition wrist watch. Reference SBGW047G, serial 305284, no. 577/700. Signed manual wind calibre 9S64. Silvered dial with silvered hour markers. Stainless steel case fitted to an authentic black alligator strap with stainless steel pin buckle. 37mm. Box and papers.
Produced in 2013 to celebrate 100 years of Seiko watchmaking, this piece faithfully reproduces one of the most important watches from Seiko's back catalogue, the 44GS from 1967.
While not the first of the Grand Seiko line, the 44GS was the first time that 'design' meant more than the movement. In 1959, feeling that their products were not visually impressive enough to compete in the wold stage, Seiko hired design graduate Taro Tanaka to take them up market. He decided that Seiko watches needed to sparkle in the jewellers display and so set about defining a blueprint that became known as the 'Grammar of Seiko design' with the 44GS being the first watch to embody this ethos. Following the Japanese values of subtlety and restrain and owing a little to the aesthetic of origami; polished planes, sharp angles and clean line dominate with the only two dimensional curve being the bezel. The dial is flat and the simple baton markers polished to a mirror finish
. Housing a hi-beat manual wind movement this watch was a great success both in 1967 and in its reissue achieving the status of a true classic of watch design.