History as inspiration – New Grand Seiko 9F caliber models

Grand Seiko Homage to 1964 "self dater" 9F Caliber

At 2014 Baselworld, Grand Seiko presented two new quartz models that pay homage to a 1964 watch that is fondly remembered by devotees of the brand’s early history. Known as the “Self-dater”, it marked an important advance in the range of Grand Seiko fifty years ago, as it took the precision and luxury appeal of Grand Seiko and made them accessible to those who wanted a Grand Seiko watch that was more practical in everyday life. The 1964 “Self-dater”, as the rather awkward name implies, was the first Grand Seiko to incorporate a date window and was water resistant to 5 bars.

These two models (50th anniversary limited edition) use the remarkable 9F caliber, surely the most advanced quartz watch ever created, with its high-torque, super-sealed movement and instantaneous date change. The SBGV009 (silver dial) has a limited production of 1,200 pcs, the SBGV011 (black dial) is limited to 900 pcs, nonetheless the price tag is identical for both: 3,750 € (approx. 5,200 USD).

Specifications: SBGV009, 011 (50th anniversary limited edition)

  • Caliber 9F82 High Precision Quartz
  • Accuracy: ±10 seconds per year (at temperatures between 5°C and 35°C) Instantaneous calendar change High-torque stepping motor Super-sealed movement
  • Outer diameter: 29.0mm, Thickness: 3.1mm
  • Case: Stainless steel Box type sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on inner surface Screw case back
  • Diameter: 37.2mm, Thickness: 10.5mm Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
  • Band: Both a crocodile strap and a stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release are attached.