What makes 9S special?
Every one of the 200 or more components in a mechanical watch are critical to its performance and durability but none more so than those that make up the regulator and escapement mechanisms.
When the 9S caliber was designed, these were engineered anew. With the subsequent creation of the 9S85 Hi-beat caliber, new materials and new manufacturing techniques were used, further enhancing the performance of these key parts and these latest materials and techniques are now incorporated in all 9S movements, greatly increasing both their power reserve and their precision.
Several of these high-precision components are manufactured to an accuracy of one thousand of a millimeter. Such precision and the use of MEMS manufacturing for the pallet fork and escape wheel make a vital contribution to what makes Grand Seiko’s 9S calibers special, but these remarkable achievements count for little without the skill of Grand Seiko’s craftsmen and women to realize the lasting performance for which Grand Seiko is renowned. Their ability to assemble and adjust each 9S watch is the final, crucial element. Only when their work, and the 17 day testing program to which each watch is subjected, is over can the stringent ‘New GS’ standard be met and the watch’s Grand Seiko certificate issued.
Precision, craftsmanship and innovation all play their part, but, in the final analysis, what makes the 9S family of mechanical movements so special is that all stages, from the design of the movement and parts manufacture to assembly and adjustment are carried out in-house by Grand Seiko’s own watchmakers. For over 60 years, it’s been the same. It’s our people that make the 9S special.