The release of the first Grand Seiko in 1960
From the start the idea was simple, but its realization was fraught with challenges. The idea was to build a watch that would be as precise, durable, easy to wear and beautiful as humanly possible. While Seiko’s Crown and other mechanical watches of the 1950’s were constantly improving and increasingly popular, the team assembled to create Grand Seiko knew that, given time and resource, they needed, and could, go further. Much further.
Expressing the character of the first Grand Seiko
Distinctive hands and hour markers
The wide hands and simple hour markers were key characteristics of the first Grand Seiko and they feature prominently in the re-creation, demonstrating the direct link to the Grand Seiko Style design philosophy evolved in the early years. This 1960 watch was much more than just the first Grand Seiko. It was the archetype of all subsequent Grand Seiko designs.
The domed dial
The softly curved domed dial gives the watch its grace and warmth and accentuates the slim profile of the case.
The three treatments of the Grand Seiko name
The dials of the early Grand Seiko creations all carried the name, of course, but there were three very different treatments. The words Grand Seiko were printed in black or engraved with corrosion-resistant nickel plating, or embossed in relief with a gold finish.
The re-creation of the first Grand Seiko
From the very start in 1960, Grand Seiko has been distinct in its design, its character, its distribution and its presentation. Indeed, the dial of the very first Grand Seiko watch carried the name Grand Seiko at the twelve o’clock position as a symbol of its unique identity and superior quality.
Today, we take our inspiration for the future from these pioneering days. We have created a new series based directly on the original Grand Seiko design and we offer both faithful re-creations and a modern re-interpretation.
All these new creations proudly display the Grand Seiko name on the dial, as will all other Grand Seiko designs from today onwards.