The modern re-interpretation of the 1960 Grand Seiko is true to the pioneering spirit of the original Grand Seiko design team. It carries forward their philosophy but expresses it in a more contemporary design and new materials.
The case design is a remarkable fusion of the ethos of the 1960 watch with the design character of today’s Grand Seiko. The lugs are narrow and the case sides are recessed to give the same slim profile as the original. Many surfaces have the distinctive sharpness and a unique brightness that only the Zaratsu polishing of the new titanium could achieve.
The hands are long enough to reach all the way to the markers and their edges are highly polished in the Grand Seiko style. The name Grand Seiko at the 12 o'clock position is press-embossed.
This case of this watch is made from Brilliant Hard Titanium.
This new material is as light as pure titanium (JIS2-grade) and has a surface hardness (Vickers hardness) that is about twice as that of stainless steel, which increases still further its scratch resistance. In addition, the surface is finished using Zaratsu polishing technique, which gives the finish a unique brightness that conventional pure titanium lacks.
The watch has an exhibition case back made of sapphire, through which the 9S68 movement and its high quality finish can be enjoyed, proving perhaps that it is possible to both respect and re-invent even the finest of traditions.
*In an actual product, the case back direction might be different from the photograph.