Celebrating its 55th Anniversary
Grand Seiko Presents the 62GS Historical Collection

Speaking of high quality watches, Seiko is definitely one of the watch brands that comes to mind. Established in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori, Seiko first started as a watch shop called “K. Hattori” in the GINZA area of Tokyo, Japan. After a decade of the retailing business, Mr. Hattori began to produce clocks under the name “Seikosha”, which means “House of Exquisite Workshop”, and later became “Seiko”, meaning “exquisite” or “success” in Japanese. Since then, the company has become a household name in offering exquisite watches.

Despite Mr. Hattori’s continuous commitment and determination in making the world’s finest timepieces for over a century, Seiko struggled to make a mark on the high-end watch industry. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the company finally took its first step into the luxury watch market by launching “Grand Seiko”, a high-end division which specialized in producing wrist watches with the cutting-edge of technology. Each of Grand Seiko watches are tested and calibrated to incredibly high standards, which is known as the “Grand Seiko Inception Standard” and is apparently more rigorous than Switzerland’s COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) conduct for its official chronometer designation.

Although Seiko was hit hard by the emergence of quartz watches in the 1970s and lost its ground, it never stops its dedication in delivering excellence in accuracy, legibility, comfort, durability and investment in exclusive R&D. Eventually, Grand Seiko got back on the scene with the introduction of the mechanical caliber 9S series in 1998, and continued to be in the forefront of new innovation in the watchmaking industry .

Starting from 2013, Grand Seiko has been rolling out its historical collection to re-create its classic timepieces. First and foremost, in honor of its 100th anniversary, the brand reissued 44GS series in 2013, modeled from 1964. Last year, the re-edition of 1964’s “Self Dater” series was released. And for 2015, the brand celebrates Grand Seiko’s 55th anniversary by tracing back to 1967 and reissued its first ever automatic watch: 62GS .

The 62GS historical collection consists of 4 modern re-interpretations of the 62GS and are made of 18K yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and stainless steel respectively. It has a mirrored, multi-sided case and a wide dial opening, achieved with a bezel-free construction and the case is polished with the brand’s unique “Zaratsu” technique. One of the unique features of the 62GS is that the crown is placed at the 4 o’clock position to indicate the fact that it is an automatic watch, which has also become a signature element of Grand Seiko. Each of them is equipped with the 9S65 movement and available in limited quantities.

With prices ranging from HK$ 32,800 to HK$ 120,000, the new G2GS collection seems to be an approachable choice to those who are looking for a clean, slim, easy-to-read and comfortable timepiece.

Thong Sia Watch Co. Ltd. – (852) 2736 – 0235
SBGR091 18K White Gold – HK$ 120,000
SBGR092 18K Yellow Gold – HK$ 113,000

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