Seiko launches Seiko 140th Anniversary Edition

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Rose gold SBGW260.

Seiko 140th Anniversary Limited Edition Re-Creation (ref. SBGW260) was announced together with the special but too high 160th anniversary of Kintaro Hattori, which is a Ref. The manual winding remake. In 1960 and 3180, it was the first Seiko in history. This is a large Seiko factory, but to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the founding of Seiko.

It is worth noting that it is made of 18k rose gold, which is rarely used by Seiko. Moreover, even though the internal 9S64 movement already has a movement, its craftsmanship is more refined than the earlier version of the movement. replica watches for sale

initial thoughts
The SBGW260 is a faithful remake and has the same appeal as the original Grand Seiko “First”. Although the color scheme is unusual for Grand Seiko-this is the first 3180 remake and one of the few Grand Seikos in rose gold-the warm colors are suitable for retro style.

But what is more noteworthy is the improvement in the decoration of the movement. Although the same workhorse 9S64 is still used in all “First” replicas, the movement is dressed in blue screws and a straight grain texture on the bridge-and used a solid gold disc on the anniversary-usually looks similar to Higher Seiko watches, but increasingly launched in the price range. Although there is no high-end watch decoration found on the movement of Micro Artist Studio, the decoration looks comparable to that of Swiss brands such as Jaeger-LeCoultre. It can be said to be good, but the workmanship is exquisite.

Although it is exciting that some upgrades have been made to the case, the inconsistency in the entire range is counterintuitive-Grand Seiko watches with the same price and the same movement will have simpler decorations, although it is likely that new cases will gradually be introduced Other models.

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Although the watch itself is attractive, it is one of many “first” remakes (now also part of the regular series), which makes the idea of ​​limited edition refurbishment less compelling. More importantly, each iteration of the remake has no substantial improvements-faithful to the original remake purpose-but the price has risen sharply.

Take the gold limited edition SBGW252 three years ago as an example. The recently released conventional production SBGW258 of the same metal. The price of the new rose gold SBGW260 is even higher, although the movement is more elaborate, which is reasonable to a certain extent.

Caliber 9S64
9S64 was launched 10 years ago. It is the manual winding movement of Grand Seiko and can be found in the entire series of watches, from the entry-level SBGW231 to the luxurious SBGW264 with engraved dial. Regardless of the price, the 9S64 has always adopted a plain decoration, but the new SBGW260 has changed it.

It is worth noting that three-quarters of the boards have been finely and uniformly polished, and the edges are neatly coated with bevels. In addition, the movement is equipped with a solid gold plate with the Seikosha “S” logo, which was first registered more than a century ago. In other words, not every component has been upgraded. For example, the barrel ratchet looks very outdated.

Grand Seiko Seiko 140th Anniversary Re-Creation
Ref. SBGW260

Diameter: 38 mm
Height: 10.9 mm
Material: 18k rose gold
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30 m

Movement: 9S64
Features: Hours, minutes, and seconds
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Winding: Hand wind
Power reserve: 72 hours

Strap: Crocodile with pin buckle

Year: 2020