Grand Seiko this week introduces an elegant new Hi-Beat model with distinctive vintage Seiko appeal. The new H-Beat 36,000 Special Edition (SBGH263) highlights a traditional Japanese silk color concept called “Shironeri” in combination with gold razor-edged hands, Arabic numerals and a retro box-shaped sapphire crystal.
Assembled at the Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio in Japan, where all Grand Seiko mechanical watches are manufactured and assembled, the Hi-Beat 36000 movement Caliber 9S85, appropriately designed, adjusted and tested by hand, exhibits accuracy of +5 to -3 seconds a day and a power reserve of 55 hours.
The limited edition of 453 pieces is being made in a 39.5mm steel case paired with a contrasting deep brown crocodile strap. Don’t try to check your friend in Japan for an edge to obtain this piece however. Grand Seiko is offering this only through its overseas markets, which means your nearest Grand Seiko dealer likely has it---for a short time I’d say. Don’t hesitate. Recommended retail price: $6,200.
Specifications: The Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 Special Edition: SBGH263
Movements: Automatic Seiko Caliber 9S85, 36,000 vibrations per hour (10 beats per second), accurate to +5 to -3 seconds per day (when static). Power reserve: 55 hours.
Case: 39.5mm by 13.mm steel case with crocodile strap bracelet and three-fold clasp with push button release, box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, screw see-through case back, 30 meters of water resistance: Special Edition limited to 453 pcs