It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago you couldn’t buy a Grand Seiko in the western world. But it’s true. In a relatively short period of time though, the brand has gone from an underground cult favorite to one of the most widely respected watchmakers on the planet, and for good reason. Picking just a handful of Grand Seiko stories from our first decade to feature here was definitely a challenge, but this should give you a good sense of what Grand Seiko represents and why you should be paying close attention to what comes next.
Celebrating The Right Way
In 2017 Grand Seiko took a big step and became a fully independent brand under the Seiko umbrella. What this means for you, the consumer, is that Grand Seiko watches no longer say both “Seiko” and “Grand Seiko” on their dials. To mark this major moment, the brand released a trio of watches that recall the original Grand Seiko from 1960. Even beyond the great story they’re exceptional timepieces on their own merits and ones that collectors will be buzzing about for a long time.
The Eichi II sits near the top of the Grand Seiko portfolio and is without question one of the finest time-only watches on planet Earth. And no watch nerd worth his or her weight in spring bars is going to argue with you about it. Jack’s in-depth examination of the Japanese marvel is one of those stories that warrants regular re-reading, not least of all for the stunning photos he took of the watch both front and back. You want a lesson in exceptional finishing and artistic watchmaking? We’ve got it for you right here.
Last year we created a three-part video series in partnership with Grand Seiko that offered an unprecedented look at the people who make Grand Seiko watches, how they’re made, and the unique technologies that set them apart from what you’re used to seeing come out of Switzerland. We’d recommend you pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit …read more