Spring Drive and Godzilla, a celebration of two anniversaries in a Grand Seiko limited edition

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Photo: Grand Seiko

The strength of the Grand Seiko watch is met with the power and force of the king of monsters and with it a brand new creation in the sport collection is born

Grand Seiko and Godzilla share an unlikely but common history. Godzilla made its debut in Japan in 1954 and it was in this first Godzilla film that the creature appears in Ginza, the birthplace of Seiko, and destroys the famous clock tower which rises above the Wako store, a retail establishment of Seiko’s that first opened its doors in 1952.

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Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition Spring Drive 9R15

The watch carries Spring Drive Caliber 9R15 and has high shock and temperature resistance. It is also specially adjusted to have an enhanced precision of 0.5 second a day. The design of the hands as well as the Lumibrite on the hands, hour markers and bezel, and the high definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating all allow for enhanced legibility making it the perfect watch for any sports situation. Thanks to the curve of the lugs and the low center of gravity of the case the watch sits comfortably on any wrist.

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Two icons on the see-through case back

Godzilla, the king of all monsters The creature makes its fierce presence on the watch in a number of ways. Godzilla’s signature roar and the “heat ray beam” that it shoots from his mouth to strike his opponents is expressed in the rays of the red dial. The shark strap is applied black and red to re-create the tone and rough texture of the monster’s skin. Most notably, the strong angular case of the watch brings to life the magnitude of Godzilla.

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The watch will be available as a limited edition of just 650 in November, 2019

The see-through case back is stamped with the scene where Godzilla destroys the iconic clock tower that had long been the symbol of the area and still stands today at the main intersection of the Ginza district. Its design pays homage to the Grand Seiko lion and is illustrated by Shinji Higuchi, co-director and special effects director for the movie “Shin Godzilla” (2016). Shinji Higuchi comments, “just as the lion is the king of beasts, Godzilla, the king of monsters, would be appropriate for the case back of this Grand Seiko watch. I wanted to create a completely new Godzilla and gave my best to design this in the image of what can be called ‘Grand Godzilla.’”

The watch will be available as a limited edition of just 650 in November, 2019 at selected Grand Seiko and Seiko boutiques and selected retail partners across the world with recommended retail prices in Europe 12.700 €.

Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Edition Spring Drive 9R15

Driving System: Automatic

Power reserve: 72 hours

Accuracy: ±0.5 second per day (±10 seconds per month)

Number of jewels: 30

Specifications

High-intensity titanium case

Sapphire crystal bezel

High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

See-through screw case back

Screw-down crown

Diameter: 44.5mm

Thickness: 14.3mm

Water resistance: 20 bar

Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Shark strap with three-fold clasp with push button release

Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: €12,700

Limited edition of 650 SBGA405