Friday, May 6, 2011

Video Friday: Grand Seiko 36000 Hi-Beat 9S85

The Grand Seiko 36000 Hi-Beat (SBGH001, SBGH005 & SBGH013) are considered to be the "Holy Grail" of mechanical watch lovers, and more so, of those who focus their collection on Japanese timepieces. Grand Seiko has a long history of hi-beat calibers that were produced in the 1960s and early 1970s. The current 9S85 caliber was released in 2009 after a forty year absence from the Grand Seiko product line. This model features a 55+ hour power reserve, +5/-3 seconds per day guaranteed accuracy (Better than Swiss COSC), and a 37 jewel hand assembled movement. The watch dimensions are 40mm case width by 13mm thick. Total weight is 151g with no bracelet links removed.

These watches are priced the same as high end Grand Seiko Spring Drive offerings. It is a very special watch and made for those who are fierce admirers of fine traditional watchmaking.

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