Review Seiko Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition at Basel 2013

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Seiko watchmaking, at 2013 BaselWorld, Seiko unveils a bevy of impressive mechanical timepieces, the most attractive one is the Grand Seiko 44GS limited edition. Grand Seiko is more than just the Lexus to Seiko's Toyota, but having the outlet to make some truly fantastic watches which inevitably fall above the price point that many consumers often associate with Seiko. In particular, it has been inspired by the 44GS model born in 1967 and represents its skillful recreation. It has maintained the signature characteristics of the Grand Seiko design. The watch has been created in four variations.
The 44GS you see here is actually a modern recreation of the 44GS from 1967, a watch that effectively set the look and feel of Grand Seiko watches for the past 40+ years. The 44GS was conceived by a young university student who was believed that luxury watchmaking was more than simply producing a fine movement, which Seiko was already doing, but also about creating a beautiful and interesting case. Thus, the 44GS was producing with multiple polished angles and a case shape totally unique to Grand Seiko. It is this case that has come to define Grand Seiko to this day.
2013's limited edition remake of the 44GS is completely faithful to the original, with a 37.9mm case by 11.5 mm thick and can be had in steel (SBGW047), or in your choice of white, yellow or rose 18k gold (SBGW043, SBGW044 and SBGW046, respectively).The case-construction stands out by its fine polishing, clear edges and perfectly flat surfaces. You will notice razor-sharp edges to the hands and hour markers on the dial.
The face of the new 44GS watch is shielded by a sapphire crystal with the brand’s proprietary anti-reflection coating on the inner surface. Following the original model, the case-back reveals the Grand Seiko emblem. The initial 44GS model was animated by the hand-wound Calibre 4420B, operating at a frequency of 18,000 vph, the novelty Grand Seiko 44GS is equipped with the new 9S64 movement. The hand-wound 24-jewel mechanism, with the balance frequency of 28,000 vph, provides a 72-hour power reserve.