Grand Seiko - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Grand Seiko
    Year: 2019
    Reference No: SBGZ001
    Case No: No. 26/30
    Model Name: “Spring Drive”
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9R02, 39 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Grand Seiko deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Grand Seiko Certificate of Warranty dated May 10, 2020, stamped Grand Seiko, New York, green wooden presentation box, hang tag and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Grand Seiko’s Elegance Spring Drive 20th Anniversary wristwatch comes from the brand’s Micro Artist Studio, and is a tribute to excellence in handcraftsmanship and technical innovation. The Elegance Collection was first introduced in 2018 with a pair of quartz models, and in 2019 expanded to feature thin mechanical dress watches in stainless steel, 18K pink and 18K yellow gold.

    Seiko created the Micro Artist Studio in 2000 to manufacture fine watches with hand-finished movements, and their top of the line Grand Seiko models are produced in this workshop. Found in the small mountainous town, Shiojiri, the factory also makes the “spring drive” movement, which is an ingenious movement with mechanical barrel and going train with electronically governed regulator. Attention to detail and exacting hand finishing was of utmost importance to the brand, so they sent two master watchmakers to work with Philippe Dufour on the technique.

    The present limited edition platinum wristwatch, number 26 of 30 examples, is offered for the first time at auction by the original owner. The case and dial are beautifully hand-engraved and inspired by the snowfall in the Nagano mountains. Known as yukishiro, or “snow white”, the design is reminiscent of their “snowflake” dials, which are inspired by a similar winterscape. The use of nature and references from art is a theme often used by Grand Seiko across their models. Produced to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “spring drive” and only offered to the brand’s best clients, the reference SBGZ001 features an upgraded caliber 9RO2 based on the caliber 7R14 found in the Credor Eichi II model. While both are technically the same, the caliber 9RO2 has an extended power reserve of 84 hours, compared to the 7R14. Both are elegantly hand finished, demonstrating Grand Seiko’s devotion to high quality.

    The current lot is preserved outstanding condition, probably worn at most a handful of times. For the purchaser of this lot, Grand Seiko will add a customized (10 character) 18 karat gold plate to the movement. It is further offered with an additional one-year factory warranty from the date of purchase from this auction.

    The present lot is further offered with a one-year warranty provided by Grand Seiko Corp of America.

    Consigned by the Original Owner


Ref. SBGZ001
An extremely fine, very rare, and highly attractive limited edition platinum “Spring Drive” edition wristwatch with center seconds, certificate of warranty and presentation box, number 26 of 30

38.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

$40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $81,900

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022