Ice Blue Grand Seiko 44GS Hi-Beat SLGH013
Innovation inside and out, iconic design, ice blue textured dial...
Multiple elements define Grand Seiko's style, all grouped under a set of important rules known as design grammar. The tool behind this series of guides is a cheap replica watches called the 44GS, a clear and unmistakable GS watch born in 1967 that will define the brand's future creations. This year we've seen multiple releases celebrating the 55th anniversary of the 44GS, such as the Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ255, and considering today's issue, the Hi-Beat Automatic SLGH009. The latter is a limited edition that introduces GS's latest automatic in an unprecedented classic design Movement. Today, it's time for this Calibre 9SA5 to join the permanent 44GS collection with the new SLGH013 and its striking ice blue textured dial. There are a few other things to know!
The 44GS is a timepiece that is considered a feat in the history of Grand Seiko. When it was released in 1967, it was the first model to apply the grammar designed by designer Taro Tanaka. His vision is global, encompassing the entire watch creation process. Tanaka Taro's mission is as simple as it is complex, to give Grand Seiko a true Japanese identity while preserving classic watchmaking codes. So important, 44GS remains a great source of inspiration for brand designers. Now, this new SLGH013 has innovation inside and out.
The inspiration behind this new Heritage model is fairly obvious, at least for this case. Everything about it screams 44GS, the angular shape, the sturdy shoulders, the barely-there bezel and the dial that follows all the principles of the brand since the 1960s. As for color and texture, it's again quite classic and typical of Grand Seiko, which is said to have "the texture of snow that begins to melt in spring on Mt. Iwate, the majestic 2,038-meter peak overlooking Grand Seiko. Seiko Atelier Shizukuishi, all Grand Seiko mechanical models are all made here.” But if the recipe is known, the results are still very attractive.cheap watches for sale
The case of this new Heritage 44GS model is no surprise. The shapes are timeless, sharp and angular, and the proportions are known. At 40mm in diameter and 11.8mm in height, the L2L is fairly manageable at 47.2mm. Specifications; Comfortable 100m water resistance, screw-down crown, top box sapphire crystal, clear sapphire crystal case back. Finishing; Zaratsu (no distortion) polished trim and brushed finish as good as ever.
What's new for this SLGH013, however, is the use of Ever-Brilliant stainless steel...but not just the case, as the bracelet also relies on this particular material, a first for a Grand Seiko watch in the standard collection. As a reminder, Ever-Brilliant steel is a premium alloy with brighter shades, high levels of corrosion resistance and better durability. It gives the watch an excellent shine and lustre, even enhanced by beautifully polished parts around the case.replica Zenith Defy Watches
The dial of this 44GS Hi-Beat SLGH013 is on trend with an icy blue colour – an understated, rather metallic and varied colour that doesn’t make it too visible. It's here combined with the fine texture of the embossing, which adds depth and works well with ambient light. Critics will say that the Grand Seiko is nothing new, however, this watch does make an impact and the dial alone justifies considering this model... The blue accentuates the central seconds hand, which is blued steel. As always, the hands and markers are executed with great care and have sharp edges. All are polished and faceted to improve legibility from all angles – at least during the day, as this model has no luminous light.
Beneath the sapphire caseback is a controversial movement, the modern Calibre 9SA5. Equipped with a proprietary escapement Dual Impulse, it was primarily marketed with the White Birch SLGH005 and made some noise with its innovative geometry. In addition to the high frequency of 5Hz, this escapement differs from the classic lever escapement with a solution similar to that found in the Omega Co-Axial system - more about GS innovations in this article . This 9SA5 is also thinner than its predecessor, and now features two barrels that provide a solid 80-hour power reserve. Last but not least, the overall design and finishes have been redefined to make the view through the caseback more attractive.replica Graham watches
As mentioned, the Heritage 44GS Hi-Beat SLGH013 is worn on an Ever-Brilliant stainless steel bracelet. 3-link construction, it combines mostly brushed surfaces with polished finishes. The lugs are 19 mm long and are closed with the classic tri-fold clasp and push-button clasp.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – GRAND SEIKO HERITAGE 44GS HI-BEAT CALIBRE 9SA5 SLGH013 Case: Diameter 40mm x Height 11.7mm - Lug to Lug 47.2mm - Ever-Brilliant Stainless Steel, Zaratsu Polished and Brushed - Hyperboloid Sapphire Crystal - Sapphire Case Back - Screw Down Crown - 100M Water Resistance Dial: Ice blue dial, snow 'Mt Iwate' texture - Polished beveled hands, set faceted markers, blue second hand - Framed date window at 3 o'clock Movement: In-house Caliber 9SA5 - Self-winding - 47 jewels - Double-pulse escapement and Grand Seiko free-spring balance - 36,000 vibrations/hour - 80 hours power reserve - +5 to -3 seconds accuracy per day - Hours, minutes, seconds and date Bracelet: 3-Link Brushed and Polished Ever-Brilliant Stainless Steel - Tri-fold Clasp with Push Button Release Reference: SLGH013