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Grand Seiko SBGW033 full set - limited edition 130th anniversary

Grand Seiko SBGW033 full set - limited edition 130th anniversary

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Maker: Grand Seiko
Year: December 2011
Model: SBGW033
Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: Manual Wind Grand Seiko caliber 9S64, 24 jewels
Movement Power reserve: 72 hours
Service History: 2015 by Seiko, currently running at +6.6 seconds per day
Case Diameter: 36mm diameter, thickness 11.3mm
Bracelet: Original Grand Seiko stainless steel buckle, Delugs Saffiano Black strap, and Grand Seiko Black Alligator strap
Accessories: Full set - outer/inner box, guarantee papers, GS certificate, GS service papers from 2015, and instruction manual

The Grand Seiko SBGW033 was released in 2011 to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Grand Seiko and was a reissue of the First Grand Seiko that was originally produced by Suwa Seikosha in 1960. It was made in a limited edition of 1300 pieces. Unlike the 2017 reissue, the SBGW253, which featured a larger 38mm case size, the SBGW033 case diameter is 36mm which is the same size as the original Grand Seiko First (ie. GS1st). As such, most GS fans consider the SBGW033 to be the most faithful reissue of the GS1st out of all the modern reissues that would be produced throughout the 2010's. As a testament to its collectability and grail status, an unworn full set SBGW033 made a splash in the 2021 winter auction scene as it sold for over USD 20,000.

From its beveled lugs, raised Grand Seiko logo on the dial, "S" marked crown and the engraved gold lion medallion on the case back, the vintage inspired SBGW033 is executed perfectly. The only major difference between this reinterpretation and the original GS1st is the movement, case thickness (11mm vs 10mm), case metal (stainless steel vs gold plated), crystal (plastic vs sapphire), and the chronometer text and special dial logo-present in the original GS1st to signify that the hands are made of solid gold. The egg shell white dial, blue steeled hands, and the modern Grand Seiko caliber 9S64 is a welcome upgrade from the original GS1st. All in all, the SBGW033 is a simple time only watch executed to perfection and finished to the highest quality.

This Grand Seiko SBGW033 is in overall great condition. It has  gone back to  Seiko once it went back for full servicing in 2015. The case has some scratches (as can be seen from the photos) but it is overall sharp and retains its beautiful beveled lugs. The caseback lion medalion is in execellent shape. The case back engraving letterings have slightly worn out from polishing. The watch comes with its original buckle along with two straps - one saffiano strap from Delugs and the original alligator strap from Seiko (worn condition). The movement is currently running at +6.6 seconds/day. This watch comes with a 3 month movement warranty from us.

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