1969 Grand Seiko 4522-7000 Hi-Beat 36000 (Manual Wind)

1969 Grand Seiko 4522-7000 Hi-Beat 36000 (Manual Wind)


The 45GS movement is in short, a masterpiece developed by Seiko’s Daini division. If you’re looking for further proof, consider that in 1968, Seiko submitted 103 pieces of it cal. 4520 to compete in the chronometer trials at the Concourse de Geneve that was organized by the Observatory in Geneva, Switzerland at that time. In no less than a clean sweep, Seiko managed to take the top seven places overall, losing the top three positions to the only watches that were more accurate at that time... the newly developed quartz Beta 21 movement. These hi-beat beauties marked a time when the world could no longer ignore that the Japanese, and especially Seiko, were contenders on the world stage, and a force to be reckoned with. Although the appreciation may be for mostly what’s inside, Seiko’s 45GS models were impeccably packaged into arguably some of the finest looking timepieces to have come out of that era. This 4522-7000 from March of 1969 is no exception. It’s folded case follows the ideals of Taro Tanaka’s “Grammar of Design” with a faceted appearance not unlike a finely polished gemstone. Sharp angles and flat surfaces converge along crisp lines and tight corners to create a case architecture like nothing else. Beneath the “Hardlex” mineral crystal is a matte navy blue dial on which long and lean polished markers come to life. The tapered batons are beveled and also polished to a mirror finish. The thin sweep hand smoothly glides along at a rate of 36,000 bph. At the three o’clock position sits the date aperture which uses a complex “instant” change mechanism that advances the date at an imperceptible speed.  The case is unpolished with the factory finishes still visible and the gold “GS” medallion embedded at the center of the case back is crisp and shows virtually no signs of wear. To contrast the rich blue of the dial, we’ve paired this stunner with a light brown distressed leather for a fine finish and comfortable fit. Own a piece of Seiko history that’s sure to be a topic of conversation. We cannot be held responsible for the uncontrollable envy it may incite in fellow watch enthusiasts. 


Clockwork Synergy Light Brown Distressed Leather with Reverse Stitch (clockworksynergy.com)


Serviced 3/6/18

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