It’s been 65 years since Japan’s favorite fictional monster Godzilla went on rampage on the silver screen in the Ishiro Honda film of the same name. Since then he (Godzilla, not Honda) has gone on to become a pop culture phenomenon whose influence extends far beyond the shores of Japan. And now there’s a Grand Seiko timepiece honoring the iconic monster.
Based on the Grand Seiko sport model launched during Baselworld this year, the limited edition (Ref. SBGA405) celebrates the anniversaries of Seiko’s proprietary Spring Drive movement and Godzilla. Grand Seiko and Godzilla share an unlikely but common history. In this first Godzilla film (1954), the monster appears in Ginza, Seiko’s home borough, and destroys the famous clock tower which rises above the Wako store, a retail establishment of Seiko’s that first opened its doors in 1952.
The case design is identical to the Sports models from earlier this year. The case design is dominated by strong and angular lines and the claw-like shape of the lugs. It is made from high-intensity titanium and measures 44.5 mm in width and is chunky 14.3 mm thick. The case is fitted with a sapphire crystal bezel, a dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, a screw-down crown and a sapphire crystal caseback. Thanks to the curve of the lugs and the low center of gravity of the case the watch sits comfortably on any wrist.
The rays that flow outwards from the center of the deep red dial are inspired by the “heat ray beam” that Godzilla shoots from his mouth to strike his opponents. The dial has applied multi-faceted indexes, and time is indicated by the signature diamond-cut hands.
The see-through case back is stamped with the scene where Godzilla destroys the iconic clock tower that had long been the symbol of the area and still stands today at the main intersection of the Ginza district. Its design pays homage to the Grand Seiko lion and is illustrated by Shinji Higuchi, co-director and special effects director for the movie Shin Godzilla (2016). The watch is powered by Spring Drive Caliber 9R15 and has high shock and temperature resistance. It is also specially adjusted to have an enhanced precision of 0.5 second a day.
The watch is fitted with a shark skin strap in applied black and red to re-create the tone and rough texture of the monster’s skin. The watch will be available as a limited edition of just 650 in November, 2019 at selected Grand Seiko and Seiko boutiques and selected retail partners across the world. €12,700 (AED50,900 approx.)