The concept for Spring Drive began in the 1970s with the ambition to craft a quintessential timepiece that would merge the durability and power of a mechanical mainspring with the precision of electronic timekeeping. This quest for excellence spanned over two decades, culminating in the debut of the first Spring Drive generation. The pursuit of perfection continued under the prestigious Grand Seiko name, leading to the creation of the 9R movement, which is at the heart of every Grand Seiko Spring Drive watch. In September 2004, Grand Seiko unveiled its inaugural model powered by the 9R movement, boasting automatic winding and a 72-hour energy reserve.
Now, in 2024, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this groundbreaking innovation with a new exceptional model. The Heritage Collection Caliber 9R 20th Anniversary Limited Edition pays homage to the 2004 inaugural Spring Drive, mirroring its case design and the iconic ‘snowflake’ dial introduced in 2005, a design that quickly captivated watch enthusiasts globally with its stunning texture and its homage to nature. The latest model presents a dial with a pink hue that gracefully transitions to capture the breathtaking dawn light over the snow-laden peaks of the Hotaka mountains in Nagano Prefecture—the birthplace of all Grand Seiko Spring Drive watches. Crafted from high-intensity titanium, the case and bracelet offer a lightweight feel, approximately 30% lighter than stainless steel, and heightened scratch resistance, ensuring both comfort and lasting resilience.