Grand Seiko 44GS
Introduced in 1967, the 44GS is widely considered to be the progenitor of the classic Grand Seiko look, and it set the trend of "Grand Seiko Style" for decades of Seiko watches. But this watch was derived not from a Grand Seiko but the King Seiko 44KS. Indeed, the producer, Daini Seikosha, was shut out of producing Grand Seiko models in favor of in-house competitor, Suwa Seikosha. Rather than resign themselves to the lower-end market, Daini set about producing their own high-end model, the King Seiko. The resulting model was so accurate that, with a revised case, it was accepted into a three-watch Grand Seiko model lineup in 1967.
The 44GS is a simple but elegant watch, with no date window or other complications. It is manually-wound and runs at a leisurely 18,000 A/h. It was only available in stainless steel, though a screw-back case gives 50 m water resistance.
There were two revisions of the Daini 4400 watch:
- 4420A was introduced in 1964 as a King Seiko, and is known today as 44KS
- 4420B appeared in 1967 as a Grand Seiko with the legendary 44GS case
The 44GS was re-made by Seiko in 2013 in two forms: A same-size remake and a larger-cased concept with a sapphire back.