Grand Seiko, established in 1960, helped the brand Seiko to venture into the luxury watch segment. Born out of the need to produce high precision watches, and the need to separate from their regular brand, Grand Seiko helped Seiko set its foot outside Japan with even more stylish designs and outstanding craftsmanship.
Grand Seiko watches were developed using Quartz movements, which went stagnant after a point. The company paused for a bit before its revival in 1986 with a new mechanical line of watches. This luxury brand line was considered to be the crown of the principal Seiko company, as it kept coming up with fresh trends and started introducing a new line of watches every few years. The company launched the impressive Grand Seiko GMT models in 2002 and Spring Drive models in 2004, each of which exuded luxury and impressed the users.
The first-ever Grand Seiko came with its set of challenges, which included accuracy. The first watch, the new Caliber 380 was accurate within a range of -12 to -3 seconds in a day. This watch was successful, not only because of the accuracy it achieved, but also because it met the standards of excellence defined by the Bureaux Officials de Contrôle de la Marche des Montres. The Grand Seiko driver, GMT and other models stand out for their excellence and design.