In 1959, Grand Seiko recruited Taro Tanaka, a designer who would later become instrumental in defining the look and feel of the brand's products.
Over the course of the subsequent three years, Tanaka would devise nine aesthetic criteria that would become known as the "Grammar of Design" for Grand Seiko's watches.
Let's fast forward a few more years to 1967, when the brand debuted a watch that would go on to become one of its most iconic models, one that exemplified this design code in its entirety.
The 44GS is primarily known for the design of its case, which is representative of the Grand Seiko Style and derives its name from the 4420 caliber movement inside the watch.
Today, we are given access to three new variations of the 44GS that are sold nowhere else in the world save in the United States.
Grand Seiko added a new case size to the 44GS family in 2022, and now we are getting three additional incarnations of this wonderfully proportioned size.
The new case is 36.5 millimeters in diameter. Each one is made out of stainless steel and has a crystal in the shape of a box, just like the one on the first model of the 44GS, which was released in 1967.
In addition, each of the three watches has a dial that displays the brand's unique Mount Iwate pattern.
This design was conceived after Grand Seiko's Studio Shizukuishi had a glimpse of the mountain's summit.
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