Grand Seiko adds two Sakura-inspired models to the 62GS design

February 2024

 Grand Seiko adds two Sakura-inspired models to the 62GS design

The Heritage collection welcomes two new additions: the SBGH341 “Sakura-Kakushi” and SBGH343 “Sakura-Wakaba”. Inspired by cherry blossoms, these models embody the essence of the brand’s first-ever automatic timepiece, the 62GS, and are available in a 38mm variation for the first time.


hile 1967 is often associated by Grand Seiko amateurs with the release of the iconic 44GS, this year also saw the introduction of Grand Seiko’s first ever automatic timepiece: the 62GS. Also embodying the Grand Seiko Style, its design was more rounded than the 44GS, but still consisted of flat surfaces and sharp angles, a showcase of the Brand’s own Zaratsu polishing. The 62GS also introduced a bezel-free structure, the crystal being set directly on the case itself, thus opening widely on the dial.

Reinterpreted in 40mm since 2019, this design now features among the most popular ones of Grand Seiko, mostly represented by the “24 sekki” series (including SBGA413 “Shunbun”). Today, Grand Seiko expands the 62GS lineup, this time in a smaller 38mm diameter, inspired by cherry blossoms.

Both timepieces share a common case which design is directly inspired by the 1967 model, from the recognisable faceted lugs, alternance of Zaratsu polished and hairline brushed surfaces, to the vintage-inspired box sapphire crystal set on the case in a bezel free structure.

For the first time, the 62GS is presented in a 38mm variation, offering a middle-sized timepiece fitting both women and men, the higher wearability of these smaller proportions being enhanced by the use of the Brand’s proprietary lightweight alloy: high-intensity titanium.

True to Grand Seiko’s motto, the Nature of Time, these two models draw their inspiration from Japan’s natural phenomena and share a common theme: the “Sakura”, literally “cherry blossoms”, a Japan figure worldwide.

Of light pink shades, Grand Seiko SBGH341 recalls “Sakura-Kakushi”, a spectacle scarcely spotted for it evokes early cherry blossoms being hidden by late winter snows. The fragility and ephemerality of “Sakura-Kakushi” (“hidden cherry blossoms”) have inspired our skilled craftsmen and women to create this subtly pattern dial of delicate shades.

 Grand Seiko adds two Sakura-inspired models to the 62GS design

The second timepiece, Grand Seiko SBGH343, is clad in silver green hues inspired by “Sakura-Wakaba”, literally “cherry blossoms and young leaves”. This phenomenon is most likely to be spotted during the sekki (seasonal phase) “Seimei” when, in early April, flowers bloom and young leaves sprout all at once, and warm spring breeze and bright sunshine bring a “clear and bright” (“seimei”) atmosphere.

Manufactured North of Japan by the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi, these two timepieces enjoy a common movement, caliber 9S85 Hi-Beat 36000, delivering a 55 hours power reserve and ensuring a stable accuracy at wrist thanks to its high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour.

The SBGH341 “Sakura-Kakushi” and SBGH343 “Sakura-Wakaba” will be available from Grand Seiko boutiques and authorised retailers worldwide.


Grand Seiko Heritage Collection
62GS “Sakura-Kakushi” and “Sakura-Wakaba”
Caliber 9S85

Driving system: Automatic
Frequency: 36,000 vibrations per hour (10 beats per second)
Accuracy (mean daily rate): +5 to -3 seconds per day
Power reserve: 55 hours
Number of jewels: 37

High-intensity titanium case and bracelet with three-fold clasp with push-button release
Box sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through case back
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 38.0mm, Thickness: 12.9mm

Recommended Retail Price: € 7,900

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