It may not be obvious at first glance, but Godzilla‘s inaugural film and Grand Seiko have an unequivocal connection dating back 65 years. In the movie, the destructive power of the King of Monsters comes to life on the silver screen as it stomps into frame to devastate Ginza, the birthplace of the brand. The kaiju beast decimated everything in its path — and that included the famous clock tower over the Wako store, Grand Seiko’s first retail establishment opened in 1952. Looking to celebrate the anniversary of the movie franchise and 20 years of the Japanese watchmaker’s Spring Drive, Grand Seiko has released a new limited-edition timepiece.
Artistic embellishments separate the accessory from its predecessors while steeping the brand further into the lore of Godzilla. The dial references the “heat ray beams” that spew from the character’s mouth with its red color. The hue extends onto the shark strap, which boasts a black base and a texture alluding to the creature’s rough skin. A see-through underside immortalizes the image of Godzilla destroying the iconic Grand Seiko monument. True to form, the timepiece incorporates heritage technical details, like the Spring Drive Caliber 9R15 and high shock and temperature resistance. Legibility is boosted with Lumibrite hands and an anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal. Altogether, it’s a piece that appeals to watch lovers and movie enthusiasts alike.
Check out the watch, which is limited to only 650 pieces, in the images above. Head to Grand Seiko’s website to learn more.