When John went to Japan last fall to visit Seiko, he left thoroughly impressed with not only the range of products that Japan’s great mechanical watchmaking company was producing, but also the quality of Swiss-style timepieces. 

We showed you one of Seiko’s high-end Ananta Spring Drive watches in their moonphase, and you know now that Grand Seiko watches are sold on this continent for the first time in history.  We’ve asked if the US consumer is ready for the $10,000 Seiko, but how about the $400,000 Seiko?

Credor is Seiko’s ultra high-end line, the line that was introduced in 2006 with the showing of a grand sonnerie.  Credor’s goal is to showcase what the micro-artists at Seiko’s most elite studio can do, and this year’s Spring Drive Minute Repeater does that, and how. 

Spearheaded by Kenji Shiohara, the new Minute Repeater is designed and executed in a traditional Swiss style.  But, the hammers of the repeater are made from Myochin steel, the same steel used in Japanese wind chimes, producing an incredibly crisp sound.  In fact, the Myochin family has gone 52 generations producing steel, which equates to about 850 years of continual master blacksmith work.

This watch has two cases, and the gongs are placed in between.  And, unlike most minute repeater, this Seiko actually uses a decimal system.  The hammers strike the hour, the ten-minute, and the one-minute.  The diameter of the rose gold case is 43mm, and the caliber holds 112 jewels with a 72 hour power reserve. 

Only three of the Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeaters will be made each year, and they will cost roughly $400,000.  Watch the video below to see and hear this magnificient timepiece in action.  The sound is nothing short of incredible.