Grand Seiko SpringDrive Winter - Blue Hand minutiae...

Does anyone know why the blue seconds hand does not have a sealed connection with the hand stack? All other Seasons models seem to have a covering over the connection, but there is an opening where the blue hand is fastened. A you tuber pointed this out - and now I cannot "unsee" it.

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Do you have a photo of it? I'm curious!! 

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See attached.

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I thought only quartz models had the sealed connection.

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The other watches in the Seasons collection - another Spring Drive (Spring) and two Hi Beat automatics (Early Summer and Vernal equinox) have sealed seconds hands. 

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That's interesting, even my Prospex LX has this. I had assumed that all GS did, but I hadn't paid attention.

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The other watches in the Seasons collection - another Spring Drive (Spring) and two Hi Beat automatics (Early Summer and Vernal equinox) have sealed seconds hands. 

Oh yeah, I never noticed.  That's really weird. I always assumed GS used the same handsets across all SD/Quartz watches.

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Maybe I need to ask Max. He has a winter. 

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Astute observation!  I'm not sure but I wonder if it has to do with the bluing process. If the center can't heat up at the same rate, they might have trouble getting the color right 🤔

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Max

Astute observation!  I'm not sure but I wonder if it has to do with the bluing process. If the center can't heat up at the same rate, they might have trouble getting the color right 🤔

Thanks Max. admittedly, had I not seen it discussed on you tube…I would have missed it!☺️
 

Yours is as good a theory as any…I’ve seen macro shots of other seconds hands…but I can’t tell if there is a cap “soldered” on the top of the hand or if the hand is indeed all one piece. 
 

Any watchmakers on the Crunch?