Full Frame – Patek Philippe 5204 movement

Every Monday, I’ll be posting a new full resolution image that you can zoom into and pan around for yourself.

This week’s “Full Frame” is a mere 80 megapixel shot of the movement of a Patek Philippe 5204 perpetual calendar with split-seconds chronograph. It was taken with my old Phase One IQ3 80 digital back, before I upgraded to the IQ3 100.

I’ve posted some detail cropped macro shots from this image on my Instagram account before, but now for the first time you can zoom into and pan around the entire movement and explore every detail for yourself!

If you are interested in purchasing this watch, please don’t hesitate to contact K2 Luxury, who were gracious enough to loan me the watch to shoot. You can also follow them on their Instagram account here – they do get some rather stunning pieces, and I’m very lucky to be able to occasionally photograph some of them.

Use the icons in the image below to go full screen, and then zoom into and out of the image.

State of the collection – the 45GS movements

A write up of the vintage Grand Seiko watches in my collection that utilise the 45GS movements.

Since there are over 40 pieces in the collection, it makes sense to break this “state of the collection” write-up over several articles. Each post will cover a specific movement – or set of movements – from the vintage Grand Seiko releases, and include photos of the watches I have that utilise that movement.

Whilst I don’t intend these articles to provide a comprehensive and thoroughly researched scholarly history of vintage Grand Seikos, I will share some knowledge on the pieces that I have picked up over the course of the last year. If I get anything wrong, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Grand Seiko 4520-7000
Grand Seiko 4520-7000

The 45GS series started production in 1968, continuing through until the early 1970’s. Like the earlier and short-lived 44GS series, they were produced by the Daini factory.

Whilst utilising only three different movements – the dateless 4520A; the 4522A with a date complication; and the incredibly rare 4580 Very Fine Adjusted, there were a good variety of case and dial designs created over this period.

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Full Frame – Manufacture Royale Androgyne Tourbillon

Every Monday, I’ll be posting a new full resolution image that you can zoom into and pan around for yourself.

This week’s “Full Frame”, where I publish a 100 megapixel zoomable and panable image for you to explore features the Manufacture Royale Androgyne Tourbillon.

Not just any Androgune Tourbillon, but a “Piece Unique” skeletonised model made for a discerning collector.

As usual, I recommend you go full screen and then zoom in to see the image in all its 100 megapixel glory. Excuse the dust! It is very laborious to get rid of it all, and I only make that effort for printing 🙂

 

State of the collection – the 61GS movements (part 2)

Part 2 of a write up of the vintage Grand Seiko watches in my collection that utilise the 61GS movements.

Since there are over 40 pieces in the collection, it makes sense to break this “state of the collection” write-up over several articles. Each post will cover a specific movement – or set of movements – from the vintage Grand Seiko releases, and include photos of the watches I have that utilise that movement.

Whilst I don’t intend these articles to provide a comprehensive and thoroughly researched scholarly history of vintage Grand Seikos, I will share some knowledge on the pieces that I have picked up over the course of the last year. If I get anything wrong, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Grand Seiko 6155-8000 "Special"
Grand Seiko 6155-8000 “Special”

The 61GS series started production in 1967, running all the way through until 1974.

With seven different movements, there are as many calibers being utilised within this single series as in all earlier series combined. Not only that, but numbering over 40, there are more individual 61GS watch designs than existed across those earlier series (the Grand Seiko First, 57GS, 44GS and 62GS).

Given the extent and diversity of the 61GS series, it is not feasible to discuss all the examples from my own collection in a single post, and as such, I have split the write-up of the 61GS over two separate articles.

A link to the first article – covering the watches in my collection that utilize the 6145A and 6146A movements – can be found here.

In this article, I will be covering the watches in my collection that utilize the remaining 5 movements from the 61GS series – the 6155A, 6156A, 6185A, 6185B and 6186B.

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