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.

On the block – 8

A weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

The vintage Grand Seiko market

Each Friday, I write up three vintage Grand Seikos currently available in Japan that followers of this blog may be interested in acquiring.

There are three main online channels for purchasing these watches from Japan – Yahoo Japan auctions, Rakuten, and individual dealer websites. Usually, I pick one watch from each of those channels to highlight, but this week I struggled a bit looking for a new interesting piece on Rakuten, and there’s not much new out there with the dealers either.

So for a change, I thought I’d concentrate on Yahoo Japan auctions, and was looking around to see what was available and whether I could give this week’s post a bit of a theme. And I found three watches that certainly have some similarities!

Grand Seiko 6145-8030
Why is this the only photograph in this post? Read on to find out…

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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 🙂


On the block – 7

A weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

The vintage Grand Seiko market

Each week, I am highlighting one Yahoo auction; one Rakuten listing; and one watch at a Japanese dealer, that I would be happy to add to my own collection, were it not for the fact that it would be a duplication, or a near duplication of a piece I already have.

The Yahoo and Rakuten pieces will be linked through Zenmarket – see my post on them here for details as to why I use this service. Watches available with dealers will be linked to directly, and again – refer to my ZenMarket post linked above to see how to purchase those. Images used will be from my own collection to give an indication as to the watches being highlighted, but of course click through the links to see images of the actual watch being offered.

Each week I try to mix things up a little with regards to the watches that I highlight to ensure there is not too much repetition compared to the previous week. Since there are only seven series of vintage Grand Seikos (3180, 57GS, 62GS, 44GS, 61GS, 45GS and 56GS), this does limit somewhat the pieces that I can select from for the post.

Additionally, you will have noticed – or will start to notice – that the same sellers (be it on Yahoo, Rakuten, or their own websites) crop up with some regularity. This is simply down to two reasons – firstly, because I am limiting myself to recommending “decent” pieces, and these dealers specialise in the mid-upper end of the market; and secondly, because these dealers are the ones who turn over the most watches and hence have the most variety available.

Yahoo Japan Auctions

This week’s pick from Yahoo auctions is an absolute beauty.

Grand Seiko 5646-7010 - blue dial
Grand Seiko 5646-7010 – blue dial

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