Grand Seiko 6145-8020

I’m currently on vacation so thought I’d dig into the archives to find something to post for #GSWednesday, and what did I find from almost exactly a year ago?

The incredible Grand Seiko 6145-8020. You don’t see these come up for sale very often, and certainly not in unworn NOS condition like this one.

This one is well overdue for a reshoot with the new lights, so I’ll do something new for next week 🙂

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On the block – 14

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

“On the block” is the section of the website where I share some examples of vintage Grand Seikos currently available on the Japanese market.

This week continues the normal format of highlighting one watch available from each of the three main channels that it is possible to remotely source watches from Japan – Yahoo Japan auctions, Rakuten, and websites of individual dealers.

Japanese Dealer

They don’t come any better than this…

Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA
Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

This week’s featured vintage Grand Seiko from a Japanese dealer’s website should need no introduction to regular followers – it’s only the second example to surface in the last eighteen months of what I believe to be the absolute pinnacle of any vintage Grand Seiko collection. The 4580-7010 VFA.

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Vintage Grand Seiko dial layouts

As I write this post, there is a lot of buzz around from people anxious to see what Seiko reveal at Baselworld tomorrow (Thursday 23rd March). The top rumour this year is that there is going to be a significant change to the dial layout on Grand Seikos.

There are three dial elements that are common across the entire modern Grand Seiko range (except for certain historical re-issues, for obvious reasons) – at 12 o’clock you will find the text “SEIKO”, and at 6 o’clock there is the “GS” logo above the gothic “Grand Seiko” text.

The Grand Seiko community has been very active in discussing what might be revealed tomorrow, and some interesting Photoshop mock-ups have been shared as people try to second guess what the change (if any!) will be. Following a discussion on one of the forums, I thought it was an appropriate time to summarize how the dial layout changed during the course of vintage Grand Seiko lifespan.

I will only be focusing on the three major elements on the dial – the Seiko text, the Grand Seiko text, and the GS logo.

So without further ado, onto the history lesson…

Grand Seiko Chronometer/”First”/3180 – all models

Grand Seiko Chronometer
Grand Seiko Chronometer

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MB&F Legacy Machine LM2

MB&F Legacy Machine LM2.
I’ve been wanting an opportunity to reshoot this watch for ages, since I kinda botched it up on the first go! Better lighting set-up and lots more practice since the last attempt.
Thanks to @k2luxurywatches for the loan of the watch.
More to come from today’s shooting session with this watch next week.

#mbandf #legacymachine #lm2

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Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane

Couldn’t let #macromonday pass by without taking a closer peak at the astonishing gravity defeating gyroscopic module of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane that keeps the escapement beating on the horizontal plane.

An incredible watch, available right now from my good friends @k2luxurywatches

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Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

The VFA stands for “Very Fine Adjusted”, which means the watch was regulated to +/-2 seconds per day, with a guaranteed accuracy of +/-1 minute a month for the first two years of ownership.
This watch is, in my opinion, quite simply the greatest Grand Seiko ever made.

It’s the perfect watch.

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