Vianney Halter Trio
Very grateful for the chance to have another session with the Vianney Halter Trio. A watch that is seriously impressive from any angle.
Grand Seiko 5645-5010
One of only two vintage Grand Seikos featuring Roman numerals on the dial, the other being the day-date version 5646-5010.
From July 1972.
From August 1963, a very early SD-dialed Grand Seiko 43999 “Self-dater”. This was the first Grand Seiko to have both Seiko and Grand Seiko branding on the dial.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention that the 43999 is also the only Grand Seiko in history (including both the vintage and modern eras) to have “Made in Japan” written on the dial.
F.P. Journe Vagabondage II for #macromonday
Cropping into yesterday’s 100 megapixel image.
F.P. Journe Vagabondage II
Grand Seiko 4420-9000 early “Diashock” dial
Yesterday’s watch was about as far from the “Grammar of Design” that you could get.
Here’s where it all started in 1967, with the earliest 44GS model that followed the dial layout of the 5722-9991 with “Diashock” printed below “Grand Seiko”. Later variants of the all too short-lived 44GS series did not have the “Diashock” text, with the logo for the Daini Seikosha company taking its place.
Grand Seiko 5645-5000
Much is made of the Grand Seiko “Grammar of Design” that was introduced in 1967 with the 4420-9000. Taro Tanaka’s philosophy of watch design can be distilled down to four simple rules – all surfaces and angles of the case, dial, indices and hands should be flat; bezels were two dimensional faceted curves; no visual distortion from any angle, with cases mirror finished; and no more generic round cases. (Summary from an article on wornandwound.com). And yet… Just four years after the introduction of the 44GS series, we have this.
Breaking every “rule” in the book – with its very traditional tonneau shaped bezel-less case; pencil thin hands – black for the hour and minute, gold for the seconds; hammer-toned 18K solid gold case; a “starlight” dial… There’s not a flat highly polished surface to be found anywhere!
Probably – if one is to go off the prices these fetch on the market – one of the least loved vintage Grand Seikos there is. But one that I believe deserves a place in any serious collection.
There is also a dateless version of this watch – the 5641-5000. Typically, despite the solid gold case, you should be able to pick up a really nice one of these for well under US$2,000. In fact, if you’re quick, there’s a 5641-5000 on Yahoo Auctions right now that is closing in four hours, and priced at 158,000 Yen with no bids.
Vianney Halter Antiqua
Realised I somehow messed up the processing on the shot I posted of the Vianney Halter Antiqua the other day, so had to delete it.
To tide you over until I re-upload it, here’s a #macromonday shot of the watch 🙂 #vianneyhalter #Antiqua