On the block – 23

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

“On the block” this week features a couple of watches currently available on Yahoo Japan auctions, starting off with an example of this…

Grand Seiko Chronometer carved dial
Grand Seiko Chronometer carved dial

The carved dial variant of the Grand Seiko “First” is a highly sought after piece. They rarely come to market, and when they do, they of course generate a lot of interest.

The example available on Yahoo auctions this week was actually originally listed by the seller as the even rarer printed dial variant (of which I am fairly sure not a single genuine piece has been sold on Yahoo so far this year – quite a few faked printed dials out there unfortunately).

As is often the case on these listings, the photography isn’t that great, but it didn’t look like a printed dial when first listed. Obviously someone must have contacted the seller to check, because after a few days, he pulled the auction and then relisted it here with the correct description.

With one slight problem, it all checks out – an early piece from 1960, with the correct “mountain” hands and initial Grand Seiko lion emblem on the case back. The issue is that I believe the crown is not original, which may deter some people from bidding.

However, apart from the crown it does look to be in excellent condition. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on the auction, which closes on Tuesday evening in Japan, to see where it ends up. Bidding is currently at 165,000 Yen, and considering a “regular” dial 3180 sold last week for 303,000 Yen, it should go for considerably more than that. If it doesn’t, I might be picking it up myself!

The carved dial Grand Seiko “First” was one of the later pieces to join my collection. The second auction that I am featuring this week, features the no-date version of the very first vintage Grand Seiko that I purchased.

Grand Seiko 5645-7005
Grand Seiko 5645-7005

Pictured above is my 5645-7005, with its beautifully brushed solid 18K gold oval case and linen textured dial. The date-less 5641-7005 that can be found in this listing is a watch that very rarely comes to open auction.

In fact, I don’t recall ever having seen one before listed this way. It’s not that they are particularly rare, it’s just that when people do list them – as in this example – they typically put a minimum bid price in the 250-300,000 Yen range on the watch.

Currently the bidding is up to 112,000 Yen, with the auction closing on Sunday evening in Japan. As with the carved dial 3180 above, I may have a sniff at this one as well if it doesn’t get too hot 🙂

That’s it for this week – nothing particularly new and exciting at the dealers (well, except for a simply amazing totally legit print dial Grand Seiko “First”, but that’s already been bought by someone who shall – for the moment – remain nameless. What I will say is, watch this space…)

Caveat emptor – whilst I personally would be happy to have any of the pieces I comment on positively in my collection, you do need to be aware that there are always risks when you purchase a watch remotely. My recommendation of a watch can in no way be taken as any guarantee as to its condition or authenticity, nor as to the credibility of the individual or company selling it.

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