On the block – 25

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


When I first started writing these weekly posts, the intention was to feature one watch from each of the three main Japanese channels for acquiring vintage Grand Seikos – Yahoo Japan auctions, Rakuten, and individual dealer websites.

In recent weeks it’s been very challenging to keep to this format, as sometimes there simply aren’t significantly interesting pieces from each channel.

This week however, I’m actually spoilt for choice on all three!

For those who don’t regularly read these articles, if you want to understand how to go about acquiring a watch from Japan, when the vast majority of sellers will not ship overseas, do read my article on ZenMarket which provides all the details.

As usual, photos in this article are of pieces from my own collection, so without further ado, onto the watches. Starting with a really special one.

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Grand Seiko 6185-8010 VFA
Grand Seiko 6185-8010 VFA

These come up very rarely indeed. In fact, the listing that I am going to link to from a dealer’s website is only the second time I have seen this particular model on offer for sale in the last two years. The last time one came up? I bought it.

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Grand Seiko SBGX103 movement

Something different for #macromonday as I take the caseback off my daily beater SBGX103 to share am image of the amazing 9F62A movement. The SBGX103 was released as a limited edition of 2000 pieces in 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 9F movement.
Such beautiful finishing on a quartz movement, and they hide it away!
As if the thermocompensated calibre accuracy of +/- 10 seconds per year (yes, per YEAR) wasn’t already enough, for the SBGX103 Grand Seiko went the extra mile and these watches are regulated to an incredible +/- 5 seconds per year. And – crazy wrist-mounted atomic clocks excepted – I believe that makes them the most accurate self-contained (i.e. not reliant on external time signals) watches in the world.
#Seiko #GrandSeiko #グランドセイコー #セイコー #9F62 #HAQ #quartz


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On the block – 24

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

Something different for this week’s “On the block”, as for a change I will be taking a look at completed auctions from Yahoo Japan, rather than those about to close.

The market for Grand Seiko “Firsts” post-Baselworld 2017

In particular, I have decided to focus on auctions for the first Grand Seiko – the “3180” – that have taken place since Baselworld 2017, when Grand Seiko announced the limited edition “re-creation” pieces that are based on the original Grand Seiko Chronometer, the SBGW251, SBGW252, and SBGW253.

The buzz around the announcement of these pieces, along with the more strategic corporate approach going forward where Grand Seiko will be treated as a totally independent brand from Seiko, created a lot of interest in the original vintage watches, and had a dramatic effect on the market.

I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that the prices that good (and – as we shall see later – some bad) 3180’s have been selling for has more or less doubled since immediately prior to Baselworld in March 2017. This has had both positive and negative affects on the market.

On the positive side, the increased demand for the Grand Seiko “First” – whilst resulting in an increase in the prices that they are selling for – has also tempted more people to put their watches on the market.

Disconcertingly though, the increased demand has also resulted in what can only be described as “doctored” or “franken” watches surfacing.

Never before has the term “caveat emptor” been more applicable to hunting down these pieces – particularly if you are after the early, rarer and highly coveted, carved or printed logo dial variants.

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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. Continue reading “On the block – 23”

Grand Seiko 4520-8000

Grand Seiko 4520-8000


Photo taken at: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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With a little over 50 watches now in the vintage Grand Seiko collection, a handful have somehow slipped through the net and not been shot for months! In fact, I don’t think I’ve photographed this 4520-8000 in almost a year.
A fabulous model from March 1971, I’m fortunate enough to have an example in pretty much NOS condition, and as a full set with box and papers.
Have a great weekend everyone!
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