Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

Thought it was about time I shot this watch when it was showing “Grand Seiko Time”, which, for those who haven’t yet noticed, I now do my best to use when shooting any of my Grand Seiko collection.
Scroll back through my feed if you hadn’t noticed it before 🙂 These days, “Grand Seiko time” is religiously set as 10:08:42 – every single official photo of a Grand Seiko will have the hands set to this time, even when the running seconds hand is on a sub-dial on the chronographs – but back in the 1960’s and 1970’s it was actually often 10:08:43.

I take a bit of artistic license with the exact minute hand position depending on the angle I’m shooting at and the height of the hand above the dial. At this kind of angle I have it between the 9 and 10 minute markers, otherwise I think it looks a little too offset.
Wishing you all a happy #GSWednesday, with a photo featuring what I consider to be the greatest three hand watch ever made – the Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA.

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Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 AD dial

Close up of the logo on the Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 AD dial. See previous post for the full dial shot and background to this rare piece!
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Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 AD dial

Well here it is. The incredibly illusive Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 with the AD dial.
This is a watch that I wasn’t even aware of the existence of until Yoshihiko Honda’s recent article on the 3180 that was published in issue 11 of Low Beat magazine in Japan.
Quite how rare this AD dialed variant of the first Grand Seiko is, is I think something that remains to be established. Whilst it is possible that some have changed hands without people even realising it, I have only been able to track down five examples that have been advertised on Yahoo Auctions in the last two years, and I’m pretty sure that two watches have actually each featured twice in those listings.

The most striking thing about the dial is that – like that of my stainless steel example – it has a sunburst finishing. All other 3180 variants have a matt finished dial. The other immediately obvious difference is that the colour of the hands and hour indices is consistent. On the regular SD-dialed raised logo 3180, the hands are always a much duller colour than the indices. I’ll post some comparison shots in the coming days.

Does this finally complete the full set of 3180 filled gold dial variations? Only time will tell!
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Grand Seiko 5646-8000 – grey dial

Another recent addition to the vintage Grand Seiko collection is this grey dialed 5646-8000 from April 1972. Makes a nice pairing with its similarly dialed date only 5645-8000 that I featured on this feed back in February.
As you can see, this one is complete with its original bracelet, sadly too small to fit on my fat wrists!
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Grand Seiko SBGX103

And here’s the image that today’s #macromonday video was created from. A reminder that every single image I post is of sufficient resolution to create one of those videos, or preferably, print large enough so that you could examine the entire image at the same resolution that you saw captured in the video.
The Grand Seiko SBGX103. It’s been my daily beater for a few months now, and has gained just a single second in that time.
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Grand Seiko 5646-7010

Grand Seiko 5646-7010

To date, by far the cheapest addition to the collection, and I had been after one of these for a while.
Patination, where the entire dial changes colour over time, is not something that is common to vintage Grand Seikos. For some reason, certain examples of the 5646-7010 seem to turn from white (the original colour of this dial) to various shades of yellow and orange. This particular example is quite a deep orange.

If you’re interested in picking one up, they do appear quite regularly on Yahoo Auctions, and can be obtained very cheaply. Well, at least they could prior to my alerting everyone to their existence with this post. 😂

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