Grand Seiko 4520-7000

Grand Seiko 4520-7000 in stainless steel and with white linen dial.
There are actually three – possibly four – different vintage Grand Seikos all with the reference number 4520-7000.

I have previously posted both the cap gold cased version, and also the steel cased version with the (very) dark blue dial.
Claims are made for a black dialed version, but I am not convinced yet that this truly exists. There are redialed ones out there, but the blue version is so close to black, that I think possibly people confuse them.
Picked this one up for a song. Sure, the dial has some light staining (that looks a lot worse in this very carefully lit photo compared to what you would see in normal use), but just check out that case. Wonderful.

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On the block – 16

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.

I aim to publish a new post in this category each Friday, highlighting a vintage Grand Seiko of interest from each of the three main channels for acquiring these pieces from Japan – Yahoo auctions, Rakuten, and individual dealers’ websites. However, sometimes there just isn’t much new worth highlighting, so that may have an impact on what gets written up.

Generally, it is becoming clear that demand for vintage Grand Seikos is outstripping supply. The Grand Seiko “First” is a good indicator of this. Whereas just a few months ago, you would typically expect to find more than half a dozen examples available on Rakuten at any one time, as of today, there is just a single (terrible) example.

As to how to go about actually purchasing from overseas, check out my article on ZenMarket.

This week, I will be highlighting just two watches. One from a dealer’s website, and one from Yahoo – there is nothing new and noteworthy on Rakuten (although a few watches that I have featured in previous posts are still available).

I will also be making an exception this week and highlighting a watch that isn’t actually a Grand Seiko (although many people do list it as such!).

Seiko Astronomical Observatory Chronometer
Seiko Astronomical Observatory Chronometer

Japanese dealer

Just gone live this morning on Watch CTI’s website is a listing for a Seiko Astronomical Observatory Chronometer.

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Grand Seiko 4520-7000 with blue dial

Grand Seiko 4520-7000 with blue dial.

It is a very subtle blue – almost imperceptible. This watch was, it is claimed, available with white, blue, and black dial variants. I have to say though that without any contemporary documentation on it, I’m not entirely convinced the black dial version is real.

The blue is sooo close to being black, one can’t help but question why Seiko would release two colour variants that were so close together, and almost indistinguishable unless photographed very carefully.

That there are black examples in existence is not in doubt. I have a black dialed 4522-7000 (same as this watch except with a date). However, I have always been suspicious that perhaps the dial on that one had been re-done at some point.
I’ll be talking more about vintage Grand Seikos with black dials in tomorrow’s “On the block” post. It is most definitely a case of “Caveat Emptor” with these things. For the 4520 and 4522, the jury is arguably still deliberating. But for some other models, judgement had been passed, and it’s gonna get ugly 😈

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On the block – 11

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 returns to 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.

To discover how to remotely acquire watches from these channels, check out my article on Zenmarket on the “Buying from Japan” page of this site.

Over the past few weeks, there has been a bit of a tendency for me to highlight watches towards the top end of the price range of vintage Grand Seikos. I thought this week it would make sense to find some good examples of more readily available pieces on the market that are not so expensive as those featured recently, and that would make great starter pieces for anyone looking to build a collection.

As usual, I will be using photos of watches from my own collection to illustrate what is available, but do of course click through the links to check the specific details of the watches being sold.

Grand Seiko 5722-9991
Grand Seiko 5722-9991

Yahoo Auctions

The first watch I’m featuring this week is an example of one of the earlier vintage Grand Seikos – the 5722-9991.

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State of the collection – the 45GS movements

A write up of the vintage Grand Seiko watches in my collection that utilise the 45GS movements.

Since there are over 40 pieces in the collection, it makes sense to break this “state of the collection” write-up over several articles. Each post will cover a specific movement – or set of movements – from the vintage Grand Seiko releases, and include photos of the watches I have that utilise that movement.

Whilst I don’t intend these articles to provide a comprehensive and thoroughly researched scholarly history of vintage Grand Seikos, I will share some knowledge on the pieces that I have picked up over the course of the last year. If I get anything wrong, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Grand Seiko 4520-7000
Grand Seiko 4520-7000

The 45GS series started production in 1968, continuing through until the early 1970’s. Like the earlier and short-lived 44GS series, they were produced by the Daini factory.

Whilst utilising only three different movements – the dateless 4520A; the 4522A with a date complication; and the incredibly rare 4580 Very Fine Adjusted, there were a good variety of case and dial designs created over this period.

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On the block – 7

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

The vintage Grand Seiko market

Each week, I am highlighting one Yahoo auction; one Rakuten listing; and one watch at a Japanese dealer, that I would be happy to add to my own collection, were it not for the fact that it would be a duplication, or a near duplication of a piece I already have.

The Yahoo and Rakuten pieces will be linked through Zenmarket – see my post on them here for details as to why I use this service. Watches available with dealers will be linked to directly, and again – refer to my ZenMarket post linked above to see how to purchase those. Images used will be from my own collection to give an indication as to the watches being highlighted, but of course click through the links to see images of the actual watch being offered.

Each week I try to mix things up a little with regards to the watches that I highlight to ensure there is not too much repetition compared to the previous week. Since there are only seven series of vintage Grand Seikos (3180, 57GS, 62GS, 44GS, 61GS, 45GS and 56GS), this does limit somewhat the pieces that I can select from for the post.

Additionally, you will have noticed – or will start to notice – that the same sellers (be it on Yahoo, Rakuten, or their own websites) crop up with some regularity. This is simply down to two reasons – firstly, because I am limiting myself to recommending “decent” pieces, and these dealers specialise in the mid-upper end of the market; and secondly, because these dealers are the ones who turn over the most watches and hence have the most variety available.

Yahoo Japan Auctions

This week’s pick from Yahoo auctions is an absolute beauty.

Grand Seiko 5646-7010 - blue dial
Grand Seiko 5646-7010 – blue dial

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On the block – 5

Fifth in a weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

The vintage Grand Seiko market

This column took a break last week due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. Things are still a little quiet out there at the moment, and this week I’ll just be highlighting a pair of watches – one from Yahoo auctions, and one from a dealer’s website. Basically, there is nothing new and noteworthy on Rakuten this week.

To make up for the lack of a Rakuten recommendation, I will do a quick wrap-up of the watches I featured in the first four “On the block” posts. It is quite interesting – so do read through to the end!

The Yahoo piece will be linked through Zenmarket – see my post on them here for details as to why I use this service. Watches available with dealers will be linked to directly, and again – refer to my ZenMarket post linked above to see how to purchase those. Images used will be from my own collection to give an indication as to the watches being highlighted, but of course click through the links to see images of the actual watch being offered.

Japanese dealer

This week’s featured watch from a Japanese dealer is what must be the best looking 6186 VFA that I’ve seen in a while.

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