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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On the block – 14

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 continues 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.

Japanese Dealer

They don’t come any better than this…

Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA
Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

This week’s featured vintage Grand Seiko from a Japanese dealer’s website should need no introduction to regular followers – it’s only the second example to surface in the last eighteen months of what I believe to be the absolute pinnacle of any vintage Grand Seiko collection. The 4580-7010 VFA.

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Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

The VFA stands for “Very Fine Adjusted”, which means the watch was regulated to +/-2 seconds per day, with a guaranteed accuracy of +/-1 minute a month for the first two years of ownership.
This watch is, in my opinion, quite simply the greatest Grand Seiko ever made.

It’s the perfect watch.

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Full Frame – Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA movement

Every Monday, I’ll be posting a new full resolution image that you can zoom into and pan around for yourself.

Featuring in this week’s “Full Frame” is the movement of the Grand Seiko 4580-7010. A slightly smaller – yet no less impressive – image than usual, since when tilting and swinging the focal plane to the extent that it is in this shot, I can’t get as much magnification.

Before getting onto the photograph itself, this is probably a good opportunity to clear up some confusion that is out there as to the number of 4580 movements that were created, and where they ended up.

Following the end of the Neuchatel Observatory Chronometer trials, Seiko submitted for certification a number of 4520 and 4580 movements in the years 1968 through to 1970.

In 1968, 103 examples of the 4520 caliber were submitted, of which 73 passed certification.

In 1969, 30 examples of the 4580 caliber were submitted, of which 25 passed certification.

In 1970, a further 150 examples of the 4580 caliber were submitted, of which 128 passed certification.

That much is widely written up and accepted. Where the confusion lies is how these movements were cased up and sold.

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Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA movement

Another angle on the movement of the vintage Grand Seiko 4580-7010 “Very fine adjusted”. The objective that Seiko set themselves when starting Grand Seiko was a simple one – to create the ideal watch. To my mind, no other watch in the vintage Grand Seiko range can compete with this one. It truly is the greatest time only wristwatch of its generation.
Hailing from June 1970, with a movement certified by the Neuchatel Astronomical Observatory, this watch would have come to the market just as the quartz revolution was starting to change the watch industry forever.
With the modern resurgence and appreciation for both mechanical watches in general, and Grand Seiko in particular, wouldn’t it be wonderful to see Seiko introduce a VFA selection into the modern Grand Seiko range? Let’s see that +/-2 seconds per day rating and one minute per month accuracy guarantee for two years once again @seikowatchjapan!

#Seiko #GrandSeiko #グランドセイコー #セイコー #VFA #45GS #4580

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Grand Seiko 4580 VFA movement

Something very special for this week’s Grand Seiko Wednesday. I finally got the correct tools to be able to safely remove the case back of my 4580-7010 VFA, and I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait.
Just look at that. Absolutely no debate that this watch resides at the pinnacle of the entire vintage Grand Seiko collection.

There is a lot of confusion “out there” regarding the use of the 4520 and 4580 movements in the Seiko Astronomical Observatory Chronometer and the 4580 VFA’s. Next week I will do a proper write-up that should clear up any questions. For now, just sit back and admire this incredible movement.
#GSWednesday

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The Grand Seiko VFA holy trinity

Grand Seiko VFA’s – top left, the 6185-8021-G; top right, the 6186-8000-G; below, the 4580-7010.

This one took hours to set-up – it’s a single shot from a 5 image focus stack, not a composite put together in Photoshop. Hope you like it, because it’s probably my favourite watch shot to date 😛

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