Some may feel it is a little early for a #GSWednesday post, but it’s gone 2am in Tokyo already, so why not get started 🙂 Featured here is almost the entirety of my vintage Grand Seiko collection. I left out the dodgy black dialed 57GS’s, and a rather scrappy 5722 cap gold, which left me with a nice round 60 to share!
After a lot of research, I believe there were 122 distinct models released in the vintage era, so I’m basically half way there now! I’ve come a long way from the original plan which was just to get a single example of each movement that was used. I doubt I’ll ever complete the full set, but as they say – “never say never” 😂
OK. So who can name every single model pictured here? 😉
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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.
Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA “Very Fine Adjusted”
The movement that, when the watch was sold new in the summer of 1970, was regulated to +/-2 seconds per day accuracy. Seiko guaranteed 1 minute per month accuracy for the first two years of ownership.
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.
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.
Continue reading “Full Frame – 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!
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One of the interesting things about the 4580 movement is that on first glance it doesn’t actually appear to have the movement number marked on it.
But then, if you look really, really carefully…
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.
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 😛