On the block – 28

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

For this week’s “On the block”, where I highlight three interesting vintage Grand Seiko’s on the market in Japan, I’ve selected two watch from Yahoo Japan auctions – both of which you may be able to obtain for a bargain basement price, given that they have some mechanical issues; and one from an established dealer.

For those of you not familiar with how to purchase from Japan (very nearly all sellers there will not ship overseas), do check out my detailed article on ZenMarket.

Yahoo Japan auctions

We start this week with one of the very last vintage Grand Seikos released – the 5646-7040.

Grand Seiko 5646-7040
Grand Seiko 5646-7040

The 5646-7040 is one of the rarest of the late vintage Grand Seikos – perhaps just a couple turn up on Yahoo Japan auctions per year.

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Vintage Grand Seiko collection

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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Grand Seiko 5646-7010

Grand Seiko 5646-7010 with blue dial and faceted crystal.
Here’s another piece from the vintage Grand Seiko collection that I’ve not shot in over a year. This is one of the NOS “full set” pieces I have that is complete with its original box, strap, buckle and all paperwork.
The one question mark re this piece however is the crystal. The seller claimed that this was a Wako limited edition, and hence the faceted crystal. Not entirely sure whether that claim is based on fact, and hard to verify given this is from 1973, but it would be nice if it were!
I needed a shot of this in portrait orientation for a little project I have been working on that will be revealed for Grand Seiko Wednesday tomorrow. See you then… #Seiko #GrandSeiko #グランドセイコー #セイコー #vintage #vintagewatch #seikofam #watchfam #watch #watchphotography

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On the block – 27

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

For this week’s “On the block”, where I highlight three interesting vintage Grand Seiko’s on the market in Japan, I’ve selected one watch from Yahoo Japan auctions, one from Rakuten, and one from an established dealer

For those of you not familiar with how to purchase from Japan (very nearly all sellers there will not ship overseas), do check out my detailed article on ZenMarket that I posted back in November 2016.

As always, I will illustrate this post with images of watches from my own collection. Click through the links provided to see the details of the watches actually available for sale.

Rakuten

Starting off this week with a watch that is listed on Rakuten – an early “Grand Seiko” dialed 6146-8000.

6146-8000 Grand Seiko dial
6146-8000 Grand Seiko dial

For the first few months of their production, the 6145- and 6146-8000 had different branding on the dial to all subsequent 61GS series watches, in that underneath the “GS” Grand Seiko logo was the text “Grand Seiko”. There are four different models with this dial, with both the 6145- and 6146-8000 being available in steel and cap gold cases. Also of interest on the dial is the fact that the Suwa factory logo underneath the text is of a different design to that found on the later watches. Continue reading “On the block – 27”

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 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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Grand Seiko 5656-7040

Grand Seiko 5656-7040.
One of the very last of the vintage Grand Seikos, this watch is from June 1973. It is unique in being the only vintage Grand Seiko with Arabic numerals on the dial. Also with a fabulous “starlight” textured dial, and a hammered case, these come up for sale rarely.
Haven’t shot this for a long while – partly because the crystal was all scratched up. But some Polywatch arrived today, and with the addition of a bit of elbow grease, it’s as good as new!
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Grand Seiko 5646-7020

Grand Seiko 5646-7020 from August 1972.
Spotted three of these for sale on Yahoo Japan in the last couple of weeks which made me realise it has been a while since I photographed my example.

Love everything about this watch, from the gorgeous graduated green dial, to the amazing case, and the totally wacky 9-faceted crystal with the deepest cuts to be found on any vintage Grand Seiko.
Sadly the recently available pieces were not even close to being in this condition, but despite that the most recent one – that closed just two days ago – sold for ¥120,000.

Glad I picked this one up when I did – I’ve yet to see a better one.

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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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