Grand Seiko 5641-7000
Grand Seiko 5641-7000
I’ve been after one of these for a while – the Grand Seiko 5645-8000 with a grey linen-textured dial. The 5645-8000 has a fabulous lug-less case that is just to die for!
Swipe to see a close-up of the dial.
Ok, time for that close-up of the dial of the Grand Seiko 5646-7030 that I promised you.
Just a wonderful texture that, as @etio_nono suggested in a comment on my previous post, may well be a source of inspiration for some of the modern Grand Seiko dials.
This particular watch dates back to July 1974, and is actually the latest manufactured vintage Grand Seiko currently residing in my collection.
For this week’s #GSWednesday, another photo of a recent addition to the collection – the 5646-7030.
I managed to acquire this one with its original bracelet, but sadly with a missing link or two, so it can’t fit on my wrist. No worries, I thought, I’ll just remove the bracelet and I can wear it on one of my quick-release spring bar straps. Went to put on a strap, and was very surprised to find that it wouldn’t fit.
Nearly all vintage Grand Seikos have 18mm lugs. But this one is just 17mm, so at the moment, I can’t wear it! Back into the box it goes then.
I’ll post a close up of the textured dial later in the day. This is a fabulous watch that is seriously undervalued in my opinion. Picked this one up for a song, and they are not too hard to find.
A write up of the vintage Grand Seiko watches in my collection that utilise the 56GS 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!
The 56 series of vintage Grand Seiko is second only to the 61GS with regards to the diversity of the watches produced. Whilst utilising only three different movements (there are no “special” or “VFA” examples in this series), there are over 40 variations with differing cases or dials.
A few people have asked for a shot of the entire vintage Grand Seiko collection, so here it is!
Grand Seiko 5646-7030. Fabulous textured dial on this one, with the original bracelet.
So I’m planning a monumental “state of the collection” post for the end of the year, and checking through my archives realised there was one final watch in the collection that I’d somehow missed shooting on its own, so here it is. From 1972, and with the cover of a Seiko in-house sales brochure also from 1972 as the backdrop, here is the Grand Seiko 5646-5010. One of only two vintage Grand Seikos with Roman numerals (the other being its brother, the 5645-5010, that I posted last week).
From 1972, the Grand Seiko 5645-5010. One of only two vintage Grand Seikos with Roman numerals.
The 5645-5010 and 5646-5010 are the only vintage Grand Seikos with Roman numerals. They not too hard to track down, and can usually be picked up for very reasonable prices.