On the block – 21

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

A little late with this week’s “On the block”, which as per usual features three vintage Grand Seikos currently available on the market in Japan.

Once again, not a lot new or noteworthy on Rakuten this week, so I’ve picked two “entry level” auctions from Yahoo Japan, and one listing with a Japanese dealer.

Grand Seiko 6145-8000 cross dial
Grand Seiko 6145-8000 cross dial

First up is a 61GS series 6146-8000 “Cross dial”. This watch is the day-date version of my 6145-8000 shown in the above photo.

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Grand Seiko 43999

From August 1963, a very early SD-dialed Grand Seiko 43999 “Self-dater”. This was the first Grand Seiko to have both Seiko and Grand Seiko branding on the dial.
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Oh! I almost forgot to mention that the 43999 is also the only Grand Seiko in history (including both the vintage and modern eras) to have “Made in Japan” written on the dial.

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Vintage Grand Seiko dial layouts

As I write this post, there is a lot of buzz around from people anxious to see what Seiko reveal at Baselworld tomorrow (Thursday 23rd March). The top rumour this year is that there is going to be a significant change to the dial layout on Grand Seikos.

There are three dial elements that are common across the entire modern Grand Seiko range (except for certain historical re-issues, for obvious reasons) – at 12 o’clock you will find the text “SEIKO”, and at 6 o’clock there is the “GS” logo above the gothic “Grand Seiko” text.

The Grand Seiko community has been very active in discussing what might be revealed tomorrow, and some interesting Photoshop mock-ups have been shared as people try to second guess what the change (if any!) will be. Following a discussion on one of the forums, I thought it was an appropriate time to summarize how the dial layout changed during the course of vintage Grand Seiko lifespan.

I will only be focusing on the three major elements on the dial – the Seiko text, the Grand Seiko text, and the GS logo.

So without further ado, onto the history lesson…

Grand Seiko Chronometer/”First”/3180 – all models

Grand Seiko Chronometer
Grand Seiko Chronometer

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On the block – 12

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. But with a catch…

In a departure from the usual posts, this week the item highlighted from Yahoo Japan Auctions will be one that I recommend you do not buy.

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.

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 43999 black dial
Grand Seiko 43999 black dial from my collection

Yahoo Auctions

After a fairly extended lull in interesting pieces coming to Yahoo Auctions so far this year, this week things have really picked up. There are some great watches across much of the vintage Grand Seiko range to be found, but also a small handful that should be avoided. And for a change, I thought it would be interesting to focus on a watch that you shouldn’t be considering.

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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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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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State of the collection – the 57GS movements

A write up of the vintage Grand Seiko watches in my collection that utilise the movements from the 57GS series

Between now and the end of the year I will be posting articles on my collection of vintage Grand Seikos.

Since there are over 40 pieces in the collection, it makes sense to break this 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!

Macro detail of the 5722B movement
Macro detail of the 5722B movement

Following on from the first Grand Seiko, based on the 3180 movement, were a series of watches now categorised as being in the 57GS family.

Three different movements were utilised over the period that the 57GS were on sale, and the three watches that I have representing these movements were made in 1963, 1965 and 1967.

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