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? 😉
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.
The first watch I’m featuring this week is an example of one of the earlier vintage Grand Seikos – the 5722-9991.
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!
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.
Here’s a shot featuring the three generations of Grand Seiko 57’s. On top, the 43999. This watch is the SD dial version, and the serial number dates it to August 1963, which is believed to be the first month of production for this model. As mentioned previously, personally I like to consider this model in its own 43 series rather than bundling it in with the others!
Underneath on the left, a 5722-9990 from 1965, and on the right, a 5722-9991 from 1967.
This is by no means representative of all variants of the vintage 57GS series, but it does cover the full range of calibres that were used. The 430 in the 43999, the 5722A in the 5722-9990, and finally the 5722B in the 5722-9991.
Still with the 57GS series, with the introduction of the 5722B movement in the 5722-9991, the medallion was changed again. No more lion, with just the Seiko text and the #GrandSeiko logo below it. This medallion continued to be used with the 44GS series, and on the 6245- and 6246-9001’s. #GSWednesday