Grand Seiko 6145-8020

I’m currently on vacation so thought I’d dig into the archives to find something to post for #GSWednesday, and what did I find from almost exactly a year ago?

The incredible Grand Seiko 6145-8020. You don’t see these come up for sale very often, and certainly not in unworn NOS condition like this one.

This one is well overdue for a reshoot with the new lights, so I’ll do something new for next week 🙂

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On the block – 14

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.

Japanese Dealer

They don’t come any better than this…

Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA
Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

This week’s featured vintage Grand Seiko from a Japanese dealer’s website should need no introduction to regular followers – it’s only the second example to surface in the last eighteen months of what I believe to be the absolute pinnacle of any vintage Grand Seiko collection. The 4580-7010 VFA.

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Grand Seiko 6145/6-8000

On the left, the Grand Seiko 6145-8000, and on the right, the 6146-8000. Both early variants distinguished​ by the “Grand Seiko” text printed on the dials. Except for the VFA’s, these were the last Grand Seikos to actually mention the brand in full on the dial until the quartz models launched in 1988. All subsequent 61GS, 45GS, and 56GS only featured the “GS” logo on the dial.

The 6146 is from the very first month of production, October 1967. The 6145 from January 1968.

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On the block – 9

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

Each Friday, I write up three vintage Grand Seikos currently available in Japan that followers of this blog may be interested in acquiring.

As was the case last week, I am again concentrating on watches available on Yahoo Japan auctions since there is nothing really new this week on either Rakuten or the dealers individual websites. Well, there was one very interesting piece on a dealer’s website, but it sold within minutes of being listed – much to my annoyance as I wanted it for myself!

Three watches available this week on Yahoo Japan auctions
The three watches available this week on Yahoo Japan auctions (kinda…)

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On the block – 8

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

The vintage Grand Seiko market

Each Friday, I write up three vintage Grand Seikos currently available in Japan that followers of this blog may be interested in acquiring.

There are three main online channels for purchasing these watches from Japan – Yahoo Japan auctions, Rakuten, and individual dealer websites. Usually, I pick one watch from each of those channels to highlight, but this week I struggled a bit looking for a new interesting piece on Rakuten, and there’s not much new out there with the dealers either.

So for a change, I thought I’d concentrate on Yahoo Japan auctions, and was looking around to see what was available and whether I could give this week’s post a bit of a theme. And I found three watches that certainly have some similarities!

Grand Seiko 6145-8030
Why is this the only photograph in this post? Read on to find out…

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On the block – 6

Sixth in a weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

The vintage Grand Seiko market

Each week, I am highlighting one Yahoo auction; one Rakuten listing; and one watch at a Japanese dealer, that I would be happy to add to my own collection, were it not for the fact that it would be a duplication, or a near duplication of a piece I already have.

The Yahoo and Rakuten pieces 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.

Each week I try to mix things up a little with regards to the watches that I highlight to ensure there is not too much repetition compared to the previous week. Since there are only seven series of vintage Grand Seikos (3180, 57GS, 62GS, 44GS, 61GS, 45GS and 56GS), this does limit somewhat the pieces that I can select from for the post.

Additionally, you will have noticed – or will start to notice – that the same sellers (be it on Yahoo, Rakuten, or their own websites) crop up with some regularity. This is simply down to two reasons – firstly, because I am limiting myself to recommending “decent” pieces, and these dealers specialise in the mid-upper end of the market; and secondly, because these dealers are the ones who turn over the most watches and hence have the most variety available.

Yahoo Japan Auctions

This week’s pick from Yahoo Japan auctions is a piece featured in my latest “State of the collection” post on the 61GS series.

Grand Seiko 6145-8000 with "cross dial"
Grand Seiko 6145-8000 with “cross dial”

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State of the collection – the 61GS movements (part 1)

Part 1 of a write up of the vintage Grand Seiko watches in my collection that utilise the 61GS 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!

Grand Seiko 6145-8030
Grand Seiko 6145-8030

The 61GS series started production in 1967, running all the way through until 1974.

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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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