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 6146-8000

Grand Seiko 6146-8000 in cap gold with early Grand Seiko dial.
The earliest 61GS series watches – this one is from December 1967 – had dials that were laid out in the same way as the late 57GS’s, 44GS’s and 62GS’s. That is, with Seiko up top, and the GS logo and Grand Seiko text down bottom.
Then, just a few months later, the dial layout was changed – the Grand Seiko text was removed, and replaced with the movement description (“Hi Beat 36000”), and “Automatic” added under “SEIKO”. Apart from the VFA’s, these early 61GS models were the last vintage Grand Seikos to actually include the full branding anywhere on the dial or case.
For more background to the dial layout changes that happened during the lifespan of the vintage models, check out my website (link in bio) and click on the “General articles” menu option.
It is extremely rare to come across a cap gold 61GS with the Grand Seiko dial. As such, I snapped this one up despite the fact it wasn’t in top condition – although to be fair, it was an absolute bargain because most people were put off by the apparent state of it.
Ideally needs a new crystal, and a bit of TLC to remove the remainder of the tarnishing on the case (I’ve got rid of the worst of the tarnishing – you should have seen the state of it when it first arrived!). Very happy to have been able to secure one of these for the collection.

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Grand Seiko 6146-8010

Grand Seiko 6146-8010.
The 6146-8010 doesn’t turn up very often. It can be easily distinguished by the graphic on the dial around and under the GS logo, often referred to as ‘Arabesque’. Though thought to be a precursor to the 615x “Special” watches, whose movements were regulated to +/-3 seconds per day, this particular example is from February 1971 – fully six months after my earliest Special.
Any contemporary documentation on this watch would be most appreciated!

This one is unique amongst all that I have seen in that it has an factory original custom engraved caseback. As per the engraved dedication, the watch was produced for the 60th anniversary of the Idemitsu company. No other engraving appears on the outside caseback around the gold GS medallion. The model number and serial number both appear on the inside of the caseback.

A most intriguing watch!

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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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