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!
The 61GS series started production in 1967, running all the way through until 1974.
And here’s a crop from the previous post, showing the detail of the Grand Seiko logo on the early-dial 6146-8000. I believe that could well be a logo that is unique to this watch, as I don’t recall seeing it on any other model.
Grand Seiko 6146-8000. Look carefully, and you’ll notice something different about the dial layout on this 6146 compared to those I’ve posted previously.
49 years old this month, this watch is an early example of the 61GS series and does not have the text “Hi-beat”, or “Hi-beat 36000” on the dial. Rather, below the Grand Seiko logo, it has the text “Grand Seiko”, and below that, the logo for the Suwa factory.
Another fascinating little detail that makes collecting these vintage Grand Seikos so rewarding! Crop coming up later to highlight another interesting feature on this dial…
Close-up crop from the previous shot of the #GrandSeiko 6146-8050 showing the multi-faceted crystal. Don’t honestly know why #Seiko did these in the early 70’s, probably just because they could! I think they’re great. 4 of the watches in my collection have these, and they are all cut differently. Am always on the lookout for more 😋
Another recent addition to the collection. Regular followers will know that the (original) idea behind the collection was to include one example of every movement from the historic Grand Seiko range. This though is actually my third example of the 6146 movement, and my second with this specific 6146-8050 model number. This piece has a green dial and 5-faceted cut crystal. Couldn’t resist picking it up! #GrandSeiko #Seiko