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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Grand Seiko 6146-8000

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…

TBC

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Grand Sieko two 6146-8050’s and a 6146-8000

Today’s group shot for #GSWednesday features three watches utilizing the 6146A caliber. This differs from the 6145 featured in the previous post by adding an indication for the day of the week.

Not such a dramatic variation in these three compared to the 6145s yesterday, but still an interesting set.

The left and center watches both have the model number 6146-8050, despite the different dial colours, and the fact the one on the left also has a faceted crystal. Both were manufactured in May 1972.

On the right is the 6146-8000 in cap gold (and I believe not with its original hands unfortunately) from May 1969.
So #watchfam, which one is your favourite – 👈,👇, or 👉?

TBC

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Grand Seiko 6146-8050

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 😋

TBC

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Grand Seiko 6146-8050

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

TBC

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