On the block – 28

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

For this week’s “On the block”, where I highlight three interesting vintage Grand Seiko’s on the market in Japan, I’ve selected two watch from Yahoo Japan auctions – both of which you may be able to obtain for a bargain basement price, given that they have some mechanical issues; and one from an established dealer.

For those of you not familiar with how to purchase from Japan (very nearly all sellers there will not ship overseas), do check out my detailed article on ZenMarket.

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We start this week with one of the very last vintage Grand Seikos released – the 5646-7040.

Grand Seiko 5646-7040
Grand Seiko 5646-7040

The 5646-7040 is one of the rarest of the late vintage Grand Seikos – perhaps just a couple turn up on Yahoo Japan auctions per year.

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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 6156-8020

Grand Seiko 6156-8020

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I’ve mentioned previously that I believe the 6155 and 6156 movement “Specials” are amongst the current best buys in the vintage Grand Seiko range. At the time when they were new, only the VFA’s were regulated more accurately. The “Specials” being regulated to +/- 3 seconds per day.
Interestingly enough, whilst there is just a single model of the date-only 6155, there are no fewer than 8 different models using the day-date 6156 calibre, one of which is the rarely seen 6156-8020 version pictured here, which is the only “Special” to be cased in Cap Gold.
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On the block – 17

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.

I aim to publish a new post in this category each Friday, highlighting a vintage Grand Seiko of interest from each of the three main channels for acquiring these pieces from Japan – Yahoo auctions, Rakuten, and individual dealers’ websites.

Grand Seiko "First" - 3180
Grand Seiko “First” – 3180

Demand for the first vintage Grand Seiko has clearly increased substantially since the Baselworld 2017 release of the re-creations of the original watch as limited editions in platinum, gold, and steel.

Prior to Baselworld, prices for the “3180’s” had been steadily increasing, with good examples of the applied logo dials selling for up to 200,000 Yen.

Since Baselworld though, prices have sky-rocketed. And I don’t think it’s hard to understand why.

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Grand Seiko 6156-8040

Grand Seiko 6156-8040.
Regular followers will know that I am a huge fan of the 61GS “Specials”. These watches were regulated to +/-3 seconds per day – only the VFA’s were more accurate.
One Special in particular has been eluding me since I started collecting vintage Grand Seikos – the 6156-8040. With it’s fantastic lug-less case, and spectacular textured dial (more on that in a later post for #macromonday), this to me is by far the most special Special. I was delighted to be able to pick one of these up a couple of weeks ago after more than a year of looking for one.
With a manufacturing date of August 1974, this is the youngest vintage Grand Seiko in my collection.

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Grand Seiko 6156-8010

Grand Seiko 6156-8010 “Special”

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Grand Seiko 6156-8010 “Special”

From 1970, the 6155 (date) and 6156 (day-date) “Specials” were regulated to +/- 3 seconds per day, whereas the “Grand Seiko standard” was -3/+5 seconds per day. Only the VFA’s were more accurate at timekeeping than the Specials.

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On the block – 11

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.

Grand Seiko 5722-9991
Grand Seiko 5722-9991

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The first watch I’m featuring this week is an example of one of the earlier vintage Grand Seikos – the 5722-9991.

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