On the block – 25

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

 

When I first started writing these weekly posts, the intention was to feature one watch from each of the three main Japanese channels for acquiring vintage Grand Seikos – Yahoo Japan auctions, Rakuten, and individual dealer websites.

In recent weeks it’s been very challenging to keep to this format, as sometimes there simply aren’t significantly interesting pieces from each channel.

This week however, I’m actually spoilt for choice on all three!

For those who don’t regularly read these articles, if you want to understand how to go about acquiring a watch from Japan, when the vast majority of sellers will not ship overseas, do read my article on ZenMarket which provides all the details.

As usual, photos in this article are of pieces from my own collection, so without further ado, onto the watches. Starting with a really special one.

Japanese dealer 1

Grand Seiko 6185-8010 VFA
Grand Seiko 6185-8010 VFA

These come up very rarely indeed. In fact, the listing that I am going to link to from a dealer’s website is only the second time I have seen this particular model on offer for sale in the last two years. The last time one came up? I bought it.

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On the block – 19

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

Grand Seiko 6185, 6186 and 4580 VFA's
Grand Seiko 6185, 6186 and 4580 VFA’s

For this week’s On the Block, I thought it would be interesting to do a round-up of the Grand Seiko VFA’s that are currently available on the market in Japan. The reason for focusing on the VFA’s is that I can’t recall a week where there has been such variety for sale.

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Grand Seiko 6185-8010 VFA

The Grand Seiko 6185-8010 VFA, with the 6185A movement, would appear to be significantly rarer than the later, 6185B movement based, 6185-8020.
Manufactured in 1968, it is of particular interest due to its blue dial and palladium/silver alloy hammer-toned case.
Watches utilising this movement are so rare, that the only other similar watch I have seen for sale since I acquired my example was a 6185-8000 that differs primarily by not having the hammered case, and coming on a rather fetching matching bracelet. That bracelet commands a significant premium though – the 6185-8000 sold in auction earlier this year for over 2.5 million Yen.
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On the block – 12

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. But with a catch…

In a departure from the usual posts, this week the item highlighted from Yahoo Japan Auctions will be one that I recommend you do not buy.

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.

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 43999 black dial
Grand Seiko 43999 black dial from my collection

Yahoo Auctions

After a fairly extended lull in interesting pieces coming to Yahoo Auctions so far this year, this week things have really picked up. There are some great watches across much of the vintage Grand Seiko range to be found, but also a small handful that should be avoided. And for a change, I thought it would be interesting to focus on a watch that you shouldn’t be considering.

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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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State of the collection – the 61GS movements (part 2)

Part 2 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 6155-8000 "Special"
Grand Seiko 6155-8000 “Special”

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

With seven different movements, there are as many calibers being utilised within this single series as in all earlier series combined. Not only that, but numbering over 40, there are more individual 61GS watch designs than existed across those earlier series (the Grand Seiko First, 57GS, 44GS and 62GS).

Given the extent and diversity of the 61GS series, it is not feasible to discuss all the examples from my own collection in a single post, and as such, I have split the write-up of the 61GS over two separate articles.

A link to the first article – covering the watches in my collection that utilize the 6145A and 6146A movements – can be found here.

In this article, I will be covering the watches in my collection that utilize the remaining 5 movements from the 61GS series – the 6155A, 6156A, 6185A, 6185B and 6186B.

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