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? 😉
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.
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!
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.
Grand Seiko 6185-8010 VFA from 1968 utilising the 6185A movement. A fascinating model with a simply gorgeous case made from a silver/palladium alloy. Fairly rare – this is actually the only one I have seen available on the market in 2016.
There are times when three is most definitely not a crowd. Completing the vintage Grand Seiko 61GS VFA movement collection – 6185A, 6185B, and 6186B. Just a cellphone snap for now. Proper shots to come in the following days.