One more from the Grand Seiko VFA 6185-8021-G for #GSWednesday
A wider crop, and this time from a focus stack of 15 images. The Grand Seiko VFA 6185-8021-G.
So I’ve got a little theory about this one. Hear me out… Those hour markers. Remind you of anything?
1968 saw the release of Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of Arthur C Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The film was loosely inspired by Clarke’s short story from 1951 titled “The Sentinel”, and Clarke wrote the accompanying novel to the film concurrently during its production.
Central to the film is the “Monolith”, or more accurately, monoliths. Black, flat, non-reflective rectangular solids with dimensions in the ratio of 1:4:9. The monoliths were understood to be long lived and ultra-reliable machines.
2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968. This particular design of Grand Seiko VFA first came out in 1969.
A coincidence? I think perhaps not!
So in the spirit of naming watches as exemplified by @phillipswatches, I present to you – the #Kubrick.
There are a few versions of the Grand Seiko VFA 6085. This particular one has the most amazing 3-dimensional indexes. Just look at that!
This is a single image at a relatively high magnification so the depth of field is crazy shallow. I’ll post a focus-stacked version later.
Profile shot of the Grand Seiko VFA 6185-8021-G. I swear if the edges of this case were any sharper you could give yourself a shave with this watch!
Grand Seiko 6185-8021-G VFA (“Very Fine Adjusted”) When new, the Grand Seiko VFA’s were regulated to -2 to +2 seconds per day, with a guaranteed +/- 1 minute per month accuracy for the first two years of ownership.
6185’s like this one, and its sibling the 6186 (which additionally indicates the day of the week) are very hard to come by in good condition. For some reason, a significant proportion of the surviving pieces have problems with corrosion around the edge of the dial. Of the ones I’ve seen on the open market so far this year, 90%+ have serious issues. In fact, right now on Rakuten you can take your pick of no less than seven 6185/6’s – every single one of which are seriously flawed.
So naturally I was delighted to have been able to pick this one up, and the case is just to die for. More later in the week.