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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On the block – 5

Fifth in a weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

The vintage Grand Seiko market

This column took a break last week due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. Things are still a little quiet out there at the moment, and this week I’ll just be highlighting a pair of watches – one from Yahoo auctions, and one from a dealer’s website. Basically, there is nothing new and noteworthy on Rakuten this week.

To make up for the lack of a Rakuten recommendation, I will do a quick wrap-up of the watches I featured in the first four “On the block” posts. It is quite interesting – so do read through to the end!

The Yahoo piece will be linked through Zenmarket – see my post on them here for details as to why I use this service. Watches available with dealers will be linked to directly, and again – refer to my ZenMarket post linked above to see how to purchase those. Images used will be from my own collection to give an indication as to the watches being highlighted, but of course click through the links to see images of the actual watch being offered.

Japanese dealer

This week’s featured watch from a Japanese dealer is what must be the best looking 6186 VFA that I’ve seen in a while.

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State of the collection – the 62GS movements

A write up of the vintage Grand Seiko watches in my collection that utilise the movements from the 62GS series

Between now and the end of the year I will be posting articles on my collection of vintage Grand Seikos.

Since there are over 40 pieces in the collection, it makes sense to break this 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 6245-9000
Grand Seiko 6245-9000

Traditionally following the 57GS series would be the 44GS, but since all my 44’s are from 1967, and I have two 62’s from 1966, it’s the 62GS that is up next.

Starting its life as a “regular” Seiko, the 6245 movement was first introduced in the Seikomatic Chronometer. In the second half of 1966, Seiko had to drop the use of the term Chronometer due to objections from the Swiss COSC, and thus the first automatic Grand Seiko was born.

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On the block – 4

Fourth in a weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

The vintage Grand Seiko market

Each week, I am highlighting one Yahoo auction; one Rakuten listing; and one watch at a Japanese dealer, that I would be happy to add to my own collection, were it not for the fact that it would be a duplication, or a near duplication of a piece I already have.

The Yahoo and Rakuten pieces will be linked through Zenmarket – see my post on them here for details as to why I use this service. Watches available with dealers will be linked to directly, and again – refer to my ZenMarket post linked above to see how to purchase those. Images used will be from my own collection to give an indication as to the watches being highlighted, but of course click through the links to see images of the actual watch being offered.

Each week I try to mix things up a little with regards to the watches that I highlight to ensure there is not too much repetition compared to the previous week. Since there are only seven series of vintage Grand Seikos (3180, 57GS, 62GS, 44GS, 61GS, 45GS and 56GS), this does limit somewhat the pieces that I can select from for the post.

Additionally, you will have noticed – or will start to notice – that the same sellers (be it on Yahoo, Rakuten, or their own websites) crop up with some regularity. This is simply down to two reasons – firstly, because I am limiting myself to recommending “decent” pieces, and these dealers specialise in the mid-upper end of the market; and secondly, because these dealers are the ones who turn over the most watches and hence have the most variety available.

Caveat emptor – whilst I personally would be happy to have any of the pieces I link to in my collection, you do need to be aware that there are always risks when you purchase a watch remotely. My recommendation of a watch can in no way be taken as any guarantee as to its condition or authenticity, nor as to the credibility of the individual or company selling it. If I have dealt with the seller or company before however, I will mention this.

Yahoo Japan Auctions

This week’s pick from Yahoo is a relatively common watch – the 6145-8000, but I have chosen it because it appears to be in very good conditon.

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Grand Seiko 6245-9000

Grand Seiko 6245-9000 in Cap Gold. This is one of my favourites from the collection. The crown is not original, but no problem there as a genuine one is on its way.
I’ve been tempted many times to pick up the SS reissue of the 62GS (model number SBGR095), but just can’t bring myself to spend vintage GS money on a new watch 😜

Christmas is coming up though. If anyone fancies treating me to the yellow gold reissue (SBGR092), it’s only around $16K 😂🎅

TBC

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Grand Seiko 6245-9000

I just can’t get enough of these 62GS’s. A recent addition to the collection was a Cap Gold version of the 6245-9000. Here it is alongside its stainless steel sibling. Both watches are from 1966. Amazing to realize that they are 50 years old.
Incredibly, Seiko didn’t simply cap the existing stainless steel case of the 6245 to create the Cap Gold version. Nope. Look closely and you’ll see that it is in fact an entirely new case design.
It’s these little details that I think make collecting vintage Grand Seikos so rewarding. And it would seem that I’m not the only one, because recently prices have been rising considerably, with some models increasing by more than 50% since the beginning of the year. 😳

TBC

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