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? 😉
A weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market
This week’s “On the block” features two watches up for auction on Yahoo Japan, and one – very special – watch that is available with a Japanese dealer.
A guide detailing how to purchase these watches from outside Japan can be found here.
Before we get onto this week’s featured watches, just a quick reminder that I do have a few watches from my own collection that I am looking to sell, which you can find details of in the For Sale section of this site.
First up, on Yahoo Japan, is an auction that is attracting a lot of interest, and understandably so.
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!
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.
Ok. Next up in the cataloging of my vintage #GrandSeiko collection is one of my favourites. The 6246-9001. There really does seem to be a step-change in the quality of the 62GS finishing compared to all the ones that came before it. #Seiko
Another gorgeous addition to the collection. The Grand #Seiko 6246-9001 from 1967. Bonus points for anyone who can tell me the lens that it’s sitting on, and double bonus points for anyone who can tell me what’s been done to the lens! #GrandSeiko #vintage #watch
I’ll come back to the vintage 57GS later. For now, here’s a set from another vintage #GrandSeiko that was added to the collection a few weeks back. With its recessed crown at 4 o’clock, the #62GS series was the first automatic Grand #Seiko. The crown is used to set the time, day, and date – this watch only winds the mainspring automatically.