Grand Seiko 5646-8000 – grey dial

Another recent addition to the vintage Grand Seiko collection is this grey dialed 5646-8000 from April 1972. Makes a nice pairing with its similarly dialed date only 5645-8000 that I featured on this feed back in February.
As you can see, this one is complete with its original bracelet, sadly too small to fit on my fat wrists!
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Grand Seiko SBGX103

And here’s the image that today’s #macromonday video was created from. A reminder that every single image I post is of sufficient resolution to create one of those videos, or preferably, print large enough so that you could examine the entire image at the same resolution that you saw captured in the video.
The Grand Seiko SBGX103. It’s been my daily beater for a few months now, and has gained just a single second in that time.
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Grand Seiko 5646-7010

Grand Seiko 5646-7010

To date, by far the cheapest addition to the collection, and I had been after one of these for a while.
Patination, where the entire dial changes colour over time, is not something that is common to vintage Grand Seikos. For some reason, certain examples of the 5646-7010 seem to turn from white (the original colour of this dial) to various shades of yellow and orange. This particular example is quite a deep orange.

If you’re interested in picking one up, they do appear quite regularly on Yahoo Auctions, and can be obtained very cheaply. Well, at least they could prior to my alerting everyone to their existence with this post. 😂

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Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 with print logo dial

So this arrived just in time for this week’s #GSWednesday.

The Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 with printed logo dial.

These watches are incredibly difficult to track down. In fact they are so rare, I’m fairly certain that there has only been a single (legitimate) printed dial 3180 sold on Yahoo Japan auctions in the last two years, and that example was in a pretty sorry state.

This arrived today in a box from Japan that contained a couple of other watches, along with plenty of reading material that will be keeping Google Translate busy over the next few days! Check out my Instagram Stories for sneak peaks at those.

On opening the package, I left this watch until the very last. Being careful to first reveal the back side, and then finally turning it over to see the dial in all its glory for the first time. I spent maybe 30 minutes just staring at it in sheer wonder.

It is hard to express in words my sincere gratitude to both the dealer who sourced this watch for me, and the collector who so very kindly agreed to allow it to leave their collection. I am eternally grateful to them both.

The 4580-7010 VFA now has a rival for the crown jewel of the collection of 61 vintage Grand Seikos that I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to put together over the last couple of years.

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Photo taken at: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Grand Seiko SBGX103 movement

Something different for #macromonday as I take the caseback off my daily beater SBGX103 to share am image of the amazing 9F62A movement. The SBGX103 was released as a limited edition of 2000 pieces in 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 9F movement.
Such beautiful finishing on a quartz movement, and they hide it away!
As if the thermocompensated calibre accuracy of +/- 10 seconds per year (yes, per YEAR) wasn’t already enough, for the SBGX103 Grand Seiko went the extra mile and these watches are regulated to an incredible +/- 5 seconds per year. And – crazy wrist-mounted atomic clocks excepted – I believe that makes them the most accurate self-contained (i.e. not reliant on external time signals) watches in the world.
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