On the block – 24

A weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

Something different for this week’s “On the block”, as for a change I will be taking a look at completed auctions from Yahoo Japan, rather than those about to close.

The market for Grand Seiko “Firsts” post-Baselworld 2017

In particular, I have decided to focus on auctions for the first Grand Seiko – the “3180” – that have taken place since Baselworld 2017, when Grand Seiko announced the limited edition “re-creation” pieces that are based on the original Grand Seiko Chronometer, the SBGW251, SBGW252, and SBGW253.

The buzz around the announcement of these pieces, along with the more strategic corporate approach going forward where Grand Seiko will be treated as a totally independent brand from Seiko, created a lot of interest in the original vintage watches, and had a dramatic effect on the market.

I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that the prices that good (and – as we shall see later – some bad) 3180’s have been selling for has more or less doubled since immediately prior to Baselworld in March 2017. This has had both positive and negative affects on the market.

On the positive side, the increased demand for the Grand Seiko “First” – whilst resulting in an increase in the prices that they are selling for – has also tempted more people to put their watches on the market.

Disconcertingly though, the increased demand has also resulted in what can only be described as “doctored” or “franken” watches surfacing.

Never before has the term “caveat emptor” been more applicable to hunting down these pieces – particularly if you are after the early, rarer and highly coveted, carved or printed logo dial variants.

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On the block – 23

A weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

“On the block” this week features a couple of watches currently available on Yahoo Japan auctions, starting off with an example of this…

Grand Seiko Chronometer carved dial
Grand Seiko Chronometer carved dial

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Grand Seiko 4520-8000

Grand Seiko 4520-8000

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With a little over 50 watches now in the vintage Grand Seiko collection, a handful have somehow slipped through the net and not been shot for months! In fact, I don’t think I’ve photographed this 4520-8000 in almost a year.
A fabulous model from March 1971, I’m fortunate enough to have an example in pretty much NOS condition, and as a full set with box and papers.
Have a great weekend everyone!
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Grand Seiko 6156-8020

Grand Seiko 6156-8020

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I’ve mentioned previously that I believe the 6155 and 6156 movement “Specials” are amongst the current best buys in the vintage Grand Seiko range. At the time when they were new, only the VFA’s were regulated more accurately. The “Specials” being regulated to +/- 3 seconds per day.
Interestingly enough, whilst there is just a single model of the date-only 6155, there are no fewer than 8 different models using the day-date 6156 calibre, one of which is the rarely seen 6156-8020 version pictured here, which is the only “Special” to be cased in Cap Gold.
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Grand Seiko 6245-9000

Grand Seiko 6245-9000 with cap gold case

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A little over a week ago I posted the 6245-9000 in stainless steel, and here today is its Cap Gold variant, which somewhat confusingly has the same model number.
As with the steel version, this is also manufactured in 1966 (December), and so has the lion emblem case back medallion. For the watches produced in 1967, this was changed to the GS medallion.
Just a quick follow-up to the two auction pieces that I linked to for “On the block”. Congratulations to @vintagewatchvibes for securing the 6246-9001. And as for the 4420-9990? That went for a whopping 426,000 Yen.

If you were the under-bidder on that auction, you might be interested to know that there is another one available for buyout at 390,000 Yen plus 8% sales tax (so 421,200 Yen in total). It has the original buckle too, but I think you will need to budget to replace the crown as I’m not convinced it’s the right one.
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On the block – 22

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.

Grand Seiko 4420-9990
Grand Seiko 4420-9990

First up, on Yahoo Japan, is an auction that is attracting a lot of interest, and understandably so.

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