On the block – 26

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

For this week’s “On the block”, where I highlight three interesting vintage Grand Seiko’s on the market in Japan, I’ve selected all three watches from Yahoo Japan auctions.

For those of you not familiar with how to purchase from Yahoo Japan (very nearly all sellers there will not ship overseas), do check out my detailed article on ZenMarket that I posted back in November 2016.

This week, we start off with an example of the extremely rare example of a Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180. As per usual, all images in this article will be of watches from my own collection.

Grand Seiko Chronometer "First" / 3180
Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180

Having recently done an exhaustive search of all Grand Seikos recently sold on Yahoo Japan auctions, I am confident in saying that for only the third time in two years, a print logo dialed example of the Grand Seiko “First” has become available.

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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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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

The carved dial variant of the Grand Seiko “First” is a highly sought after piece. They rarely come to market, and when they do, they of course generate a lot of interest. Continue reading “On the block – 23”

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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