Grand Seiko “First” in Stainless Steel

Time for another #macromonday crop from an earlier post. This time it’s the turn of the first Grand Seiko in stainless steel. I’m aware of the existence of 4 other examples of the 3180 in stainless steel, but this one I believe is the only one of the to have a printed logo, rather than engraved.
As has been mentioned previously, the provenance of these SS pieces is unclear. They would certainly seem to be “genuine” pieces, but quite how and why they came into existence is a mystery.
Interestingly, the retail gold-filled first Grand Seiko also has logo variations. The very first watches had printed logos like this one, followed by engraved logos, and then finally applied logos (see my shots of my 3180 for an example of the latter). Unlike my modern Grand Seikos, this is most definitely not for sale!

TBC

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