Grand Seiko 6145-8020

I’m currently on vacation so thought I’d dig into the archives to find something to post for #GSWednesday, and what did I find from almost exactly a year ago?

The incredible Grand Seiko 6145-8020. You don’t see these come up for sale very often, and certainly not in unworn NOS condition like this one.

This one is well overdue for a reshoot with the new lights, so I’ll do something new for next week 🙂

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Vintage Grand Seiko dial layouts

As I write this post, there is a lot of buzz around from people anxious to see what Seiko reveal at Baselworld tomorrow (Thursday 23rd March). The top rumour this year is that there is going to be a significant change to the dial layout on Grand Seikos.

There are three dial elements that are common across the entire modern Grand Seiko range (except for certain historical re-issues, for obvious reasons) – at 12 o’clock you will find the text “SEIKO”, and at 6 o’clock there is the “GS” logo above the gothic “Grand Seiko” text.

The Grand Seiko community has been very active in discussing what might be revealed tomorrow, and some interesting Photoshop mock-ups have been shared as people try to second guess what the change (if any!) will be. Following a discussion on one of the forums, I thought it was an appropriate time to summarize how the dial layout changed during the course of vintage Grand Seiko lifespan.

I will only be focusing on the three major elements on the dial – the Seiko text, the Grand Seiko text, and the GS logo.

So without further ado, onto the history lesson…

Grand Seiko Chronometer/”First”/3180 – all models

Grand Seiko Chronometer
Grand Seiko Chronometer

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MB&F Legacy Machine LM2

MB&F Legacy Machine LM2.
I’ve been wanting an opportunity to reshoot this watch for ages, since I kinda botched it up on the first go! Better lighting set-up and lots more practice since the last attempt.
Thanks to @k2luxurywatches for the loan of the watch.
More to come from today’s shooting session with this watch next week.

#mbandf #legacymachine #lm2

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Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane

Couldn’t let #macromonday pass by without taking a closer peak at the astonishing gravity defeating gyroscopic module of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane that keeps the escapement beating on the horizontal plane.

An incredible watch, available right now from my good friends @k2luxurywatches

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Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

The VFA stands for “Very Fine Adjusted”, which means the watch was regulated to +/-2 seconds per day, with a guaranteed accuracy of +/-1 minute a month for the first two years of ownership.
This watch is, in my opinion, quite simply the greatest Grand Seiko ever made.

It’s the perfect watch.

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Grand Seiko 6146-8010

Grand Seiko 6146-8010.
The 6146-8010 doesn’t turn up very often. It can be easily distinguished by the graphic on the dial around and under the GS logo, often referred to as ‘Arabesque’. Though thought to be a precursor to the 615x “Special” watches, whose movements were regulated to +/-3 seconds per day, this particular example is from February 1971 – fully six months after my earliest Special.
Any contemporary documentation on this watch would be most appreciated!

This one is unique amongst all that I have seen in that it has an factory original custom engraved caseback. As per the engraved dedication, the watch was produced for the 60th anniversary of the Idemitsu company. No other engraving appears on the outside caseback around the gold GS medallion. The model number and serial number both appear on the inside of the caseback.

A most intriguing watch!

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