Vintage Grand Seiko collection

Some may feel it is a little early for a #GSWednesday post, but it’s gone 2am in Tokyo already, so why not get started 🙂 Featured here is almost the entirety of my vintage Grand Seiko collection. I left out the dodgy black dialed 57GS’s, and a rather scrappy 5722 cap gold, which left me with a nice round 60 to share!
After a lot of research, I believe there were 122 distinct models released in the vintage era, so I’m basically half way there now! I’ve come a long way from the original plan which was just to get a single example of each movement that was used. I doubt I’ll ever complete the full set, but as they say – “never say never” 😂
OK. So who can name every single model pictured here? 😉

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Grand Seiko 5646-7010

Grand Seiko 5646-7010 with blue dial and faceted crystal.
Here’s another piece from the vintage Grand Seiko collection that I’ve not shot in over a year. This is one of the NOS “full set” pieces I have that is complete with its original box, strap, buckle and all paperwork.
The one question mark re this piece however is the crystal. The seller claimed that this was a Wako limited edition, and hence the faceted crystal. Not entirely sure whether that claim is based on fact, and hard to verify given this is from 1973, but it would be nice if it were!
I needed a shot of this in portrait orientation for a little project I have been working on that will be revealed for Grand Seiko Wednesday tomorrow. See you then… #Seiko #GrandSeiko #グランドセイコー #セイコー #vintage #vintagewatch #seikofam #watchfam #watch #watchphotography

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Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180

It suddenly dawned on me that whilst I’ve posted quite a few shots lately of the rarer Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 variants, it had been quite some time since I shot the more common “raised logo” dial from the collection.
There seems to be an almost insatiable demand for these watches at the moment, with good examples now selling in the upper 300 to lower 400k Japanese Yen range. That would have been unthinkable just six short months ago, so if you come across one of these at a good price, don’t hang about!
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Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA

Thought it was about time I shot this watch when it was showing “Grand Seiko Time”, which, for those who haven’t yet noticed, I now do my best to use when shooting any of my Grand Seiko collection.
Scroll back through my feed if you hadn’t noticed it before 🙂 These days, “Grand Seiko time” is religiously set as 10:08:42 – every single official photo of a Grand Seiko will have the hands set to this time, even when the running seconds hand is on a sub-dial on the chronographs – but back in the 1960’s and 1970’s it was actually often 10:08:43.

I take a bit of artistic license with the exact minute hand position depending on the angle I’m shooting at and the height of the hand above the dial. At this kind of angle I have it between the 9 and 10 minute markers, otherwise I think it looks a little too offset.
Wishing you all a happy #GSWednesday, with a photo featuring what I consider to be the greatest three hand watch ever made – the Grand Seiko 4580-7010 VFA.

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Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 AD dial

Close up of the logo on the Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 AD dial. See previous post for the full dial shot and background to this rare piece!
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Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 AD dial

Well here it is. The incredibly illusive Grand Seiko Chronometer “First” / 3180 with the AD dial.
This is a watch that I wasn’t even aware of the existence of until Yoshihiko Honda’s recent article on the 3180 that was published in issue 11 of Low Beat magazine in Japan.
Quite how rare this AD dialed variant of the first Grand Seiko is, is I think something that remains to be established. Whilst it is possible that some have changed hands without people even realising it, I have only been able to track down five examples that have been advertised on Yahoo Auctions in the last two years, and I’m pretty sure that two watches have actually each featured twice in those listings.

The most striking thing about the dial is that – like that of my stainless steel example – it has a sunburst finishing. All other 3180 variants have a matt finished dial. The other immediately obvious difference is that the colour of the hands and hour indices is consistent. On the regular SD-dialed raised logo 3180, the hands are always a much duller colour than the indices. I’ll post some comparison shots in the coming days.

Does this finally complete the full set of 3180 filled gold dial variations? Only time will tell!
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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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