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 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 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 5656-7040

Grand Seiko 5656-7040.
One of the very last of the vintage Grand Seikos, this watch is from June 1973. It is unique in being the only vintage Grand Seiko with Arabic numerals on the dial. Also with a fabulous “starlight” textured dial, and a hammered case, these come up for sale rarely.
Haven’t shot this for a long while – partly because the crystal was all scratched up. But some Polywatch arrived today, and with the addition of a bit of elbow grease, it’s as good as new!
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Grand Seiko 5646-7020

Grand Seiko 5646-7020 from August 1972.
Spotted three of these for sale on Yahoo Japan in the last couple of weeks which made me realise it has been a while since I photographed my example.

Love everything about this watch, from the gorgeous graduated green dial, to the amazing case, and the totally wacky 9-faceted crystal with the deepest cuts to be found on any vintage Grand Seiko.
Sadly the recently available pieces were not even close to being in this condition, but despite that the most recent one – that closed just two days ago – sold for ¥120,000.

Glad I picked this one up when I did – I’ve yet to see a better one.

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Grand Seiko 5646-7030 macro

Ok, time for that close-up of the dial of the Grand Seiko 5646-7030 that I promised you.
Just a wonderful texture that, as @etio_nono suggested in a comment on my previous post, may well be a source of inspiration for some of the modern Grand Seiko dials.
This particular watch dates back to July 1974, and is actually the latest manufactured vintage Grand Seiko currently residing in my collection.

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Grand Seiko 5646-7030

For this week’s #GSWednesday, another photo of a recent addition to the collection – the 5646-7030.

I managed to acquire this one with its original bracelet, but sadly with a missing link or two, so it can’t fit on my wrist. No worries, I thought, I’ll just remove the bracelet and I can wear it on one of my quick-release spring bar straps. Went to put on a strap, and was very surprised to find that it wouldn’t fit.
Nearly all vintage Grand Seikos have 18mm lugs. But this one is just 17mm, so at the moment, I can’t wear it! Back into the box it goes then.

I’ll post a close up of the textured dial later in the day. This is a fabulous watch that is seriously undervalued in my opinion. Picked this one up for a song, and they are not too hard to find.

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