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? 😉
On the left, the Grand Seiko 6145-8000, and on the right, the 6146-8000. Both early variants distinguished by the “Grand Seiko” text printed on the dials. Except for the VFA’s, these were the last Grand Seikos to actually mention the brand in full on the dial until the quartz models launched in 1988. All subsequent 61GS, 45GS, and 56GS only featured the “GS” logo on the dial.
The 6146 is from the very first month of production, October 1967. The 6145 from January 1968.
Part 1 of a write up of the vintage Grand Seiko watches in my collection that utilise the 61GS movements
Since there are over 40 pieces in the collection, it makes sense to break this “state of the collection” write-up over several articles. Each post will cover a specific movement – or set of movements – from the vintage Grand Seiko releases, and include photos of the watches I have that utilise that movement.
Whilst I don’t intend these articles to provide a comprehensive and thoroughly researched scholarly history of vintage Grand Seikos, I will share some knowledge on the pieces that I have picked up over the course of the last year. If I get anything wrong, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
The 61GS series started production in 1967, running all the way through until 1974.