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? 😉
I’ve mentioned previously that I believe the 6155 and 6156 movement “Specials” are amongst the current best buys in the vintage Grand Seiko range. At the time when they were new, only the VFA’s were regulated more accurately. The “Specials” being regulated to +/- 3 seconds per day.
Interestingly enough, whilst there is just a single model of the date-only 6155, there are no fewer than 8 different models using the day-date 6156 calibre, one of which is the rarely seen 6156-8020 version pictured here, which is the only “Special” to be cased in Cap Gold.
So as promised, here’s that #macromonday crop from the last post showing the incredible dial of the Grand Seiko 6156-8040.
I think with this shot I’ve probably just added 25% to the value of every 6156-8040 out there 😂
Grand Seiko 6156-8040.
Regular followers will know that I am a huge fan of the 61GS “Specials”. These watches were regulated to +/-3 seconds per day – only the VFA’s were more accurate.
One Special in particular has been eluding me since I started collecting vintage Grand Seikos – the 6156-8040. With it’s fantastic lug-less case, and spectacular textured dial (more on that in a later post for #macromonday), this to me is by far the most special Special. I was delighted to be able to pick one of these up a couple of weeks ago after more than a year of looking for one.
With a manufacturing date of August 1974, this is the youngest vintage Grand Seiko in my collection.
From 1970, the 6155 (date) and 6156 (day-date) “Specials” were regulated to +/- 3 seconds per day, whereas the “Grand Seiko standard” was -3/+5 seconds per day. Only the VFA’s were more accurate at timekeeping than the Specials.
Part 2 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.
With seven different movements, there are as many calibers being utilised within this single series as in all earlier series combined. Not only that, but numbering over 40, there are more individual 61GS watch designs than existed across those earlier series (the Grand Seiko First, 57GS, 44GS and 62GS).
Given the extent and diversity of the 61GS series, it is not feasible to discuss all the examples from my own collection in a single post, and as such, I have split the write-up of the 61GS over two separate articles.
A link to the first article – covering the watches in my collection that utilize the 6145A and 6146A movements – can be found here.
In this article, I will be covering the watches in my collection that utilize the remaining 5 movements from the 61GS series – the 6155A, 6156A, 6185A, 6185B and 6186B.