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 6245-9000

Grand Seiko 6245-9000 with cap gold case


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A little over a week ago I posted the 6245-9000 in stainless steel, and here today is its Cap Gold variant, which somewhat confusingly has the same model number.
As with the steel version, this is also manufactured in 1966 (December), and so has the lion emblem case back medallion. For the watches produced in 1967, this was changed to the GS medallion.
Just a quick follow-up to the two auction pieces that I linked to for “On the block”. Congratulations to @vintagewatchvibes for securing the 6246-9001. And as for the 4420-9990? That went for a whopping 426,000 Yen.

If you were the under-bidder on that auction, you might be interested to know that there is another one available for buyout at 390,000 Yen plus 8% sales tax (so 421,200 Yen in total). It has the original buckle too, but I think you will need to budget to replace the crown as I’m not convinced it’s the right one.
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On the block – 22

A weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

This week’s “On the block” features two watches up for auction on Yahoo Japan, and one – very special – watch that is available with a Japanese dealer.

A guide detailing how to purchase these watches from outside Japan can be found here.

Before we get onto this week’s featured watches, just a quick reminder that I do have a few watches from my own collection that I am looking to sell, which you can find details of in the For Sale section of this site.

Grand Seiko 4420-9990
Grand Seiko 4420-9990

First up, on Yahoo Japan, is an auction that is attracting a lot of interest, and understandably so.

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Grand Seiko 6245-9000

Grand Seiko 6245-9000 – from September 1966, the first Grand Seiko with an automatic movement.
After seeing @jackwongyf’s post of his fabulous SBGA125 this morning, I realised it had been quite a while since I posted a shot of the watch that inspired that reinterpretation of the vintage 62GS. So here it is!

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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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On the block – 9

A weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

Each Friday, I write up three vintage Grand Seikos currently available in Japan that followers of this blog may be interested in acquiring.

As was the case last week, I am again concentrating on watches available on Yahoo Japan auctions since there is nothing really new this week on either Rakuten or the dealers individual websites. Well, there was one very interesting piece on a dealer’s website, but it sold within minutes of being listed – much to my annoyance as I wanted it for myself!

Three watches available this week on Yahoo Japan auctions
The three watches available this week on Yahoo Japan auctions (kinda…)

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On the block – 5

Fifth in a weekly series of posts highlighting interesting Grand Seiko watches on the market

The vintage Grand Seiko market

This column took a break last week due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. Things are still a little quiet out there at the moment, and this week I’ll just be highlighting a pair of watches – one from Yahoo auctions, and one from a dealer’s website. Basically, there is nothing new and noteworthy on Rakuten this week.

To make up for the lack of a Rakuten recommendation, I will do a quick wrap-up of the watches I featured in the first four “On the block” posts. It is quite interesting – so do read through to the end!

The Yahoo piece will be linked through Zenmarket – see my post on them here for details as to why I use this service. Watches available with dealers will be linked to directly, and again – refer to my ZenMarket post linked above to see how to purchase those. Images used will be from my own collection to give an indication as to the watches being highlighted, but of course click through the links to see images of the actual watch being offered.

Japanese dealer

This week’s featured watch from a Japanese dealer is what must be the best looking 6186 VFA that I’ve seen in a while.

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State of the collection – the 62GS movements

A write up of the vintage Grand Seiko watches in my collection that utilise the movements from the 62GS series

Between now and the end of the year I will be posting articles on my collection of vintage Grand Seikos.

Since there are over 40 pieces in the collection, it makes sense to break this 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!

Grand Seiko 6245-9000
Grand Seiko 6245-9000

Traditionally following the 57GS series would be the 44GS, but since all my 44’s are from 1967, and I have two 62’s from 1966, it’s the 62GS that is up next.

Starting its life as a “regular” Seiko, the 6245 movement was first introduced in the Seikomatic Chronometer. In the second half of 1966, Seiko had to drop the use of the term Chronometer due to objections from the Swiss COSC, and thus the first automatic Grand Seiko was born.

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