This year there were a total of 55 different Seiko watches that were announced at Baselworld 2019 and under half of these were mentioned in press releases or the Official Press Conference. To be able to see all announcements together I have collected together all of the newly announced models.Read More
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Spring Drive movement. Grand Seiko announces a number of new hand wound SD models as well as some Grand Seiko Sports models. In addition to these there is also a range of new ladies Grand Seiko models.Read More
In 1972 Seiko released this Special Luxury Watch catalog that showcased a range of their top end models that featured precious metal cases and jewellery. Details of this catalog can be found in this article as well as a link to download a scanned copy of the document.Read More
Seiko released dedicated catalogs for their Special Luxury models in the early 1970’s. These catalogs contained their high end models that featured precious metal cases as well as unique jewellery designs. I recently acquired a copy of the 1973 catalog and have some images fromthe catalog as well as a scan of the full catalog available for download.Read More
I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Seiko Boutique in Paris recently and spend some time with the friendly and knowledgeable staff along with a number of local Seiko fans. This turned into a great evening and it was a pleasure to be able to chat with such informed enthusiasts who truly are passionate about the brand.Read More
I have updated the Vintage Grand Seiko Bracelets article to include details of the Seiko 1972 Watchband Catalog No.1. This catalog was discovered and detailed by Gerald over at The Grand Seiko Guy. The original article detailing the catalog can be found at Seiko Watchband Catalogue – 1972/No.1
The updated article on the GS bracelets can be found here - Vintage Grand Seiko Bracelets
In 1968 Daini-Seikosha submitted 103 specially regulated 4520A movements to the Neuchâtel Observatory for Chronometer certification. 73 of these watches passed the certification and these were then placed into 18K gold cases and sold to the public as the 45GSN Astronomical Observatory Chronometer. Additional movements were certified in later years and Seiko finally offered 226 examples for sale.Read More
Gerald over at The Grand Seiko Guy has put together a comprehensive guide to the different variations of the original Grand Seiko model 3180 aka “First”. There were printed, carved and raised logo versions of the dials as well as multiple variations of these. This article details the differences and explains what to look for if you are trying to track down an original piece. There are numerous examples of franken models out there so this should be an invaluable resource for people looking to purchase the First Grand Seiko model.
Check out the full article here - A guide to the Grand Seiko “First” dial variations
I have made a number of updates to the Vintage Grand Seiko Bracelets article. This includes some additional photos of bracelets and some more details on the specific markings on some models.
I have also shown some photos of the very unique bracelet that comes with the 6185-8000. This bracelet reminds me a little of a lobster and it is unusual due to the double bracelet clasp and the way it is fixed to the main watch body.
The full article can be found HERE.
Recently when in California I had the opportunity to visit the relatively new Beverly Hills Grand Seiko Boutique on Rodeo Drive. This was the world’s first dedicated Grand Seiko Boutique that was opened in November 2017.Read More
Gerald over at The Grand Seiko Guy has put together a comprehensive guide to the original boxes that were supplied with the different vintage Grand Seiko models produced. Often the original box has been separated from the watch, but you do see a number of standalone boxes come up for sale, so it is great to know the correct box you should be looking for if trying to make up a complete set of packaging for your watch.
Check out the full article here - Vintage Grand Seiko – the boxes – The Grand Seiko Guy
The majority of vintage Grand Seiko's were supplied on leather straps but a number of models were supplied on bracelets. Over the years many of these bracelets have been separated from their original watches so I have detailed which GS models originally were supplied on a bracelet.Read More
In 1967 Seiko released the world's first 36,000 bph (5Hz) movement designed for ladies watches. This compact Hi-Beat caliber was used in various watches including the ladies Grand Seiko and GS VFA models. It is also possible that this is the only series of ladies 36,000 bph models produced by any manufacturer.Read More
During a recent trip to Japan I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the SII (Seiko Instruments Inc.) Morioka factory where mechanical Grand Seiko and Credor watches are produced. I had visited the factory around a year earlier but this time I was able to view some different parts of the facility.
Read the full article HERE.Read More
I had the opportunity to return to Japan in February and was able to take some personal time to travel within the country. I started in Tokyo, headed north to Morioka and then south to Osaka. During the trip I picked up a few watches, visited the Seiko Museum, a Seiko factory and saw some amazing collections.Read More