1973 Seiko Special Luxury Watch Catalog

1973 Seiko Special Luxury Watch Catalog

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.

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Visit to the Paris Seiko Boutique

Visit to the Paris Seiko Boutique

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.

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Update: Vintage Grand Seiko Bracelets

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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

 

 

Seiko Astronomical Observatory Chronometer

Seiko Astronomical Observatory Chronometer

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.

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Guide to the Grand Seiko "First" dial variations

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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

Update: Vintage Grand Seiko Bracelets

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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.

 

Vintage Grand Seiko Boxes

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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

Seiko Caliber 19xx - World's first ladies 36,000 bph movment

Seiko Caliber 19xx - World's first ladies 36,000 bph movment

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.

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