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Old 02-01-2019, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is a very recent pickup and my first vintage Grand Seiko. I'm very impressed with the quality of the case, dial, and hands of this watch, especially how it has help up for 50 years. Tanaka's Grammar of Design is just a joy to see in person. I've always been drawn to angular case design, and this epitomizes it.


For a Dress watch, this one is just about the perfect size. The case diameter is 36.5mm, with 42mm lug to lug, and since it's hand-wind, only 9.5mm thick. It wears very slim and easily fits under a sleeve.


My only issues will be having to have a watch strap custom made. Right now it is on a 19mm that tapers down to 16mm strap (which is a bit small by today's standards). The issue is the original GS buckle, which is actually for a 15mm wide strap. As of right now, the open end of the strap is kind of "stuffed" through the buckle and my concern is the price it is going to cost to get a strap made.


Besides that, this is a wonderful watch. I am so enamored with it, that I may soon start looking for excellent examples of date and day/date models (maybe in automatics) for daily wear.

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Nice one. Mine came on a bracelet, which is fine for the moment.
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This is a very recent pickup and my first vintage Grand Seiko. I'm very impressed with the quality of the case, dial, and hands of this watch, especially how it has help up for 50 years. Tanaka's Grammar of Design is just a joy to see in person. I've always been drawn to angular case design, and this epitomizes it.





For a Dress watch, this one is just about the perfect size. The case diameter is 36.5mm, with 42mm lug to lug, and since it's hand-wind, only 9.5mm thick. It wears very slim and easily fits under a sleeve.





My only issues will be having to have a watch strap custom made. Right now it is on a 19mm that tapers down to 16mm strap (which is a bit small by today's standards). The issue is the original GS buckle, which is actually for a 15mm wide strap. As of right now, the open end of the strap is kind of "stuffed" through the buckle and my concern is the price it is going to cost to get a strap made.





Besides that, this is a wonderful watch. I am so enamored with it, that I may soon start looking for excellent examples of date and day/date models (maybe in automatics) for daily wear.





Nice GS, you can get Seiko original Bands that go from 19mm down to 15mm in Japan and sometimes on ebay. Those awesome 15mm buckles.... I also had straps custom made but for some unknown reason I stick to the Seiko straps.

If you wanna stick to modern bands with 19mm going down to 16mm you can get one of these:



Otherwise you need the Seiko 19mm to 15mm straps (or custom made ones) for using the original vintage buckles like these:




However you will decide, the buckle should be worn with the watch, it makes for an awesome feeling of completeness:-)

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Nice GS, you can get Seiko original Bands that go from 19mm down to 15mm in Japan and sometimes on ebay. Those awesome 15mm buckles.... I also had straps custom made but for some unknown reason I stick to the Seiko straps.

If you wanna stick to modern bands with 19mm going down to 16mm you can get one of these:



Otherwise you need the Seiko 19mm to 15mm straps (or custom made ones) for using the original vintage buckles like these:




However you will decide, the buckle should be worn with the watch, it makes for an awesome feeling of completeness:-)
Thanks! I looked at custom made straps, but for what I wanted they seemed awfully expensive. So I figured I'd keep an eye out for some OEM Seiko ones.

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Thanks! I looked at custom made straps, but for what I wanted they seemed awfully expensive. So I figured I'd keep an eye out for some OEM Seiko ones.

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Search Ebay, right now there are some vintage 19mm Seiko straps. Ask the seller if they go down on 15mm just to be sure.
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Search Ebay, right now there are some vintage 19mm Seiko straps. Ask the seller if they go down on 15mm just to be sure.
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how to know if the buckle is period correct? for a ks?
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This is a beautiful watch!
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Congrats. Beautiful watch! And my search continues! .


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