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My "sweet spot" for my Seiko purchases is around US$200, although I have paid twice that much for certain models in "like new" condition, even two and a half times as much for a couple recently.


So there are many models that are just "out of reach", which doesn't bother me at all. I wear all my watches no matter how "precious" or "historical", and they get banged against door frames and desktops. :-O There are no "safe queens" at Thomas's house! :-D


And as much as I spend on watches, I am not wealthy. I rent a tiny house out in the boonies of southern Ohio, and drive a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup. If I owned a $3000 watch I would freak out the first time I dinged it, so I simply do not want a watch that is too expensive.


On the other hand, I am a perfectionist engineer. If there is one thing I understand above all else, it's "quality"!



Hey, look! One of those EMS bags from Japan!! Woohoo! :-D



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Ah-ha! There is that neatly packaged and labeled bundle, that tells us what seller this is from! :) HEY! Don't read that label!! :-\ You'll ruin the surprise!!


But instead of the usual plastic organizer box, this one seems to be in a big, watch gift box??



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And yes, there is the outer gift box, a relatively generic black example.



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And in that is a 70's "leisure-suit style" stitched watch box! Get down! :-D


I usually have a problem with opening watch boxes though...



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Darn it, it's stuck!! :-( This always happens to me!


Help me push okay? I want to get this open! Push... Push!!



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There we go! It's a really clean 1973 Grand Seiko 5646-7010, except for the crystal. Also known as a "56 Grand Seiko Weekdater", it has a "tweaked" for accuracy 56xx series day/date movement, running at 28,800 bph, hacking, hand-wind-able and automatic.



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With black baton, or "stick" hands and hour markers, it is not as dressy as the silver beveled designs but it really gives a perception of precision. And yet, it is still a 56xx series movement with the plastic quick-set clutch, so you have to be careful never to use the quick-set from about 9 pm to 4 am.



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A look at the exquisite GS crown.



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The subject side.



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And the gold medallion on the back.

You can see a few good scratches on the back, and the real problem with this watch is there are three deep gouges in the crystal near 3 o'clock. Not much chance of finding a new crystal for a watch like this, right?



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Wait, what's that? :-O


Is it a bird?


A plane?


No it's Super Stephan! With one last new original Seiko crystal 300V16GNS!! :-D



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Please don't ask what it cost, I am extremely grateful that Stephan was willing to part with it, but I picture him in a bathtub of gold coins, pouring them over his head! :-D Okay, maybe the coins are those newer golden nickels...



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And here it is on my wrist, 36 mm across without the crown, all wound up and set. The crown functions are smooth and easy, and it looks "marvelous"!



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Yes, it did cost just over 2 and a half times my US$200 "sweet spot", but for such a clean, high-beat Grand Seiko, I felt like "the price was right"!


Thanks for looking!


- Thomas
 

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"Quote Thomas" Please don't ask what it cost, I am extremely grateful that Stephan was willing to part with it, but I picture him in a bathtub of gold coins, pouring them over his head! :-D Okay, maybe the coins are those newer golden nickels...

Since you bought this crystal Ive moved onto bathing in a bathtub of diamonds lol..........
Beautiful example wear it in good health mate...................
 
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