The platinum cased Grand Seiko “First” is arguably the ultimate grail for any collector of vintage Grand Seiko.

To the best of our knowledge, there are no brochures, catalogues, or other Seiko publications that mention its existence, with rumours that it was only ever available to purchase on special order from the Seiko owned Wako department store in Ginza, Tokyo.

What seems clear from the few examples of the reference that we have been able to record in our database is that the platinum First was available to order for much of the production timeline of the regular watches, which is demonstrated by the fact it can be found with carved logo, raised logo, and even AD dials.

As separate references, the platinum Grand Seiko First and the gold-filled First with AD dial would be remarkable enough.

Both are variants on the standard First that we have only ever seen examples of in single digits.

But the fact that two of the platinum Firsts that we know of have the AD dial just takes things to another level entirely. Whilst we have personally handled one of these watches, we unfortunately do not know the production dates of either watch. The second example can be seen on the front cover of the Dragonfly published updated and extended version of Yoshio Nagao’s “Domestic Wristwatch – Seiko Crown, Chronos, Marvel”.

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