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.
Whilst we have seen perhaps a dozen examples of the Grand Seiko First in platinum case with raised logo dials over the years, we are only able to date those that we have seen the case serial numbers of, which are found on the inside of the case back. Naturally owners of these watches are understandably reluctant to just “pop” the cases on request!
All three of the examples with raised logo dials for which we have knowledge of the serial numbers were manufactured in September 1962, with those serial numbers falling in the range 2910001 to 2910030. A fourth example that we don’t know the serial number for was almost certainly manufactured much later, given that its movement chronometer certificate is dated in June of 1963.
We currently are in possession of two examples of the raised logo dial platinum First whose serial numbers fall in the above mentioned range. The certificates for those watches’ movements date from January 1963.
Below is a photograph of the full set Grand Seiko platinum First that we have in our private collection. This watch is not currently available for purchase.