One of the key aims of this site is to be a source of information for those who collect vintage Grand Seiko. We don’t just list the watches that we have for sale in the anticipation that customers will add them to their collections – we also list watches that we have never had in stock, along with as much data about those watches as we can glean. The intent is to be a reliable source of information about exactly which references were created by Grand Seiko, and to provide data on those references.
We are confident that currently this site contains the most complete, accurate and detailed information on the historical Grand Seiko references that you will find anywhere.
Much of the information regarding vintage Grand Seiko references that you will find on this site has come from extensive and detailed research into the official publications that Seiko produced during the vintage Grand Seiko period.
The monthly newsletters that Seiko distributed to their dealers are a vital source of information. They – along with the annual catalogues – not only provide evidence for what actually existed, but can also be a rich source of data about those watches.
The February 1964 issue of Seiko News is the earliest example of an official Seiko publication that we have discovered that features a 57GS reference. Page 3 of the magazine shows the SD dialed variant of the 43999 –
Using Google Translate, the Japanese text accompanying the photograph of the watch translates as –
“Grand Seiko Self Dater, 35 Jewels
Grand Seiko, which has been a favourite of Seiko watches around the world, has been completed as a chronometer with a new luxury calendar. The number of jewels is 35, the highest accuracy that has passed the chronometer excellent standard.
Convenient second hand setting device, fine movement speed adjustment device, Seiko’s unique date fast-forwarding device, these mechanisms are firmly protected by a waterproof case that can withstand water pressure of 50 meters. Dignity and practical use, the finest watch suitable for the finest gentleman.
Retail price, stainless steel (waterproof 50) 27,000 Yen”