Grand Seiko 6246-9001 (cap gold, GS medallion, -9010 dial)

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We are privileged to be able to offer for sale what is, to date, the sole example of this extremely rare variant of the 6246-9001 that we have ever come across.

Quite why this watch exists is currently a mystery – it seems to be a “missing link” between the 62GS and 61GS series in that it has the handset and hour indices design of the later watch, dropping the “Grammar of Design” design language that we see in the handset and dial indices of the former.

This incredibly rare dial variant can also be found in the stainless steel variant of the 6246-9001. We have an example of this reference that will be listed in due course.

Please do take the time to watch the accompanying video where we discuss the watch in detail and how, from a dial design perspective, it would appear to be a bridge between the two series.

This is probably not the sort of watch for someone who is only looking to build a collection of a handful of vintage Grand Seikos – for those collectors, it would make more sense to purchase a regular example of this reference, and save the difference in cost to put towards another watch.

But for those seeking to curate a larger collection of watches and who are looking to acquire the rarest and most interesting model variants, it would make a great addition to their collection. The watch is provided with its original buckle.

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Description

With production starting in 1966 – although the watch was seemingly only introduced to the market in late 1967 – the 62GS series was the first automatic Grand Seiko.

Produced by the Suwa Seikosha factory, the watches were actually originally marketed as chronometers under the Seiko brand, but the following the Swiss chronometry association objecting to the marketing of any watch as a chronometer without them having tested and declared it as such, Seiko established their own “Grand Seiko Standard” that exceeded that demanded by the Swiss, and removed the word “Chonometer” from their dials.

And so, the 62GS series was born. As with the 44GS series, it is a relatively simple thing to document what exists from this series production.

There are just two movements – the 19,800bph 6245a with a date complication, and the 19,800bph 6246A featuring a day-date complication; both movements were utilised in two different cases – stainless steel, and cap gold; and depending on the year of production, came with two different case-backs.

This gives a total of eight unique models, as summarised below.

  • 6245-9000 – 6245A movement; 1966 production with a lion medallion case-back; available in both stainless steel and cap gold cases
  • 6246-9000 – 6246A movement; 1966 production with a lion medallion case-back; available in both stainless steel and cap gold cases
  • 6245-9001 – 6245A movement; 1967 production with a GS logo medallion case-back; available in both stainless steel and cap gold cases
  • 6246-9001 – 6246A movement; 1967 production with a GS logo medallion case-back; available in both stainless steel and cap gold cases

Whilst it is possible that there maybe “transitional” pieces out there, perhaps such as a watch featuring a lion medallion case back manufactured in 1967 with a -9000 model number suffix, the author does not recall ever seeing such pieces.

Also in common with the 44GS series, production and sales of the 62GS series were short-lived. The steel cased 6245 watches were priced at 35,000 Yen, with an additional 3,000 Yen premium applied were you to want the day-date 6246 version, and a further 6,000 Yen on top of those prices for the cap gold cased variants.

 

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