Grand Seiko 6246-9001 (stainless steel, GS medallion)

$5,000

As the first automatic vintage Grand Seiko, and as a series that was in production for less than two years, the 62GS watches are extremely collectible.

But it’s not just their relative rarity (compared to most other series in the vintage range) that makes them so desirable, it is also clearly the incredible design that went into every single element of the watch. Whether it’s the wonderful bezel-less case design, with its sweeping uninterrupted surfaces that run from lug to lug; the razor sharp hands; the angled hour markers; or the stepped dial, everything about these watches just oozes quality.

The particular 62GS example available in this listing is a 1967 production 6246-9001, with the later GS logo medallion taking the place of the lion medallion one finds on the 1966 pieces, and it is in what can only be described as spectacular condition.

A close examination of the provided photos will show that the case has only very minor hairline scratches in places, the case back is almost flawless, with a close-to-mint gold medallion, and the dial is as flawless as they come. We should point out that what appears to be a mark on the dial near the 4 o’clock index is actually a spec of dust on the crystal that we failed to clean properly prior to taking the photo. It is highly unlikely that you will come across a better example of a 6246-9001 than this one anytime soon.

But it doesn’t end there. Incredibly, this watch is also accompanied by its original certificate, with both case and movement numbers of the watch matching those on the certificate, box and Seiko buckle (the buckle is mounted onto a generic aftermarket strap). We’ve never seen another example of a 62GS with original papers.

This watch was serviced in March 2018, comes with a 1 year guarantee (refer to the FAQ page for details), and is currently running at +15 seconds per day on a time grapher.

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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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