Grand Seiko First raised logo August 1963

Grand Seiko First raised logo August 1963

Maker: Seiko

Model: Grand Seiko

Reference: The first Grand Seiko, raised logo

Year: 1963

Material: 14k gold filled

Dimensions: 36mm diameter; 11mm thickness

Crystal: Plexiglass

Caliber: 3180 Service History: Dec 2019, currently running at -+6.1 seconds/day

Bracelet/Strap: Gold epsom leather strap with generic gold buckle

Lug Width: 18mm

Box/Papers: None

 

The Grand Seiko “First”, or “3180” as it is often referred to (due to its caliber reference) was introduced to the Japanese market on December 18th 1960. Created by the Suwa Seikosha company – now Seiko Epson – based in the Nagano prefecture in central Japan, it was born out of a desire to create a watch that was “as precise, durable, easy to wear and as beautiful as possible”. The most obvious feature that people concentrate on when looking to collect this reference is the way that the “Grand Seiko” logo is created on the dial. There are three main variants – printed, carved, and raised. This example is the raised logo variant which was in production from mid-1961 all the way through to the end of production in 1963.

 

Overall, this GS first is in great condition. The gold filled case has some scratches but the bevels on the lugs are still visible and is in overall fantastic condition. The dial surface is clean overall with some small spottings throughout the dial which are visible only up close. It is in honest and great condition considering it is close to a 60 year old watch. The hour markers are made of 14k solid gold as indicated by the octagonal sun shaped “special dial” logo above the six o’clock. We believe everything is original to the watch as can be evidenced by the consistency of the movement serial, caseback serial, and dial code. The movement was serviced last year by the previous owner from Hiroshima, Japan. It is currently running at an excellent +6.1 seconds/day.

 

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