Grand Seiko First Raised logo May 1963
Model: Grand Seiko
Reference: The first Grand Seiko, raised logo
Year: Cased in 1963
Material: 14k gold filled
Dimensions: 36mm diameter; 11mm thickness
Crystal: Plexiglass Caliber: 3180
Service History: April 2021, currently running at -6.2 seconds/day Bracelet/Strap: generic brown leather strap (pictured)
Lug Width: 18mm
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 as the penultimate, top of the line, luxury wrist watch by Seiko. The most obvious feature that people concentrate when looking for a GS1st 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 GS1st raised logo is in outstanding vintage condition. The gold filled case has some surface scratches but we believe it has been polished only a few times given that the faceted lugs is still very much visible. The dial is the main attraction for this example as the surface is very clean overall with very little discoloration or blemishes. It truly is in 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 has just been serviced by our watchmaker in April, 2021 and is in excellent condition. It is currently running at - 6.2 seconds/day. The watch will come with a three month movement warrantee from us/our watchmaker.
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