Grand Seiko First Raised logo 1963

Grand Seiko First Raised logo 1963

Maker: Seiko
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: Nov 2020, currently running at -5.4 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 fine condition. The gold filled case has some scratches and dings but we believe it has been polished only a few times or may even be unpolished given that the faceted lugs is still very much visible. The dial surface is clean overall with one visible black spotting at the center of the dial. 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. During the most recent servicing, the minute hand was replaced using a King Seiko First donor hand by our watchmaker due to the original minute hand being in poor condition and having a negative effect on the accuracy of the timepiece. The original minute hand will be provided separately from the watch if you wish to restore it at some point. Besides the minute hand, 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 November, 2020. It is currently running at - 5.4 seconds/day. The watch will come with a one month movement warrantee. 
 
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