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Why We Love It
Grand Seiko is the darling of contemporary watch collectors today, and taking even a cursory glance at the design specs -- or better yet -- an example in the metal, its easy to see why.
What many collectors are learning is that Grand Seiko dates back to right around 1960, and some of their earliest models featured what went on to become the hallmark design staples that are clear and present in their popular collections today.
This particular example, a Reference 56GS, dates to the early 1970s and features a distinctive faceted-cushion case, grey linen dial, 'GS' signed crown, and caseback medallion that are all parts of Grand Seiko's design language today. Coupled with its correct and matching brink-link bracelet with a signed clasp (which we prefer to any of their contemporary bracelets, we might add), we are left with a truly special and elusive package.
This piece demonstrates perfectly what's so great about Japanese craftsmanship; attention to detail and refinement.
The Grand Seiko was created by Taro Tanaka, a young designer whom Seiko had hired right out of school. Inspired by the way Swiss watches “sparkled brilliantly,” Tanaka set out to design a watch with sharp edges, brushed surfaces, and a mirror finish that would rival anything created by the Swiss. In 1960, the first Grand Seiko—Reference 3180—debuted.
Other models of Grand Seiko would follow, coupling those elegant “sparkling” cases with high-grade (often hi-beat) manually-wound or automatic movements. When compared to the no-nonsense tool watches like the 6309 line of divers, the Grand Seiko was worlds away—refined, elegant, and cosmopolitan. Seiko intended the watch to be an answer to dress watches crafted by the Swiss, and at that it certainly did succeed.
Well-regarded in its home country, the Grand Seiko reached a global audience in 2010—and has captivated consumers ever since.
Stainless steel case is approximately 36MM (excluding the crown). Grand Seiko Reference 56GS. Automatic winding calibre 5646A movement. Circa 1970s
Overall Condition: The case is in great condition overall with signs of wear consistent with age and use. Non-luminous grey linen dial is in excellent condition showing light patination and matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes stainless steel ‘brick’ link bracelet with signed clasp. Also includes wooden presentation box and service papers from Japan dated 2019.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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