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Who else wants a Grand Seiko?

Who else wants a Grand Seiko?

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tertius

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5,094 posts

137 months

Thursday 20th September 2012
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I've been hankering after a Grand Seiko for a while. About 6 months or so ago I almost bought one of these:



But the sale fell through (it was a US seller and he wasn't keen to ship to the UK)

However, last week someone on TZ-UK posted this image (sorry its a bit big):



Sadly finding one used appears to be highly unlikely so I am seriously wondering how I can justify buying one new at £3.5k.

Eighteeteewhy

7,236 posts

75 months

Thursday 20th September 2012
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wavey

Here....when I do eventually buy my first real watch I think it's going to be a GS. There was a great looking vintage one recently on eBay with a cut glass/crystal face unfortunately the condition was not great. Lovely looking thing though. smile

ETA....it's quite hard to see the glass



Edited by Eighteeteewhy on Thursday 20th September 22:35

1878

641 posts

70 months

Thursday 20th September 2012
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tertius said:


Sadly finding one used appears to be highly unlikely so I am seriously wondering how I can justify buying one new at £3.5k.
That's lovely, where can you get them for 3500?

geezerbutler

260 posts

49 months

Thursday 20th September 2012
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Podie

43,366 posts

182 months

Thursday 20th September 2012
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There's an advert on a tube station board... really fancy one.
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CardShark

3,010 posts

86 months

Thursday 20th September 2012
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Oh yes, would love one yes

The SBGH001 would be my GS of choice..

None of this spring-drive malarkey for me, I'd prefer a pure high-end auto. Used to really fancy the SDs but I've gone off them since, I know that this isn't the case but I can't get it out of my head that the only reason why they're so accurate and consistant is because of the non mechanical part of them. Give me a properly sorted auto over a hybrid any day.

Haven't handled any personally but have seen a few on the other side of a jeweller's display case.

tertius

Original Poster:

5,094 posts

137 months

Thursday 20th September 2012
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1878 said:
tertius said:


Sadly finding one used appears to be highly unlikely so I am seriously wondering how I can justify buying one new at £3.5k.
That's lovely, where can you get them for 3500?
Seiya Japan (where I got the pic) list them at c.3500, though presumably that would be plus tax.

Podie

43,366 posts

182 months

Friday 21st September 2012
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CardShark said:
Oh yes, would love one yes

The SBGH001 would be my GS of choice..

None of this spring-drive malarkey for me, I'd prefer a pure high-end auto. Used to really fancy the SDs but I've gone off them since, I know that this isn't the case but I can't get it out of my head that the only reason why they're so accurate and consistant is because of the non mechanical part of them. Give me a properly sorted auto over a hybrid any day.

Haven't handled any personally but have seen a few on the other side of a jeweller's display case.
Oof. That's lovely.

Podie

43,366 posts

182 months

Friday 21st September 2012
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Jura watches sell GS...

bigandclever

7,817 posts

145 months

Friday 21st September 2012
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Podie said:
Jura watches sell GS...
They do, and if we pick on the lovely, lovely, SBGH001 they'll add £1000 premium to it, compared with the Seiya price (not incl duty and whatnot). Is there a calculator anywhere that will work out what the likely additional costs could be for importing?

I'm sure I read somewhere that the Seiko factory has a shop with variants that you can only buy there. Would be a nice (if expensive) day out smile

tertius

Original Poster:

5,094 posts

137 months

Friday 21st September 2012
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bigandclever said:
Podie said:
Jura watches sell GS...
They do, and if we pick on the lovely, lovely, SBGH001 they'll add £1000 premium to it, compared with the Seiya price (not incl duty and whatnot). Is there a calculator anywhere that will work out what the likely additional costs could be for importing?

I'm sure I read somewhere that the Seiko factory has a shop with variants that you can only buy there. Would be a nice (if expensive) day out smile
Assume 25% and you won't be far off.

Podie

43,366 posts

182 months

Friday 21st September 2012
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Creation only have quartz ones...

Debaser

2,705 posts

168 months

Friday 21st September 2012
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The Spring Drive GMT above looks great. In fact I like all the ones above!

Here's my GS Diver. I love it but might be letting it go soon.


CardShark

3,010 posts

86 months

Friday 21st September 2012
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There's an SBGH001 on TZ's SC right now, £2750...

dom9

4,902 posts

116 months

Friday 21st September 2012
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Debaser said:
The Spring Drive GMT above looks great. In fact I like all the ones above!

Here's my GS Diver. I love it but might be letting it go soon.

My grail - let us know how much!!!

GC8

16,954 posts

97 months

Saturday 22nd September 2012
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Me. I like everything about GSs, apart from their awful namestyle.

Adrian W

10,334 posts

135 months

Saturday 22nd September 2012
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tertius said:
Seiya Japan (where I got the pic) list them at c.3500, though presumably that would be plus tax.
I didn't think Seiya can sell GS to the UK any more

Podie

43,366 posts

182 months

Saturday 22nd September 2012
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Adrian W said:
tertius said:
Seiya Japan (where I got the pic) list them at c.3500, though presumably that would be plus tax.
I didn't think Seiya can sell GS to the UK any more
I think the suggestion was to have a holiday?

NeMiSiS

5,232 posts

82 months

Saturday 22nd September 2012
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I really like the idea of a true sweeping seconds hand, but I think the 'mechanical' movement is a bit of a cheat.

tertius

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5,094 posts

137 months

Saturday 22nd September 2012
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NeMiSiS said:
I really like the idea of a true sweeping seconds hand, but I think the 'mechanical' movement is a bit of a cheat.
It is a hybrid, a primarily mechanical movement with a quartz escapement.