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Grand Seiko First raised logo 1963

Grand Seiko First raised logo 1963

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Maker: Seiko
Model: Grand Seiko
Reference: J14070, the first Grand Seiko, raised logo
Year: July 1963
Material: 14k gold filled
Dimensions: 36mm diameter; 11mm thickness
Crystal: Plexiglass
Lume: N/A
Caliber: 3180
Service History: March 2022, currently running at +4.4 sec/day
Bracelet/Strap: Generic Brown Calf Leather strap
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 in1960 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. The watch we have on offer here has a case back dated July 1963, making it one of the later GS1st's. 

This 3180 GS first raised logo is in good honest condition. Although the crown looks to be a replacement, everything else is original to the watch as can be evidenced by the consistency of the movement code, caseback number, and dial serial number. The gold filled case shows ageing with some nicks and scratches but the bevel's are still clearly visible. As can be seen from the pictures, the dial is in honest condition and shows aging with visible spotting and blemishes throughout. The indexes are made of 14k solid gold as indicated by the sun shaped “special dial” logo above the six o’clock. The original handset shows ageing but is in otherwise good conidition. The crown looks to be a replacement and is in poor condition. This GS1st was serviced by our watchmaker in March 2022 and is currently running at +4.4 seconds/day. It comes with a generic high quality calf leather strap. 

The watch will come with a 3 month movement warranty from us. 

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