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Seiko: Medallion

Medallion looks like that because it will almost certainly be plated tin. I tested one of these once with a heat gun. Melted away in seconds (tin melting point is under 300 degrees Celsius. 14K gold, which is indeed what the vintage medallions are made from, melts at closer to 900 degrees). If anyon
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By: gerald.d
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Seiko: Not sure how much that would help?

As far as I'm aware, silicon escapements and "technological" advances are far more about ensuring reliability of movements between longer service intervals, and I'm not sure how much benefit they would provide in a standard COSC test that is performed in a very controlled environment (no chance of a
1Y
By: gerald.d
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Seiko: Superb watches. Brilliantly done.

It's easy to mock that which we choose not to understand, but rarely does such willful ignorance reflect well on those that do the mocking. Incidentally, I have a full set of Seiko JDM 1980's catalogues that I've just flicked through to double check what I was fairly certain was the case. And indeed
1Y
By: gerald.d
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Seiko: Congratulations

What a stunning reference this is. Congratulations on adding it to your collection You may have taken the plunge just in time - it looks like this has maybe been dropped from the range since it no longer appears on the Japanese website (still on the US one though). Kind regards, Gerald.
1Y
By: gerald.d
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Girard Perregaux: The Tiffany stamp

and for those interested in such matters, here is a detail of the Tiffany stamp.
2Y
By: gerald.d
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Girard Perregaux: A proper shot

Finally got it home and put it in front of the proper camera and under the lights. No movement shots yet, but I can tell you it is from batch 567, and based on the information in the database, it came roughly halfway down the 662 movements submitted in 1967, with an N-score in the mid-teens.
2Y
By: gerald.d
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Girard Perregaux: Observatory Chronometer

Delighted to add this to the collection. I’m always a little suspicious about Tiffany stamped dials, but I’ll take this one as it is. A good friend who is an expert in this area is convinced the stamp is legitimate. Movement confirmed to be one of the batch of 662 that were submitted to the 1967 Neu
2Y
By: gerald.d
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Seiko: Rarely “a lot more”

Whilst the modern reissues (at least, the steel ones) hold their value better than pretty much anything else from the modern era, excepting the Wako limited editions, they are not so hard to obtain for close to (or indeed on occasion, below) original retail as long as you are happy to broaden your h
3Y
By: gerald.d
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Seiko: An update...

I hope it's ok posting this link here. TGSG is a commerical site, but more than that I expend a significant amount of time and money on research and sharing insight with the wider community, so it's not all about selling watches. Here's 6,000 words on the Grand Seiko First in Stainless Steel - thegr
3Y
By: gerald.d
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