Post by dasher on Jul 12, 2017 7:14:14 GMT -8
There is no argument that the Grand Seiko line represents Seiko's commitment to producing the highest quality watch possible. For years I have been interested in the Grand Seiko but certainly did not have the funds necessary to add one to my collection. Recently I decided to double down my efforts at both fund raising and finding the best quality Grand Seiko I could at my price point. My results are very pleasing to me, and I hope this review will help potential Grand Seiko hunters with their hunt.
In looking for a Grand Seiko the most important consideration is the condition of the dial. Above nearly all else (maybe the case being polished) the dial determines the purchase.
Seiko also made great efforts to include a case with great lines on the Grand Seiko line:
Seeing the sharp edges and flat surfaces tells me that although this watch case is a bit dinged and scratched, it does not appear to have been polished.
The case back on the Grand Seiko sports the brass/bronze/gold colored medallion:
My 6155-8000 was missing the medallion and this is a replacement. Looks good to me!
My impressions both pro and con:
The Grand Seiko is the top of the line for Seiko, at some point a collector should have at least one pass through his hands. The 6155 is very accurate, with a great power reserve, I'm guessing at least 48 hours.
Parts for the 6155 Grand Seiko are very hard to find. Mine was needing a medallion, crystal, and mainspring/barrel. And a strap and a service. I saw the original bracelet on Yahoo Japan but the seller wants nearly $1k and that is way out of the budget. I splurged and got a Hadley-Roma 2005 strap:
The dial on this watch is small. It measures about 28.5 mm. By comparison, a US quarter measures 24.5 mm:
So be aware that when you see these great photos of the 6155-8000 - they are very close up magnifications!
The watch hacks and is also hand-winding. The date is quick-set at the first crown click. As the dial indicates (high beat), it beats at 36000 bph.
And with that said, I think I've said all I can say. I hope this helps you in your Grand Seiko quest!
Thanks for reading.