A serendipitous photo


A serendipitous photo

A reflection from the cuvette onto the the column wheel provided a bit of a giggle cool.  Please share your favorite movement pic. 

I like it :-)
06/15/2015 - 05:37

That reflection is impressive,  it looks like it was relief engraved (the Maltese Cross looks like it protrudes from the column wheel).

I don't have my camera with me, so I just used my USB microscope to take these:







This last one is from a 1968 Grand Seiko, Cal 4520A...highly regulated version of this calibre won Observatory Testing trials and really scared the Swiss Brands.


Watch Porn
06/15/2015 - 07:00

Beautiful, Dan heart  So what are your impressions of the Seiko?  The finish doesn't seem to compare but are there more decorated versions?  What was the secret to their success at Trials vs the Swiss?

Re: Watch Porn
06/15/2015 - 07:44

Thanks Dean,

I like these vintage Grand Seikos, but for different reasons from VC.  As you've noticed, movement finishing for aesthetics was never really the ethos for Grand Seiko. 

 Watch Porn

Seiko seems to have only finely finished the components that affect performance.  I don't know the details behind their design changes in order to get to successfully Trial performance.  I believe part of it was Seiko's determination and understanding of watch mechanics that made them want to prove themselves to the world after their initial years of very poor performance at the Trials.  Fine tuning is something many Japanese manufacturers have shown to do very well, IMO - I believe it is due to an attention to detail that is seldomly rivalled.

For this movement, I think part of the success also comes from using a Hi-Beat 33,600 bph, movement.  While these run very well, their mainsprings tend to break.  I had this watch restored by Seiko about 3 years ago and they replaced the main spring (due to age, not because it was broken).  But after 2 years, the mainspring broke and sounded quite loud when it snapped (it happened to be on my wrist at the time).  Unfortunately, when I sent it back to Japan, I was told they could not fix it because they do not have the spare parts.  Though I am discovering they might still be available depending on whom one asks.  Another option is buying 1-2 parts watches, as vintage Grand Seikos are not relatively expensive.

This is honestly one of the reasons I love VC, they are committed to being able to restore and repair any watch they have ever made throughout their entire history (though at a significant cost if unique parts need to be manufactured by hand).

VC is my primary collection and love when it comes to watches, and represents Swiss/European watchmaking at its finest.

Grand Seiko, to me, represents the best that Asia has historically offered the watchmaking world.

Illinois/Hamilton, to me, represents the best that America has offered to the watchmaking world.

Each is different, but has contributed to watchmaking history in their own ways and in their own views.

BR, Dan


Thanks Dan, very informative
06/16/2015 - 04:10


not my photo but my idea...
06/15/2015 - 10:11


for the Caliber 3200/3300 book and a close up of the column wheel

Love your photo dean, it is perfectyes

not my photo but my idea...

OMG! Makes my heart flutter! :-) (nt)
06/15/2015 - 10:28
Brilliant idea
06/15/2015 - 23:12


Great idea!
06/16/2015 - 09:47

Probably next time VC use in ad campaign not watches, but some parts )))

thank you gentelmen :-)
06/16/2015 - 11:38


Beautiful photo, Alex
06/16/2015 - 15:23

There's a sideline...

VC could market these gorgeous photos (signed) as pieces of collectable art.


Nice movements (and photos)!
06/16/2015 - 23:37

Tough for me to pick just one, so here is a small selection.


Tony C.


Nice movements (and photos)!

Nice movements (and photos)!

Nice movements (and photos)!


I don't know what else to say Tony...
06/17/2015 - 03:18


Thank you very much, Dan...
06/17/2015 - 11:02

I appreciate your kind words.

Best regards,


Thank you very much, Dan...


Wow! What a handsome watch! (nt)
06/17/2015 - 16:13