In the realm of timepieces, it's hardly surprising that Grand Seiko's VFA watches have become highly coveted in contemporary times. The VFA series encapsulate the epitome of Japanese watchmaking excellence, boasting a perfect amalgamation of precision, craftsmanship, and timeless aesthetics. With their Very Fine Adjusted (VFA) designation, these vintage Grand Seiko watches represent the pinnacle of accuracy and attention to detail. Collectors and aficionados are drawn to the distinctive design elements, such as the Zaratsu-polished cases and beautifully intricate dials, which showcase the brand's commitment to excellence. If one were to choose a quintessential Grand Seiko VFA model, the iconic Ref. 6186-8000 would undoubtedly stand out as a paragon of precision and timeless elegance.
The stainless-steel case of the Grand Seiko VFA 6186-8000 boasts a timeless design, measuring 37mm in diameter and 42mm lug-to-lug across the wrist. It embraces a familiar faceted and geometric profile, showcasing the enduring 44GS case shape evident in the broad polished shoulders of the lugs. As a precursor to the current generation of 44KSCM designs, this timepiece captivates with meticulously executed surface finishes, including satin brushing and Zaratsu distortion-free mirror polishing.
Beneath the crystal, the silver dial of the Grand Seiko VFA 6186-8000 is nothing short of mesmerizing. Tall indices stand proudly around the dial giving it an immersive experience, with the third hour index giving way to a day-date complication in English through a single rectangular aperture featuring black on white discs. The central hours, minutes, and seconds hands, though short, compliments the immersive look of the dial - A true testament to Grand Seiko’s meticulous attention to detail. Positioned at 12 o'clock is the applied Grand Seiko logo, accompanied by corresponding automatic text beneath it. At 6 o'clock, the distinctive VFA signature and logo complete the dial's sophisticated layout.
Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Grand Seiko VFA 6186-8000 also holds historical significance. Despite presenting top-class accuracy for its era, and continuing to meet today's standards, the VFA automatic watches had a brief production run of just three years, contributing to their rarity in the current marketplace.
The Grand Seiko VFA Ref.6186-8000, currently available for sale, is not only immaculate but also comes as part of a set. Originally purchased on June 30th, 1975, from a distinguished watch shop located in Sumida-ku, Tokyo, this timepiece boasts a unique provenance, having been cherished by its original owner.
The set comprises the original wooden case and outer box, housing the meticulously preserved watch adorned with its authentic buckle. To add a touch of authenticity, the set also includes a signed cloth, a charming detail that accompanied this rare bird from its very inception.
To guarantee an optimal performance of this watch, it will be serviced upon purchase.
Servicing will take around 2 months to complete.
Ships from Tokyo, Japan
Grand Seiko VFA 61GS 6186-8000 Set
The Grand Seiko VFA we're offering is in pristine condition: The case is unpolished, has hairline scratches, and still retains its razor-sharp edges. The dial, hands, and indexes are immaculate and show no signs of degradation.
A compatible one replaced the original glass during its first servicing at Grand Seiko service center.
The crown is the correct one for this model and the case back appears to be worn and the stamped text remains clearly visible.
BRAND: Grand Seiko
MODEL: VFA - Very Fine Adjusted 61GS
DIAL: Original silver dial
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 37mm diameter; 11.8mm thickness, 18mm lug width
CRYSTAL: Mineral Crystal
CASE BACK: Screw-in Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: Seiko Automatic 6185B
Manufacturing date: July 1972
Service History: Serviced at Grand Seiko service center in 2009 - Report available upon request.
Bracelet/Strap: Seiko leather straps with the correct signed buckle