My longtime watchfriend from Indonesia, Kucimo, wrote me an e-mail. I liked his opinion, so I asked him if it was allright to post it on my blog. So here it is:

” RJ,

I’ve just visited your website and read the comments on (my) Grand Seiko
you posted on it. And I must say that I would have also said the same
thing if I were exposed to a Grand Seiko about 3 years ago.

However I was brainwashed in Nov 2002 when I found out a “dead” Seiko
watch (drawn in the flood and abandoned in rust for 3 years) survived
after being TLC. And it did change my perception about this “Japanese”

More exploration on Seiko made me realize its presence as “good value for
money” watches (it’s still arguable :-)). They are just like vintage Omega
Constellation : nice, tough, accurate yet still affordable price

I believe that those gentlemen posted their comments on your GS article
have never held a GS in person. Because once they put a GS (even the plain
one, like mine) on their wrist, they will realize how wonderful the finish
of the GS is. In my opinion, the GS steel finish & design (the attention
to details) can match those on Zenith and JLC.

I heard that Seiko will launch Grand Seiko in Northern America and Europe
in 2005; and believe me, GS will gain more fanatic fans in less than 4
years after launch.”

  • I’m a big Seiko fan, myself. In fact, I’m wearing an Orange Monster right now. I would love to own a Grand Seiko someday, and will look for one next time I’m in Japan. (That said, I love Swiss watches, as well — problem is, I love them all!)

  • georges

    No a Grand Seiko will never match a Jaeger Lecoultre or a Rolex and even an Omega. Never and for tehse reasons:
    -it is not cosced
    -it hasn’t got rhodium plated finish , genva waves and all refinements that make the swiss prestige firms movments unique
    -it hasn’t got some technical improvment like microstella balance wheel,balance bridge and cock like on the rolex 3135 or even coaxial escapement the omega coaxial
    These gs are far to be compared to a vintage constellation, the Grand seiko finish is pretty poor in comparison to an Omega vintage movement and not so accurate.Wonderful finish? Never heard that about seiko,only that they are average finished watches.
    You won’t move the leaders sales (Omega,Rolex,JLC, etc) by launching a wannabe swiss quality watch.