Crazy fun in Japan - part 1

Looked at a few thousand watches.

Toured Grand Seiko Shizukuishi studio and made friends with one of the watchmakers there.  Will do a separate post for GS studio.

Not sure how to do this… I’ve got way too many pics for a post - is it ‘safe’ to give a google photos link on a public forum like this?  Appreciate any expert opinion on that.  
 

Some fun highlights:

-Looked at tons of crazy nice JDM automatic watches in 1k to 5k range - citizen has some great Lux automatics!

- Campanola and Seiko Galant are gorgeous in person, crazy complex, and a bit too tall for me at 15mm ++ 

- I toured the : Seiko Museum, Science and tech museum (that has complete history of Japan watch and clock history) the GS studio, and a whole whack of ADs  

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- popped in to the odd love hotel.  not focused on watches on those occasions  🙂

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You tracked down The Citizen! 🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀

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a sailormoon sneaker? nice 👍👍

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Do they give public tours at the Grand Seiko Shizukuishi studio?  I currently live in Japan and I would love to go up there for a tour.

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Thanks for the share, i miss shopping in the streets of Ginza and 2nd street. I’m not sure if you can, but try to find a Seiko SBDC163. I heard from Seiya it’s quite difficult to locate even in their local market 

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Wow!! Thank you for Sharing this is awesome if I can save this post I would have by now the pics are awesome!! 
 

that Citizen!!’ And Credor!!

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Awesome!

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M.addd

Thanks for the share, i miss shopping in the streets of Ginza and 2nd street. I’m not sure if you can, but try to find a Seiko SBDC163. I heard from Seiya it’s quite difficult to locate even in their local market 

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That looks great!  A 6R35 and around 1100 I’m guessing?  I belIeve I saw that exact model in a green colorway?  

I’m back now in Vancouver now but wifey and monkey (daughter) are there another week or so. I’ll get her to take a look.  She knows she may be under orders to secure another watch for me b4 returning 🙂

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Unholy

a sailormoon sneaker? nice 👍👍

Amazingly, there was several sailormoon options and color options.  😂🤘

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cabarbhab

Do they give public tours at the Grand Seiko Shizukuishi studio?  I currently live in Japan and I would love to go up there for a tour.

You can email them through the GS Japan website to apply for a tour.  I should mention - getting there is fair a bit of effort unless you happen to be nearby and can drive yourself.  

public tours are just starting up again after being closed for Covid last few years 

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roberto

You tracked down The Citizen! 🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀

Was amazed at the high end Citizen watches -  some using really nice artisanal dial designs.  

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Fieldwalker

That looks great!  A 6R35 and around 1100 I’m guessing?  I belIeve I saw that exact model in a green colorway?  

I’m back now in Vancouver now but wifey and monkey (daughter) are there another week or so. I’ll get her to take a look.  She knows she may be under orders to secure another watch for me b4 returning 🙂

Yes, theyre the spb143 equivalent and in Green? Wow. do u have pics pls? Please share more Japan pics :)

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Would you by chance be able to read and write in Japanese?  I need help with Seiko paperwork that isn't in English.

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Ichibunz

Wow!! Thank you for Sharing this is awesome if I can save this post I would have by now the pics are awesome!! 
 

that Citizen!!’ And Credor!!

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Velomax

Would you by chance be able to read and write in Japanese?  I need help with Seiko paperwork that isn't in English.

I speak it with some proficiency, but reading Kanji is on my wife and daughter.  If it’s something not too long - fire me a pic or link and I’ll get her to translate 

Or, Another option - download google translate and use camera to translate.  It sometimes sucks but often gets the gist of things correctly. ( I use it for checking ingredients of weird food when I’m in Japan )

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I miss Japan! Can’t wait until they open up to foreign individual travelers.