"That a wristwatch is a small celestial theater. It is a small sky. A device for the measure of shadows." -Gabriel Gudding
Saturday, October 22, 2011
1964 Second generation 43999 or 5722 Grand Seiko chronometer, box and owners manual
The search is on for a Second generation 43999 or 5722 Grand Seiko chronometer, box and owners manual. I have never seen a set of these, or even photos, so I have attempted to reconstruct this information from what is available on the internet.
1) Photo of first generation cal. 3180 Grand Seiko Chronometer packaging, tags and certificate:
2) Photo of second generation cal. 43999 Grand Seiko chronometer, receipt and owners manual (not original box)
Source: uhm, not sure, but seem to remember it was cached from Rakuten.
3) Second generation 43999 or 5722 Grand Seiko chronometer, box and owners manual
Source: cached from online sales site
So, to sum up, a complete set for the second generation GS Chronometer would appear to include:
a black, presumable wooden box with yellow and red "Lion logo" interior as seen in figure 3,
an owners manual as seen in figures 2 and 3
a chronometer certificate similar to figure 1 but with Lion logo rather than the three-pointed star,
hang-tags and price-tags similar to figure 1
an outer protective cover in cardboard similar to figure 1
Of all of these, only the owners manual appears from time to time on Yahoo Japan, in such pristine condition that the seller must a) either have a box full of NOS manuals, or b) have a good color printer and some strange fetish which involves copying only the second gen. GS manual and selling it on the internet. Occams razor suggests the former. A scan of the manual can be downloaded at: