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I had an another opportunity to take a short vacation to Japan recently, but this time with the Family. So I didn't expect to make time for watch hunting, but my smile was like from left to my right ears when the missus told me I was not going to PuroLand (Hello Kitty) with them and I can have my own time

This greeted me and my kid at the airport. Is it a sign?



Truth be told, I flipped most of my Seikos and joined the dark side (swiss). Not expensive ones though, entry level one only and a vintage too. So honestly I went to hunt for a non-Seiko, sorry. Will not post pics of non-Seikos though as this is a Japanese forum.

Wore this old timer on my right wrist though and set it to Japan time



First day as we arrived in Shinjuku. Game was on while the missus and kids were looking at a couple of boutiques and ¥100 shops

Bic Camera was the first stop









Next was on a small preowned watch store





On to another small shop



Next day, Akihabara. The day of the split. After breakfast at Denny's, walked around with the fam for few and there they go. So game face was on..

Big Stores








On to the small shops







Wait! Am I dreaming?!



What the?!




Store keeper told me that the watch didn't work and needs an overhaul. Shish! Wrong hands and movement needs servicing. Sorry old timer, price tag didn't deserve haggling. Moving on..






One last look.. nope, sorry



Ueno didn't have too much Seikos to offer so went on to the much talked about, Nakano..




The mall



Vintage stuff or toys at the front display don't mean they don't have watches. Check them out too ;)





I went to a lot of preowned watch stores in Nakano Broadway. Most have swiss but with a couple of Grand Seikos too. Last stop is Jack Road..





Was set on getting this piece but store keeper told me 'this area JUNK'. Okaaay..



Nothing, nada, no purchase. But I did saw an interesting one in Shibuya store called Book Off. They had preowned stuff at the basement where I remember I was going to purchase a used G-Shock on my last visit. Watch was running in 2 second interval as I told the store keeper if I could have a big discount as the battery needed changing. She took it out and after a minute came out their stockroom and said 'This store can change in 3mins' Okaaay.. told her I'd come back for it and think about it.

Went back to out place and researched about the movement and was amazed by blogs about it. Sealed for 50yrs guaranteed? No kidding?! And more amazing specs about it. Kicking myself for not buying the watch

Next day asked the missus where we were going, she answered Shibuya.. great!!! Shopping shopping and more shopping. I went to a department store called Tokyu Hands. As soon as I saw the watch section, dang! 10bar waterproof test and free polishing for ¥1500! Was supposed to be ¥2000+ with battery change but I told them the watch probably got a new one by now.

Went back to Book Off, checked the watch, talked about the tax free stuff and swipe the plastic please. It is pretty rough on the sides as I imagined it was owned by a youngster who's had too much fun after work and one night left somewhere, where it got picked up by someone and sold it to Book Off

Here is the purchase, sorry for delaying. It's a Grand Seiko Quartz 9F62 mov't SBGX053






It is pretty rough on the sides, maybe one of the reasons why I didn't pick it up right away.

Brought the watch straight to Tokyu Hands watch repair section. The elder watchmaker wasn't there and a youngster replaced. Asked him about the polishing and he didn't get a word I was saying. Elder man came out (relief). Told him I want this done by a Japanese as they are known very good watchmakers. He explained to me where he would do the polishing and would not touch the brushed areas.. perfect!

After 30mins I got the watch back. He was sorry not able to take out deep scratches but I told him how great he did with the watch. Excellent job

Took the one I was wearing off (non-seiko) and it is neglected up to now





Bracelet is a little tight so I have it on leather at the moment and working something out that hopefully will get me extra links



Last two days was horror! I was planning on going back for a couple more watches that I saw.. no, not the 62mas! Maybe the KS and a few affordables but my Arthritis attacked! Could barely walk. Slept half the time in the clinic in Disneyland. Wheelchaired my way through three airports

So, overall not a bad trip. Happy with my purchase. Not an auto, and also a preowned one which I could afford most importantly

If you made it through this part, thank you for reading about my amazing, painful, but great trip!

John




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Thanks for sharing all your awesome photos. Congrats on your Grand Seiko!
 

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I enjoyed the write up and all the pictures added to it, thanks for sharing John!


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@insyte, Thanks! The patterned dial got me hooked

@mpalmer, Thank you

@whiterain, got a new leather



@Bill Adler, painful but came home happy

@shakin_jake, one of the best Seikos I've seen on this trip. Awesome beast Sir

@Pippy, you're welcome Sir. Glad you enjoyed it
 

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Thanks for sharing John. Its entertaining and the best its the photos. Everytime I visit Japan I too have this excitement of catching a new Seiko. Thats the fun part that you can enjoy watching the displayed watches at the counter for hours.
 

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Great Post. I should be there for a few days in June, you've got me even more excited about the trip.
 

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Great Post. I should be there for a few days in June, you've got me even more excited about the trip.
Tokyo is a watch collector's paradise. There's a watch store that just opened a week ago in Jiyugaoka, Jiyugaoka Isseido. (I haven't been yet, but that won't last long.) It's just across the street from the Jiyugaoka station main entrance: http://www.isseido.co.jp. Like many watch stores in Tokyo, you'll find various brands under one roof, including Breitling, Seiko, Franck Muller, Harry Winston, Zenith and others.

My new favorite Tokyo watch store is this collective in Ginza: https://www.watchuseek.com/f2/elevator-watch-heaven-3757354.html

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Thanks for posting this and letting us live vicariously through you, OP. Love these type of threads.
 

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@leong33, you're welcome Sir. You are right, just seeing jdm watches and bringing home brochures are enough fun already for us Seikoholics. It is my second visit and looking forward on the next already ;)

@Laso1, better do your homework. Not sure if akable is a forum member here, he is on TOFs. His write ups on watch hunting in Japan is what my short hunt is based upon. His was a lot though and I couldn't find the rest

@6R15, you're welcome Sir. I too love seeing these kind of threads regarding Japan watch hunts. Read too much I passed up on going to the Seiko Museum twice already as I already felt I have toured inside the museum already


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Stunning watch. Looks fantastic on you.

Loved reading about your trip to Japan. Sounds like you and the family had a fun time. I plan to take my kids there when theyre a bit older.

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Stunning watch. Looks fantastic on you.

Loved reading about your trip to Japan. Sounds like you and the family had a fun time. I plan to take my kids there when theyre a bit older.

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Yup, had a blast.. except for the last two days when my arthitis attacked

My 3yr old couldn't be much happier. She withstood the cold climate more than us. May 11yr old, well almost a teenager so she said she had fun but wanted to go back

Definitely worth visiting country with kids. Very friendly people, tourists friendly, and well planned and convenient train system


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I just landed in Tokyo few hours ago so will also be on the lookout for a vintage or a jdm seiko. First stop BIC camera...
 

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I just landed in Tokyo few hours ago so will also be on the lookout for a vintage or a jdm seiko. First stop BIC camera...
Don't forget Nakano Broadway for vintage. Go through not just purely watch stores but also vintage stuff, they have watches too ;)


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Sorry to hear about your arthritis kicking in during this trip...what triggered it, the cold weather? I have been diagnosed with suffering from osteoarthritis complications so I can sympathize. As an aside, 200 mg Celebrex daily works wonders for me, I have also used and benefited from low dosage Maloxicam


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Thanks for sharing, looks like a great trip! The Grand Seiko looks great, I like the models with the crown guards.
 

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@shakin_jake, I think it was the very cold weather as it went as low as 0-1degree celcius while we were there. Ate too much sashimi too at Genki Sushi before the attack, does sashimi have too much uric acid? My friend told me it triggered my gout attack. I'm also taking celecoxib 200mg whenever i feel the pain will be starting and it won't push through the next day. I don't take it daily as the doctor and pharmacist told me it is dangerous for the liver. Chili eating helps too I think. I eat too much bad food like pork fats, internal organs, etc. and my gout arthritis attacks on a twice a year average.

Really regret not taking meds with me on a trip, as I could've bought a few more affordables last two days of our trip :)

@stewham, thanks! Looking forward on the next one. Actually didn't know the model of this GS but the dial was so mesmerizing and when we came back to the apartment (airbnb) I researched and was so amazed by the 9F movement, it got me sold :)


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