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After a very busy last couple of weeks preparing for a visit from Seiko for our Grand Seiko Roadshow, things are finally close to settling down here at AZ Fine Time. The show was a tremendous success. Thank you to everyone who made it and viewed our live feed. I have quite a few pictures from the event and felt it was only appropriate to share. Unfortunately, I did not have time to sort the pics in chronological order, but you'll get the idea.

I hope you all enjoy!


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As you may know, during the event, Seiko brought in one of 6 master watchmakers who are skilled enough to construct the Spring Drive movement. This year the watchmaker built the 9R86 Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT movement (last year was the 9R65). This movement consists of 416 parts. It was very impressive to see.


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Many autographs were signed to our lucky customers who made purchases during the event.


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Here we have one of our great customers Frank "MiniDriver" with Mr. Kenji Hagiwara, President of Seiko USA. A big thanks to Frank and Mr. Hagiwara. It was both of their 1st times visiting our store, and I was very glad to hear they had an amazing time.


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The go to guy Keith, our local sales rep. He works incredibly hard for us, as you will see in this picture.


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The owner of our store Mitchel (right) with a new customer who came to visit for the Roadshow.


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Lots of watch boxes to be autographed.


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For the items we sold but didn't have in stock, the watchmaker autographed Seiko 130th Anniversary books.


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Our front cigar humidor, where we handed out complimentary Ashton cigars and Battlehill Scotch. Thanks to Mike for bringing the supplies!


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Our regional sales VP, and another very hard working part of Seiko's staff, Rick explaining Spring Drive to a new high-end Seiko customer.


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The owner of our store Mitchel with Mr. Kenji Hagiwara, President of Seiko USA.


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Mitchel again with Mr. Martin Gormley VP of Seiko USA


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Never leave home without them...


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Mr. Hideo Fukai, master watchmaker extraordinaire. It was incredibly impressive to see him at work. He definitely makes it look easy.


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The labor of love that goes into "Zaratsu" polishing you'll find on Grand Seiko and Ananta.


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The 12 step process that it takes to make the dial for SBGA001, SBGE005, and SBGX063. The "Champagne" dial.


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The 6 step process for the SBGA011 dial. Otherwise known as the "Snowflake", or in this case, "Snowfrake". Definitely a bad typo.


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The amazing exploded Spring Drive


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Customers checking out all the unique traits of Grand Seiko and Ananta. Thanks Tim and Jack


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Cigar King, also known as AZ Fine Time, also know as Shavingcreams.com. Whatever you call us, it's all the same.


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Mr Fukai hard at work


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Mitchel with Mr. Yosh Kawada, Senior VP of Seiko USA


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Mitchel and Rick


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As much as I love watches, I could never do his job


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Rick and Mr. Kawada explaining the mechanics that go into their timepieces.


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Keith (left) and Rick (right). Two of the key guys that helped get us where we are today with Seiko. Thank you for all your hard work.


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The magic of Spron


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Cigars and Scotch


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Mr. Naoto Nagasaki, an Engineer at Seiko JP, explaining the "Snowflake" to a customer. Mr. Nagasaki did an amazing job of explaining pieces, mechanics, and things to come in the future.


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The 9R86 GS Spring Drive Chronograph movement in full assembly


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Keith and Joshua, VP here at AZ Fine Time


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My new toy... SRQ013. I decided to purchase this piece for my personal collection. I can't take my eyes off of the thing.


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SBGW039 Grand Seiko 130th Anniversary in Platinum.


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A new found Spring Drive lover (tall guy, black shirt) and his wife speaking with Rick. Thanks John


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An education on Spring Drive


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Below are some of the autographs given at the event. This wasn't even all the pieces that sold!


Witty'swatch by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks Witty!


Robert'swatch by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks Robert!


Mike'swatch by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks for doubling up Mike!


Lou'swatch by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks Lou A.!


LouF'swatch by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks Lou F.!


Jim'swatch by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks Jim!


Jerry'sautograph by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks Jerry! Your watch will be here soon!


Jeff'sautograph by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks Jeff!


Frank'swatch by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Another big Thanks to FranK! You helped prove to Seiko that their US based customers are knowledgeable and love the product.


Bruceswatch by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks Bruce!


Dennis'swatch by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks Dennis!


Andreas'swatches by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

Thanks for doubling up on the LE's Andreas!


Mywatch by JoeAZFT, on Flickr

And myself with Mr. Fukai, my SNR017 and my newly acquired SRQ013.

We'd also like to thank the rest of our customers who purchased during the event and the rest of our wonderful Seiko customers. With out you, a show like this wouldn't be possible. Also, thanks to Ariel Adams from ablogtoread for attending.

And of course, a BIG thanks to SEIKO for putting on such an amazing event!

Be on the lookout for a full length video of the watchmaking, an interview with Mr. Yosh Kawada, and the overall party!

Thanks again for all your support!

PS- We are working on an ALL NEW version of our web site. While our current site has served us well, it's time for an upgrade. We are committed to providing you the with the best on-line experience of any watch company in the business. Here are a few of the improvements that we have in store:
- Enhanced search and site navigation
- Better images and videos
- 360 degree views on select watches
- Watch news and reviews
- And much more!
 

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great pics and review Joe..;-)


Good to see so many faces at the event.....it should also be noted that the gentleman that picked his GS up in person (glasses and dark red stripped dress shirt) is my good friend and #1 Grand Seiko fan, Frank (MINIDRIVER)..... Let's see that Snowflake Frank!:-!
 

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great pics and review Joe..;-)

Good to see so many faces at the event.....it should also be noted that the gentleman that picked his GS up in person (glasses and dark red stripped dress shirt) is my good friend and #1 Grand Seiko fan, Frank (MINIDRIVER)..... Let's see that Snowflake Frank!:-!
Thank you.

I did mention that was our good friend Frank. It was a pleasure to finally meet him in person. Absolutely a great guy! You'll notice he's the only one to have the autograph from the both Mr. Fukai and Mr. Hagiwara! Thanks again for coming Frank. We're all waiting to see that "Snowfrake"!
 

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Congrats Joe on the the Ananta.

Looked like a great event. All the best for more future Seiko events.
Great update and pics. :-!

Whos that I see, the man, the myth, the legend, -Minidriver (Frank). Congrats on the Snow Flake Frank!

I missed the live feed, but look forward to the video. Don't edit too much, I'd like to see the after party uncensored. LOL.

Here's a suggestion maybe for next event. Make a list of questions asked by forumers in a town meeting format during live feed or in advanced.
Many forumers like myself are unable to make it to the event but I'm sure have many questions for the Seiko reps, watchmakers and AZfinetime about service, technical info, repair, and future sales, and new projects for the future of Seiko and AZfinetime.
Might be and interesting concept.

Thanks for sharing and spreading the Seiko gospel.
cheers,
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Thank you.

I did mention that was our good friend Frank. It was a pleasure to finally meet him in person. Absolutely a great guy! You'll notice he's the only one to have the autograph from the both Mr. Fukai and Mr. Hagiwara! Thanks again for coming Frank. We're all waiting to see that "Snowfrake"!
Is he still banned here?
 

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Amazing event, wish I were local :(.
 

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Congrats Joe on the the Ananta.

Looked like a great event. All the best for more future Seiko events.
Great update and pics. :-!

Whos that I see, the man, the myth, the legend, -Minidriver (Frank). Congrats on the Snow Flake Frank!

I missed the live feed, but look forward to the video. Don't edit too much, I'd like to see the after party uncensored. LOL.

Here's a suggestion maybe for next event. Make a list of questions asked by forumers in a town meeting format during live feed or in advanced.
Many forumers like myself are unable to make it to the event but I'm sure have many questions for the Seiko reps, watchmakers and AZfinetime about service, technical info, repair, and future sales, and new projects for the future of Seiko and AZfinetime.
Might be and interesting concept.

Thanks for sharing and spreading the Seiko gospel.
cheers,
Dave
Thanks Dave! I am really enjoying it.

That's right, and from what I heard, he had a great time!

I was hoping to do so this time around, but it was far too busy. Hopefully something in the future. I do love the idea though!
 

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Joe,

Great Pics! Certainly looks like a fun event.

FYI: The watch arrived safely yesterday. Thanks for the autographed box and the wonderful T-Shirt.
If you are doing this again next year, I'll try to make it.

Witty
 

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I don't know exactly what happened, but he doesn't participate on this forum anymore.

Were you able to attend the event at the HMS location? I heard there was a decent turn out. If so, I hope you had a good time.
I missed it, spent the day under a series 109 rover, helping to fix a busted rear diff. I'm waiting for one of the locals to post about their experiences.
 

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Joe,

Great Pics! Certainly looks like a fun event.

FYI: The watch arrived safely yesterday. Thanks for the autographed box and the wonderful T-Shirt.
If you are doing this again next year, I'll try to make it.

Witty
Thanks Witty!

Hopefully I'll have a little better warning next year. It'd be great if you could make it.

Glad you enjoyed!
 

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Let's list tools used to service a Grand Seiko:

1) Fontax tweezers (regular, and with carbon fiber tips)
2) Tohnichi AMRD/AMLD torque driver: these two are used to tight router screw and mount screw.
3) Screw drivers: Last time I saw Bergeon, This time I cannot figure out the brand.
4) Hand remover: Looks a copy of Presto #1, with little modification
5) Hand setter: they use metal one

Bad thing is they didn't show us oilers and Seiko oil. I wish some day they can show us how to uniformly oil ratchet wheel.
 
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