I keep reading about how incredible Grand Seiko watches look in real life. I've been a bit skeptical, because I see the pictures and videos all the time, they look okay, but not necessarily that much "WOW!" factor seen. But so many Grand Seiko owners say "pictures do not do them justice", and I've yet to read about disappointment in owning Grand Seiko. Heck, Seiko even fixes issues that Grand Seiko owners have (e.g. second hand not-quite-perfectly aligned to minute markers for Grand Seiko quartz, y-axis unevenness in the "GS" symbol), which is just terrific.
For awhile now, I wanted to see what the fuss is all about, but there's no Grand Seiko AD or Seiko boutique near where I live (turns out there used to be a Seiko boutique in Toronto, but it closed down! ), and I'm too cheap and cautious as to just spring for one without thorough research and copious amount of ogling first. But all that I ogle online are inferior to the watch in real life. What to do?
Then I stumbled onto the "1080p HD" versions of Watch-Tanaka.com's videos on YouTube (must be watched in "1080p HD" and in "Full screen" mode to get the full glory). Now THAT has got the "WOW!" factor in the dials, and I could maybe finally get a closer idea of what the real thing looks like! Granted, those videos show how the dials might look like under the loupe, but maybe that's even better because then you could really examine the dials in super-fine detail. To make sure that it's not just superior high-def camera work done by Watch-Tanaka that I'm seeing, I also looked at their videos (also in "1080p HD" and "Full screen" mode) of regular Seiko watches, and I could definitely see for example the imperfections of the finishing of the hands, hour markers, and movement, so it's not just nice camera work that I'm seeing with Grand Seiko, it's the quality finishes that's being seen.
Grand Seiko owners are also welcomed to take a look and chime in about what you think. Probably still not as good as in real life, right? But I'd think it's much closer to real life than other pictures and videos.
Check them out and let the salivating begin :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xeb85dNrWtY (That blue sunburst dial on this GS quartz is to die for!)