Seiko Lord Marvel carved logo 14k Gold Filled

Seiko Lord Marvel carved logo 14k Gold Filled

Maker: Seiko
Model: Lord Marvel
Reference: LM mark 3 dial
Year: 1962
Material: 14k gold filled
Dimensions: 36mm diameter; 11mm thickness
Crystal: Plexiglass
Lume: N/A
Caliber: Marvel 23 jewels
Service History: N/A, +32.7 sec/day
Bracelet/Strap: None
Lug Width: 18mm
Box/Papers: None

The Seiko Lord Marvel was introduced  in 1958 by Suwa Seikosha and was Seiko’s first ever luxury model. Most Seiko experts agree that there are five dial variations to the 1st generation Lord Marvel (1958~1964). The mark one has an applied “S” with a hand carved “seiko lord marvel” logo. The mark two dial has a carved logo with a cursive writing distinct from the other variations (most notably the L having a loop). The mark three dial (which is the watch here) has the logo carved similar to the mark one but without the applied S. The mark four and five dials both have a printed logo with one being a sun burst dial with the other being a silver hairline dial. 

The carving of the Lord Marvel logo were hand carved by the same expert craftsmen at the Suwa factory who were carving the logo for the first  Grand Seiko (3180 GS). This is a chance to own a masterpiece and top luxury model from the Suwa Seikosha at a fraction of the price from the first Grand Seiko.

Overall, this 1st generation mark 3 dial Seiko Lord Marvel is in good condition and appears to be all original. The case has a few nicks, and most likely has been polished in the past but retains sharp edges. The dial is in good condition with a noticeable spotting on the upper right side of the dial. The indexes are made of 18k solid gold as indicated by the sun shaped “special dial” logo above the six o’clock. The original hands are crisp and is the highly desirable “mountain” hands shape. The movement service history is unknown but currently is running within good vintage standards at +32.7 sec/day