Seiko Lord Marvel carved logo 14k Gold Filled December 1960

Seiko Lord Marvel carved logo 14k Gold Filled December 1960

Maker: Seiko
Model: Lord Marvel (first generation mark 3 dial)
Year: December 1960
Material: 14k gold filled
Dimensions: 36mm diameter; 11mm thickness
Crystal: Plexiglass
Caliber: Base Marvel caliber, 23 jewels
Service History: October 2020,+1.4 sec/day
Bracelet/Strap: pictured brown epsom leather strap
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 great condition and appears to be all original. The case has a few nicks and scratches, and most likely has been polished in the past but retains its original edges. The dial is in excellent condition with little aging and the carved "Seiko Lord Marvel" logo is in beautiful/crisp shape . The indexes are made of 18k solid gold as indicated by the sun shaped octagonal “special dial” logo above the six o’clock. The original hands are in great condition and is the highly desirable “mountain” hands shape that was used in the First Grand Seiko carved models. The movement has just been serviced by our watch maker and is running at an excellent +1.4 sec/day.

 

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