Seiko Lord Marvel carved logo 14k Gold Filled May 1959

Seiko Lord Marvel carved logo 14k Gold Filled May 1959

Maker: Seiko
Model: Lord Marvel (first generation mark 3 dial)
Year: May 1959
Material: 14k gold filled
Dimensions: 36mm diameter; 11mm thickness
Crystal: Plexiglass
Caliber: Base Marvel caliber, 23 jewels
Service History: March 2021,+3.4 sec/day
Strap and buckle: pictured brown Seiko leather leather strap with period correct buckle
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). To learn more about the 1st generation Lord Marvel dial variations, we encourage you to read our post here.

 

The watch offered here is an early (1959 / pre GS1st) mark three dial with the logo carved similar to the mark one but without the applied S. 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. In addition, this is a "special dial" Lord Marvel as indicated by the sun shaped octagonal logo above the six o'clock, meaning that the index of this watch is made of 18k solid gold and were hand planted (instead of glued) by the craftsmen and women at the Suwa Seikosha factory. This is a chance to own a piece of history and a top luxury model vintage Seiko at a fraction of the price from the first Grand Seiko.

Overall, this 1st generation mark 3 dial Seiko Lord Marvel is in very nice vintage condition. The 14039 "hamaguri" or clamshell case has a few nicks and minor scratches, and most likely has been polished in the past but overall is in good shape. The dial is in a great original condition and is overall clean with just some minor spotting throughout. There is a visible scratch on the carved logo around the "Seiko" logo which can be seen in the picture. Besides this small scratch, the carved "Seiko Lord Marvel" logo is in beautiful/crisp shape . The 18k solid gold index are all in great shape. The original hands are also in great condition and is the highly desirable “mountain” hands shape that was also used in the First Grand Seiko carved logo models. The movement has just been serviced by our watch maker in March 2021 and is running at an excellent +3.4 sec/day. This watch will come with a 3 month movement warranty. The watch comes with a brand new Seiko leather strap (pictured) and is paired with a period correct Lord Marvel buckle which in itself is quite rare and hard to come by.

 

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