Seiko Lord Marvel carved logo 18 solid gold Aug 1960

Seiko Lord Marvel carved logo 18 solid gold Aug 1960

Maker: Seiko
Model: Lord Marvel (first generation mark 3 dial)
Year: August 1960
Material: 18k solid gold
Dimensions: 36mm diameter; 11mm thickness
Crystal: Plexiglass
Caliber: Base Marvel caliber, 23 jewels
Service History: April 2021, -5.6 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 we have on offer is an early (August 1960 / pre GS1st) mark three dial with the logo carved similar to the mark one but without the applied S. The mark three Lord Marvel first generation models were offered in 14k gold filled, stainless steel, and 18k solid gold cases. This example is the 18k solid gold model which was, at the time it was released, by far the most expensive watch that Seiko offered in its entire watch offerings. In fact, it was more expensive than the Grand Seiko First (which was off course not solid gold but rather gold filled). 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. This example, which employs the 14050 case code, has a few nicks and minor scratches, and most likely has been polished in the past. The bottom left lug is slightly twisted inward (this is reflected on the asking price) but this does not affect the functionality or comfort when wearing the watch. The dial is in a great original condition and is overall clean with just some minor spotting and discoloration throughout (visible discoloration mainly on the bottom right edge). The carved "Seiko Lord Marvel" logo is in beautiful/crisp shape.  The 18k solid gold index as well as the original hands are  in great condition. The hands are the correct and highly desirable “mountain” hands shape that was also used in the First Grand Seiko carved logo models. The movement is in excellent condition and has just been serviced by our watch maker in April 2021 and is running at -5.6 sec/day. This watch will come with a 3 month movement warranty. The watch also 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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