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Seiko Lord Marvel 1st generation, carved mark 3 dial in steel, June 1960, J14038

Seiko Lord Marvel 1st generation, carved mark 3 dial in steel, June 1960, J14038

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Maker: Seiko
Model: Lord Marvel (first generation mark 3 dial)
Case Code: J14038
Case serial: 0611263
Year: June 1960
Material: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 36mm diameter; 11mm thickness
Crystal: Plexiglass
Caliber: Base Marvel caliber, 23 jewels
Service History: December 2021, -36.4 sec/day
Strap and buckle: Jones in Tokyo x Special Dial Tan Epsom strap (pictured)
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 a 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 with carved logo.

Overall, this 1st generation mark 3 dial Seiko Lord Marvel is in a great vintage condition. The J14038 steel case has some minor scratches but has likely not been polished much as can be seen from the very sharp case. The original dial is in great condition with the carved "Seiko Lord Marvel" logo in beautiful/crisp shape. As can be expected from a watch of this age, the dial has some blemishes throughout and discoloration along the top right edge of the dial. The 14k white gold index are all in excellent condition. The original hand set is also in excellent condition. The movement was fully serviced in December 2021 and is running well at -36.4 sec/day. The watch comes with a brand new Tan Epsom strap made by the talented Jones in Tokyo.

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