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Seiko Lord Marvel Stainless Steel carved logo Mark 2 dial, "special dial"

Seiko Lord Marvel Stainless Steel carved logo Mark 2 dial, "special dial"

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Maker: Seiko
Model: Lord Marvel
Reference: 1st generation LM mark 2 dial
Case reference: 14056
Year: April 1959
Material: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 34mm diameter (excluding cronwn); 9.7mm thickness
Crystal: Plexiglass
Lume: N/A
Caliber: 23 jewel Marvel caliber
Service History: March 2022, +8.7 seconds/day
Bracelet/Strap: Delugs grey 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). The mark one has an applied “S” with a hand carved “seiko lord marvel” logo. The mark two dial (which is the example we have here) has a carved logo with a cursive writing distinct from the other variations (most notably the L having a loop). The mark three dial 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. You can read more about the history of the Seiko Lord Marvel here.

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).

Overall, this 1st generation mark 2 carved Seiko Lord Marvel in Stainless Steel with SD logo is in great condition. Compared with the more common Lord Marvel mark 3 dial, the mark 2 dial is quite rare and not many examples appear in the market even in Japan. Everything on this watch appears to be original including the S-mark crown. The stainless steel case is the correct 14056 case ref which were used for the stainless steel cases for the mark 2 dial variants. The case is in fantastic condition with the original bevels prevalent with sharp lugs. The original dial is in good honest condition with some blemishes throughout and discoloration along the top right edge of the dial. The index are made of 14k white gold as indicated by the sun shaped “special dial” SD logo above the six o’clock. The hands set is  original and although aged, is in good condition. The movement has just been serviced by our watchmaker on March 2022 and is currently at +8.7 seconds/day.

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