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A BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY
Model: Lord Marvel Version 3 Linen Dial
Year of Production: September 1970
Number of Jewels: 23
Hand and Dial: 3D 14K Arabic Numeral White Gold Indices and Dauphine Hands
Lug Width: 19mm
Strap: Brand-New Hi-Quality Genuine Suede Leather Strap with Silver Buckle
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
The Seiko Marvel history is indeed interesting and needs to be shared.
According to most reliable online sites, the first ever Seiko Marvel, launched in 1956 was a mechanical watch with the second hand incorporated with the minute and hour hand because prior to this Marvel, the second hand had an individual movement and had a mini-dial at the 6H position for almost all watches.
The Gyro Marvel, Seiko's first automatic, was launched in 1958 and became Seiko’s flagship watch.
The first ever Seiko Lord Marvel (5740A movement) quickly followed in 1964. Equipped with 23 Jewels and an 18,000BHP, it is Seiko's first true luxury timepiece even though it is a mechanical watch, and is older than the King Seiko and Grand Seiko.
The improved 5740C "Hi-Beat" 36,000BPH movement was introduced in 1967 and was considered one of the best watches ever produced WORLDWIDE!
For Seiko Collectors and Vintage fans, this is a Seiko Lord Marvel Version 3, Model 5740C-8000 "HI-BEAT" SUWA 23J in near mint condition. This is a highly sort-after Collectible for a variety of reasons. Notice the serial number (0D00018) confirms it is from the first batch of 5740Cs of this particular design produced.
It's original champagne gold-plated linen dial, 3D 14K gold-filled Arabic numeral indices and hands, and gold-plated case are in immaculate condition after a good clean-up. The original glass is also in excellent condition albeit a few minor scratches that are barely noticeable to the naked eye.
The crown is original and is located at its traditional 3H position and is easily accessible.
The movement was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled and calibrated on 23 August 2023. Thus it was given a complete overhaul and not a general servicing. It should be able to operate unhindered for the next 5 to 10 years at the very least thereby providing the owner peace of mind.
Equipped with the famous 5740C "Hi-Beat" movement, it operates at 36,000 BHP and has 23 jewels that provides outstanding accuracy. The time-grapher, after 60 hours of calibration, shows excellent readings i.e. rate of -1 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 167 with a straight center line! Such readings are extremely exceptional even by brand new modern automatic watch standards whereby the accepted tolerance is -20 to +40 seconds a day! This is a testament to the quality, excellent power reserve and longevity, the meticulous care provided over the years, and the expert calibration conducted for such a vintage timepiece.
The case width (without crown) and height are approximately 36mm and 42mm respectively. This lug width is 19mm and the strap can accommodate wrists up to 21cm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
A brand-new beautifully crafted hi-quality hand-stitched coffee-brown genuine leather tapered strap with gold buckle is provided to enhance the colour scheme of the dial, indices and hands.
To the best of our knowledge and expertise when overhauling the timepiece, the watch is 100% original Seiko components from this particular watch. No parts were replaced with aftermarket parts or modified thereby it is considered in near MINT condition.
Due to its age, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided show the watch’s case in immaculate condition (no dents and major scratches), and the movement within squeaky clean and well maintained. It has also been demagnetised to improve parts reliability, minimise wear & tear, and improve accuracy. The only drawback is the lack of documentation and original box. A nice purposeful carrying case or box will be provided instead.
Seldom can one find a vintage watch that offers this and more. Yes, there are many other same / similar models in the market, BUT none are as well kept, maintained and calibrated as what you see here, and with an attractive price to boot. So, it is a no-brainer that this one-of-a-kind watch will make an extremely beautiful birthday present for that special someone born in December 1970. Another no-brainer is the fact that the value of this watch will appreciate over time.
Bear in mind that this watch has seen many of the previous owners’ ups and downs in life, and should be cherished and well taken care of for the next generation to savour such engineering beauty.
This is a highly sort-after Seiko Lord Marvel May 1970 5740C-8000 with a stunningly preserved gold-plated linen dial and case, 14K gold-filled indices and hands, and a high quality genuine leather strap, so, be unique and use something that is almost impossible to source.
This is a must-have for the Seiko die-hard fan, or any vintage watch fan for that matter!