Seiko built the Marvel - like the full serviced late 1950's example here - with the intention of improving accuracy, productivity, and ease of maintenance in its watches; it debuted on Time Memorial Day, June 10, 1956.
Although there was a trend in watch design at the time to increase the outside diameter of movements to make time easy to read, the Marvel was at the vanguard of a move toward larger watch cases. In a 1957 Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry study comparing the quality of Japanese watches, the Marvel took seven of the top ten places, including the top five. Further, in 1958, it managed to take the top nine places.
Separately, in 1957, the Marvel was the first Japanese watch to win the men's wristwatch division of a contest held by the Japan branch of the American Horological Society, surpassing non-Japanese models such as the Omega. The Marvel lived up to its name and helped earn Japanese timepieces a reputation for excellence that resounded all over the world, including as far as Switzerland.
The technology cultivated during the development of the Marvel became the base for the introduction of later mechanical watches, such as the Seiko Crown and Seiko Gyro Marvel, which overwhelmed the market with their further improved accuracy and advanced features. It went on to become the engine that powered the development of the world's first successfully commercialized quartz watch.
This Seiko Marvel manual watch comes with a leather strap, nylon NATO strap, spring bar tool, and a Pelican travel case.
Late 1950's Seiko Marvel Mecanical
DIAL: Brilliant champagne dial with gold dauphin hands, slight patina evident on dial. Dial is signed, with gold hour markers.
CASE: Stainless-steel case measures 35mm (w/crown) x 39mm, matching caseback.
CRYSTAL: Domed crystal, scratch and crack-free.
BAND: Dark brown leather strap, with stainless-steel hardware. This Marvel also includes a black nylon NATO strap.
MOVEMENT: Seiko Marvel 17-jewel manual-wind mechanical movement.
CROWN: Unsigned stainless-steel crown.