I don't buy vintage watches very often. The only other purchase I have made was of my Bulova Concentric. A thread on Affordables got me thinking about birth year watches and what watch I would want. Was there one that represented anything significant in the world of watches that was new and available in 1962. I've been interested in Seiko lately, finding my fathers 30+ year old auto that burst into life when I picked it up after sitting idle for 20 years, buying a new Spirit 6R15, and some other factors.
So, I was cruising the web the other night and found a Seiko Cal 290 Gyro Marvel that appeared to be in good shape. The price was fair so I bid on it. I won it somehow (no one else bid) and it is now incoming via EMS. It is the first magic lever system Seiko, was made in 1962, and to me represents the beginning of an era for Seiko in automatics since it was the first commercially viable auto from Seiko.
The Cal 290 - Seiko Gyro Marvel entered production in 1959 at the SUWA Factory.