Just bought this vintage manual wind watch sold as a SEIKO "S MARVEL", 1967, but after some research I believe this may have been a mistake and this watch may be a very early 1957 "S MARVEL" - here's why;
- The styling of the letters on the watch face is similar to the early S Marvels.
- The style of the embossing on the back of the SS case back.
- The symbol of the "Stork" (I believe is the correct name used.)
- The use of the word "ANTISHOCK" vs. "DIASHOCK".
- The way the jewel is encased in the movement with two bars. Seems to be a very early design.
- The style of the crown is the same as the earliest S Marvels.
- The reference number is "753774"
- This is the 3774 watch made. This watch being so successful and being manufactured (perhaps) only 11 months after it's debut, (June 1956) May 1957 seems to be about right for the year. If it were 10 years later the number would likely be a lot higher. IMHO
- Finally I do not think the S Marvel was around in 1967.
I have some other questions;
Does any one know the movement number for this watch?
What is the bph for this early watch? I believe it is 6 ticks per second. It's hard to tell.
The F-S feature of the movement does not have an arrow indicator piece that I see on alot of watches. Would this early watch have had one? Is it important for the watch movement?
and finally, what does the stork symbol represent?
Any opinions about the date of the watch and all information about my "new" watch will be appreciated.