Mystery watches are watches without standard hands where the function of the hour and the minute indication was supposed to be a mystery, were popular in the late 50s. Seiko originally made a version based on the Marvel which is one of the most sought-after variants.
Interestingly, it has been recently discovered that Seiko sold the same mystery dial under the Laurel line-up in very few quantities. The model we have to offer is a pristine Laurel example.
This Laurel mystery dial is identical to the Marvel version and both shares the same case code J14014. It is powered by a 17J Diashock manual winding movement.
This mystery dial watch is full of whimsy with a seamless optical illusion. Another reason why timepieces are regarded as works of art. There were several variations of these Mystery models produced, but this example especially stands out because of its glossy gray dial with twelve diggings on the main plate that act as indexes, giving an illusion of a radial finish. We paired this Laurel with a Japanese cowhide watch strap in olive to add a bit of contrast to the look and bring out the dial printing.
A truly collectible piece, and one that we won't likely have the opportunity to offer again soon.
Ships from Tokyo, Japan.
SOLD - Seiko Laurel Mystery dial J14014
Overall, this piece is in nice vintage condition. The case has some light scratches and appears to be unpolished as it retains sharp edges. The original gray dial is clean and has small light black dots spots which is expected from a 50s watch. The glass has no visible scratches.
REFERENCE: Mystery Dial J14014
DIAL: Original gray dial
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 35mm diameter, 18mm lug width
CRYSTAL: Mineral Crystal
CASE BACK: Screw-in Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: Manual winding 17J Diashock
Manufacturing date: 1959
Service History: Unknown, +30s.day
Bracelet/Strap: Olive Japanese cowhide leather strap made by the Japanese strap maker Accurate Form