Seiko Lord-Matic Ukiyo-e customized watch – Kitagawa Utamaro, Young Woman Blowing a Glass Pipe

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Artist

Utamaro, Kitagawa

Condition

(A+) Excellent Condition

Date

1960s-1970s

Movement

Ukiyo-e

Publisher

Seiko

Size

Watch

Subjects

Women / Geisha

Young Woman Blowing a Popen (glass noisemaker), from the series “Ten Classes of Women’s Physiognomy” (Fujo ninsō juppen)
ca. 1792–93

Between 1956 and 1965 the Japan Post Co issued an 11-part series of 10 yen stamps celebrating famous ukiyo-e artists through some of their most recognizable woodblocks. Artists included Kitagawa Utamaro, Suzuki Harunobu, Chobunsai Eishi and others. While it is unknown who it was that modified these watches, it most likely was a watchmaker employed by one of the luxury department stores in Japan. They seem to have used the issued stamps to modify the dial of Seiki Lord-Matic watches between the years 1965 and 1973 and created these unique and eye-catching timepieces.

This watch dial/stamp is “Young Woman Blowing a Popen” (glass noisemaker), from the series “Ten Classes of Women’s Physiognomy”, by Kitagawa Utamaro and published around 1792.

About the Watch

Year of production: 1971
Model: Lord Matic 5606-7150
Case: Stainless steel
Condition: No significant wear as seen
Dial: Great condition
Movement: Automatic self-winding
Movement/Caliber: 5606a
Base caliber: 5606
Number of jewels: 23
Frequency: 21600 A/h
Watch band: signed Seiko Lord Matic