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 Spirit Summoner; Wild Geese Returning Home (Maboroshi; Rakugan) (right) and A Thin Veil of Clouds; Clearing Weather (Usugumo; Seiran) (left), from the series Eight Views of The Tale of Genji in the Floating World (Ukiyo Genji hakkei) by Chōbunsai Eishi and published around 1797.
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
Base caliber: 5606
Number of jewels: 23
Frequency: 21600 A/h
Watch band: signed Seiko Lord Matic