The story of Seiko began in 1881, when a 22 year old entrepreneur, Kintaro Hattori, opened a shop selling and repairing watches and clocks in central Tokyo.
Today, after more than 130 years of innovation, Kintaro Hattori’s company is still dedicated to the perfection that the founder always strove to achieve.
KINTARO HATTORI OPENS A SHOP SELLING AND REPAIRING WATCHES AND CLOCKS IN GINZA, TOKYO
SEIKOSHA WAS FOUNDED; STARTED PRODUCING WALL CLOCKS
SEIKOSHA BUILDS THE FIRST POCKET WATCH
THE LAUREL, THE FIRST WRISTWATCH MADE IN JAPAN, MAKES ITS DEBUT
In the beginning of the Taisho Era, pocket watches were still very popular and there were only a few wristwatches imported to Japan. Kintaro, however, was determined to be ‘one step ahead’ and embarked on the arduous task of creating Japan’s first ever wristwatch. In 1913, he succeeded and the Laurel was produced. In the early days, the company was able to produce only 30 to 50 watches a day, but, for the first time, Kintaro had established a lead on the rest.
THE FIRST SEIKO BRAND WATCH WAS PRODUCED.
In 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake struck and the company’s headquarters and the Seikosha factory all burned down. A fresh start had to be made. Just after the Earthquake, the company had created an entirely new watch and it went on sale in December 1923. It was the first to carry the name Seiko, introducing to the world for the first time the brand name that was later to become synonymous with precision and accuracy, innovation and refinement.
SEIKO POCKET WATCH IS APPOINTED AS JAPAN NATIONAL RAILWAY'S OFFICIAL "RAILWAY WATCH"
CONSTRUCTED THE WAKO CLOCK TOWER, THE FAMILIAR FACE OF GINZA
STARTED TO USE "DIASHOCK", A SHOCK-RESISTANCE DEVICE
INTRODUCED JAPAN'S FIRST WRISTWATCH EQUIPPED WITH A STOPWATCH
Japan’s first wristwatch equipped with a stopwatch, introduced in 1964, the year of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Its smooth operation and durability were ensured by a column wheel.
PRODUCED THE FIRST JAPANESE DIVER'S WATCH
The first Japan-made diver’s watch, waterproof to a depth of 150 meters. The winding crown was designed with a double packing structure to withstand high water pressure. Designated for use by the 8th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.
NEUCHATEL OBSERVATORY COMPETITION AND GENEVA OBSERVATORY COMPETITION
In 1967, Daini Seikosha sent to Neuchatel caliber 45 movements that were being used in the Grand Seiko and King Seiko lines, and these were subsequently marketed as special pieces that has passed the tests for “specially calibrated timepieces”. They were known as the Observatory Chronometers and these VFA Seiko watches took second and third places in the chronometer competition. This was the last year of the Neuchatel competition held under the old rules. Seiko then entered the Geneva Observatory competitions and at the very first attempt achieved a fantastic result. Seiko’s entries were awarded every place from fourth to tenth, which was the best result achieved by any manufacturer of mechanical wristwatches. Seiko achieved first place overall.
INTRODUCTION OF CAL. 6139, THE WORLD’S FIRST AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WATCH EQUIPPED WITH BOTH VERTICAL CLUTCH AND COLUMN WHEEL
INTRODUCTION OF THE WORLD’S FIRST QUARTZ WATCH, “SEIKO QUARTZ ASTRON.”
The world’s first quartz watch, the Seiko Quartz Astron was introduced in Tokyo on December 25, 1969. It delivered unmatched performance. It was accurate to within 5 seconds per month, 100 times more accurate than any other watch, and it ran continuously for a year, or 250 times longer than most mechanical watches. The quartz revolution had begun.