Since 1881, the Japanese watch brand Seiko has been manufacturing watches that are made by hand and is ideal for those who value perfection. Seiko watches’ rich history along with the success is what makes Seiko one of the prominent brands in the watch world.
Seiko is a leading watch brand that has been transforming the industry since 1969. It was the time when the Japanese watchmaker introduced Seiko Astron – it is the world's first GPS solar watch and also the first quartz movement watch.
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Seiko is one of the most popular brands when it comes to the world of watches. They are well known all across the world due to their extensive range of media partnerships. Take it from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Sigourney Weaver and Novak Djokovic, they all have been seen with the different Seiko watches throughout the history of Seiko. And one of the prominent features of Seiko watches is its precision, no wonder they were named as the official timekeepers in a number of sports events that included FIFA World Cups and Olympic Games.
Seiko began its journey in 1881 and was founded by Kintarō Hattori in Ginza, Tokyo. He was only 11 when he became an apprentice to a sundries wholesale. And by the time he was 13, he came up with a better idea of opening a clock shop where he could not only sell clocks but also repair them. So he started working in a clock shop where he learned everything he could and later in 1881 when he was at the age of 21 he founded the business of Seiko.
At an early age itself, Kintarō Hattori was proved to be the best entrepreneur. He handled his business wisely and had a fantastic relationship with the trading houses. He imported his clocks from a foreign trading house in Yokohama and due to his exceptional relationship, they allowed Kintarō to access the larger orders and provided him products earlier than his competitors. Thus the watch business achieved new heights by producing a wide range of new and exciting products.
The next aim of Kintarō was to become a manufacturer and to accomplish this goal he hired Tsuruhiko Yoshikawa, who proved to be an extremely gifted engineer. In order to start manufacturing high quality, high priced wall clocks he set up the Seikosha factory in 1892. And within the 8 weeks of opening the factory, they produced their first clock under the brand name Seikosha.
Seikosha created their first pocket watch in 1895 which added to the development of the company as its sole purpose was to develop a lasting timepiece business. Although their business of pocket watches ran at a loss for the first 15 years but by 1910 due to the technological improvement which bought them new machinery – this increased their production and got them to profit in their pocket watch business.
In the year 1910 Seikosha's business also grew because of their export of wall clocks to China. And this progress made with China got them the title of the "Japenese King of Watches".
The birth of the Seiko brand of wristwatches took place as a result of Seikosha’s burnt factory during the Great Kanto Earthquake. Kintarō worked from the scratch and build his empire again and started the business. In the following December, he produced his first wristwatch under the brand name "Seiko". And this business was added with further success which happened in 1929 when the Japan National Railway chose one of the Seikosha pocket watches as their official "railway watch".
Now let's take a look at some of the notable Seiko watch models.
The Seiko Presage is an ideal dress automatic watch collection which consists of gorgeous dress watches in various style and colors. Some of this Seiko Presage watch also comes with the complications such as power reserve indicator, chronograph, and retrograde indicator. Thus with brilliant styling and build quality, the Seiko chronograph Presage watches are perfect to fit in the luxury collection.
Prospex, as the name signifies refers to “Professional Specifications”. Prospex Sea is a tool watch specifically built for the divers. This Prospex dive watch was first introduced in the year 1965 with the ref. 6217. It is one of the leading innovators when it comes to the advancement in the Seiko dive watches. Some of its features are:
- It is the first diver watch which adopted a titanium case instead of the standard steel case.
- It is the first to acquire a quartz movement in a professional dive watch.
- It is the first to use a ceramic shroud for deep-sea diving.
- And of course, the first to use a hybrid analog digital watch with an alarm.
Seiko Astron – it is the world's first GPS solar watch and also the first to acquire the quartz.
These can be classified depending on their two major functions:
- Solar Watch – this Seiko solar watch consists of photo-voltaic cells present on its dial which absorb lights. And this light is then converted into electricity and stored inside the battery of this Astron solar watch. Thus diminishing the requirement of changing the battery, ever.
- GPS Function – this Astron GPS watch is perfect for those who are always moving around across continents, as this watch is capable of automatically setting the time itself. The GPS receiver of the Seiko GPS watch set time according to the current timezone the watch is in.
Seiko is that brand which comes with a full package. Thus it not only delivers Seiko watches for men but also provides a wide range of choices in its Seiko watches for women collection. Go ahead and explore them to get your ideal watch.