Seiko Seiko Selection Watches
Seiko Company is one of the oldest watchmaking brands which, despite its long-lasting operation, has remained innovative as ever. The Japanese watchmaker was officially established by Kintaro Hattori in 1892 under the name Seikosha. In 1983, Seiko collaborated with Giorgetto Giugiaro Automobile Designer and created an analog quartz wristwatch with a chronograph function.
In 2018, the luxury watches manufacturer re-launched the Giugiaro design, though as a digital watch and under a new collection, Seiko selection. Similar to their predecessors, the new models, like Reference SBJG00, has a chronograph function but with a bezel that rotates to select the various functions.
History of the Seiko Selection
Although Seiko was officially born in 1882, its founder- Kintaro Hattori joined the watchmaking industry in 1881 at the age of 22 years. At the time, he operated a store he has set up in Tokyo to sell and repair ready-made wristwatches.
In 1892, watchmaker Hattori established Seiko Company (officially known as Seikosha) and began making timepieces, with the first pocket watch launching in 1895.
Throughout the years, Seiko watches kept on rising on the market, expanding the company’s reputation across the world and setting new records. In 1969, the renowned watchmaker introduced the first quartz watch which received a warm reception due to its exquisite precision and affordability. This was a great breakthrough in watchmaking in general, although it was accompanied with mixed reactions as most watchmakers, particularly of Swiss watches, were affected negatively.
For the Seiko Watch Company, however, the use of Quartz movements became its major turning point. In 1973, the Japanese watchmaker released the first quartz watch which indicates time on a six-digit liquid-crystal display. This was a really groundbreaking accomplishment which attracted even wider attention on the market.
By the 1980s, Seiko desire to serve its consumers was so great and it kept on designing exclusive timepieces, including even a TV watch. In 1983, the luxury watches brand collaborated with Giorgetto Giugiaro and created an analog quartz wristwatch which supports a chronograph complication. Giugiaro is an Italian automobile designer and the new timepiece was much of a motoring chronograph timepiece. The wristwatch came in two different References- Seiko 7A28-6000 and Seiko 7A28-7000. For the former, the offset and angled bracelet, alongside the accents of red and black were the distinctive face of the watch.
Actually, due to its excellent sporty look, the wristwatch was even featured in the 1986 Aliens film, where it was worn by Lance Henriksen (Bishop).
Throughout the years, Seiko re-introduced the Reference 7A28 severally, with each time redesigning the face to present the wearer with a distinct appearance. In 2018, Seiko Watch Company and Giorgetto Giugiaro partnered again and recreated Reference 7A28, but this time as a digital watch. Unlike its predecessors, the new model features a rotatable bezel that is used to toggle between the various functions of time, alarm, timer, and stopwatch. Additionally, instead of the angled bracelet, the new encompassed series have a tilted LCD display to ensure easy readability for the motorists.
The new Seiko X Giugiaro “Rider’s Chronograph” watches are eight different versions but in the same Seiko Selection collection. Under the eight, References SBJG001 and SBJG003 are the primary series with each limited to 3,000 pieces. The other six editions were for selected stores and each was limited to 500 pieces, thus, only meant for only a few wrists. In fact, following their stunning design which features a vibrant display, I doubt if you’ll get any of the models easily. You’ll definitely have to hunt them down with much dedication.
The general versions (Seiko SBJG001 and SBJG003) also are only available in selected stores and, luckily, The Watch Company is amongst them. In fact, in order to serve your distinctive preferences optimally, our store has got the two References- one in a silvered design and the other one black. Prior to the release of the Seiko Selection digital watch, in 2012 the Tokyo-based watchmaker introduced a solar watch which can receive GPS signals. Known as the Seiko Astron GPS Solar, the timepiece can even identify all the 39 time zones, time and date data using the GPS satellites. For the business-class and aviators who are always on foreign lands, the timepiece is truly excellent for your lifestyle as you never have to adjust it.
In 2014, the Seiko Group released an update of the Astron GPS Solar which has new additional features, including a 6-hour chronograph function. Known as the Seiko Astron 8X Chronograph, the timepiece has a smaller case and an advanced energy-saving technology.
For the fans of sophistication, 2016 was a year of complicated designs for Seiko. The watch manufacturer introduced its first tourbillon movement, Caliber 6830, which measures 3.99mm by 25.6mm including even the carriage. In the same year, the brand introduced the Seiko Spring drive Caliber 9R01 movement which can reserve power for up to 8 days.
In 2017, the Grand Seiko which has remained a distinct lineup under the Seiko watches was finally recognized as an independent brand. The move was aimed at ensuring proper commitment at its development, as well as marketing. To learn more about the classical Grand Seiko and other legendary Seiko watches, check out our range of lineups and also our blog page.
For a contemporary digital watch which is ideal for use with your motorcycle, grab your favorite color choice from the selections below. Remember the lineup is a limited edition, thus you might even find you are the only rider to have it in your whole town.
History of Seiko Watches
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.