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Seiko Watches: A Brief History

The story of Seiko begins in 1881. At the age of just 22, a young man named Kintaro Hattori opens a small shop in central Tokyo. This shop specializes in the sales and repair of watches and clocks. 11 years later, the shop moves to a new location, and becomes the Seikosha Factory. In the years to come, this would become one of the most innovative and ground-breaking watch companies of all time. To date, Seiko bears in mind Mr. Hattori's vision: the pursuit of perfection.

Seiko - the only manufacturer with expertise in all types of watchmaking, since 1881.

  • 1881: K. Hattori, predecessor of today's Seiko Holdings Corporation, established.
  • 1892: Seikosha clock supply factory established; production of wall clocks begins.
  • 1895: Seikosha builds the first pocket watch.
  • 1913: Production of Laurel, the first wristwatch made in Japan, begins.
  • 1929: SEIKO pocket watch is appointed as Japan National Railway's official "Railway Watch".
  • 1941: Introduction of chronograph pocket watch.
  • 1953: SEIKO produces Japan's first TV commercial.
  • 1959: SEIKO commercializes quartz clocks for broadcasting use.
  • 1960: SEIKO's signature piece, the Grand Seiko, is first launched.
  • 1964: Introduction of the world's first portable quartz chronometer QC-951.
  • 1964: SEIKO serves as official timer of the 18th Tokyo Olympic Games, and provides 1,278 stopwatches.
  • 1968: SEIKO achieves the higest ever score in the Geneva competition and is awarded the "best mechanical wrist chronometer".
  • 1969: Introduction of cal. 6139, the world's first automatic chronograph watch equipped with both vertical clutch and column wheel.
  • 1969: Introduction of the world's first quartz watch, "SEIKO Quartz Astron" cal. 3500.
  • 1972: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 11th Olympic Winter Games held in Sapporo, Japan.
  • 1973: Introduction of the world's first six-digit LCD quartz watch cal. 0614.
  • 1975: Introduction of the world's first multi-function digital watch cal. 0634.
  • 1975: Introduction of the world's first titanium diver's watch (600M water resistant) cal. 6159.
  • 1983: Introduction of the world's first TV watch cal. T001.
  • 1983: Introduction of the world's first watch with sound recorder cal. M516.
  • 1984: Introduction of the world's first watch with computer functions UC-2000.
  • 1987: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 2nd IAAF World Championships held in Rome, Italy.
  • 1988: Introduction of the world's first "A.G.S." watch cal. 7M42 (later renamed as "Kinetic").
  • 1990: Introduction of the world's first computerized diver's watch "Scubamaster" cal. M726.
  • 1991: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 3rd IAAF World Championships held in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1992: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 25th Olympic Games held in Barcelona, Spain.
  • 1992: Introduction of the 1/100th analog quartz chronograph watch cal. 7T59.
  • 1993: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 4th IAAF World Championships held in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 1994: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 17th Winter Olympic Games held in Lillehammer, Norway.
  • 1994: The world's first watch with LimiBrite, a non-radioactive luminous material, exclusively introduced by SEIKO.
  • 1995: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 5th IAAF World Championships held in Goteborg, Sweden, and also in 1997 at the 6th IAAF World Championships held in Athens, Greece.
  • 2001: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 9th IAAF World Swimming Championships held in Fukuoka, Japan.
  • 2001: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 8th IAAF World Championships held in Edmonton, Canada.
  • 2002: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 19th Winter Olympic Games held in Salt Lake City, USA.
  • 2003: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 9th IAAF World Championships held in Paris, France.
  • 2004: SEIKO is awarded the IEEE Milestone Award for the development of SEIKO Quartz Astron.
  • 2005: Introduction of the Kinetic Perpetual cal. 7D48.
  • 2005: Introduction of the Spring Drive cal. 5R65, 5R64 (automatic).
  • 2005: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 10th IAAF World Championships held in Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2005: Introduction of the world's first 3-band radio wave controlled watch cal. 7B26.
  • 2006: Introduction of the world's first watch with electrophoresis display module cal. G510.
  • 2006: Introduction of the Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie cal. 7R06.
  • 2006: Introduction of the Spring Drive Moon Phase cal. 5R67.
  • 2007: Introduction of the Kinetic Direct Drive cal. 5D44, 5D22.
  • 2007: Introduction of the Spring Drive Chronograph cal. 5R86 equipped with both vertical clutch and column wheel.
  • 2007: SEIKO serves as official timer at the 11th IAAF World Championships held in Osaka, Japan.
  • 2008: Announcement of the Spring Drive Spacewalk at Baselworld2008.

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