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Seiko Watches: A Brief History
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Seiko Watch Technology

SEIKO believes that the wristwatch is an intimate accessory. The best watches live in harmony and interact with the wearer, and their functions offer a reassuring and emotionally satisfying bond. SEIKO's technological development is focused on the creation of 'emotional technologies. Emotional technology creates the interaction between the wearer and the product.

Seiko has been creating unique timepieces since 1881. From clocks to pocket watches and wristwatches of all shapes, sizes, and functions, you can trust Seiko to provide accurate, reliable, and fashionable watch solutions.

Choosing the right watch requires a basic understanding of the technology and features available to you. See below for a brief explanation about the technologies that Seiko has spent more than 100 years perfecting.

Seiko Quartz

Seiko introduced the world to the first commercial quartz wristwatch with the Quartz Astron in December of 1969. Today, quartz is the most common, widely used watch technology.

A Seiko Quartz watch is powered by a battery. The battery passes an electric current through a quartz crystal, which regulates vibrations that drive the watch motor. The motor controls the hands of the watch. Quartz watches are known to keep very accurate time. The battery life on a quartz watch depends on the usage, but most range from 2-5 years.

Seiko Solar

Seiko was an early pioneer in solar watch technology, with its first Solar watch being launched in 1977. Seiko Solar is a quartz watch that collects energy from any light source and converts it into electrical energy. This energy is stored in a rechargeable lithium ion cell which takes the place of a conventional watch battery. From there, the watch operates like any other quartz watch.

Because no battery change is ever required, a Seiko Solar watch is virtually maintenance free. You can rely on the full operability of the watch for an extended period with no fear of the battery ever draining. By eliminating the need for battery change in a quartz watch, Seiko Solar makes an obvious and important contribution to the cause of a healthier planet.

Seiko Kinetic

Seiko Kinetic is the first and only quartz watch powered by human energy. Based on revolutionary technology, Seiko Kinetic watches run entirely on self-generated energy from the natural movement of your wrist, then transfers that energy to a quartz crystal to power the motor. After the energy is transferred, a kinetic watch operates just like any other quartz watch, and with the same accuracy.

Seiko Automatic

An automatic watch receives its power from motion, so no battery is required. Unlike a quartz watch with a battery, Seiko automatic watches contain a large mainspring inside the watch that self-winds when worn on your wrist or moved around. Many Seiko Automatic watches can also be hand wound. Seiko Automatic watches maintain their power when worn daily and have power reserves for when you take the watch off. If the watch sits for several days (and is not put on a watch winder) you will need to reset the time.

Seiko Spring Drive

Spring Drive is the most important new movement created by SEIKO since the quartz Astron in 1969. It is based on the foundation of all mechanical watch technology, a mainspring, but uses an entirely new system for time regulation that delivers the equivalent of 1 second per day accuracy, and, uniquely features, glide-motion hands that represent the continuous, even motion of time. Spring Drive. The Quiet Revolution.


Seiko Information:

Seiko: A brief history
Choosing the right Seiko watch
Seiko technology


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