Kintaro Hattori opens a watch sales and repair shop in Ginza, Tokyo. SEIKO's story begins in 1881, when a young 22-year-old entrepreneur, Kintaro Hattori, opens his watch sales and repair shop in Tokyo.
Only eleven years later, in 1982, he founded the "Seikosha" factory.
Kintaro was determined to be "one step ahead" and embarked on the daunting task of creating the first ever Japanese wristwatch.
In 1913 he achieved his goal by producing the Laurel. At first the company could only produce thirty to fifty watches a day but, for the first time, Kintaro had established a competitive advantage.
This was the first to adopt the name SEIKO, presenting for the first time in the world the brand that later became synonymous with precision and accuracy, innovation and refinement.
Impact protection is essential and SEIKO's solution was the creation of the Diashock, a system that absorbs the impact on one of the most fragile parts of a mechanical watch: the pivot of the balance shaft.
Diashock also helps reducing friction thus ensuring an optimal balance wheel's oscillation amplitude.
As the world's first automatic chronograph with a "magic lever", column wheel and vertical clutch, this was probably the first watch of its kind in the world.
It was a milestone in SEIKO's journey to lead the chronograph making's technology.
The SEIKO Quartz Astron was presented in Tokyo on December 25, 1969. It offered unparalleled performance.
It had an accuracy of +/- 5 seconds per month, a hundred times more accurate than any other watch, and worked unstoppably for a year, which is 250 times longer than most mechanical watches. The quartz revolution had begun.
The mastery of the quartz technology and watchmaking of SEIKO mechanical chronographs came together in the creation of the world's first analog quartz chronograph.
Capable of measuring time up to five hundredths of a second, with intermediate time and a tachometer. Designed by the famous Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.
The Spring Drive movement is a SEIKO's exclusive.
The traditional escapement is replaced by a completely new regulator that powers non-ticking hands providing a smooth sliding movement (called "glide motion") and a precision of one second a day.
SEIKO introduces analogue radio-controlled solar-powered watches capable of receiving the standard wave of three countries (Japan, United States and Germany).
It is the first device of its kind in the world.
By developing its patented energy-efficient GPS receiver, SEIKO was able to create a watch that could receive GPS signals and identify time zone, date and time data using the global GPS satellite network. It recognizes all the 39 time zones on earth.
It is the re-edition of the 1968 SEIKO Diver 300m, the world's first Hi-Beat diving watch.
The SEIKO Prospex LX Line wins the award for best diving watch of the year.
Here is a list of the most recent SEIKO watches hands-on reviews on Horbiter®: