A Brief Glance Into The History Of Seiko Watches


Japan is believed to start copy western technology following WWII and applied it in their own technologies. This believed might be true, nonetheless there is a reality that need to have to be deemed. In 1881, a jewelry shop was openned in Tokyo by Kintaro Hattori and clocks began to be developed in 1892 beneath the brand name of Seikosha.


This was the begin of what is these days the Seiko Group, consisting of ‘Seiko Corporation’, ‘Seiko Instruments Inc’ and the ‘Seiko Epson Corporation’.


Nowadays, Seiko Corporation produces among other things: watches, glasses, jewelery, semiconductors, precision instruments, safety razors and so forth…


A few milestones of Seiko watchmaking are:

1895, commence of the production of pocket watches.

1913, first wristwatches for the Japanese marketplace.

1924, first wristwatches with the brand ‘Seiko’.

1955, production of automatic winding watches for Japanese industry begins.

1963, introduction of the initial quartz driven transportable stopwatch.

1969, production of the very first quartz wristwatch.

1973, 1st LCD quartz wristwatch.

1988, initial quartz driven watch powered by automatic generators.

1997, Seiko introduces the ‘Kinetic’ driven quartz method.

2005, Seiko introduces ‘Spring Drive’, a mechanical automatic watch with quartz regulation.


In October 2008, Richard Garriott, a well identified video game designer and adventurer, was the sixth private space explorer in history visiting the International Space Station, wearing a particular made Seiko watch, the Seiko Spring Drive Spacewalk. Sadly the planned spacewalk did not take spot. But the watch was employed in the Space Station.


Nevertheless, the first automatic watch identified to be utilised in space was also a Seiko, the 6139-6002. It was the astronaut William R. Pogue who took this watch to Skylab four in 1974. As his private watch. Astronauts are allowed to take some private stuff with them into space and a lot of them use their own watches subsequent to the official provided watches by NASA.


As you can see, Seiko has been extremely revolutionary and makes use of new technology to boost their goods.


These days Seiko produces watches, ranging from good quality affordable mechanical watches (Seiko five), quartz driven watches, divers, dress watches, sports watches, and so forth.. up to the luxury ‘Grand Seiko’ with Spring Drive technology.


Do you like to have a single? Appear at eBay and use the search engines on the internet. You will not be disappointed.


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