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Founded by Kintaro Hattori in Ginza, Tokyo, he started his business in a shop repairing clocks and watches, aged 21.
Over 130 years later Hattori’s small workshop has grown to become ‘Seiko’, one of the world’s best known watch brands with a committment to quality and innovation.
In the beginning, the Seikosha factory produced wall clocks, until the late 1800s when it produced it’s first ever pocketwatch. It later became the company who produced Japan’s first wristwatch called the ‘Laurel’ in 1913, which made Kintaro Hattori a modern trailblazer and ahead of his contemporaries of the time.
The first branded ‘Seiko’ watch became available in the 1920s and became a groundbreaking innovation that lead to the brand becoming the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games in 1964.
By the end of the decade, Seiko had acheieved a milestone moment with the world’s first quartz watch, the Seiko Quartz Astron. It was declared 100 times more acurate than any other mechanical watch at the time and it’s power lasted 250 times longer.
The brand has acheived many more world first titles with the introduction of the first ever six digit digital quartz watch, the first multi-function digitial quartz watch, the first diver’s watch capable of 600m depths and the first ever digital watch to incorporate computer functions to name just a few.
With such a rich history, Seiko has been a company who has pushed innovation and the latest technology to it’s limits and has lead the way for new designs and products to fit into our modern lives.
Come and discover the Seiko watch collections at
H L Brown Sheffield & Doncaster and James Usher, Lincoln as well as online.