Seiko was originally founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo. However, it was not until 1924 that the first branded Seiko watches came on the market. By 1938, Seiko was producing more than a million watches a year.
Seiko has been the Official Timer of the Olympic games in Tokyo, Sapporo, Barcelona, Lillehammer and Nagano.
Seiko has had many firsts over the years. They were first to design a quartz watch, they designed the first LCD quartz watch with a six-digit display, and also the world’s first intelligent analog quartz watch with alarm and timer function. In 1955 they created Japan’s first self-winding watch.
In 1969, Seiko would debut the first quartz movement watch that would change the way consumers viewed wristwatches. They were more accurate than a mechanical watch, and cheaper. The quartz watch was a hit with consumers. It would also make some watch companies rethink the type of watch they produced, and it caused others to either file bankruptcy or close their doors for good.
Seiko is still in business today producing chronographs and perpetual-calendar watches.