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The history of SEIKO begins. Kintaro Hattori opens a clock shop in Tokyo and lays the foundation for modern clock
and watch
making in Japan. The brand is called SEIKOSHA. This store is a direct ancestor of today's SEIKO Corp.,
Tokyo, the parent Corp. of SEIKO Corp. of America established under the name of K. Hattori & Co. Ltd.

Kintaro Hattori employs 10 workers and establishes a clock factory.

Pocket watch production starts

Alarm clock production starts

Table clock & musical clock production begins

The company begins production of the 1st wrist watch made in Japan under the SEIKOSHA name.

SEIKO adopts mass production techniques to supply Europe & Asia with time pieces.

The SEIKO brand is borne. 43 years after the company was founded,
the 1st wrist watch under the name SEIKO is made.

SEIKO produces over 1 million watches.

SEIKO shares are listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.

SEIKO produces the 1st self-winding wrist watch in Japan.

SEIKO introduces quartz clocks for broadcast use.

SEIKO introduces transistorized table clocks.

SEIKO develops a portable quartz chronometer. SEIKO becomes the 1st Japanese
watch maker to enter the Neuchatel (Switzerland) competition.

SEIKO becomes the official timer of the Olympic summer games in Tokyo. SEIKO provides
1,278 stop watches and the World's 1st quartz chronometer.

SEIKO introduces the World's 1st quartz wall clock.

SEIKO pioneers true mass production & automation.
SEIKO starts to market the World's 1st quartz watch.

SEIKO Time Corp. is established in the USA, today known as SEIKO Corp. of America (SCA).

SEIKO is the official timer of the Olympic winter games in Sapporo, Japan. SEIKO introduces its
1st ladies' analogue quartz watch.

SEIKO introduces the World's 1st LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) quartz
watch with six-digit digital display.

SEIKO introduces the World's 1st multi-function digital watch.

SEIKO introduces the World's 1st quartz alarm clock

SEIKO serves as the official timer of the soccer world cup in Argentina.

SEIKO introduces the World's 1st TV watch.
SEIKO serves as the official timer of the soccer world cup in Spain.

SEIKO introduces the World's 1st watch with sound recording functions.

SEIKO introduces the World's 1st wrist watch computer series.

SEIKO serves as the official timer of the soccer world cup in Mexico.

SEIKO introduces a quartz watch with a sweep second hand.

SEIKO introduces the flight computer wrist watch in the USA. 1991 SEIKO introduces the
SEIKO perpetual calendar with the World's 1st "millennium-plus calendar".

SEIKO introduces its revolutionary Kinetic technology in the USA. SEIKO is the official
timer of the Olympic summer games in Barcelona, Spain.

SEIKO is the official timer of the Olympic winter games in Lillehammer, Norway.

SEIKO introduces the SEIKO Kinetic Arctura.

SEIKO is the official timer of the Olympic winter games in Nagano, Japan.
SEIKO introduces the SEIKO Thermic, the World's 1st watch driven by body heat.

SEIKO introduces the World's 1st Kinetic chronograph.

SEIKO is the official timer of the Olympic winter games in Salt Lake City, Utah

SEIKO is awarded the IEEE Milestone Award for the development of quartz
Astron.

SEIKO introduces the World's 1st 3-band radio wave controlled watch.

SEIKO introduces the World's 1st watch with electrophoresis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrophoresis) display module.

SEIKO is the 1st Watch company to offer mercury-free batteries.
All SEIKO quartz watches sold since 2008 use mercury-free batteries.

SEIKO launches the Ananta collection, that pays homage to Katana, the ancient Japanese art of sword-making.


For more detailed information we invite you to visit either www.SeikoUSA.com or www.SeikoWatches.com.

 




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