In the watch world Swiss brands usually set the standard – but what about the rest of the world? Let’s shift our focus east, to Japan, to learn about the Japanese watch company, Seiko.
Seiko was founded in 1881 as a single watch and jewelry shop called “K. Hattori,” in Tokyo. Ten years later they also started making clocks and changed their name to Seikosha which translates to “House of Exquisite Workmanship.” The first watches for the brand appeared in 1924. Later in 1969 they produced the first quartz watch as well as the first quartz chronograph. In 1985 Seiko partnered with a familiar brand, Orient Watches, to establish a joint factory.
As you can see, Japan has a rich history of watch making. Seiko is even an official timer of the Olympics! They have also been featured often on the big screen, most notably on Sean Connery as James Bond.