Monday, July 25, 2011


In 1881 Kintaro Hattori opened a clock shop called "Seikosha" in Tokyo's Ginza district and laid the foundation for modern clock and watch making in Japan. The company soonafter produced clocks, pocket watches, alarm clocks, table clocks, and musical clocks. Then Hattori began working on and obsessing over the perfection of the Japanese wristwatch in 1913.

In 1924, the first wristwatch is produced and Seikosha became the Seiko Corporation, parent company of Seiko Corporation of America. Seiko continued to produce innovative, quality watches, fallowing with the windable wristwatch, quartz clocks, transistorized table clocks, and the world's first quartz chronometers which were used in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The world's first wall clock followed in 1968.

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