The story of Seiko began in 1881, when a 21 year old entrepreneur, Kintaro Hattori, opened a shop selling and repairing watches and clocks in central Tokyo. Earning the trust of foreign trading companies, the business expands greatly.
Seiko watches, produced and sold by the companies of Seiko Group, are known for their technological innovations, especially in analog quartz and digital watches, and for their high quality standards which rival top Swiss watchmakers.
This is reflected in the name “Seiko,” which can be either of two Japanese words: 精巧, meaning “exquisite,” and 成功, meaning “success.”
By 1892, the company started manufacturing timepieces in its Seikosha factory in what is now Sumida Ward, Tokyo, home of the present-day Seiko Museum. The name Seikosha (精工舎) means “House of Exquisite Workmanship.”
At this factory, the company started manufacturing the Laurel, the first line of wristwatches ever produced in Japan, in 1913.
After more than 130 years of innovation, Kintaro Hattori’s company is still dedicated to the perfection that the founder always strove to achieve. Today, Seiko is one of the most popular and well-known non- Swiss watch brand.