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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

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

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
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.
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