SEIKO Rare Watches

Seiko Watches – Manufacturing process
Seiko Marine Master 300 Limited Edition Green in Steel w/ Ceramic Bezel, Ref: SLA019J, Mint Minus Condition (Papers Dated October 2018) $4, 147

IN 1881, when a 21 year old entrepreneur, Kintaro Hattori, opened a shop selling and repairing watches and clocks in central Tokyo. After more than 130 years of innovation, Kintaro Hattori’s company is still dedicated to the perfection that the founder strove to achieve. On the following pages you can explore Seiko’s long history and see many of our landmark watches.

Kintaro Hattori opens a shop selling and repairing watches and clocks in Ginza, Tokyo.

The story of Seiko began in 1881.  21-year-old entrepreneur, Kintaro Hattori, opened a shop selling and repairing watches and clocks in central Tokyo. Just eleven years later, in 1892, he established the ‘Seikosha’ factory.

Seikosha was founded; started producing wall clocks.

In 1892 Kintaro Hattori bought a disused factory in Tokyo and Seikosha was formed.  In Japanese, “Seiko” means “exquisite”, “minute” or “success” and “sha” means house. It was here that Kintaro Hattori produced his first clocks.  These marked the beginnings of a company that was to become one of the world’s most important manufacturers of timepieces.

Seikosha builds the first pocket watch.

Throughout the 1890s, the success of Seikosha’s wall clock business increased.  Kintaro looked to broaden the range of his business. In 1895, he created a pocket watch, the Timekeeper. It was a vital step forward, without which the future of Seiko would have been very different.  It paved the way for Japan’s first-ever wristwatch

Seiko in the United States

Seiko Corporation of America is responsible for the distribution of Seiko watches and clocks.  As well as Pulsar and Lorus brand watches, in the United States. The models available in the United States are normally a smaller subset of the full line produced in Japan. Seiko Corporation of America has its headquarters (and Coserv repair center) in Mahwah, New Jersey. Seiko watches are sold primarily by fine jewelers and department stores.  As well as 19 company stores located in various cities.