Main menus within website

Seiko Footsteps

Since its establishment in 1881, Seiko has made many contributions to the thriving industry and culture of time and time-keeping instruments by developing innovative products and supporting sporting events like the Olympic Games. Learn about our signature watches and clocks and major Seiko events.
(Click the “Seiko History” to learn more.)

  • 1881~
  • 1923~
  • 1945~
  • 1960~
  • 1970~
  • 1980~
  • 1990~
  • 2000~
  • 2010~

Established in 1881

1881

Kintaro Hattori establishes his shop, "K. Hattori & Co., Ltd." in Uneme-cho, Kyobashi, Tokyo.

Kintaro Hattori, the Founder

1892

Founding of the Seikosha factory. The production of wall clocks begins.

1895

Production of Time Keeper pocket watches begins.

1895

In the newly constructed office with clock tower in Ginza 4-chome, begins business activities.

1913

Production of Laurel, Japan's first wristwatch, begins.

Mechanical Engineering Heritage

1923:Great Kanto Earthquake

1923

The Great Kanto Earthquake causes tremendous damage. Restoration begins.

1924

The SEIKO brand makes its debut.

1929

The Seikosha pocket watch is designated as Japan's first railway watch.

1932

The Wako Clock Tower, the familiar face of Ginza, is completed.

1945: End of World War II

1953

Japan's first TV commercial was a Seiko commercial.(Japan's first radio commercial was also Seiko and broadcast in 1951.)

1956

Seiko launches Marvel, an originally designed wristwatch.

1960s

1960

Seiko launches the first Grand Seiko.

Mechanical Engineering Heritage

1963

Seiko launches the Seiko Sportsmatic 5.

1964

Tokyo Olympic Games
Seiko serves as the Official Timer for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
(In 1992 Seiko serves as the Official Timer for the Barcelona Olympic Games.)

Our Challenge to become the
Official Timer of the Olympics

1967
1968

Seiko won top prizes in Swiss observatory competitions.

1968

Seiko introduces the world’s first quartz wall clocks.

1969

Seiko introduces Seiko Quartz Astron, the world's first quartz watch.

Mechanical Engineering Heritage

1970s

1970

Seiko constructs the world's first radio wave clock equipped with a wireless control system at the 1970 Osaka Expo.

1972

Seiko serves as the Official Timer for the Sapporo Winter Olympic Games.
The company will go on to serve as the Official Time for the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer (1994), Nagano (1998), and Salt Lake City (2002).

1973

Seiko introduces the world’s first six-digit (hour/minute/second) LCD watch.

1974年

Seiko introduces Credor, a luxury watch brand.

1980s

1981

The Seiko Institute of Horology opens (later to became The Seiko Museum) in commemoration of Seiko's 100th anniversary.

1982

Seiko introduces the world’s first LCD TV watch.

1984

Seiko introduces Pyramid Talk, a talking clock (Japanese version).

1984

Japan’s first large-sized marionette clock is constructed in Yurakucho, Tokyo.

1987

Seiko serves as the Official Timer for the IAAF World Championships in Rome.
The company will go on to serve as the Official Timer for the IAAF World Championships in Tokyo (1991), Stuttgart (1993), Gothenburg (1995), Athens (1997), Seville (1999), Edmonton (2001), Paris (2003), Helsinki (2005), Osaka (2007), Berlin (2009), Daegu (2011), Moscow (2013) and Beijing (2015).

1988

Seiko introduces A.G.S., the world’s first quartz watch with autimatic generation system (later renamed the Kinetic).

1990s

1999

Seiko introduces the world’s first Spring Drive watch.

1999

Seiko introduces a radio wave clock synced to Japan Standard Time by radio.

2000s

2004

Seiko introduces Ignition, a solar radio wave watch.

2006

Seiko introduces Spectrum, the world's first electronic paper watch.

2007

Seiko serves as the Official Timer for the Tokyo Marathon. The company continues to support all subsequent Tokyo Marathons.

2010s

2012

The Seiko Museum is renovated and reopened.

2012

Seiko launches Seiko Astron, the world's first GPS solar watch.

2014

Seiko introduces Seiko Space Link, the world's first Satellite Radio Wave Clock.