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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.)
Kintaro Hattori establishes his shop, "K. Hattori & Co., Ltd." in Uneme-cho, Kyobashi, Tokyo.
Founding of the Seikosha factory. The production of wall clocks begins.
Production of Time Keeper pocket watches begins.
In the newly constructed office with clock tower in Ginza 4-chome, begins business activities.
Production of Laurel, Japan's first wristwatch, begins.
The Great Kanto Earthquake causes tremendous damage. Restoration begins.
The SEIKO brand makes its debut.
The Seikosha pocket watch is designated as Japan's first railway watch.
The Wako Clock Tower, the familiar face of Ginza, is completed.
Japan's first TV commercial was a Seiko commercial.(Japan's first radio commercial was also Seiko and broadcast in 1951.)
Seiko launches Marvel, an originally designed wristwatch.
Seiko launches the first Grand Seiko.
Seiko launches the Seiko Sportsmatic 5.
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.)
Seiko won top prizes in Swiss observatory competitions.
Seiko introduces the world’s first quartz wall clocks.
Seiko introduces Seiko Quartz Astron, the world's first quartz watch.
Seiko constructs the world's first radio wave clock equipped with a wireless control system at the 1970 Osaka Expo.
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).
Seiko introduces the world’s first six-digit (hour/minute/second) LCD watch.
Seiko introduces Credor, a luxury watch brand.
The Seiko Institute of Horology opens (later to became The Seiko Museum) in commemoration of Seiko's 100th anniversary.
Seiko introduces the world’s first LCD TV watch.
Seiko introduces Pyramid Talk, a talking clock (Japanese version).
Japan’s first large-sized marionette clock is constructed in Yurakucho, Tokyo.
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).
Seiko introduces A.G.S., the world’s first quartz watch with autimatic generation system (later renamed the Kinetic).
Seiko introduces the world’s first Spring Drive watch.
Seiko introduces a radio wave clock synced to Japan Standard Time by radio.
Seiko introduces Ignition, a solar radio wave watch.
Seiko introduces Spectrum, the world's first electronic paper watch.
Seiko serves as the Official Timer for the Tokyo Marathon. The company continues to support all subsequent Tokyo Marathons.
The Seiko Museum is renovated and reopened.
Seiko launches Seiko Astron, the world's first GPS solar watch.
Seiko introduces Seiko Space Link, the world's first Satellite Radio Wave Clock.