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2FSEIKO Watches I

Introduction of this section
From clocks, we move to watches. Here, we exhibit a wide range of SEIKO watches from the first pocket watch in 1895 to the wristwatches released in the first half of 1960's. Unlike clocks, watches have to reach higher levels of durability, shock resistance and precision, as well as be small, light and easy to wear. Especially at earlier stage, there have been numerous challenges. Please review the history of Seiko's watch development and the progress.

Empire

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Pocket watch business turned a profit
The pocket watch 'Empire' that entered production in 1909 was designed for mass production by Seikosha's new automated machinery, which had been invented by Tsuruhiko Yoshikawa. As all the components were made in house, Seikosha was able to offer a product with high quality and a competitive price. Until this point, the profit from the clock business had subsidized the huge investment made by Kintaro in the machinery and skills needed to build pocket watches. The success of Empire meant that the fifteen years of investment had finally paid off. Empire was a success not only in Japan, but also overseas and, with some upgrades of the mechanism and refinements to the design. Empire remained in production and commercially successful until the 1930's.

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