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The Sports Timing Experience
- Introduction of this section
- Here are displayed sports timing instruments that have played a key role at sports events held in Japan and around the world. When Seiko was appointed as the official timer at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the company built a whole new generation of timing equipment that set a new standard and its successful use at the Games gave Seiko a new global profile. Since the milestone event, SEIKO has continuously developed new timing devices and systems that have been used at five other Olympic Games , fifteen World Championships in Athletics and many other international sports events. Visitors can experience the timing systems, just as the athletes do, using a swimminng touch pad and an athletics starting block.
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1/10 Second Mechanical Stopwatch
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- Innovation that eliminated error
- The 1/10 Second Mechanical Stopwatch that measured split time as well as lap time was in part responsible for Seiko's appointment as official timer at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. This innovative stopwatch was more accurate than any that preceded it, thanks to a heart-shaped cam that was attached to the balance shaft. This eliminated error by controlling the position of the balance at a fixed zero position at each start and stop of the stopwatch. The position of the second hand when the stop button was pressed allowed easy and exact reading of the time, rounded up, as the rules of Athletics required. SEIKO also developed many other stopwatches, each customized for the different Olympic diciplines and giving times to 1/5 second or 1/100 second as the rules of each sport dictated. Seiko's timing of the Tokyo Olympic Games was exemplary and contributed greately to the entire success of the Games.