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1FThe 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 , fourteen 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.

Crystal Chronometer

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The world's first portable quartz clock
Another epoch-making time device used at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo was the Crystal Chronometer. It was smaller and lighter than any other and could be easily carried and set up at any venue. Seiko's 1959 quartz clock was 2.1 m high and as big as a wardrobe; just four years later, in 1963, this new quatz chronometer was just 20 cm high and was ready for use at the 1964 Games. As the world's first portable quartz clock, it ushered in the era of electronic timing and revolutionized the field of sports timing. It incorporated new technologies, including a temperature compensator and a small low-power synchronized motor, fabricated by precision machining techniques. Combined with a digital quartz stop clock, a digital printing timer, and an electric scoreboard, this device allowed the SEIKO timing team to use electronic systems for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games.