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Japan's First Wristwatch, Laurel

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Name Japan's First Wristwatch, Laurel
Time/Period 1913
Description Japan’s first wristwatch, with 12 ligne movement designed in anticipation of an era when most watches would be worn on the wrist. The design and assembly were steep challenges for Seikosha, a Japanese watchmaker that had lagged behind in wristwatch mass production since it’s world start in the late 19th century. These challenges triggered a remarkable evolution in design technologies, precision engineering, and machine tool development at Seikosha. In 2014, the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) certified the wristwatch as a “Mechanical Engineering Heritage” that contributed to the development of machines in Japan.