Watch Reviews

A Manufacture Unlike Any Other: The Many Facets of Seiko

by on Nov.16, 2010, under Review

Hodinkee’s inside look at Seiko continues with an overview of the company’s breadth of production and the honor of being one of the most fully integrated watch manufactures in the world. Future posts will take a closer look at their workshops and some of their most recent horological innovations.

When visiting Seiko in Japan, I was shocked to learn the breadth of products that Seiko Holdings manufactures – watch and non-watch related.  Within the company’s horological DNA, first came mechanical clocks and watches, then quartz watches, digital watches, kinetic, spring drive, and most recently radio watches. From these watchmaking technologies, Seiko branched out into producing all different types of new technologies including semiconductors, optics, LCD televisions, scanners, computers, and integrated circuits. But that’s not all…

This Seiko crystal chronometer was developed in the early 1960s and was used in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. The printer attached to this timer was called the EP, or electronic printer.Going back to 1964, Seiko had the honor of being the official timer of the Tokyo Olympic games and devised a new system of printing out the race results on something called the EP, or electronic printer. Seiko’s EP was revolutionary and a spring board for going into the printing business. The name of the new company was clever, the idea being that the company should be called SON OF EP, or as we all know EPSON.


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