Seiko Logo – Seiko is a brand of watches Japan, founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori. Seiko is a true watchmaking, as their watches, even the most basic ranges, have their own billing mechanisms. Although it was not until 1924 when it produced the first wristwatch under the Seiko brand in 1877 Kintaro Hattori creates his own watch repair shop in Kyobashi. In addition to addressing repair watches also sells pre-owned watches. His clock is then obtained success needed to start making their own watches: the company creates Hattori Seiko in 1881 and launched the brand Seikosha in 1882. For innovative, undertook the creation of pocket watches, a project that leads to the clock Time Keeper in 1885.
From 1903, the assembly of all clocks are held in the Seikosha factory, which became the largest producer of watches in Japan, but also one of the largest in the world. In 1913 produced the “Laurel” and without recourse to parts or components from other manufacturers. To date, all parts of watches, from the belt until the mechanisms are manufactured by the firm.
In 1972, the firm U.S. Hamilton launches the first digital watch, under the Pulsar brand, a brand that would later be acquired by Seiko. Seemed to be opening a new era in watchmaking. At the trailer, in 1973 introduced the first digital watch in 1975 and incorporated chronograph and models presented in the 80 speakers, with calculator, voice recorder or television. When it seemed cornered needles clock screen LCD, the launch of the Swiss watch Swatch in 1983 revived commercially analog.
In 1988 he introduced the Kinetic, not launch commercially until 1992, hybrid of the classic automatic mechanical and quartz watch. Human movement, instead of winding a mechanical mechanism, drives a generator that powers an electric mechanism. Again, again using the slogan “Someday, all watches will be well.” Later, that line would be improved with the “Auto Relay”, stopping the clock if it is a time without use and set the correct time, up to 4 years later, when re-use, and the “Perpetual” with perpetual calendar.
In 1998 presented the Thermic, powered by body heat. One year later presented the “Spring Drive”, another hybrid movement between winding mechanical and quartz in which unlike the kinetic, which are conventional quartz gauge whose feed comes from a battery charged by human movement; the Spring Drive is a winding mechanical caliber, whose release is controlled by an electronic circuit with a quartz oscillator. The motion is clockwise totally fluid. The range of a fully loaded Spring Drive mechanism is 72 hours, compared with 40 of a conventional mechanism. Given its exclusivity and high price, sold mainly in the collections of Haute Horlogerie ” Grand Seiko “and” Credor “.