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A Visit To Seiko Japan - Great read

Post by Darksider » May 6th 2015, 11:29am

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Tuesday May 05, 2015


While "watchmaking" and "Switzerland" are at times considered to be synonymous – at least by the general public – watch aficionados are astutely aware of the rich manufacturing heritage beyond the Swiss border, in places like Germany, Britain, and Japan. A couple of months back, a few members of the HODINKEE team had the opportunity to pay a comprehensive visit to the latter, where we were given access to two of Seiko's manufacturing facilities, as well as the Seiko Museum. In this, the latest installment of our "Inside the Manufacture" series, we take a look at the watchmakers and processes behind the broad range of Seiko offerings, including mechanical, quartz, Astron GPS Solar, and Spring Drive models. From Tokyo to the northern city of Morioka and back south to Shiojiri, we crisscrossed the island nation, covering some 500 miles by high-speed train over the course of a week. For a recap of our little Japanese adventure, please enjoy our original video and photos.


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Re: A Visit To Seiko Japan - Great read

Post by biglove » December 4th 2016, 10:24am

Racer-X wrote:Enjoyed that.


Same here. Is seldom that a video holds my attention so well.

Eight Spring Drive movements per day. Only eight, all made by one assembler. Wow, explains the cost.
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Re: A Visit To Seiko Japan - Great read

Post by Hawk » January 9th 2017, 2:56pm

biglove wrote:
Racer-X wrote:Enjoyed that.


Same here. Is seldom that a video holds my attention so well.

Eight Spring Drive movements per day. Only eight, all made by one assembler. Wow, explains the cost.


For the audio-challenged - does that include the undecorated 5R65 version?




Edited to add - even listening to it at home it's still not clear if it's 8 spring drives total or just 8 of the higher zoot version. I suppose eight a day wouldn't be outlandish given how little the Urushi dial added to the cost of the Presage.

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Post by koimaster » February 24th 2020, 10:24am

  • 1882 Kintaro Hattori opens the K. Hattori Watch and Clock Shop in Tokyo
    1892 Hattori partners with Tsuruhiko Yoshikawa to create the Seikosha watch factory.
    1895 Seiko releases its first pocket watch, the "Time Keeper"
    1913 Seiko introduces its first wrist watch, the "Laurel"
    1923 Earthquake destroys the Seikosha factory, but Hattori rebuilds
    1924 Seiko releases the first watch labeled "Seiko"
    1956 Seiko releases the "Marvel", its first fully "in-house" watch. The Marvel features Seiko's Diashock mechanism for shock absorption.
    1960 Seiko releases the "Grand Seiko" with the new Caliber 3180 movement.
    1964 Seiko releases the "Crown Chronograph" , Japan's first COSC certified movement.
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