Where are Seiko Watches Made?

Seiko is a Japanese company that makes not only watches but also clocks, jewellery, optical products, and a range of electronic devices.

The founder, young entrepreneur Kintaro Hattori, started a small shop in 1881 in which he sold and repaired watches. In 1893, Hattori founded the Seikosha factory and started producing wall clocks. ‘Seikosha’ translates to ‘House of Exquisite Workmanship’ in Japanese. It was not until 1924 that the Seiko brand came about and began producing timepieces and distributing them across the globe.

Over the years, Seiko has been responsible for several world firsts. This includes one of the world’s first quartz watch. The introduction of the Japanese quartz movement proved to be ahead of the curve and is still heavily used by watch manufacturers today. They also produced the worlds first quartz chronograph, and automatic quartz watch. The Seiko Astron range marks the first GPS solar watch.

Seiko is at the forefront of innovation and prides itself on its redeeming quality. In the past, all of its parts and movements were made exclusively in Japan. These days, however, they have subsidiaries in other parts of Asia where the movement is manufactured. These are namely Singapore, Malaysia, and China.

Made in Japan

There will be watch enthusiasts disappointed to find out that some of Seiko’s parts are not exclusively made in Japan, as the ‘Made in Japan’ tag does carry some weight. For many, this tag signifies a certain standard of excellence and high-quality craftsmanship. 

Unlike the strict criteria for Swiss watches, ‘Made in Japan’ watch movements can be manufactured outside of the country but the process absolutely must be overseen by a Japanese national.

So, while the majority of Seiko watches are assembled in the country, many of the parts used to make them have been manufactured in other parts of Asia. However, for their high-end line, Grand Seiko, all timepieces are manufactured in Northern Japan indefinitely and fit the tag given. 

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