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Seiko Watches

Published: Tue Dec 11 2012

The story of Seiko takes place in the idyllic setting of 19th century Japan. The fresh scent of blossom hangs lightly in the crisp spring air, geishas wink provocatively from behind concertina fans and amidst all this a bright young chap by the name of Kintarō Hattori decides to do the unthinkable — open a watch shop. After selling his own clocks under the name ‘Seikosha’ (which translates roughly to ‘House of Exquisite Workmanship’), Kintarō made the transition to wrist-wear in 1924, and with a slightly snappier name, Seiko was born.

Whilst we could go on for ages, the ins and outs of a watch-manufacturer aren’t too riveting. Instead here’s a few interesting facts about Seiko you might find mildly interesting…

Seiko made the first quartz production watch in 1969. Known as the Astron, it cost the same as a family estate car.

Seiko watches were the timepiece of choice for Roger Moore era James Bond.

Seiko don’t just make watches — in the 80s their synthesizers were used by none other than French new age oddball John Michel Jarre.

Seiko military watches will dramatically improve your life and the lives of those around you.

Seiko military watches are available from Oi Polloi right now.

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