Since 1881

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Always one step ahead of the rest

The history of Seiko is a 135 year story of innovation. From the very start, Kintaro Hattori was determined to be the forefront of the industry and his often repeated credo was “Always one step ahead of the rest”.

Thanks to a continuous stream of industry leading innovations over decades, Seiko established, and has maintained, its position as world leader in the technology of time. Today, Seiko is a true ‘manufacture,’ making all its components, from advanced IC’s to balance springs, and it is the only ‘manufacture’ with a variety of watchmaking technologies, mechanical, quartz, Kinetic, Spring Drive and GPS Solar.

Seiko today remains a family-owned business involving three generations of the Hattori family. Shinji Hattori, President and CEO and the great grandson of Kintaro Hattori continues the company credo that Seiko should always be ‘’one step ahead of the rest’. This was demonstrated again at Basel 2016 with the new release highlights across the collections –

Credor introduces a tourbillon with three-dimensional engraving and lacquer work inspired by the art of the Edo period

Grand Seiko launches a new case finish in High-intensity titanium and ceramic and an 8 day power reserve in Spring Drive calibre.

Astron extends the collection with a new GPS solar calibre featuring a slimmer case design and easy to read dial layout.

Prospex introduces a GPS calibre in the Marinemaster.

Presage demonstrates SEIKO’s watchmaking expertise in mechanical craftsmanship through the new design model inspiration from the original Laurel timepiece from 1913.