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Seiko Corporation
セイコー株式会社
Type Public TYO: 8050
Founded Chuo, Tokyo, Japan (1881)
Headquarters Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Key people Katsumi Yamamura, Chairman; Koichi Murano, President
Industry Retail-Jewelry, Precision Instruments and Machinery
Products Watches, clocks, printers, semiconductors, mechatronics devices, machine tools, optical glass materials, jewelry, eyeglasses, etc.
Revenue Image:Green up.png ¥213.73 billion (FY2005, consolidated)
Employees 6,699 (March 31, 2006, consolidated)
Website Seiko Corporation

Seiko Corporation (セイコー株式会社 Seikō Kabushiki-gaisha?) (TYO: 8050 ) is a Japanese watch company. A public company is a company owned by the public rather than by a relatively few individuals. ... The Tokyo Stock Exchange ), or TSE, is one of the largest stock exchange markets in the world by monetary volume located in Tokyo, Japan, second only to the New York Stock Exchange. ... Location of Chuo-ku in Tokyo. ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ... 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Tokyo Tower and Zojoji by night, Shiba Park Roppongi Hills Rainbow Bridge connecting central Tokyo to Odaiba Minato (港区 -ku) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ... Revenue is a U.S. business term for the amount of money that a company earns from its activities in a given period, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... Green up arrow for a positive change in revenue from last fiscal year. ... Â¥9 Chinese price sticker Â¥ is a currency sign used for the following currencies: Chinese yuan (CNY) Japanese yen (JPY) The base unit of the two currencies above share the same Chinese character (圓/å…ƒ/円), pronounced yuan in Mandarin Chinese and en in Standard Japanese. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... The Tokyo Stock Exchange ), or TSE, is one of the largest stock exchange markets in the world by monetary volume located in Tokyo, Japan, second only to the New York Stock Exchange. ... A wrist watch A watch is a small portable timepiece or clock that displays the time and sometimes the day, date, month and year. ...

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History and ongoing developments

The company started in 1881, when Kintaro Hattori opened a watch and jewelry shop in the Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan. Eleven years later he began to produce clocks under the name Seikosha (精工舎 Seikōsha?). According to Seiko's official company history, titled "A Journey In Time: The Remarkable Story of Seiko" (2003), Seiko is a Japanese word meaning "exquisite", "minute", or "success". (The meaning "exquisite" is usually written 精巧 while the meaning "success" is usually written 成功.) 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Jewelry (the American spelling; spelled jewellery in Commonwealth English) consists of ornamental devices worn by persons, typically made with gems and precious metals. ... The Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan The Wako department store occupies a busy corner in Ginza Ginza (銀座) is a place in Chūō Ward, Tokyo named after the silver coin foundry or Ginza established here in 1612 (Edo period). ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ... A clock (from the Latin cloca, bell) is an instrument for measuring time. ... Seikosha is a branch of the Japanese company Seiko that produces computer printers and other devices. ...


The first watches produced under the Seiko brand appeared in 1924. In 1969, Seiko introduced the Seiko "Astron"[1], the world's first production quartz watch; when it was introduced, it cost the same as a medium-sized car. Seiko later went on to introduce the first quartz chronograph. In 1985, Orient Watches and Seiko established a joint factory. Recognized as a leader in timekeeping accuracy, Seiko products are often used as the official timekeepers of the major sporting events including the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup editions in Argentina 1978, Spain 1982, Mexico 1986 and Italy 1990. 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... A quartz clock. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Orient Watch ORIENT Watch Co. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974. ...

Grand Quartz, produced in 1978
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Grand Quartz, produced in 1978

Seiko is a division of the Seiko Group. The Seiko Group consists of Seiko Corporation (SEIKO), Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) and Seiko Epson Corporation (EPSON) which is known for its printers in North America and its diverse line of electronics and computer equipment within Japan. Seiko Watch Corporation, a subsidiary of Seiko Corporation, markets Seiko watches while Seiko Instruments and Seiko Epson manufacture their movements. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x795, 121 KB) ファイルの概要 Granf Quartz , producted by Seiko, 1978 Taken By Uploader Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Seiko ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x795, 121 KB) ファイルの概要 Granf Quartz , producted by Seiko, 1978 Taken By Uploader Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Seiko ... Seiko Group ) is a Japanese corporate group consisting of three core companies Seiko Corp. ... Seiko Instruments Inc. ... A four colour Epson Stylus C45 inkjet printer Seiko Epson Corporation (in Japanese: セイコーエプソン株式会社; Seiko Epson Kabushikigaisha; often referred to as simply Epson) is one of the worlds largest manufacturers of inkjet, dot-matrix and laser printers, scanners, timepieces (through their famous Seiko division), desktop computers, business, multimedia and home... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


Seiko is perhaps known best, though, for its wristwatches. Seiko is known for their advanced technology and is one of the few wristwatch manufacturers that produce all of their watches and movements entirely in-house. Even minor items such as the oils used in lubricating the watches and the luminous compounds used on the hands and the dials are produced by the Seiko factories.


Seiko produces both quartz and mechanical watches of varying prices. The cheapest are around US$50; the most expensive cost many thousands. Seiko's mechanical watches are the most prized by collectors—from the Seiko "5" series (the 5 is proposed to reflect 5 essential features of the watch namely shockproof, waterproof, automatic, with day and date display), which is the most common, the Seiko automatic Chronometer series, the "Bell-Matic" with a mechanical alarm to the highly prized luxury "Credor", "King Seiko" and "Grand Seiko" lines. Seiko Kinetic watches account for a large proportion of sales nowadays and combine the self-energizing attributes of an automatic watch with quartz accuracy. There is no battery to change; the watch is entirely powered by its movement in everyday wear. Automatic quartz is a collective term describing watch movements that combine a self-winding rotor mechanism used in automatic mechanical watches to generate electricity with a piezoelectric quartz crystal as its timing element. ... The underside view of an automatic watch with a transparent case back. ...

Seiko Pyramid Talk, world's first talking clock, from 1984
Seiko Pyramid Talk, world's first talking clock, from 1984
The Hattori Clock Tower in Ginza, Tokyo, former headquarters and main store building of K. Hattori & Co.
The Hattori Clock Tower in Ginza, Tokyo, former headquarters and main store building of K. Hattori & Co.

Frustratingly for collectors, Seiko does not release all of its watch lines in every region. Some are exclusively available in Asia, for instance. Many online retailers will ship watches overseas, though. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 136 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Seiko Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 136 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Seiko Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Download high resolution version (951x651, 159 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (951x651, 159 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ...


Seiko Corporation of America is responsible for distribution of Seiko watches and clocks, as well as Pulsar brand watches, in the United States. The models available in the United States are normally a smaller subset of the full line produced in Japan. Seiko Corporation of America has its headquarters and Coserv repair center in Mahwah, New Jersey. In the United States, Seiko watches are sold primarily by fine jewelers and department stores, as well as 19 company stores located in various cities. Pulsar was originaly the brand established by Hamilton for the first digital watch. ... Map highlighting Mahwahs location within Bergen County. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ...


Seiko's 2004 marketing campaign emphasized that a watch, as opposed to other traits (such as what car they drive, for example) tells most about a person. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Various Seiko watches were worn by the cinematic James Bond 007 in four films, starring Roger Moore, from 1977-1985. Also, a Seiko watch was worn by Sean Connery in the 1983 Bond film, Never Say Never Again. The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond, codenamed 007, is a fictional British agent (the Bond character is usually referred to as a spy, but was actually a counter-agent and a professional assassin) created by writer Ian Fleming in 1952. ... For other people named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ... Sir Thomas Sean Connery KBE (born August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is an Oscar-winning Scottish actor and producer who is best known for his portrayal of James Bond. ... Never Say Never Again is a James Bond film, itself a remake of the 1965 film Thunderball. ...


Seiko also produces other electronic devices. Notably, during the 1980's, this company produced a range of digital synthesizers, such as the DS-250, for use in electronic music. Today, the music division, a part of Seiko S-Yard, produces metronomes & tuning devices. A digital synthesizer is a synthesizer that uses digital signal processing (DSP) techniques to make musical sounds. ...


Spring Drive

On 7 October 2005, Seiko announced the world launch of the Seiko Spring Drive, a new calibre which delivers more power, more smoothly and for longer. Three days (72 hours) of power are provided, as opposed to the average of 40 hours in automatic mechanicals. To achieve this feat, Seiko has developed a special alloy called "Spron510". This new movement has eliminated the traditional balance wheel/escapement regulating system in favor of a so-called Tri-synchro Regulator. The power from the spring is used to turn the wheels but also is used to generate electrical power for a tiny, ultra-low consumption (~25 nanoWatts) crystal oscillator which in turn is used to regulate -with quartz accuracy- the speed of the wheels to exactly 8 beats per second. Spring Drive was sold regularly in Japan since 1999 within Grand Seiko and Credor lines. Seiko announced that no more than 300 units will be produced in a monthly basis. The Spring Drive also marks the first true luxury Seiko watches available outside Japan. They are expected to retail around $3,200 to $3,500. In the Paris premiere, Seiko auctioned the first Spring Drive, which was sold for about 10.000 euros and the money was given to a Basel-based charity that supports children suffering from cancer and leukemia. October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Spring Drive is a watch movement that was developed by Seiko. ... Red arrows indicate the balance wheel on this movement. ... A simple escapement. ...


Official timekeeper

Seiko is also the official timer of many major sporting events:

Seiko is also named as the official timekeeper of the Gran Turismo racing game series published by Sony. The 1964 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVIII Olympiad, were held in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974. ... The 1978 Football World Cup was held in Argentina. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The 1982 Football World Cup was held in Spain. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1986 Football World Cup was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2nd World Championships in Athletics under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations were held in the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy between August 28 and September 6. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1990 Football World Cup was designated by FIFA in 1984 to be held in Italy, making it the second country to host the event two times. ... This article is about the year. ... The 3rd World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan between August 23 and September 1. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Barcelona (Catalan) Spanish name Barcelona Nickname Ciutat Comtal Postal code 08001-08080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 93 (Barcelona) Website http://www. ... The 1992 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were held in 1992 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... County Oppland District Gudbrandsdal Municipality NO-0501 Administrative centre Lillehammer Mayor (2005) Synnøve Brenden Klemetrud (Ap) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 211 477 km² 450 km² 0. ... The XVII Olympic Winter Games were held in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Categories: Host cities of the Winter Olympic Games | Cities in Nagano Prefecture | Japan geography stubs ... The XVIII Olympic Winter Games were held in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games, were held in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Gran Turismo is Italian for grand touring or grand tourisme. ...


Currently, Seiko have agreed to sponsor Honda (previously known as BAR (British American Racing) Honda). The Seiko name cannot currently be found on the Honda racing cars because Seiko Japan refuse to be advertised whilst the names of tobacco companies are still appearing on the cars. They can, however, be found on the lollipop used in the pitlane.


Products and services (business divisions)

  • Watches -- Seiko Watch Corporation
    Seiko Watch is a planning and marketing company, delegates a large portion of the manufacturing in its watch business to Epson and SII.
    • Seiko (Grand Seiko, Dolce & Exceline, Brightz, Lukia, Prospex, iu, Ruse, Spirit, Ignition, Premier, Coutura, Arctura, Sportura, Criteria, Rivoli, Vivace, etc.)
    • Credor
    • Galante
    • Wired
    • Wired XYZ
    • Alba
    • Pulsar
    • Lorus
  • Clocks -- Seiko Clock Inc.
    • Decor Seiko
    • Seiko Emblem
    • Seiko Premium
    • Seiko
    • Pyxis
  • Stopwatches -- Seiko S-Yard Co., Ltd.
  • Kitchen & cooking timers -- Seiko Clock Inc.
  • Sports timing equipment -- Seiko Time Systems Inc.
  • System clocks (outside, building wall, monument, floral clocks) -- Seiko Time Systems Inc.
  • Time servers -- Seiko Precision Inc.
  • Printers -- Seiko Precision Inc.
  • Electronic devices, semiconductors, camera shutters, etc. -- Seiko NPC Corporation & Seiko Precision Inc.
  • Engineering divices -- Seiko Precision Inc.
  • Golf clubs -- Seiko S-Yard Co., Ltd.
  • Musical accessories (tuners, metronomes) -- Seiko S-Yard Co., Ltd.
  • Jewelry -- Seiko Jewelry Co., Ltd.
  • Optical lenses & frames -- Seiko Optical Products Co., Ltd.
  • Upscale specialty retails -- Wako Co., Ltd & Cronos Inc.
  • Specialty optical glass (glass materials for lenses and prisms) -- Ohara Inc. (Seiko owns 32.2% TYO: 5218 )

Seiko Epson Corporation ), or Epson, is a Japanese company and one of the worlds largest manufacturers of inkjet, dot matrix and laser printers, scanners, timepieces (through their famous Seiko division), desktop computers, business, multimedia and home theatre projectors, large home theatre televisions, robots and industrial automation equipment, point of... Seiko Instruments Inc. ... Pulsar was originally the brand established by Hamilton for the first digital watch. ... The Wako department store occupies a busy corner in Ginza Wako (和光) is the most exclusive department store in Japan, located at the heart of the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. ... The Tokyo Stock Exchange ), or TSE, is one of the largest stock exchange markets in the world by monetary volume located in Tokyo, Japan, second only to the New York Stock Exchange. ...

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