Chasing the Seiko Speed-Timer: my year-long journey by GABE
Asked & Answered Seiko Responds to TimeZone’s Seiko Forum James Dowling Prior to my Japan visit I asked the folks on the Seiko forum if they might have any questions for Mr. Hattori, CEO and Chairman of the Seiko Watch Company. We got almost 20 questions, but most of... Read more
Mr. Shinji Hattori, WAKO & The Seiko Museum An interview by James Mr. Shinji Hattori is the CEO & President of the Seiko Watch Company, but more importantly he holds the same positions in the parent company, Seiko Holdings, of which Seiko Watch Company is but a small part.... Read more
James goes to Japan: Seiko Factory Tour (Part 2) James Dowling The following morning I was up bright & early, met my Seiko escorts in the hotel lobby and made our way to the train station, after a 30 minute cross town journey we arrived at Shinjuku station where... Read more
James goes to Japan: Seiko Factory Part 1 James Dowling Seiko was founded in Tokyo, it was the site of their original factory and the firm is still headquartered there, but their factories are all several hours away. The reason for this is that during WWII Seiko was producing... Read more
The Odd, the Unusual, and the Uncommon Paul Delury Here is an eclectic selection of timepieces that offer something different in design, technology, function or scarcity. Whatever the category, I venture that none are likely to be seen all too often. THE ODD. Wyler Incaflex demonstrater. Here’s a somewhat... Read more
Their second French Open final in three years: Rafa vs. Novak Jessica Today at Roland Garros will be a fierce competition between the RM27-01 (on red strap) vs. the Astron Chronograph. Good luck to both! Rafa wearing a Richard Mille RM27-01 Novak wearing a Seiko Astron GPS? *** Post-match... Read more
A Conversation with Shinji Hattori, President & CEO of Seiko
A Conversation with Shinji Hattori, President & CEO of Seiko A conversation in March 2014 by Jessica During Baselworld 2014, TimeZone met with Shinji Hattori, President & CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation (Seiko). Mr. Hattori is the great-grandson of Kintaro Hattori, who founded Seiko in 1881. From an early... Read more
Basel 2014: A Look at the Seiko Novelties Jessica Seiko is fulfilling its promise to the U.S. for higher allocations and more variety of high-grade Seiko watches in a very big way. For 2014, Seiko announces the global launch of the new mechanical Caliber 9S86, the first ever hi-beat... Read more
Seiko: Ancient and Modern James Dowling Hi All, In 1973 Seiko introduced the first ever analog quartz chronograph movement, the 7a28. It had a number of really interesting features like a tenth of a seconds register and was fitted with fifteen jewels, almost as many as contemporary manual chronographs.... Read more
Every year, the annual Grand Seiko Road Show gets bigger and better. This year, Grand Seiko toured in Dallas, Chicago and Scottsdale. Collectors from all over the country travelled to the closing event in Arizona to see Grand Seiko master watchmaker Junya Kamijo assemble the 416 component parts of... Read more
Here’s a look at some watches a little out of the ordinary. Below is a bunch of digital or direct read mechanical watches from the 1960s & 70s. Direct-read pocket and wristwatches watches have been around for a long time. They made somewhat of a resurgence in the later... Read more
Presented in order of production date, (as far as I can ascertain for the later watches). 1974 Seiko 5 Actus, cal. 7019. 1976 Seiko 5, cal. 6309 TV-dial. 1984 Seiko 5, cal. 7009A. Late-1990s Seiko 5, cal. 7S26. Late-1990s Seiko 5, cal. 7S26. Early-2000s Seiko 5, cal. 7S26. (Ref:... Read more
To celebrate 100 years of making wristwatches, Seiko have chosen to make a re-issue of one of their most significant watches, the 44GS Grand Seiko from 1967. The 44GS was significant because it was the first watch ever produced by Seiko where they actually used a designer on the... Read more
Recently Mike Margolis wrote about what Baselworld is like from the viewpoint of an exhibitor. Now, I would like to give you an idea of what it is like from the viewpoint of a working journalist and to do that I will focus on just one day; Thursday, the... Read more
(Watches from the collections of TomG and myself). Read more
Howdy, I visited Salon QP and have a number of articles in the pipeline. In the meantime, here is a quick snippet of the watches at the event to whet your appetite… More to come over the next few days. Cheers, Alex Read more
On Wednesday evening, Seiko hosted a very special event at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Greenwich, whose name will forever be associated with the ‘G’ in GMT, is not only the place where the 0 meridian begins, but also houses some of the most important timepieces in the world. Walking... Read more
The Star Wars watches were released today, I got a phone call about half an hour after the shop opened and headed in after lunch. Maybe the first “live” photos of one on the web. What’s this? A nondescript looking black box. It’s got another box inside. And yet... Read more
Our friends at Seiko provide TimeZone with a look at some of the 2012 Novelties, including special edition Ananta and Grand Seiko models, as well as the new Astron GPS Solar. Ananta For 2012, the Ananta collection pays tribute to the richness of Japan’s cultural heritage. Seiko commissioned master... Read more
Seiko Spring Drive is the 2005 TimeZone Watch of the Year! A jury of 17 TimeZone moderators reviewed the new offerings for 2005 and using a two-step nomination and selection process, they identified 9 finalists for the 2005 TimeZone Watch of the Year Award, aka the “TiZi”. On January... Read more