With 140 years of innovation behind it, Seiko is still very much dedicated to the perfection that its founder always strove to achieve. With astonishing functionality and cutting-edge designs, it’s easy to see why Seiko watches hold the reputation they do today.
History of Seiko
Seiko was established in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori in Ginza, Tokyo. At 21 years old, the young entrepreneur decided to open a shop in central Tokyo where he began selling and repairing watches and clocks. Just 11 years later, the 'Seikosha Factory' was born. The inspiration for the name comes from the combination of Japanese words ‘seiko’ – meaning exquisite or successful – and ‘sha’ – meaning house. Hattori soon became known for his skills, producing wall clocks across Tokyo. By 1913, he had successfully created Japan’s first wristwatch, an adaptation on his pocket watch made in 1895. This then went on to become the official watch of Japan’s National Railway, which appointed Seiko as its official supplier.
The brand grew in leaps and bounds through the years, from being the official timer in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics to creating Japan’s first diving watch in 1965. It was water-resistant for up to 150 metres and was used in the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition. To top it all off, in 1969, Hattori landed himself incredible recognition for manufacturing the world’s first automatic chronograph, equipped with both vertical clutch and column wheel. This impressive timeline of events is what has led to the brand’s reputation as the pioneering watchmaker it is known as today.
Why buy a Seiko Watch?
There’s a reason Seiko has such a rich history. It is because Seiko watches have evolved, with each design released being more intricate than the last. Seiko continues to strive to achieve excellence with every timepiece they create and never fail to do so. If you’re looking for a watch that truly tells a story of moments throughout history, look no further than our range of Seiko watches. With several stunning collections to choose from, you’ll never be stuck for choice here at Goldsmiths.
Whether you’re searching for a watch that is sleek and elegant or timeless and classic, there’s something for everyone within our range of Seiko watches. Carefully crafted with excellence in mind, every timepiece is as impressive as the next.
The Seiko Prospex collection is made for the adventurer. Challenging every limit, this collection of timepieces has been meticulously manufactured with sports lovers and thrill-seekers in mind. Whether you’re out on the open water, taking to the sky or exploring on land, this incredible range of men’s Seiko watches will never let you down.
The Seiko Presage collection combines a Japanese aesthetic with traditional craftsmanship. If you’re looking for a design that’s stripped back, this could be the perfect watch for you. Featuring a minimalistic watch dial, it is said to represent the serenity of the Karesansui Zen gardens in Japan.
If you’re a skilled sea master, the Prospex Divers collection may just prove to be your most useful survival tool yet. Seiko has been perfecting diving watches for the past five decades. This robust and durable collection comes with automatic, solar-powered or quartz movements and offers water resistance up to an impressive 300 metres.
Caring for Your Seiko Watch
We know how much your Seiko watch means to you. After all, it's an investment, not just an accessory. So, you'll be pleased to know you can get protection against theft, accidental damage and malfunction with Goldsmiths Care. Simply make a claim in-store with us and we’ll repair or replace your timepiece as swiftly as possible. If you ever wish to take advantage of an annual professional cleaning service or manual inspection, book an appointment online today and one of our professional UK experts will be glad to help.
Find your Seiko Watch Today
If you want to invest in a Seiko watch, Goldsmiths is happy to help. To explore our collection of men’s Seiko watches for sale, browse our extensive range online. Alternatively, if you would rather see your new timepiece in person, head to one of our UK stores and one of our expert advisors will help you choose the perfect Seiko watch for you.
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