The story of SEIKO began when Kintaro Hattori, the man who was to become known as Japan's "King of Timepieces," opened a clock repair store called Hattori Clock Repair from his home in central Tokyo in 1877.
In 1881, at the age of only 22, he formally founded K Hattori, which was set up for the repair and sale of second-hand clocks. From then, the foundation of a revolutionary watch and clockmaking enterprise was built. The company soon developed to become an important clock wholesaler.
In 1892, Kintaro Hattori bought a disused factory in Tokyo and Seikosha was formed. In was here that Kintaro Hattori produced his first wall clocks, marking the beginnings of a company that was to become one of the world's largest and most important manufacturers of timepieces. Soon to follow were the company's first alarm clocks in 1899 as well as desk and music box clocks in 1902.
SEIKO continued to grow through the art of watchmaking, introducing many firsts into the industry that has given the company its proud reputation in innovation. In addition to SEIKO's impressive continuation of watch movement inventions, SEIKO is also responsible for many of the world's firsts for clocks. For instance, in 1958, the commercialization of quartz clocks for broadcasting was introduced by SEIKO. In 1959, SEIKO developed transistorized wall clocks. In 1968, SEIKO announced the world's first quartz wall clock for home use. In 1976, the world's first quartz alarm clock was introduced.
Today, after 130 years of innovation, SEIKO continues to dream of new adventures in time and is still proudly dedicated to the perfection that founder Kintaro Hattori always strove to achieve. The legacy of SEIKO will continue while with new developments and designs will build a bright future for the company.