In this range of Seiko watches at Hillier Jewellers you will find technology focused watches that incorporates solar power and precision water-resistant chronograph elements. Not only are these Seiko watches extremely practical, they are also undeniably attractive and will appeal to those seeking a good looking designer watch for their collection, or as a luxury gift for a loved one. Presented in an official Seiko watch box, your brand new watch will also be covered by a 2-year manufacturers guarantee for peace of mind.
The first watches produced under the Seiko brand appeared in In , Seiko introduced the Astron , 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 the late s, Seiko produced the first automatic quartz that combined the self-energizing attributes of an automatic watch with quartz accuracy. The watch is entirely powered by its movement in everyday wear. The company was incorporated K. Seiko is perhaps best known for its wristwatches, all of which were at one time produced entirely in-house.
This includes not only major items such as microgears, motors, hands, crystal oscillators , batteries, sensors, LCDs but also minor items such as the oils used in lubricating the watches and the luminous compounds used on the hands and the dials.
Seiko watches were originally produced by two different subsidiaries. One was Daini Seikosha Co. Having two companies both producing the same brand of watch enabled Seiko to improve technology through competition and hedge risk.
It also reduced risk of production problems, since one company can increase production in the case of decreased production in the other parties.
The fully integrated in-house production system is still practised for luxury watches in Japan. Seiko in the United States[ edit ] Seiko Corporation of America is responsible for the distribution of Seiko watches and clocks, as well as Pulsar and Lorus 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.
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. It was launched worldwide with a million units, symbolizing Seiko's partnership with the world's no.
They are managed and operated completely independently. On January 26, , Seiko Holdings and Seiko Instruments announced that the two companies will be merged on October 1, through a share swap.
Seiko Instruments became a wholly owned subsidiary of Seiko Holdings as of October 1, Seiko owns Seiko has several lines such as the Seiko 5,  luxury "Credor", "Prospex", "Presage" and the " Grand Seiko " series.
The Seiko 5 is not a single watch, rather a standard that many Seiko model series of mechanical watches meet since the introduction of the moniker in the s. These are often seen as a good mid-point between a basic Seiko and a Grand Seiko.