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Seiko is synonym for excellent and innovative watchmaking from Japan. Especially with their movements, the brand revolutionizes the market again and again. Highlights include their kinetic- and solar watches, which are widely acclaimed and loved worldwide.

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Seiko - Quality made watches from Japan

Seiko is a Japanese company known for its high quality luxury watches. The company produces quartz-, kinetic-, solar- and mechanical watches in various price ranges. Innovative technology is always combined with elegant, sporty design at Seiko. Production and further development take place completely in-house. This also includes details such as micro gears, hands, batteries, sensors and even special lube oil and the luminescent mass for hands and dials.

In addition, Seiko has been able to claim itself as an integral part in the world of sports for over half a century. As an official partner of major events, the watch brand is known and loved globally. Seiko has been present six times at the Olympic games, four times at the FIFA World Cup and twelve times at the World Athletics Championships. The company also maintains some partnerships with the top athletes of our time: Athlete Darya Klishina and Novak Djokovic are official brand ambassadors of the company.

The history of Seiko

Seiko's story begins as early as the late 19th century. In Ginza, Tokyo, in 1881 when the 22-year-old Kintaro Hattori opened a small shop selling and repairing watches. Only 11 years later, the former Seikosha watch brand is created out of this small business. "Seiko" is Japanese for "exquisite", "minute" and "success", "sha" means house. With the presentation of the Laurel watch in 1913, the brand wrote Japanese watch history: it was the country's first wristwatch.

Seiko achieved its big breakthrough in 1960 with a series that is still the heart of the brand: the Grand Seiko. In the next few years numerous innovations followed such as the first wristwatch with stop function in 1964. A year later the first Japanese diver's watch was launched. Five years later, Seiko was able to score with the presentation of the specially developed caliber 6139: The world's first automatic chronograph with vertical clutch was born. This construction became standard in Switzerland 20 years later. In the same year, Seiko launched another world first: the Astron, the world's first quartz wristwatch. This watch was also the core cell of the later quartz crisis, which would bring the Swiss watch industry into a severe depression.

In the early 1970s, the watch brand’s engineers worked consistently to combine the energetic effectiveness of mechanical and automatic watches with the accuracy of quartz watches. The breakthrough came 1988: the Automatic Generating System (AGS or A.G.S.), later referred to as the “Kinetic System”, was introduced with a built-in generator that generates electricity through the arm movement similar to a mechanical automatic watch. To achieve the maximum power savings, the Auto Relay System ensures that the quartz watch stops when it is not worn and automatically adjusts to the current time and date only when in motion. Due to this smart construction it has a sensational power reserve of four years!

Another innovation comes from Seiko in 1999: the Spring Drive technology replaces the weakest part of a traditional mechanical movement, the escapement. It makes it possible to regulate the course of a mechanical movement through a quartz crystal. The battery replacement is thus unnecessary.

Seiko prices and models at a glance

Seiko Bullhead Chronograph Automatic 6138-0040
Used from: 690 € (1975)
Material: Stainless steel
Main features: 43mm diameter, stainless steel bracelet, automatic, stick indices

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SBXB021
Used from: 1.900 € (2015)
Material: Titan/Ceramic
Main features: 48 mm diameter, quartz movement, stick indexes with diamonds, white leather strap

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SBXA009
Used from: 1.000 € (2014)
Material: Stainless Steel/Ceramic
Main features: 46 mm diameter, quartz movement, rubber strap, stick indices

Seiko Kinetic 9T82-0A60
Used from: 1.600 € (2002)
Material: Titan
Main features: 40 mm diameter, “auto-quartz” movement, stick indices
/ arabic numerals, four separated dials, titan bracelet

The most popular Seiko series

  • The Seiko Astron GPS Solar is the world's first GPS solar watch. By connecting to the GPS network, the Astron adapts to your time zone at the push of a button and, as it draws all its energy from the sun, never needs a battery change.
  • With the Seiko Ananta, the first high-end watch of the successful brand, which is sold worldwide, was launched on the market. Ananta, that is Sanskrit for "infinity”. Its a resilient, high-quality watch in every respect.
  • Seiko Kinetic was the world's first quartz automatic watch (A.G.S.). In 1988, the watch with the caliber 7M22 launched - it received the name "Kinetic" after this fact.
  • The Seiko Bullhead Chronograph Automatic is a true retro series. It owes its name to its massive case, the domed glass and above all the position of the crown and pushers, which are arranged on the upper part of the case.

Invest in used or vintage Seiko watches?

Seiko looks back on over 100 years of watchmaking history. Above all, special editions or limited editions, but also no longer produced references are often worthwhile as an investment. Because of their limited number of specimens they have a constant increase in price. Seiko watches have a relatively high price range and it can be promising, especially for more expensive models, to look for used pieces, to buy a Seiko for cheap.

Best reasons to buy a Seiko

  • Best watchmaking quality from Japan
  • Innovative movements and always technically pioneers
  • Close connections to the world of competitive sports
  • Sensational solar and kinetic watches

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In addition to the common big brands, we also offer you in our online shop, other certified, used luxury watches from interesting manufacturers such as Seiko. The purchase of a used high-quality wristwatch is worth financially compared to the new purchase. We guarantee the authenticity of the watch with a certificate. Have you already decided for your Seiko model? Then simply inform yourself online or through our customer service about the different payment options. The payment is possible by credit card or PayPal and for individual planning we also offer flexible installment plans. If you have further questions about the shipping or purchase conditions, please contact us!
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