Seiko Celebrates 100 Years Of Making Wristwatches in 2013

2013, like almost every year it seems, is a year of important anniversary’s for various watch brands.  But a case can be made that 2013 is as big a year as any for milestone celebrations, headlined by 50 Years of both the TAG Heuer Carrera and the Rolex Daytona.  But did you know it is also the 100th year of Seiko wristwatches?  Most often known for being the world’s dominant producer of low-end quartz watches, I (surprise surprise) prefer the brand’s lesser known, but higher-end Grand Seiko watches.  Grand Seiko watches are true examples of Japanese purity and precision.  Though I must confess that I am yet to dedicate myself to developing a worthy knowledge base about the Grand Seiko or the brand in general.  Hopefully one of these years I will find the time and motivation to do so.

Grand Seiko

There is a Seiko dealer down in Scottsdale, AZ, Arizona Fine Time that I’ve been following for a couple years now.  They are plugged into to all things Seiko, and  you can check out their Seiko watches here.  They also carry other lower-end brands, but also some excellent Swiss brands, both well known (Frederique Constant and Alpina) and lesser known Swiss brands such as Zurich-based Maurice de Mauriac (which I did not even know had a US point of sale!).

  • Anthony Halstead

    I have owned 3 Grand Seiko watches. Fit, finish are nearly perfect. There is refinement even in the HAQ model movements.

    That said, I’ve also owned multiple Nomos and always end up selling for the same reason:

    The thing that makes them amazing- their crystallization of the essence of a watch eventually starts to feel too staid and there’s something to a slight quirk that adds interest over the long haul.

    But for sheer execution few can match the Grand Seiko.

    • Perpetuelle

      @facebook-1061725202:disqus Well said, thanks for the comments.

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  • Jennifer Brown

    I really love this post because I am fond of watches.