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Celebrating Seiko’s 140th Anniversary.

Authored By William DePaula

“Always one step ahead of the rest”.
This was Kintaro Hattori’s credo for the company he founded in 1881. It has continued to inspire Seiko ever since and Kintaro’s spirit lives on in Seiko’s determination to continue to create timepieces of precision, durability and beauty. In this, our 140th year, we renew our commitment. Seiko is “Moving Ahead. Touching Hearts”.

Just 11 years after Kintaro Hattori founded his company at the age of just 21, he opened his first 
manufacturing facility. The story of Seiko had started.

When Kintaro Hattori founded his company in 1881, he was just 21 years old. During his fifty years at the helm, Seiko became the leading watch company in Japan, with its own design and production facilities. This achievement was a direct result of his single-minded vision that Seiko should be “Always one step ahead of the rest”. His words resonate still and continue to inspire Seiko today. Throughout this year, Seiko will release a series of creations that embody the spirit of Kintaro’s words and honor the 140th anniversary of the founding of his company.

The celebrations start with a series of Prospex, Presage and Astron watches inspired by the landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes of Japan.



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