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Japan's first automatic mechanical watch

Jason Pitsch

The origins of Seiko began in 1881 when Kintarō Hattori opened a watch and jewelry shop in Tokyo’s Ginza district. A little over a decade after opening the shop, in 1892, Hattori started manufacturing clocks under the “Seikosha” name, which roughly translates to “the house of exquisite workmanship.” The Laurel, produced in 1913, was the company’s first watch, and also the first wristwatch made in Japan. However, it was not until 1924 that the first watches produced under the Seiko name were introduced. The Laurel was the first Japanese wristwatch, created in 1913 before the brand Seiko was used In 1956, Seiko introduced its first watch with a movement that was designed fully in-house. The Seiko Marvel incorporated Seiko’s “Diashock” shock absorption system – and that was just the beginning of many years of innovations to come from Japan’s oldest

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PHOTO REPORT: Seiko opens Miami Design District boutique

Jason Pitsch

Last week, Seiko Corporation of America held the grand opening of its second United States boutique – which is also Seiko’s 71st boutique worldwide – in Miami’s Design District. The opening event was held at Michael’s Genuine in Miami, hosted by Seiko Corporation of America Chairman Akio Naito, and attended by over 100 guests. The Design District is known for its destination shopping that includes the world’s most prestigious brands and fittingly the new store primarily focuses on Seiko’s prestigious collections, including Grand Seiko, Astron, and Credor. It will also showcase collections never before sold in the US, including Presage, and various boutique exclusives within the US, including the Prospex collection. “The opening of our Miami Seiko Boutique truly signifies the beginnings of Seiko’s position as a permanent global leader in the timepiece industry. This boutique is a showcase of

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REVIEW: Seiko Prospex SRP775 Diver

Jason Pitsch

Seiko is not only the oldest Japanese watch manufacture – with horological expertise dating to 1892 – they also have an incredibly strong diving heritage. In 1965, Seiko released their first dive watch, the 150 meter water-resistant reference 62MAS-010. Many dive watch models followed over the years. And not much has changed in that regard, as Seiko continues to make numerous dive watch models across a broad range of price points. For this article, we will focus on the modern SRP775 Prospex Diver, based on vintage reference 6309 that was produced from 1976-1988. Introduced at Baselworld 2015, the Prospex SRP775 Diver, nicknamed the “Turtle,” shares the original 6309’s cushion-shaped case design and has approximately the same dimensions. In fact, the hands, bezel, crown – and even the embossed logo on the back – are virtually the same. There are, of

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Prospex Marinemaster GPS Solar Dual-Time Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

The Prospex Marinemaster GPS Solar Dual-Time, unveiled at Baselworld 2016, is the first Seiko, other than the Astron, to utilize Seiko’s unique GPS Solar timekeeping technology. Crafted in corrosion resistant titanium, the Marinemaster case and bracelet feature a super-hard coating to protect against impacts. The case measures 48.5 mm x 14.7 mm and is topped by a highly durable fixed ceramic bezel. The two-tone bezel is bright white on the top (with the numeric UTC codes in blue), and bright blue on the flange (with the 40 world time cities engraved in white). The bracelet has a three-fold clasp with push button release, with a secure lock and slide adjuster. A screw-down crown and caseback ensure a water-resistance of 200 meters. The crown features white ceramic crown guards. The sapphire crystal has been coated inside and out with a super-clear

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Seiko Collector Highlights on Instagram

Seiko had a collector’s event in New York last week, and so we compiled this post from some of our favorite shots that were taken at the event, as well as a few random Seiko posts, and one video of a Grand Seiko. 1 of 2 upcoming @seikowatchusa X @paditv #prospex collaboration editions seen at the #Seiko NYC event #seikodiver #padi #SRPA21 🔴⚪️🔵 A photo posted by Doc KickToc (@kicktoc) on Apr 3, 2016 at 6:29am PDT Ok watchfam it's time to lite this MothaF*A up… Tonights #lumebattle theme is "Luming on the Edge"… Let's see how close to the edge you're willing to go😜 use #illumenauts & #TheWallOfLume for a chance to be featured on the wall. Let's do this … Tag @jazzbass251 @dlh30 @paguiarneto @illumenauts and myself… Boom👊🏻😈👊🏻 My sub: #tunameltsmyheart walks the plank😈… But what waits at

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Credor FUGAKU Tourbillon Limited Edition

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The Credor FUGAKU Tourbillon Limited Edition, announced at Baselworld 2016, represents the combined work of four of Seiko’s most experienced craftsmen. Moreover, the new movement, caliber 6830, is the first tourbillon ever produced by Seiko. The caliber is just 3.98 mm thick, and is made and assembled by master watchmaker Satoshi Hiraga. Engraving is done by Kiyoshi Terui. The overall design, including the integration of the tourbillon, metal engraving, and lacquer work, is done Nobuhiro Kosugi. Urushi expert Isshu Tamura produces the lacquer finish. Together, these experts have created a three-dimensional tourbillon with engraving and lacquer work inspired by the art of the Edo period in Japan (1603-1868). The watch is presented in a 43.1 mm x 8.8 mm platinum case, that also utilizes yellow and white gold along with 48 blue sapphires (for a total of 3.22 carats, including

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Seiko Prospex PADI Special Edition Divers

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Seiko has a rich history making dive watches dating back to 1965. They made the world’s first titanium diver’s watch in 1975, the first diver’s watch with a ceramic outer case in 1986, and the first Nitrox Dive Computer watch in 2000. Needless to say, Seiko is one of the most respected manufacturers of professional dive watches. And so it should come as no surprise that, PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the world’s most trusted scuba diving training organization, which has issued 24 million certifications – has decided to partner with Seiko to support the global movement of scuba divers coming to protect the world’s oceans, called “Project AWARE.” To celebrate and promote this partnership, two Prospex PADI Special Editions will be released Fall 2016. The Kinetic GMT Diver is powered by hybrid Kinetic caliber 5M85 movement, with a

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REVIEW: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time

Jason Pitsch

Overview Seiko’s GPS calibrated Astron collection was first launched in 2012, with the caliber 7X. Then in 2014 the second-generation, caliber 8X, which added a chronograph, was introduced. In 2015, the Astron line gained a third movement, caliber 8X53, which powers the new Astron Dual-Time timepiece we tested for this article. The Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time is designed for the frequent traveler, who constantly changes timezones, and doesn’t want the fuss of always having to manually reset their timepiece. The Dual-Time watch features atomic timekeeping precision, without the reliance on radio signals from one of the 6 international atomic clocks (which have a limited range of 2000 miles), and that fades the further you are from the radio tower. With the Astron, instead of radio waves, the atomic time is communicated via military-level GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) signals, just like

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Hands-On with Seiko Astron Giugiaro Design Limited Edition

As we reported in February, Seiko partnered with Italian automobile and industrial designer Giorgetto Giugiaro to create a limited edition of the Seiko Astron GPS Solar. This 5,000 piece limited edition model is presented in the same 44.6 mm diameter lightweight titanium case as the standard production 8X models, but with unique styling by Giugiaro Design. A hard black scratch resistant coating protects the titanium case from scratches. A titanium bracelet with white ceramic insets and a separate crocodile leather strap with red leather lining and red, white and green accents that coordinate with the dial, are included. Newly-designed Arabic figures and red and green color accents highlight the sporty look of this limited model. The case back is sculpted into the shape of a sports car wheel and is marked with “Giugiaro Design Limited Edition” and the watch’s individual

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Seiko Celebrates 50 Years of Dive Watches With Two Special Prospex Marinemaster Models

In 1965 Seiko made its first diver’s watch. This led to many innovations, from the first titanium diver’s watch case to the invention of the accordion-style strap and the two-layer case to the design of dial markers and hands of with high legibility. Further, according to Seiko “the ISO 6425 standard was developed with Seiko’s own standard as its base.” And so, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Seiko diver’s watch, the Japanese watchmaker has announced two special Prospex Marinemaster models. Prospex Marinemaster Professional 1000m Hi-Beat 36000 Limited Edition (ref. SBEX001) The first model is the Marinemaster Professional 1000m Diver’s which is based on a Seiko dive watch from 1975. The case has a unique two-layer construction that is impermeable to helium thanks to a special gasket and screw-down glass fixing ring. The outer shell is made of matte

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