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Seiko Clock History

Although the Seiko name was adopted in 1924 with the introduction of its first wrist watch, the company was actually founded 43 years earlier by a clockmaker in Tokyo's Ginza District. Applauded for its accuracy and craftsmanship, the Seiko watch became a resounding success and by 1938, demand for the timepieces pushed yearly production to well over one million Seiko Clock Museumwatches.

Dedicated to technology advancement and precise manufacture, the Seiko Company has repeatedly staked its reputation on performance, acting as the Official Timer of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Sapporo, Barcelona, Lillihammer and Nagano.

Seiko's many design innovations include the world's first quartz watch, the world's first LCD quartz watch with six digit display, and the world's first intelligent analog quartz watch with alarm and timer function. In 1992, with the introduction of the Kinetic design, once again Seiko rewrote the state of the art. The Seiko Kinetic collection is a line of quartz watches that are electrically charged by movement. The Kinetic Auto Relay goes into suspended animation when unworn for three days, thus conserving energy. With a few shakes of the wearer's wrist, it wakes up and resets itself to the exact time.

Other trend-setting, multi-functional watches by Seiko include the Perpetual Calendar series which automatically reset their date settings for the next 100 years; the Chronograph collection with dual stopwatch features; the Le Grande Sport series, a classic combination of contemporary European design and functionality; and the Ladies Jewelry collection, an elegant marriage of versatility and style.

Timeline of Seiko Innovations

1881 K. Hattori, predecessor of today's Seiko Corporation, established.
1892 Seikosha clock supply factory established; production of wall clocks begins.
1913 Production of Laurel, the first wristwatch made in Japan, begins.
1917 K. Hattori & Co., Ltd. incorporated.
1924 SEIKO brand first used on watches.
1930 Production of camera shutters begins.
1937 Watch production split off as Daini Seikosha Co., Ltd., predecessor of today's Seiko Instruments Inc.
1947 Retail division split off as Wako Co., Ltd.
1949 K. Hattori & Co., Ltd. listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1953 Seiko sponsors Japans first TV commercial.
1958 Seiko commercialises quartz clocks for broadcasting use.
1959 Suwa Factory of Daini Seikosha becomes independent as Suwa Seikosha, predecessor of today's Seiko Epson Corporation.
1964 Seiko serves as Official Timer of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
1965 Seiko becomes sales representative of Royal Asscher Diamond.
1969 Seiko introduces the world's first quartz watch.
1970 Seikosha becomes an independent company.
1972 Seiko serves as Official Timer of the Sapporo Winter Olympic Games.
1982 Seiko introduces the world's first TV watch.
1983 K. Hattori & Co., Ltd. renamed Hattori Seiko Co., Ltd.
1984 Seiko introduces world's first liquid-crystal TV. Seiko sets up SEIKO Mullion Clock, Japan's first large-sized marionette clock.
1990 Hattori Seiko Co., Ltd. renamed Seiko Corporation.
1992 Seiko serves as Official Timer of the Barcelona Olympic Games.
1993 Seiko introduces the S-Yard golf clubs.
1994 Seiko serves as Official Timer of the Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games.
1996 Seiko Precision Inc., Seiko Clock Inc., and Seiko Optical Products, Co., Ltd. established.
1997 Seiko introduces the world's first backside progressive addition lens. Japanese company name changed to Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha. Seiko Jewelry Co., Ltd. established. 1998 Seiko serves as Official Timer of the Nagano Winter Olympic Games.
2000 Seiko S-Yard Co., Ltd. established.
2001 Seiko Watch Corporation established. Seiko Corporation becomes a pure holding company.
2002 Seiko serves as Official Timer of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.
2003 Seiko serves as Official Timer of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Paris.

Seiko has built many fine clocks over the years. Below are listings of older, Retired Seiko Clocks no longer in production that help build their legacy.

Seiko QXK115GLH Vintage Alarm Clock Metallic Vintage Style soft gold/black color case. Bell alarm with snooze and Luminous hands and numbers. A touch at the top of the clock and the dial lights. One "C" battery included. 4 1/5" x 5 5/7" x 3 1/5" Retail Price: 25.00 Price: $ 19.99
Seiko QXM104BRH Melody In Motion Clock Clock features a Brown metallic finished case and glass crystal. On the hour, the clock plays one of seven melodies. Size: 15" Diameter D 3 1/2" Retail Price: $150.00 Price: $ 112.50
Seiko QXM112BRH Melody In Motion Clock Clock features a gold-tone case with burl pattern. On the hour dial opens and rotates to reveal moving figures while one of six melodies plays in high fidelity sound. Size: 16 3/4" Diameter D 4 1/2" Retail Price: $495.00 Price: $ 371.25
Seiko QXM117GRH Christmas Clock Retail Price: $110.00 This selection has been retired and is no longer nationally available. We do offer the Howard Miller Christmas Clock which can be seen by clicking here. Price: $ 82.50
Seiko QXM119LRH Melody In Motion Clock Clock features a silver-tone metallic case and glass crystal. On the hour, the clock plays one of six Hi-Fi melodies. Size: H 18" W 16" D 3 1/9" Retail Price: $200.00 Price: $ 150.00
Seiko QXM121MRH Melody In Motion Clock Clock features a silver tone metallic and light green case. On the hour, the clock plays one of seven Hi-Fi melodies with two sparkling lights. Size: H 21 5/8" W 10 3/4" D 2 7/8" Retail Price: $125.00 Price: $ 93.75
Seiko QXM129BRH Melodies in Motion Wall Clock On the hour, the clock plays one of six melodies. Modern Brown wooden case with Swarovski crystal moving pendulum. Light sensor. Volume control and Demonstration button. Four "C" batteries included Size: H 16 3/8" W 13" D3 1/3" Retail Price $200.00 Price: $ 150.00
Seiko QXQ007BLH Pendulum Mantel Clock Dark brown solid Oak Classic style clock with glass crystal. Moving pendulum and accurate Quartz movement powered by one "C" battery. Westminster/Whittington quarter-hour chime with hourly strike. Size: H 16 1/2" W 8 1/2" D 5" Retail Price: $200.00 Price: $ 99.95
Seiko QXQ010KLH Contemporary Mantel Clock Contemporary Wooden Mantel Clock in a silver-tone metallic finish with glass crystal and moving pendulum. Westminster/Whittington quarter hour chime. Size: 11 3/4" x 7 1/5" x 3 3/4" Retail Price: 125.00 Price: $ 93.75
Seiko QXR103BLH Atomic Desk Clock Accurate to within a second in a million years. Solid oak case with a rich brown finish. Antiqued dial with second hand. Automatically adjusts for daylight savings time and back to standard time. Size: H 9 2/3" W7 9/10" D4 3/4" Retail Price: $115.00 Price: $ 86.25
Seiko QXR104BLH Rwave Atomic Wall Clock this selection has been retired and is no longer available from Seiko Size: 12 2/3" diameter by 1 1/2" deep. Retail Price: $100.00 Price: $ 75.00
Seiko QXR109YLH Atomic Modern Wall Clock Automatic adjustment for Daylight Savings Time and back to Standard Time in the fall . Natural solid wood case with convex glass crystal with a clean, modern look. Arabic numerals float on white background with a two-tone grooved Dial. Size: W. 13" D. 1 1/2" Retail Price: $95.00 Price: $ 71.25
Seiko QXR111BLH Chiming Atomic Contemporary Wall Clock Contemporary Radio Controlled wall clock in a black stained oak case that reveals the grain. Chime silence switch or Westminster/Bim Bam quarter-hour chime, hourly strikes and volume control and Nighttime chime silencer. Swinging cylindrical Pendulum with glass crystal front. Two "AA" batteries and two "C" batteries included Size: 22" x 9 4/9" x 4 1/3" Retail Price:... Price: $ 206.25
Seiko QXR112BLH Atomic Rwave Black Mantel Clock Black Mantel Clock in a stain Oak case reveals the grain through the black mantel clock finish. Moving pendulum with glass crystal front. Two "AA" batteries and two "C" batteries included. Size: 12 5/6" x 6 1/2" x 6" Retail Price: 180.00 Price: $ 134.95
Seiko QXA336GLH Wall Clock Gold tone and Silver contemporary case with a Glass crystal. Raised Arabic numerals fixed to a silvertone circular grooved outer dial (chapter ring). One "AA" battery included. Warranty: One Year Parts and Labor. Size: W. 13" H 13" D. 2" this selection has been retired and is no longer available Price: $ 30.00
Seiko QXA336NLH Wall Clock Black and Silver contemporary case with a Glass crystal. Raised Arabic numerals fixed to a silvertone circular grooved outer dial (chapter ring). One "AA" battery included. Warranty: One Year Parts and Labor. Size: W. 13" H 13" D. 2" Retail Price: $40.00 Price: $ 30.00
Seiko QXA340LRH Contemporary Style this selection has been retired and is no longer available or in production Seiko QXA340LRH Contemporary Style Clock Silver-Tone And Blue/Gray Marble Patterned Case with Quiet Sweep Second Hand . Glass Crystal and One "AA" Battery Included. Warranty: One Year Parts and Labor. Size: Dia. 13 5/8" D. 1 1/2" Retail Price: 40.00 Price: $ 30.00
Seiko QXA358GRH Quiet Sweep Wall Clock Gold frame with Seiko Quiet Sweep silent quartz movement. Wall clock offers black hands and Arabic numbers. Curved glass crystal and Quiet sweep second hand. Requires One 'AA' battery (included). Size: 13.2"H 13.2"W 1.5"D Retail Price:45.00 Price: $ 33.75
Seiko QXA366KRH-X Quiet Sweep Wall Clock Contemporary black frame with a clean, white Arabic numeral dial. Quiet Sweep Second Hand (Second hand moves in continuous sweeping motion without any noise). Glass Crystal. One "AA" Battery Included. Warranty: One Year Parts and Labor. Size: Dia. 14-1/5" D. 2" Price: $ 36.00
Seiko QXA366WRH White Quiet Sweep Wall Clock Contemporary White frame with a clean, white Arabic numeral dial. Quiet Sweep Second Hand (Second hand moves in continuous sweeping motion without any noise). Glass Crystal. One "AA" Battery Included. Warranty: One Year Parts and Labor. Size: Dia. 14-1/5" D. 2" Price: $ 36.00
Seiko QXA392KRH Square Wall Clock Clean, square black case with a silver dial ring. Real glass crystal. Quiet sweep second hand doesn't make a sound. One AA Battery is included Size: H 11 2/3" W 11 2/3" D 1 3/4" Retail Price:45.00 Price: $ 33.75
Seiko QXE008NLH Bedside Alarm Clock Clock features a silver-tone and black case, luminous hands, and an EASY-TO-SET ascending alarm with snooze. Size: H 5 1/3" W 5 1/3" D 3 3/4" Retail Price: $40.00 Price: $ 30.00
Seiko QXE019GLH Modern Alarm Clock The Seiko QXE019GLH features Get Up & Glow that illuminates the dial at a touch. this selection has been retired by Seiko and is no longer available Retail Price:40.00 Price: $ 0.00
Seiko QXE319FLH Gold Alarm Clock This selection has been retired by Seiko and is no longer available please continue browsing and let us know if you have any questions. Size: H. 3 5/8" W. 3 1/2" D. 1 1/2" Retail Price:35.00 Price: $ 26.25
Seiko QXE418KLH Contemporary Black and Silver Alarm Clock Seiko contemporary alarm clock with Silver-tone metallic case with black front and Get Up & Glow where dial illuminates at a touch. Ascending Alarm With Snooze and Luminous Hands And Numbers. One "AA" Battery Included. Warranty: One Year Parts and Labor. Size: H. 4" W. 4 2/5" D. 2 1/5" Retail Price:40.00 Price: $ 30.00
Seiko QXG110GLH Modern Mantel Clock Contemporary style mantel clock with a rounded gold-tone solid metal case. Size: H 8 1/4" W 8 1/2" D 2 1/2" Retail Price: $125.00 Price: $ 93.75
Seiko QXG332BLH Wood Mantel Clock this selection has been retired and is no longer available Dark Mahogany finish solid wood case accent this Mantel clock with Anniversary Movement. Roman numerals on an Ivory chapter ring create an Old World style. Size: H 11 5/8" W 8 5/8" D 5 1/2" Retail Price: 125.00 Price: $ 87.95
Seiko QXH007BLH Chiming Wall Clock this selection has been retired and is no longer available Size: 30" x 12 2/5" x 5 5/7". Retail Price $300.00 Price: $ 225.00
Seiko QXJ002BLH French Style Mantel Clock this selection is retired and will be no longer be available Size: H 10 4/5" W 7 3/4" D 3 3/5" Retail Price: $160.00 Price: $ 120.00
Seiko Get Up & Glow Solar Alarm Clock Getup & Glow feature - press a button on top of the clock and the dial lights in soft blue Powered by light - automatically stays charged. High definition electro-luminiscent dial Automatic day/date calendar. Electronic beep alarm with snooze feature. Size 5" x 4" x 3 3/10" Retail 60.00 Price: $ 48.95
Seiko QAW109G Pyramid Skeleton Clock Unique pyramid mantel clock with a gold-tone and acrylic case. this selection has been retired and in no longer available from Seiko Retail Price: $200.00 Price: $ 150.00
Seiko QHE017GLH Desk Clock Gold-Tone Solid MetalCase With Hand-Cut and Polished Crystal Trim and Size: H. 4 1/2" W. 4 1/4" D. 2" Retail Price: $100.00 this selection has been retired and is no longer nationally available Price: $ 75.00
Seiko QHE024GLH Alter-Angle Desk Clock Gold-Tone Solid Brass case with Brass Stand and Glass Crystal front. Adjustable viewing angle is easy to read. Alarm function and one "AA" Battery Included. Warranty: One Year Parts and Labor. Size: H. 4 5/7" W. 5 3/5" D. 1 1/5" Retail Price: $79.00 Price: $ 52.50
Seiko QHE027BLH Engraved Desk Clock Dark brown solid wood case with glass crystal and Alarm. A brass engraving plaque is included (not attached) and may be engraved. this selection has been retired and is no longer available Price: $ 75.00
Seiko QHE032SLH Get Up and Glow Alarm Clock Get Up and Glow Silver Tone Bedside Alarm Clock in a Silver-tone metallic case. Front setting alarm with Ascending beep alarm with snooze and Quiet Sweep second hand. Automatic alarm stop function. Size:H 4-3/10" W 3-4/5" D 2-7/10" Retail Price: $ 45.00 Price: $ 33.75
Seiko QHG507GDH Anniversary Clock this selection has been retired and is no longer available Price: $ 93.75
Seiko QHG617GLH Armillary Sphere Clock This selection has been retired by Seiko and is no longer available please continue browsing and let us know if you have any questions. Retail Price: $100.00 Price: $ 75.00
Seiko QHJ509GDH Chiming Anniversary Clock Gold tone Anniversary clock with a brass base. Westminster chime with hourly strike. Size: H 8 1/2" 5 3/4" Diameter base Retail Price: $110.00 Price: $ 82.50
Seiko QHN001GLH Crystal Anniversary - Mantel Clock this selection has been retired and is no longer available Size: H 11-1/2" W 8-1/2" D 4" Retail Price: $ 380.00 Price: $ 285.00
Seiko QHR007GLH Atomic Alarm Clock Silver metallic case w/ Gold accents with an LCD display w/ Calendar, day-date. Get Up and Glow for illumination at a touch. Alarm with snooze feature. Size: H4 3/5" W2 4/5" D 4/5". Retail Price 50.00 Price: $ 36.95
Seiko QHR009SLH Best LCD Atomic Wall Clock Radio controlled LCD display in large Lucite frame encasing a Silver metallic clock case make a clean look for a wall clock for home or office. LCD features automatic calendar and thermometer. Batteries included in packaging. Size:7 4/5 x 10 2/3 x 2 1/9 Retail Price: $80.00 This selection has been retired and is no longer available from Seiko Price: $ 60.00
Seiko QHR011SLH RWAVE Atomic Alarm Clock This selection has been retired and is no longer available Price: $ 75.00
Seiko QXA335BLH Wood Wall Clock Brown solid wood case. Glass crystal. Dimensional dial. One "AA" battery included. Size: 12" Diameter x 1-3/5" Retail Price: $40.00 Price: $ 30.00

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