Seiko

Seiko exists since 1881 and initially Seiko was a small watch store in Tokyo. In 1892 the first Seikosha clocks were produced, laying the foundation for the official name Seiko, which appeared for the first time in 1924. The Seiko Astron hit the market in the 1960s as the world's first production quartz watch, followed by a quartz chronograph. Today the Seiko Astron is a very popular watch with variations such as the Seiko Astron GPS. All Seiko watches are made in-house in Japan where Seiko even makes the oil and luminous items in large-scale factories. All Seiko luxury watches are produced in Japan (Grand Seiko models) while other watches are assembled throughout Asia. WatchTime is a leading portal on Seiko watches. We cover Seiko watch news, Seiko watches blog posts, Seiko updates and other posts about Seiko watches as well as Seiko watch infos. Includes popular models such as the Seiko 007, Seiko 5, Seiko 5 Automatic, Seiko 5 Sports, Seiko Ananta, Seiko Automatic, Seiko Barcelona, Seiko Clocks, Seiko dive watches, Seiko Fightmaster, Seiko Kinetic, Seiko Kinetic Perpetual. We also report about Seiko ladies watches and Seiko men's watches, with photos, videos and the latest Seiko tech specs. Our watch database has in-depth details of the Seiko Orange Monster, Seiko Sumo, and Seiko watch repair infos. We also have specific infos about the Seiko Snk805, Snk809 and Snkl23. Seiko watches are available globally like the Seiko 007, Seiko Sportura, Seiko Ananta, and more Seiko models, including Grand Seiko, vintage Seiko and vintage Grand Seiko.

Dive Watch Wednesday: Reviewing the Seiko Prospex “Sumo” 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

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Early this year, we at DiveIntoWatches.com briefly introduced you here to the first of two upcoming special editions marking the 50th anniversary of dive watches carrying the Seiko name (and it seems there are many more to come). Both the new Seiko Marinemaster (Ref. SBDX012) and the less expensive Ref. SBDC027 — basically a modified version of the Seiko Prospex “Sumo” (SBDC001) — have since then hit the shelves. And because the SBDC027 offers quite a bit more upgrades and changes to the … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Explaining the Seiko 6159-7010 “Grandfather Tuna”

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We've got something different for this week's Fratello Friday. For a while, we've had a Seiko expert on board Fratello Watches by the name of Michael Stockton and one of his personal interests are (vintage) Seiko and Grand Seiko watches. This week, we bring you one of his stories, about the Seiko 6159-7010 also known to Seiko fans as the "Grandfather Tuna." … [Read more...]


Dive Watches 101: Bracelet Extensions vs. Flexible Straps

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Depending on where you plan on diving, chances are that you will wear a wetsuit or, in some cases, even a dry suit. Both increase your wrist size substantially, which is why a dive watch usually features a deployment clasp with a divers' extension, or even comes with an extra strap piece that can be attached to the strap buckle when worn over a dry suit (e.g. the unique Citizen Promaster 1000, which has been previously reviewed by WatchTime). A regular clasp extension usually doesn’t add … [Read more...]


Timepiece Timeline: The History of Seiko Through 12 Milestone Seiko Watches

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Those who know Seiko mainly for its lower-priced quartz watches — and even many who have recently discovered the Japanese brand's high-horology Grand Seiko timepieces — may be unaware that Seiko's history of watchmaking stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, and includes several watch-world firsts. Here are the highlights. … [Read more...]


Presidential Watches: 9 Timepieces Owned by U.S. Presidents

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As Presidents' Day approaches here in the United States, we at WatchTime decided it would be a great time to revisit our piece on watches worn by American presidents over the years. Scroll down to see the list we've compiled of notable wristwatches and pocketwatches belonging to past (and current) commanders-in-chief. … [Read more...]


WatchTime.com’s Top 10 Watch Reviews and Tests

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Watch Tests and Watch Reviews, all taken from the print edition of WatchTime magazine, are among our most popular features on Watchtime.com. Here's a look back at the watches our readers were most excited to see us put to the test in recent years. Below we count down our most popular watch tests and watch reviews, ranked by page views. (Number One may surprise you.) Which was your favorite? … [Read more...]


Dive Watches 101: The Basics of the Rotating Divers’ Watch Bezel

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In the third part of this series on the basics of divers' watches, DiveintoWatches.com takes on what is probably most distinctive element of a dive watch: the rotating bezel. … [Read more...]


The Watches of James Bond

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He doesn’t just have a license to kill; he also has a license to tell time. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming made sure to give the world’s most famous secret agent a wristwatch in his novels. In the eleventh volume (there are a total of 14 original editions), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was published in 1963, Fleming offers the reader a very precise description of this watch. James sees a “heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on a metal watch bracelet as he awakes in the middle of the … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Chronograph

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The Seiko company was founded in 1881, produced its first pocketwatches in 1895, its first alarm clocks in 1899, and its first wristwatches in 1913. That means that 2013 marked 100 years of Seiko wristwatches, and the Japanese company marked the milestone with a special version of its Seiko Ananta Chronograph. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal the story behind the Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Chronograph and present to you the details of the centennial-celebrating … [Read more...]


Clutch Performer: Reviewing the Seiko Velatura

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Seiko’s Velatura mechanical chronograph has not one vertical clutch but three. In this in-depth review from our archives, WatchTime's Martina Richter takes a close look at this most unorthodox sports watch; Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign provides the original photography. … [Read more...]


Speed Dreamin': Testing the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 (With Video)

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A few years ago, TAG Heuer introduced a new version of its racing-inspired Carrera watch with a brand-new movement. WatchTime took the watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887, for a spin. Click here for the results of our comprehensive watch test, originally published in our print edition, along with exclusive photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: Grand Seiko SBGA029

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Angus Davies reviews the Grand Seiko SBGA029, in this article from the online magazine Escapement.  The SBGA029 is a divers' watch featuring the brand's highly impressive Spring Drive movement. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: My Top 10 Chronograph Watch Movements; What Are Yours?

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A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, I've compiled a Fratello Friday article that focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is my … [Read more...]


First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces

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As the U.S. enters a new year with a new divided government, we felt it was the perfect time to share this feature on presidents and their watches from the WatchTime archives (December 2008). Click here to find out what brands graced the wrists and waistcoasts of our chief executives. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: 2 New 50th Anniversary Seiko Dive Watches

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The year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of dive watches carrying the Seiko brand name. And we are invited to the party with at least two limited editions, the Seiko Marinemaster 50th Anniversary limited edition and Seiko Prospex Diver 200. … [Read more...]


Dive Watches 101: Saturation Diving, Helium Valves, and “Extreme” Dive Watches

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In the latest installment in our series on the basics of divers' watches, Diveintowatches.com explains why some dive watches have  built-in helium-release valves and why others don’t. We also explain why each type is perfectly OK, depending on the type of diving you do. … [Read more...]


Watches at Wimbledon: Who Wears What

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As many watch aficionados and tennis fans know, some of the Wimbledon tournament's biggest stars are also "brand ambassadors" for some watch brand or other. So which watch will we see on the wrist of the eventual men's and ladies' Wimbledon champs at the trophy presentation this year? We don't know yet, but here's a primer on which tennis players wear which timepieces. … [Read more...]


5 New Grand Seiko Watches Pay Homage to 1964 Classic

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At Baselworld 2014, Seiko added several new models to its prestigious Grand Seiko watch collection. Along with the new hi-beat GMT models, which we covered here, the 2014 Grand Seiko watches include five new models that pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of a fondly remembered Grand Seiko from 1964. … [Read more...]


Which Watch Brand Spends the Most on Advertising?

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Watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from Kantar Media, which each year compiles estimates of ad spending for a range of different products. The figures for 2013 signal that the U.S. watch market is still growing, especially as Swiss luxury brands turn their sights back from China to this country. … [Read more...]


A Look Back at Baselworld 2014: Seiko Astron and Grand Seiko Models

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At Seiko’s opening-day Baselworld press conference on Wednesday, the Japanese company introduced a new chronograph version of the popular Astron GPS and a new high-frequency Grand Seiko movement with a GMT function. … [Read more...]