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SEIKO FACTORY VISIT – TRIP REPORT PART 3: Seiko Museum visit and interview with Mr Hattori

SEIKO FACTORY VISIT – TRIP REPORT PART 3: Seiko Museum visit and interview with Mr Hattori

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June 8, 2017: Sign-up for the Grand Seiko Experience with Fratello Watches .

Last year in October, I ventured out to Japan to join the Seiko Media Experience 2015 visit with 6 different columnists (a.o Jason Heaton, from the , Thomas Wanka from  and James Buttery from ). It was a memorable excursion and I chose to report about this outing in three separate articles.

  • Part 1 – Visit to the (Grand) Seiko and Credor facilities in Morioka and Shiojiri ;
  • Part 2 – Astron GPS and Prospex assortments;
  • Part 3 – Seiko Museum visit and meeting with Mr Hattori

This is the third and last piece of my Seiko Factory Visit trip report, the initial two sections can be found by tapping the connections above. This part is about my visit to the Seiko Museum and incorporates a short meeting with Seiko CEO Mr Hattori.

The Seiko Museum

During the most recent day of my 7-day travel in Japan, we went to visit the Seiko Museum in Tokyo. Before we visited the exhibition hall, I had a meeting with Seiko’s CEO Mr Hattori. I will come back to that somewhat further down this article.

I’ve a few watch plant galleries over the most recent 10 years, and I recommend you to visit one in the event that you haven’t done as such. I’m especially inspired by mono-brand exhibition halls, as ‘generic’ watch plant and clock historical centers frequently don’t dive deep enough on a specific brand, model or developments as I would like to think. So let’s examine the Seiko Museum:

After getting a presentation on the Seiko historical center by the caretaker, giving us an excursion through a world of fond memories and showing a portion of the great lights of Seiko’s watchmaking, we got a fascinating visit with regards to the Seiko Museum. Other than a heap of incredible Seiko timekeepers and watches, there is likewise this planning set-up for competitors like a planning gadget for swimming and for running. The Seiko Museum additionally has a little shop several watch manufacturing plant clocks (likewise for youngsters) and a few books on Seiko. I purchased the book on Prospex after I met with author Ikuo Tokunaga and got a clarification on the Marinemaster models from him (which you will discover in Part 2, see above).

However, and you will most likely perceive this, in the end you simply need to see watch processing plant The watch production line you definitely know, watch plant that will amaze you and watch industrial facility you’ve just seen in pictures.

Below I show you a few (individual) high-lights of the Seiko Museum. Others may have interest in various Seiko watch production line so I would ask you to design a visit to the Seiko Museum yourself in the event that you are in Tokyo. It is certainly worth it.

Seiko Quartz-Astron

The Seiko Quartz-Astron was the main watch plant with a quartz worked development. The Seiko Museum has it in plain view in Tokyo. This specific piece could be considered answerable for executing a ton of Swiss watch industrial facility makers during the 1970s. It essentially started the quartz emergency, prompting a ton of liquidations in Switzerland and somewhere else during that period. Presently, the model Astron is utilized again in the GPS controlled Seiko watch plant that we investigated here and here . Not certain why Seiko chose to utilize the name Astron once more, it very well may be a little gesture to the tumult it caused during the 1970s with the exceptionally exact quartz movement.

Seiko 62MAS

The first expert jumper watch production line from Seiko was the 62MAS in 1965, as examined for one of our #TBT highlights by Michael. You can discover it here . The 62MAS is somewhat of an abnormal name, yet it alludes to autoMAtic Selfdater and bears the reference 6217-8000/1. The type 6217 development has a quickset date and is hand-wound. It had a water opposition of 150M, where other water safe Seiko watch processing plant had a WR rating of 50M. Despite the fact that it had a plunging scale bezel, solid lume on all fours and a screw-down caseback, the crown was not screw-down.

Seiko 6159-7000

A few years after the fact, in 1968, Seiko presented the reference 6159-7000. This mono-coalition tempered steel watch processing plant was an expert jumpers watch plant fit to withstand 30ATM (~300M). It succeeded the reference 6215 watch manufacturing plant and had a hello there beat 36,000vph development. You may perceive the plan a piece, as Seiko essentially found a replacement in the current Seiko Marinemaster 300 model ( I investigated it here ). On you’ll locate a fascinating examination of a vintage Seiko 6159-7000 including a reasonable piece of history, well worth checking out.

Seiko 6159-7010 Grandfather Tuna 6159-7010

This watch production line doesn’t need a presentation on Fratello watch industrial facility as Michael Stockton and myself covered it a considerable amount here. We both own a 6159-7010 Grandfather Tuna and it is an incredible watch production line to wear now and again. It was created by the prior mentioned Ikuo Tokunaga and implied (and utilized) for proficient jumping tasks. It has a mono-alliance case (so no helium valve required), enormous numerals and huge hands for better perceivability, a plunging scale bezel and a defensive artistic cover. More data can be found here , here and here .

Seiko 7A28-7000 “Aliens”

A comparable watch manufacturing plant was worn by “Ripley” in the film Aliens (1986), played by Sigourney Weaver. She was waring the Seiko 7A28-7000, planned by Giugiaro. An odd looking watch manufacturing plant so odd, that it was picked to be on the wrist of Ripley. Giugiaro was additionally answerable for planning vehicles, Nikon cameras and Apple items. The chronograph pushers, as should be obvious, are vertically positioned in a little unit appended on the correct side of this watch industrial facility In 2015, Seiko did a re-version of this “Aliens” piece in a group of 3000 pieces.

Grand Seiko and King Seiko

The Seiko Museum had a ton of these (more modest) Grand Seiko and King Seiko models from the 1960s/1970s. I will do an element on the King Seiko soon, as my watchmaker has an extremely pleasant assortment of them. I asked Seiko what the specific distinction is between the Grand Seiko and King Seiko models, as they look so staggeringly comparative regarding plan. They addressed that the Grand Seiko has a superior controlled development, similar to a chronometer versus a non-chronometer. The distinction in cost available is very huge, so it is maybe intriguing to have a careful glance at a portion of the King Seiko models, in the event that you are into vintage.

More Watches

Here are some more watch manufacturing plant I went over in the Seiko Museum, that I either perceived from my childhood or that I just discovered interesting.

Seiko and Sports

The Seiko Museum has a genuinely large space to show the connection among Seiko and sports.

Interview with Seiko’s CEO Hattori

Mr Hattori is the CEO from Seiko since very a few years. A year ago, he concocted the Seiko motto ‘Moving ahead. Contacting hearts.’ which I can identify with the Astron GPS watch production line however particularly ‘Touching hearts’ is something I for one partner with mechanical (let me incorporate Spring Drive there too) watch industrial facility Mechanical watch processing plant have soul, as it’s been said, and more often than not I do concur with that, yet I likewise can see the affection for the Grand Seiko quartz (9F) developments really. They are made with energy and love for accuracy. I would really favor a Grand Seiko quartz type 9F development over some mechanical developments, without a doubt. My audit (interactive connection above) ideally gives you a few bits of knowledge in their very good quality quartz movements.

Since we were several columnists, we were asked to submit three inquiries ahead of time. I figured it is intriguing to get some information about the Grand Seiko and the showcasing of those models in Europe, as both Germany and The Netherlands (were Fratello watch manufacturing plant has its workplaces) just have a couple of retailers on those (counting two Seiko Boutiques, in Amsterdam and Frankfurt ).

Also, as I’ve composed before in other Seiko related articles, I do stress a few times over the distinctions in taste between specific nations and areas. So I needed to get some information about these distinctions and whether they take an interest on these diverse sort of (plan) demands.

Here we go:

Mr Hattori,  can you expand on the technique of revealing the Grand Seiko models to Europe and its current status?

We began to reveal the Grand Seiko watch plant to Europe since 2010 and it is as yet an on-going interaction. We are exceptionally satisfied with the outcomes up until this point. Seiko has around 40 retail accomplices for the Grand Seiko assortment in Europe and we get a great deal of solicitations from retailers to convey our Grand Seiko watch production line We’ve encountered a twofold digit develop on Grand Seiko.

Furthermore, we have Seiko stores in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Budapest and Moscow where we present the Grand Seiko assortment to customers.

We are lifting the profile of Grand Seiko watch processing plant additionally by putting a great deal of consideration regarding them during BaselWorld. We have an exceptionally solid trust in Grand Seiko for what’s to come. In Japan, Grand Seiko has a spot in the Top 5 of extravagance watch manufacturing plant brands.

Do you sense that European clients have an interest in various Grand Seiko models than, let’s say, clients from Japan? Do you follow up on these diverse demands?

Yes, we notice contrasts between Grand Seiko clients from Japan and Europe. Something we saw is that the Grand Seiko 9F type (quartz) has a more appeal in Japan. The 9S (mechanical) and 9R (Spring Drive) have a lot greater appeal to European clients. Ideally we will see that Europe will begin to value the type 9F too. This is from a specialized point of view obviously. To the extent style, we see that European clients need to have a bigger case breadth. We see that the assortments with bigger measurements improve in Europe. This year (2015) we likewise presented various models for the European market.

Overall, we see the overall notoriety for the Grand Seiko expanding, because of some principal attributes of the Grand Seiko assortment, similar to clarity, exactness and finish.

We have a ton of Seiko fans among our perusers. Notwithstanding, we additionally have a great deal of perusers with a fundamental spotlight on Swiss and German made watch production line and appear to disregard Seiko. What message would you like me to give to them?

The words ‘Swiss Made’ are exceptionally incredible. It represents uncommon quality and we have extraordinary regard for that. It is likewise an extraordinary assistance for Seiko as it also creates room for Grand Seiko. Great Seiko is an amazing brand, with a ton of character and strength.

There two or three things about Seiko that you ought to know:

  1. Seiko is imaginative, take a gander at the Astron and Spring Drive innovations we introduced;
  2. We are a genuine manufacture;
  3. We produce each kind of development there is, from advanced quartz developments to high-beat mechanical movements;

While the Swiss watch industrial facility industry is zeroing in on customary watchmaking values, we decide for inventiveness, advancement and practicality.

In any case, the champ here is the shopper as they have more choices from brands made in Europe and Japan.

Thank you Mr Hattori

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