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History – Details

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1881

Kintaro Hattori

Kintaro Hattori establishes the K. Hattori (watch and clock retail and repair store).
Earning the trust of foreign trading companies, the business expands greatly

1890s

1890

Commencement of direct import of timepieces from America.

1892

wall clocks

Building on the success of the retail business, Seikosha is established and commences manufacturing of wall clocks.

1894

clock tower

The company moves to the corner of Ginza 4-chome and builds a store with a clock tower.

1895

Timekeeper

Manufacturing of the company's first pocket watch, the Timekeeper, commences.
By persisting in the pocket watch business, despite continuing losses, the company eventually corners the market.

1899

The company begins manufacturing alarm clocks.

1900s

1905

Distributors established in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

1909

The company develops its own automatic pinion lathe, dramatically improve manufacturing  efficiency of pocket watches.
The pocket watch business becomes profitable the following year.

1913

1910sLaurel

Anticipating a shift away from pocket watches, the company launches Japan's first wristwatch, the Laurel.

1915

The company receives large orders for a total of 900,000 alarm clocks from the UK and France.

1917

K. Hattori & Co. becomes incorporated.

1923

1920sthe company launches Japan's first watch

Despite losing all its factories and stores to the Great Kanto Earthquake in September, the company recommences operations in November. The company replaces all watches that were held for repair and destroyed in the disaster with brand new watches free of charge, thereby gaining the firm trust of the public.

1924

Launch of the first Seiko brand watch.

Launch of the first Seiko brand watch.

1929

The Seikosha pocket watch is designated as the first Japan-made railway watch.

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