Inside The Manufacture: A Visit To Seiko Japan (Video)
Morioka Seiko Instruments
Morioka Seiko Instruments is situated in the northern mechanical city of Morioka, around three-and-a-half hours from Tokyo by high-speed train. This is where Seiko’s high-end mechanical watches are conceived – where a solitary watchmaker assembles each Credor Caliber 68, where a 40-year Seiko veteran gathers high-end developments, and where the widely worshipped Grand Seiko comes to fruition. While the activities here don’t seem unlike the manufactures we’re accustomed to finding in spots like Le Brassus or La Chaux-de-Fonds (a watchmaker twisted around his work is a watchmaker twisted around his work, all things considered), possibly what is slightly more evident is the tremendous pride watchmakers here take in their work – and in each watch that leaves their hands and winds up, say, in a boutique on Madison Avenue .
The treated steel, 39.5 mm Grand Seiko GMT (above) highlights the type 9S66 and a 72-hour power reserve.
Here we see the dark dials of the 40 mm, high-beat (36,000 vibrations/hour) type 9S86 Grand Seiko GMT.
Katsuo Saito, Silver Meister, Credor Assembling.
Tsutomu Ito, Meister, Leader of Grand Seiko Assembling.
Masanobu Horoiwa, Grand Seiko Assembling.
Seiko Epson Corporation
The Seiko Epson Corporation office is found a few hours west of Tokyo in the city of Shiojiri (in the Nagano Prefecture – home of the 1998 Winter Olympics). On the off chance that Morioka Seiko Instruments is most fascinating a direct result of the quality of the high-end pieces it produces, Seiko Epson Corporation is generally outstanding for the range of pieces it produces. Think about it – all under one rooftop: 50 9F quartz developments and eight hybrid quartz/mechanical Spring Drive developments are amassed each day; meanwhile, in the miniature craftsman studio, the files of the Credor Eichi II are hand-painted and the chime of the Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie – in view of the conventional Orin ringer – is idealized. Oh, and one of Seiko’s most intriguing ongoing developments is additionally delivered here: the Astron GPS Solar, the new line of sun based powered pieces with a ring recieving wire that empowers the watch to change time regions automatically.
Yoshifusa Nakazawa (over), a specialist in sonnerie chiming, is one of 11 experts who work in the Micro Artist Studio, which opened in 2000.
The Seiko GPS Astron 8x arrangement, delivered in September of 2014, highlights a 35.5 mm ring reception apparatus (below, right) that is determined to the upper side of the development and is covered by an artistic bezel. Its lithium-particle battery is 3.2 mm more modest than the battery in the past 7x arrangement, and the sun based charging capacity of the 8x arrangement requires 30% openness to light, compared to the 60% required by the 7x arrangement. Six engines control the hands, which change automatically to time region changes through GPS signals.
The Credor Eichi highlights a white porcelain dial motivated by the snowy scenes of Japan, and the files are hand painted.
The Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie, which was presented in 2006, highlights a 35 mm acoustic component (enlivened by the customary Japanese Orin chime) that allows for a long tone – around three seconds.
The Seiko Museum
Revamped and moved to Tokyo’s Sumida neighborhood in 2012, the Seiko Museum is an all in one resource for everything Seiko, yet additionally the history of Japanese timekeeping as a rule (the iron-outline tower clock seen below, for example, dates to the 17th century). It is here that Seiko’s long history unfurls, beginning in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori opened a watch store and mechanics shop in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood. Between then and now, a few achievements mark Seiko’s advancement through the years: in 1960, the Grand Seiko was launched; in 1969, the main quartz watch appeared; and in 1999, the Spring Drive was introduced.
Seiko’s rich heritage of sports-timing instruments (the brand has been the authority watch for a handful of Olympic Games) incorporates mechanical and quartz stopwatches and timekeepers, just as beginning blocks (over) that incorporate a bogus beginning identification system.
The exhibition hall’s assortment incorporates the absolute first Grand Seiko model, which appeared in 1960. The piece seen below, delivered in 1912 under the name “Tree,” was the principal wristwatch made in Japan.
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