10 Seiko Watches to Start Your Japanese Watch Collection

The enduring Seiko is a great beginning to a new watch obsession.
ILLUSTRATOR Jasrelle Serrano

Seiko Laurel, 1913

Three decades after its founding, Seiko unveils the Seiko Laurel, the first wristwatch made in Japan. Determined to be “one step ahead,” founder Kintaro Hattori embarked on the seemingly impossible task of creating his first wristwatch, ending Japan’s reliance on foreign imports.


Grand Seiko, 1960

A small team of experienced and skilled watchmakers were entrusted with the task of making the finest watches to carry the Grand Seiko banner. The model represented the pinnacle of Seiko's excellence in all aspects of mechanical watchmaking: accuracy, legibility, and durability.



Seiko Cal. 6139, 1969

The year that sent a man on the moon saw Seiko introducing the world’s first automatic chronograph. With a “magic lever,” column wheel, and vertical clutch, Seiko set the bar high for chronograph innovation.


Seiko Quartz Astron, 1969

Tokyo won the global quartz race with the Seiko Quartz Astron on Christmas 1969. Not only was it the first watch of its kind, the Astron also delivered unparalleled performance with an accuracy of within five seconds per month (100 times more accurate than any other watch), running continuously for a year (250 times longer than most mechanical watches).

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Seiko Epson Cal. 0614, 1973

Seiko unleashed the first six-digit liquid crystal display watch during the heyday of disco. Capable of continuously displaying the hour, minutes, and seconds on a field-effect display, with an illumination lamp that shows numbers in the dark, the Epson became a worldwide hit.


Seiko Professional Diver’s 600m, 1975

Prompted by a request from a Hiroshima diver, Seiko spent seven years developing a watch that can withstand the depths of 300 meters. Seiko even managed to double his request with the world's first diver's watch that, encased in titanium case and with a gasket impervious to helium, worked in up to 600 meters. Naturally, it set new depths for professional diver's watches.



Seiko Solar 4826, 1977

Harnessing the power of nature in watches, Seiko introduced its first solar analog quartz watch, which stores the power of sunlight in a self-recharging battery that never needs to be changed. The Solar pioneered a greener era for watches, giving way to other self-powering technologies such as kinetic, which converts the wearer's motion into electricity, and thermic, which generates power using the difference of the temperature between the wrist and the atmosphere.


Seiko 7A28, 1983

Seiko showcased its mastery of quartz technology and mechanical watchmaking with the world's first analog quartz chronograph. Designed by Italian car designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro, it measured elapsed time of up to 5/100 second and offered split time capability and a tachymeter.


Seiko Astron Kintaro Hattori SAST100, 2013

Bering its founder’s name and using the new Seiko Astron GPS Solar technology, this limited edition watch (5,000 pieces only) marked the centennial year of the brand. With its patented low energy consumption GPS receiver, the watch identified time zone, time, and date information using a global network of GPS satellites. The Astron ushered in the dawn of GPS timekeeping, proving that Seiko is still one step ahead of the rest 100 years after its founding.


Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition, 2014

Seiko finally earned the nod of the luxury watch world when the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition won the Petite Aiguille award at Baselworld 2014. The caliber has a high accuracy of +5 to -3 seconds a day and a power reserve of 55 hours. The GMT hand can be used as a dual time indicator with the hour hand being adjustable independently. For its supreme performance and impeccable appearance, it expresses the highest standard of Seiko’s mechanical watchmaking.



Seiko is available at 1990 NICFUR Building, Taft Avenue corner Pres. Quirino Avenue, Manila; Glorietta 1, Makati City; SM North, Quezon City; SM City Cebu and SM Cebu Seaside, Cebu City.




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