If you have downloaded the FREE E-book you will already what I have to say about Best Japan Watch Brand Names Worth Buying, but for those of you haven’t got around to it, here it comes again
As I was saying, the good news is the number of Japanese manufacturers is very low, giving us a better chance of understanding them more easily and certainly much quicker. So how did the Japanese brands come about? The Swiss watchmakers have been around quite literally, for centuries which are one of the major reasons they are considered top shelf products.
History Of Japanese Watches
But let’s take a look at modern history to see how the Japanese watch industry appeared. Through the centuries and during the WWII the Swiss neutrality allowed the Swiss watch industry to continue to build consumer timepieces, while other nations concentrated their efforts on timers for munitions. Basically, this means the Swiss watch industry had a pretty easy ride in terms of competition. That was until the technological revolution that ushered in what the Swiss called the quartz crisis.
As early as December 1969, Seiko unveiled the quartz Astron, the world’s first quartz powered watch. Through the 1970s and 80s the quartz movement became commonplace, and by 1978 quartz watches had overtaken mechanical watches in popularity, as the Swiss watch industry failed to react, believing moving into electronic watches was below them.
Helping cement their market position the Japanese watch makers were and still are technology companies at heart, so always strived to build and improve on the technologies they developed. Not only did Seiko, Casio, and Citizen continue to improve their products, they also offered them at much lower prices without compromising on quality.
The Japanese brands are Casio, Citizen Watch Co, Seiko, Seikosha, Pulsar Orient, and Lorus but they can be broken down further because Seikosha, Pulsar Orient, and Lorus are all owned by Seiko.
Only Three Brands
So essentially there are only 3 main brands 1. Casio 2. Citizen Watch Co. 3. Seiko (Lorus -Orient -Pulsar -Seikosha)
First, on our list is Casio founded in April 1946 with its manufacturing headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. It is a consumer electronics and commercial electronics manufacturing company producing mobile phones, digital cameras, electronic musical instruments, and watches. In the past it was one of the earliest manufacturers of quartz watches and today, Casio is best known for producing durable and reliable digital watches collection known as the G-Shock range, and the Edifice.
Some other product ranges you may have heard of are the Baby-G, Oceanus, Wave Ceptor, and Pro-Trek Citizen Our second big name Founded as Shokosha Watch Research Institute in 1918 is Citizen based in Tokyo, Japan. A manufacturer known for two main areas of manufacture, one of which is their Citizen watches that you will know about, and the other is the Cincom precision lathe machine. In their watch manufacturing side of the business, Citizen has made a name for themselves with a number of advances. One is atomic timekeeping where their watches can synchronize with radio clocks in Japan, North America, and Europe, and automatically select a frequency based upon location.
The Modern Day
In 2010 Citizen introduced a new movement with a three-prong quartz crystal to fit in their new collection. This movement was said to be accurate to +/- 10 seconds a year and sport a smooth sweeping second-hand mush like a Rolex. This movement was called the Miyota and is now one of the most commonly used movements in none Citizen watches.
Today, Citizen is celebrated for its Eco-Drive movement that utilizes environmental light sources from the sun to artificial light to recharge its battery via a hidden panel under the dial.
Seiko was founded 1881 Tokyo, Japan, as a holding company that holds subsidiaries that manufacture and sell watches, clocks, electronic devices, and semiconductors. In was back in 1924 Seiko produced their first watches under the Seiko name and by 1969 they had introduced the world’s first quartz watch followed by the first quartz chronograph. By the 1980s Seiko introduced the groundbreaking Kinetic watch that married the self-winding attributes of an automatic watch with quartz accuracy. Now the wristwatch had become self-powered using the movement of the wearer.
Today, Seiko are well known for Seiko “5” which is a series that sports 5 key features 1. Automatic winding 2. Day and date display in a single window 3. Water resistant, 4. Recessed crown at the 4 o’clock position 5. Durable case Bracelet Other big names in their collection are the luxury Credor, King Seiko, and Grand Seiko series.
Details about their design, materials, and movements Seiko is arguably best known for its wristwatches that were originally produced entirely in-house, including micro gears, motors, hands, crystal oscillators, batteries, sensors.
Other Examples of watches in their portfolio are from their subsidiaries. Lorus, Orient, Pulsar, and Seikosha.
That’s great, now take me back to to the previous page about The Best Places To Buy Japanese Watches Online Store.
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