Founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1881, Seiko is one of the largest and most well-known watch brands in the world. In addition to creating the quartz movement, it is a fully integrated manufacture that creates highly popular, robust professional, dress, and sports watches such as the Prospex and Presage collections. Seiko also owns luxury brand Grand Seiko, which has grown in popularity in Europe and the USA, as well as Credor, which is largely sold only in Japan.
Owned by the larger Seiko Group, Seiko Holdings Corporation (colloquially referred to as just “Seiko”) produces a vast range of watches, as well as clocks and other electronic products and instruments. Among the top Japanese watch brands in the world, Seiko was founded in 1881 in Ginza, Tokyo. 1969 marked a milestone year for the brand with the release of the Seiko Astron, the first quartz watch ever, and a development that would upend the watch industry for decades to come. Another notable first from Seiko came in 2005 with the introduction of Spring Drive, which brought together a mechanical movement with the accuracy of quartz without the need for a battery.
Seiko has become a nearly ubiquitous name in timekeeping, offering numerous mechanical, quartz, and digital watches that range in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. A fully integrated manufacture, Seiko has many popular collections with the Seiko 5, Prospex, Presage as well as enthusiast-dubbed nicknames for popular sub-collection watches like the Seiko Turtle, Tuna, and Samurai.
Watch enthusiasts have gravitated to certain historical models, such as the Ref. 6159 Tuna, Ref. 7A28-7000 aka ‘The Ripley,’ the ‘Orange Monster,’ as well as the SRP6309 ‘Turtle’ and its modern reinterpretation with the SRP777. In fact, many of Seiko’s most popular modern watches among enthusiasts are re-editions of classics such as the 62MAS, the Willard 6105, and the now-discontinued SKX007.