The precursor to the Seiko Corporation was called Seikosha clock supply factory, and it was established in 1892. With its inception, the company began manufacturing wall clocks. The next step in the evolution of the factory was the beginning of the production of Fob watches. A fob is a short leather strap that connects the watch to a lapel or belt. Fob watches are also known as pocket watches. Before the production of Seiko chronograph began, the great earthquake of 1923 leveled Tokyo and started great fires, which destroyed the Seiko factory and headquarters.

The Taisho Era began in Japan in 1912; the new emperor was taken as a good omen for business. The Seikosha company decided it was time to introduce a new watch, which, for the first time, used the brand name Seiko. This branding would continue into the current day for wristwatches, while wall clocks continued under the Seikosha brand name. This new Seiko watch had a diameter of approximately 1.1 inches, tiny by current standards.

Although watches have been around for a very long time, their internal workings remain a mystery to most people. One of the most confusing parts of the internal workings of the watch is the movement. The watch’s movement involves all the moving pieces of the watch, with the exception of the hands. This type of movement was obviously much easier to understand since mechanical watches used gears and a mainspring. In keeping with tradition, even quartz and digital watches continue to use the phrase movement.

The invention of the digital Seiko men’s watches is as interesting as it is an excellent example of how paradigm shifts in business are both difficult and devastating. The original digital watches were made in the 1930s, but were not very accurate. Later, in the 1960s, several makers produced electronic watches which were more accurate, but had limited life spans and were very pricey, selling in the 2,000 dollar range. Nevertheless, these watches inspired the Swiss to re-look the notion of the quartz movement.

There are times in the business world when a maker becomes so powerful they become almost synonymous with the product they make. Swiss watch technology had so outpaced the rest of the world that they became accustomed to their place at the top of the watch-making community. The Swiss were completely dominant. In 1925, the Swiss held an annual watch show called Baselworld to show off the many types of watches manufactured in their country. In 1967, one of the exhibitions presented their first ever quartz movement wristwatch. Because it lacked the traditional mainspring and moving parts, they considered it a novelty and did not protect the technology. This allowed the rest of the world the opportunity to strike.

The world was ready for a new, less expensive accurate wristwatch, and the quartz movement allowed for a much greater variety of watches. Miniaturization allowed for the size of watches to be pretty much whatever the mind could imagine. Watches for Women in particular began to become more and more a piece of jewelry as well as a functional timepiece. Designs even allowed for a single timepiece and a series of casings of different colors and types to make color and style coordination even simpler.

Watches have morphed into more than just a mobile accurate timepiece. In addition to fashion flair, they are increasing equipped with additional functions to increase their utility for the wearer. Need to calculate the tip at a restaurant? Use the calculator built into your watch. Changing time zones? Push a button and your watch is current wherever you are. No more trying to calculate from Greenwich Mean Time!

Seiko ladies watches have been in the mix all along, and now have introduced watches around a new technology call electronic ink, which will allow for even greater and more amazing mens wristwatch designs.