Dating seiko watches pagdating ng mga espanyol

14 May

The Laurel had a silver case, 29.6 mm in diameter, a porcelain enamel dial, and a 12-ligne movement.

At first, the need to import components meant that production was slow — just 30 to 50 pieces per day — but by 1910, Seikosha had managed to produce its own balance springs and by 1913, its own enamel dials.

The 54.9-mm silver case was made in Japan, but most of the 22-ligne movement was imported from Switzerland.

The English name “Timekeeper” was a product of Hattori’s shrewd business sense, as he realized that such a name would expand future export possibilities for the product.

The 6309 series diver replaced Seiko's 6105 in 1976 and remained in production for more than a decade.

While similar to the 6105 in many ways, the 6309 departed from its predecessor's asymmetrical case design, instead utilizing a hefty 45mm symmetrical cushion or "turtle" case.

The Great Kanto Earthquake struck Japan in 1923, destroying the Seikosha factory and stocks and halting production of timepieces.

However, the determined Hattori decided to quickly rebuild, despite the massive costs, and only one year later the world was introduced to the very first watch with the name “Seiko” on the dial.

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Hence the debut of the Laurel in 1913, just 11 years after the first Hattori wall clocks.

The 6309 also added a day function to the 6105's simple date window and a revamped dial with circular luminous plots instead of rectangular ones, unique bell-shaped markers at 6 and 9 o'clock and a double bell at 12.

The 6309 also donned a thicker bi-directional bezel with two rings of knurling versus one, making it easier to operate with gloves.

(“Seiko” is, of course, an abbreviation of “Seikosha,” which means, roughly, “House of Exquisite Workmanship” in Japanese.) The use of a non-English name indicated that Hattori had become confident enough in the quality of his products that they would sell despite the widely held belief (at the time) that products made in the West were of superior quality.

The watch had a 24.2-mm case made of nickel and a 9-ligne, 7-jewel movement.