Founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori, Seiko has established itself to be household name in watches. Ironically, it played a crucial role during the quartz crisis causing the downfall of the Swiss mechanical watch industry. It is truly a love and hate relationship but we all have a weak spot for Seiko who brought to us the iconic 6105 in the 70’s as well as the SKX007 in the 90’s. Since then Seiko has developed a whole line of dive watches from the affordable “Seiko 5s” to the professional “Prospex” series.
Following the success of the “Japan Domestic Market” or JDM Seiko models, we will like to introduce to you the Seiko 5 watches that are Made In Japan. From the very start, Seiko 5 was created to be a watch whose performance would serve the demanding needs of the new 1960’s generation, who cared less for tradition and more about life. The watch had five key attributes :
1. Automatic winding
2. Day/date displayed in a single window
3. Water resistance
4. Recessed crown at the 4 o’clock position
5. Durable case and bracelet
Because it grew out of the watch itself, the name Seiko 5 was deemed to express what made Seiko great and was chosen. A simple and memorable name for a simple but serious watch.