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 women’s watches 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.

In what is now a classic example of how business can blind itself to the future by relying on past success, it was the Swiss that first introduced a quartz movement watch at the International Chronometric Competition in 1967. They had become convinced their mechanical watches, the most accurate in the world, would remain the staple for timepieces for the future. In 1967, they showed their first watch with a quartz movement, which they did not patent since it was considered only a passing fad. But the world was watching, and learned fast.

With great strides in miniaturization and continued increases in accuracy, wristwatches were incredibly popular and were manufactured in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes. As time went on, extremely accurate watches were no longer the sole domain of the high end expensive watches, but rather accuracy was affordable. With the increased flexibility, the decrease in size constraints yielded, and women could color and style coordinate their watches with their clothing, and accessorizing became the norm.

The complexity of the timepiece would continue in pace with the increase in other technology. The days of the comic strip two-way radio watches are approaching. It is no longer uncommon for a watch to include special features. Some come with built in calculators, and others with primitive scheduling programming. Aviator watches not only tell time where you start your day, but keep time for all the time zones on earth, changing with the push of a button.

Seiko ladies watches have grown and developed like the rest, and now introduce watches designed using electronic ink technology, sure to keep the watches for men relevant for another generation.