Update: 89ST Series Stopwatches - Olympic Sports Timers

Update: 89ST Series Stopwatches - Olympic Sports Timers

I have added some videos of the movements in operation to the main article on the 89ST series of stopwatches. I have also included a short slow motion section to make it easier to see the movements. You will note that the 890C when slowed down to 5% of normal speed is still at 18,000 bph, the same speed as the 890A operating normally.

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89ST Series Stopwatches - Olympic Sports Timers

89ST Series Stopwatches - Olympic Sports Timers

In the early 1960’s Seiko developed a series of high quality stopwatches specifically designed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. These models were sold to the public for over a decade and were used at two different Olympic Games. Two of these stopwatches have a split second complication while a third operates at a high frequency of 360,000 bph.

While the Seiko designer Taro Tanaka is know for his "Grammar of Design" this series of stopwatches shows the range of products he influenced during his career. These models were the most interesting mechanical sports timers developed by Seiko and there is a very interesting story behind their development and evolution.

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Seiko at the Neuchâtel Observatory Competitions - Quartz Entries

Seiko at the Neuchâtel Observatory Competitions - Quartz Entries

In the 1960’s Seiko participated in the Chronometer competitions that were held at the Neuchâtel Observatory in Switzerland. During these competitions Seiko participated in the mechanical wrist watch categories as well as various quartz categories. Their first entry was in 1963 where they placed 10th and by 1967 they dominated the pocket chronometer category with the first 5 places and 13 of the top 15 entries. This article focuses on the quartz entries from Suwa-Seikosha and their participation in the competitions.

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Seiko Quartz Astron - World's First Quartz Watch Promotional Brochure

Seiko Quartz Astron - World's First Quartz Watch Promotional Brochure

On Christmas Day 1969 Seiko released the world’s first commercially available quartz watch. To explain this new technology to the public Seiko produced a dedicated brochure that highlighted the advantages and differences to a traditional mechanical watch. Here is a copy of the original brochure and a translation of it.

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Visit to the National Clock and Watch Museum in Columbia P.A.

Visit to the National Clock and Watch Museum in Columbia P.A.

I had the opportunity to visit the museum operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors during my visit to the United States. This museum is located in Columbus Pennsylvania and it has a wide and varied display of clocks, pocket and wrist watches. While the majority of the collection is focused on US based manufacturers there was still a number of interesting displays for Japanese watch enthusiasts.

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