I visited Japan in February for work but I also managed to find some time to travel around the country and pick up a number of different watches and related items. Here is a quick summary of my travels and this different items I found along the way.Read More
At Baselworld Citizen announced three new models celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Promaster brand. These new models are from the Marine, Land and Sky series and they are each limited editions.Read More
This summer I travelled to Japan for work but I was able to have some time to myself. The weather during my trip was extremely hot and it was unpleasant throughout my visit. Luckily I was able to visit a number of interesting locations and pick up a few new watches for my collection during my trip.
While in Tokyo recently I had the opportunity to visit the Citizen Flagship Store located in the Ginza area. This is just off the main street next to the Ginza Six building and about a two minute walk from the Seiko Premium Boutique. An overview of the store can be seen here.Read More
This year is the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Citizen, to commemorate this event at Baselworld 2018 Citizen announced the aptly named Calibre 0100. This is their most accurate Eco-Drive movement with an annual accuracy of ±1 second.Read More
I had the opportunity to return to Japan in February and was able to take some personal time to travel within the country. I started in Tokyo, headed north to Morioka and then south to Osaka. During the trip I picked up a few watches, visited the Seiko Museum, a Seiko factory and saw some amazing collections.Read More
At the start of 2016 I had the opportunity to visit Japan and documented my watch related activities during the trip. On this visit I started in Tokyo, headed south to Osaka and north to Morioka. I visited numerous stores, markets, museums and exhibits on this trip.Read More
Beginning in 1996 Dragonfly Publishing released a series of books focused upon the Japanese domestic watch industry. These are one of the best documented references for the Japanese watch industry with large amounts of detailed information provided. The volumes cover Seiko, Citizen, Orient, Takano and smaller independent Japanese brands. Most of these volumes are currently out of print but these are now being re-released with additional information included.
This is a link to reviews of various of magazines that have significant material regarding the Japanese watch industry or details on a specific manufacturer. These issues are included as the contained articles are more than just a simple review of a watch model.
This is an updated page that covers a range of material that has been released by the watch manufacturers themselves. These are promotion items, internal publications or documents designed to be distributed to end-users, dealers and agents.
This is a link to an updated page containing general reference books that were released by third parties regarding the Japanese watch industry. The books contain a range of information with some publications having significant amounts of useful information while other publications contain only a general overview at best. The article provides a general review of these publications.
The Gishodo Suwako Watch and Clock Museum, located in Shimo-Suwa, has a wide range of exhibits that examine the history of timekeeping. The museum displays a wide range of clocks and watches and have numerous interactive exhibits that highlight the development and technology of various timekeeping systems. The museum also houses a 12 meter high water driven astronomical clock that was designed approximately 900 years ago.
This is an article on the different reference books for Japanese watches that are available. There are numerous dedicated books, special publications from the manufacturers and also magazines with significant articles on Japanese watches.