A Journey in Time, the Remarkable Story of Seiko

Cover - A Journey in Time

Author: John Goodall
Publisher: Seiko Watch Corporation - Produced by Good Impressions, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
Published: 2003
Pages: 114
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 225 x 260 x 18mm
Language: English
Rarity: 3
Recommended: 5

Content: This is the official history of Seiko released by the company in 2003. It covers the beginnings of the company, competition with the Swiss, Grand Seiko, quartz technology, Kinetic watches, the Grammar of Design, global designer partnerships, sports watches, sports timing, innovation and the Institute of Horology.

The book is divided into the following chapters.

  • Humble Beginnings Create a Sound Foundation

  • Innovation and Refinement

  • The Development Years

  • Competition Spurned Seiko to New Heights

  • The Pinnacle of Mechanical Excellence

  • The Day that Changed the History of Time

  • Kinetic Watches - All That is Best in Seiko Technology

  • The 'Grammar of Design'

  • The Influence of Global Design

  • Sports Watches That Go To Extremes

  • Sports Timing - The Measure of Greatness

  • The Innovation Goes On

  • The Guardians of Time

Comments: The book was originally provided in a white hard slip case that has no markings. A PDF version of this file is available on the web and can be found with a google search.

The World's Strongest Watch, Mechatronics Group Seiko

Cover- The World's Strongest Watch, Mechatronics Group Seiko

Japanese Title: 世界最強の時計、メカトロ集団 セイコー SEIKO 世界最強の時計、メカトロ集団 貿易之日本別冊
Author: N/A
Publisher: N/A
Published: September 1981
Pages: 646
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 183 x 258 x 31 mm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 3.5
Recommended: 3

Content: The book contains articles on the history of the Seiko corporation as well as articles on the different factories, the development of quartz technology, and many different aspects of the Seiko group. This publication is designed as a Japan Trade Supplement

Comments:  Many of the articles in the book are extolling the virtues of the Seiko manufacturing processes and capabilities. All the different areas of Seiko are documented including the printer business, camera shutters, computers, precision manufacturing and quartz crystals. There are numerous adverts in the book for component suppliers; one of the adverts is for case manufacturer Hayashi Seiki Seizo who are responsible for the production of numerous Seiko cases to this day. There are two releases of this book with slightly different front covers, the contents of these releases are the same.

Origin of Technology - Seiko Electronic Industry Postwar Watch Technological History

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Japanese Title: 技術の源流 - セイコー電子工業戦後時計技術史
Editors: Saburo Inoue - Vice Chairman, Seiko Instruments Inc.
Koji Kubota - Managing Director, Seiko Instruments Inc..
Kazuo Naito - Managing Director, Seiko Instruments Inc.
Masao Matsumoto - Managing Director, Seiko Instruments Inc.
Ikuro Miyashita - Managing Director, Seiko Instruments Inc.
Publisher: Seiko Instruments Inc., Human Resources Department
Published: 31st March 1991
Pages: 417
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 305 x 220 x 25mm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 5
Recommended: 5

Content: This is an examination of the technological development of Seiko Instruments Inc. examining the evolution of the different sectors of the watch manufacturing division.

  • Index

  • An examination of thought of technology

  • Flow of technology management thought

  • History of design for mechanical wristwatch

    • Data Sheet of Inertia Efficiency Measurement Result

  • Accuracy in machine clock · Improved reliability

    • Improve accuracy of chronology watch - Stabilization process

    • Document 1: Clock accuracy improvement plan

    • Document 2: Concept of New Accuracy Standard

    • Document 3: Product stabilization item

    • Document 4: Progress and Problems of Part Accuracy Improvement Plan

  • Document 5: Establishment of mobile accuracy class

  • Document 6: Women's Watch Stability and Accuracy Overview

  • About production technology of watch

  • Random assembly of wrist watch and assembling flow work

    • Document 1: Assembly factory work trend

    • Document 2: Explanation of Work Transfer

    • Document 3: Belt Organization Table

    • Document 4: Planning and actual situation of assembly work

  • History of watch rationalization as seen from machine equipment

    • Document 1: Management challenges in the mechanical clock era and rationalization of production

    • Document 2: Allowable investment amount by category 1 Showa 46

    • Document 3: History of Watch Rationalization as seen from Machine Equipment

    • Document 4: Development of watch automatic assembly line

    • Document 5: SEA Planning Report

    • Document 6: Photo Collection

  • Development of T7 at Seiko Electronic Industry (Former Daini Seikosha)

    • Chronology: Timeline of development of T-7 at Daini Seikosha

  • About watch materials

    • Document 1: Main material table for watches (Movement)

    • Document 2: metal material for exterior use

  • Vacuum melting and progress of peripheral technology

  • Regarding the processing technology of the base plate holder

  • Development of electronic watch in second refinery

  • Development of crystal oscillator

    • Source: Crystal oscillator development chronology

  • Development of watch battery

    • Document 1: Watches battery development chronology

    • Document 2: Major quality complaints, quality improvement, changes in facilities and processing methods

  • Development of semiconductor IC

    • Document 1: General Information Chronology

    • Document 2: Chronology of Manufacturing Relations

  • Development of circuit implementation for watch

    • Document: Transition of Circuit Implementation for Watches

  • Development of conversion machine for quartz watch

    • Document 1: History of conversion machine development

    • Document 2: Watch IC Development List

  • Development of liquid crystal display element

    • Document 1: Seiko Electronics Industry LCD History

    • Document 2: List of papers

    • Document 3: History of this guidance by Dr. Uchima

  • Approach to exterior parts development of exterior parts

  • Timeline chronological table

  • Seiko Electronic Industry Co., Ltd. Timeline

  • Afterword

Comments:  The book has a number of different chapters examining the different parts of the watch manufacturing process and technologies and how these evolved within the company. The book is filled with a series of internal Seiko documents and different chronologies that highlight the most important developments in the companies watch making history. I have only seen a single copy of this book and it was never made available to the public but it is an excellent resource if you are able to ever locate a copy. My issue is missing the dust cover, if you have a copy of this book or an image of the dust cover please let me know.

History of the Japanese Clock and Watch Industry (Vol.3) - Evolution of Seiko 1892-1923

Cover - History of the Japanese Clock and Watch Industry (Vol.3)

Author: Hoshimi Uchida
Publisher: Seiko Corporation
Published: August 2000
Pages: 148
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 210 x 150 x 13mm
Language: English
Rarity: 5
Recommended: 5

Content: This book gives an exhaustive history of the early years of Seiko up until the Great Kanto earthquake destroys the Seiko factory in 1923. It begins with a background on the clocks and watches of late 19th century Japan. It then covers the founding of Seikosha 1892-1900, Seikosha from Meiji to Taisho 1901-1913, Seikosha during and after WW1 1914-1923. The last section of the book has a comparison of early Seikosha watches to imported watches of the time.

Comments: The book gives the best outline of the early history of Seiko. It outlines what was happening in the early days of the Japanese watch industry and explains how Seiko grew from its humble beginnings. The comparison with imported watches of the time is interesting and compares general design as well as construction techniques. This book was commissioned by the Seiko Institute of Horology and is a follow up to the previous volumes Osaka Watch Incorporated and Wall Clocks of Nagoya from the same author. The Japanese language version of this book is simply titled "Development of Watch Industry" and is shown below.

Development of Watch Industry

Cover - Development of Watch Industry

Japanese Title: 時計工業の発達
Author: Hoshimi Uchida
Publisher: Seiko Institute of Horology
Published: 10th June, 1984
Pages: 495
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 215 x 157 x 29mm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 5
Recommended: 5

Content: This book gives an exhaustive history of the early years of Seiko up until the Great Kanto earthquake destroys the Seiko factory in 1923. It begins with a background on the clocks and watches of late 19th century Japan. It then covers the founding of Seikosha 1892-1900, Seikosha from Meiji to Taisho 1901-1913, Seikosha during and after WW1 1914-1923. The last section of the book has a comparison of early Seikosha watches to imported watches of the time.

Comments: This book is the original Japanese version that was later translated to English and released as “History of the Japanese Clock and Watch Industry (Vol.3) - Evolution of Seiko 1892-1923”. This book was commissioned by the Seiko Institute of Horology.


The Magic of Seiko

Cover - The Magic of Seiko

Author: N/A
Publisher: Seiko Corporation
Published: N/A
Pages: 35
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 240 x 330 x 30 mm
Language: English
Rarity: 3.5
Recommended: 3

Content: This is a large promotional brochure with a collection of short articles; the first is an interview with Shinji Hattori President of Seiko Watch Corporation, a short history of Seiko, caring for the environment, Spring Drive, the Space Walk, Credor and Grand Seiko, sports timing, Arctura, Sportura, Honda F1 team partnership, Velatura and Premier.

Comments: This book is actually a reprint from the autumn 2008 Supplement of 00/24 magazine. The history section is a very short summary from the Seiko publication A Journey in Time.

Grand Seiko - Through Three Photographers Eyes

Cover - Grand Seiko Through Three Photographers Eyes

Author: N/A
Publisher: Seiko Corporation
Published:  2015
Pages: 125 (approx.)
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 215 x 157 x 19mm
Language: Japanese / English
Rarity: 4
Recommended: 4

Content: To celebrate the 55th Anniversary of Grand Seiko three photographers were commissioned to provide their interpretation of Grand Seiko. Each photographer focused upon a different area that interested them.
Keiichi Tahara looked at the physical parts and presented them as sculptures highlighted with different lighting techniques. Yuji Hamada took a more non-traditional approach and focused on the concept of time. By looking at the differences between the movement of quartz, mechanical and spring drive mechanisms he attempted to depict the flow of time. Sakiko Nomura looked at the people who come together to create Grand Seiko and produced a series of portraits. 
The book contains the images each photographer captured and a short caption for each shot.

Comments:  More information on the project and artists can be found at the exhibit site Grand Seiko Through Three Photographers Eyes - http://www.grand-seiko.com/through-three-photographers-eyes/

Grand Seiko Book

Cover - Grand Seiko Book

Author: N/A
Publisher: Seiko Corporation
Published:  2001
Pages: 79
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 198 x 198 x 12 mm
Language: Japanese / English
Rarity: 4
Recommended: 3

Content: This book primarily covers the production and marketing information for modern Grand Seiko’s. There are a couple of pages in the middle of the book that have photos of classic Grand Seiko models and a little information about each. 

Comments: The book contains very little detailed information and is really a promotional item. I believe that this book was provided to potential customers looking at high-end Seiko models or may have been a gift with purchase. This was a limited print run but does come up for sale occasionally.

History of Seikosha

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Cover - History of Seikosha

Japanese Title: 精工舎史話
Author: Mitsuo Hirano
Publisher: Seikosha
Published: 15th October 1968
Pages: 466
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 21.5 x 15.8 x 3.1 cm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 5
Recommended: 4

Contents: The book covers the early foundations of Seikosha and is mainly focused upon the period up until the end of WWII. The book is broken down into the following chapters:

  • Japan clock industry in the Meiji period

  • Prehistory until Meji 24 (1891)

  • Industrial Period - Meiji 25-36 (1892-1903)

  • Foundation Period - Meiji 37-44 (1904-1911)

  • Achieving a great deal - Taisho 1-11 (1912-1922)

  • Earthquake and reconstruction - Tashio 12-14 (1923-1925)

  • From recession to emergency - Showa 2-11 (1927-1936)

  • Expanding war and strengthening control - Showa 12-21 (1937-1946)

  • Prospects of the postwar Japanese clock industry

Comments: This is an interesting book that covers the early history of Seikosha. There is a lot of information giving details such as production quantities and staff numbers. My example of the book came in a brown cardboard slipcase and there were no markings on the cover or rear. I do not know if there originally was a paper cover for the book.

Orient 60th Anniversary Commemorative Book

Cover - Orient 60th Anniversary

Japanese Title: オリエント★物語―機械式時計おもしろ計画進行中
Author: N/A
Publisher: Switch Publishing Co., Ltd.
Published: July 13, 2010
Pages: 200
ISBN-10: 4884182936
EAN/UCC-13: 978-4884182939
Size: 11 x 18 x 1.5cm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 2
Recommended: 2.5

Content: This book has chapters on the following areas, History of Orient, conversation with staff, product archives and interviews with star staff.

Comments: The product archive section of this book highlights key models from the history of Orient. The archive section has a full page photo of the watch on one page and a short description of the watch on the opposite. The green section on the cover is a removable paper insert so may not be present on all copies, it is white underneath this strip. I would only consider this book of interest to true Orient fans and there is only a small amount of useful information to be found for most readers.

Golden Top, Credor Story

Cover - Golden Top Credor Story

Author: N/A
Publisher: Seiko Corporation
Published: 1999
Pages: 96
ISBN-10: N/A
ISBN-13: N/A
Size: 285 x 210 x 8 mm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 3
Recommended: 2.5

Content: This book contains images of the line-up of the Credor 1999 collection, a timeline with key Credor models, and advertising. There are short articles on the various Credor movement types and interviews with various staff responsible for the Credor design and construction. 

Comments: This was a promotional item released by Seiko and is a collection of articles that were published in the Japanese World of Watches magazine. This publication was released to publicise the 25th Anniversary of the Credor Brand that was founded in 1974. The Golden Top reference is a play on the name Credor or "CRET D'OR“ which means "the golden top" in French.

Time - Dialogue of the East and West

Author: Hajime Nakamura, Klaus Maurice, et al. 
Publisher: Hattori Seiko
Published: 1986
Pages: 344
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 156 x 216 x 30mm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 5
Recommended: 1
Content: In October 1983, the Kyoto German Cultural Center sponsored by the colloquium "Time - Dialogue of the East and West". This is the participation of scholars of all areas of Japan and Germany, working on the grand theme of "time".
This book was published by Hattori Seiko and originally issued on May 16, 1986. It had a cover price 5,000 yen. Included inside the cover is a card with a short description of the contents and thanks for the participants efforts from the event sponsor Seiko. There is also an introductory paragraph thanking participants from Seiko Chairman Kentaro Hattori.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The entire Hatsudai lecture
Chapter 2: Physics and mathematics
Chapter 3: A Cultural History
Chapter 4: Social Studies
Chapter 5: Psychology, psychiatry
Chapter 6: Philosophy
Chapter 7: Summary Discussion

Comments: This book contains the notes from a series of lectures that were held in Kyoto where presenters examined the topic of “Time”. As these lectures cover the theoretical and philosophical aspects of time it is of little interest to general watch collectors. There is also an edition of this book that was released in 1988 but I have not yet obtained a copy of this.

Technology is for people - Suwa and Watch and Me -

Japanese Title: 技術は人びとのために -諏訪と時計と私-
Author: Tsuneya Nakamura
Publisher: Seiko Epson Corporation
Published: 1996
Pages: 414
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 270 x 195 x 33mm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 5
Recommended: 4

Content: Tsuneya Nakamura joined Seiko in 1944 and had a long and influential career within the company. He was heavily involved in the Suwa participation in the Swiss Neuchâtel competitions, he led the team on the “59A Project” that eventually developed the original Astron. Nakamura-san went on to become President of Seiko Epson. This book is a collection of articles and speeches from across his career.

The book contains the following articles broken into various sections:

Part 1 - Internal company news

Showa 20’s to 30’s

  • Future technology Nakamura Technical section manager - 1956, February - p.3

  • First Swiss Trip - 1956, August  - p.7

  • Welcome home! Director Nakamura Return from Western Europe - 1956, August - p.12

  • Swiss watch industry - 1956, October - p.22

  • Interview after re-passing with confidence Seiko to the world clock - 1957, December - p.26

  • Markets derived from Marvel - p.35

  • Appointment of newly appointed technical manager "Technology" and "Manufacturing" - 1962, March - p.51

  • QC ground was quickly completed - 1962, December - p.52

  • Waiting Tokyo International Sports Games Crystal Chronometer thorough preparation - 1963, August - p.54

  • Suwa Seiko Building Director Inauguration Greeting Always Advance - 1964, January - p.58

  • Hit product "Five" [interview] - 1964, July - p.60

  • Interview with Nakamura after finishing the Olympic timekeeping - 1964, November - p.66

  • Recent talks between the American / European market and the wrist watch Hattori Director - 1964, November - p.70

  • Let's treasure yourself, Executive family visit series • Final round - 1964, December - p.84

Showa 40’s - 50’s

  • Seiko attracting attention from the global clock world - 1966, March - p.91

  • Featured EP-101 announcement, Ultra-compact digital impact printer - 1968, September - p.93

  • A company that creates one after another, changes the way to a global company - 1969, January - p.97

  • Our future challenges from the top, Infinite possibilities in Seiko - 1969, March - p.98

  • To Quartz · Astron who is favorite for many people - 1970, January - p.102

  • In taking office as representative director of Suwa Seiko - 1978, August - p.104

  • The aim of establishing the Fujimi semiconductor factory and future prospects - 1979, November - p.107

  • "Those that made are all good products" Thorough thought! - 1980, October - p.112

  • Impressed by the celebration of handmade, Greeting from the sports festival closing ceremony - 1983, January - p.116

Since the Showa 60s

  • Accepting the Purple Ribbon [Interview] - 1986, June - p.117

  • "Beautiful Pleasure - TQC is Valuable to the World - 1986, November - p.119

  • Even if you fail to take office assuming Seiko Epson president will forgive - 1987, June - p.121

  • Seiko Epson It is mutual trust after all it is said that EPSON is good, too!! - 1987, July - p.123

  • Management policy for 1988 · About management policy - 1988, April - p.130

  • A flexible lecture and a novelty quest to talk to new recruits - 1988, May - p.144

  • Inauguration of the president's award system The first awards ceremony will be held - 1988, October - p.147

  • Announced management philosophy - 1989 - February - p.150

  • Epson Information Science and Technical College [Expression] As the Chairman at the First Entrance Ceremony - 1989, April - p.152

  • The birth of the new Seiko Epson (Four companies merged) - 1990, October - p.155

  • Seiko Epson's 50th year where the top talks - 1992, May - p.157

  • EPA "Stratospheric Ozone Layer Protection Award" Individual Prize Winner - 1993, December - p.164

  • Awarded the First Prize Every Awards Greeting on the day of winning about Freon less - 1994, July - p.166

  • He falls in the fall of decoration, Shinshu Seiki (Epson) edition - 1995, October - p.168

  • Shinshu Seiki Representative Director Inaugural Address - 1969, July - p.170

  • By breaking the current situation Seiko in the world - 1971, January - p.172

  • Determined to be the new brand "EPSON" Origin of the name - 1975, June - p.175

  • Shinshu Seiki 20th anniversary commemoration new company name Epson launched, President Nakamura assumed office as president - 1982, August - p.177

  • Let's cherish! Round-table meeting with Employee representative on milestone fiftieth anniversary - 1992, March - p.180

  • Policy Conference Keynote Speech (Abstract) - 1983, May - p.189

  • Founded 10 years now, I look at the origin again - 1995, March - p.191

  • Lecture on Yamagata "Economy People Symposium II" lecture ... role played by manufacturing industry - 1995, November - p.194

  • Sakata City Special Achievement Award - 1995, November - p.197

  • My Birthplace -p.198

Part 2 - Techniques and management philosophy that I draw ~ Lecture • Contribution · Dialogue ~

  • Marvel, and the magic lever self-winding birth, Lecture at Rationalization Design Specialist Subcommittee - 1989, July - p.203

  • Recent developments of electronic watches in Japan, About Crystal Clock in particular - Swiss Watch Magazine "La Suisse Horology" - 1976, November - p.218

  • Exploring the next future item - "Trade Japan" Separate volume - 1981, September - p.231

  • Sensibility and enthusiasm to meet the needs, the origin of demonstration of creativity - PHP laboratory publishing - 1986, September Issue 10 - p.235

  • Memories of old new coverage From this "Twenty Years in Seiko Epson" - International Clock Communication magazine - 1989, August - p.240

  • Freon elimination was inevitable in the history of Seiko Epson, dialogue with Mr. Katsuhito Uchibashi - Japan Broadcasting Publishing Association Monthly "Weeks" - 1989, August - p.246

  • Aiming to create a trusted "good company" - Socio-economic National Congress Research Data Center - 1991, June 1st issue, 1993, March 2nd issue - p.255

Part 3 - Idea ~Spell on the company newsletter~

  • One Hundred People One Head - Resurrection after thirty years - 1968, January - p.293

  • Our stereo Year-end, while listening to ninth - 1969, January - p.294

  • The world's attention and expectations - 1970, January - p.296

  • New Year's Spirit, Crystal clock adverse theory - 1972, January - p.298

  • My favorite time - 1975, January - p.300

  • Witzler town of rights company Memories of Germany twenty years ago - 1977, January - p.302

  • Resolve is it "just making the best clock in the world"? - 1979, January - p.304

  • One day with a New Year - 1980, January - p.306

  • Technology for the masses [Contribution] From youth's standing right inscription "Hyundai Yamagata 100 people" - 1980, July - p.308

  • Holiday in Europe, I like the busyness of Japanese people - 1981, January - p.309

  • Listening to the record "Leadership" and "Technology" - 1982, January - p.311

  • Picture The story my picture has become "Japanese treasure" - 1984, January - p.314

  • Soba and codfish - 1985, February - p.318

  • My familiar museum - 1986, February - p.320

  • Camera consideration Yoyogi is it low? - 1997, March - p.323

  • Go around the company abroad with my colleagues in the world and make up my determination - 1988, February - p.327

  • Japanese Inter-nationality - 1989, February - p.330

  • My audio and music [contribution] "Philharmonic" NHK Symphony orchestra monthly magazine - 1989, November - p.333

  • 1989 EUROPARIA Japan Festival Co-sponsored Emperor receives an invitation to a tea ceremony from his maiden - 1990, March - p.337

  • Memories of August and September 1990 Realization of the East-West gaps - 1991, January - p.341

  • I think in richness - 1992, January - p.343

  • From the events in 1992 it was a small light at the beginning - 1993, March - p.346

Part 4 Gratefully


  • Thinking of Matsuki's representative [memorial collection] - 1970, March - p.353

  • Remember the deceased president [memorial collection] - 1975, July - p.355

  • Mr. Nishimura peacefully [condolence] - 1978, December - p.359

  • To Hattori Ichiro President [condolence] - 1987, June - p.363

  • Memories of Kentaro Hattori - 1987, October - p.365

  • Ms. Oguchi [condolence] - p.369

  • Isamu Komatsu [condolence] - p.372

  • Akira Koguchi [Festival] - p.376

  • About Mr. Hisao Yamazaki - p.379


  • Toward achievement of mini printer shipping 100 million units "History of Mini-printer 20 years" - 1989, March - p.380

  • Expectation to technical subcommittee, From "Technical Specialist Subcommittee 5th Anniversary Magazine" - 1991, February - p.382

  • Suwa Hibiki celebrates the seventh anniversary, From "Suwa Hibiki's Seventy Year History" - 1995, November - p.384

  • Thoughts of Saito · Kinen · Festival Matsumoto, Matsumoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry bulletins "Matsumoto" - 1996, January - p.386

  • Celebrate the publication of the photo collection "Suwa" - 1996, September - p.389

  • Spell with pictures - p.391

  • Rough anniversary - p.409

  • In conclusion - p.413

Comments: This is an interesting collection of articles that spans fifty years of Nakamura-sans career. Many of the articles can be found elsewhere such as old magazine articles and Seiko internal publications but these can be difficult to obtain so it is great that these are all collected together in this publication. This book came with a slip case and I am unsure if it also originally was provided with a dust jacket. The book contains very few images so the ability to read Japanese is a requirement.

Flower Clock

Cover - Flower Clock

Japanese Title: 花時計
Author: Tadashi Satsuma
Publisher: Hattori Watch Co.
Published: August 1974
Pages: 98
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 21.6 x 14.3 x 1.8 cm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 5
Recommended: 1

Contents: This is a collection of 37 poems from Japanese poet Tadashi Satsuma. The poems are vary in length between single pages to a maximum of four pages.

Comments: This book was produced by Seiko and was given away as a promotional item. The poems from the book were read on air twice per week during “Poetry Corner” that transmitted on Nippon Broadcasting between 11:35-11:45PM Monday to Friday in 1974. The cover features images of Seiko quartz VFA models that were obviously being heavily marketed at the time.

GS9 Magazine

This is a short magazine that is produced by Seiko for their Club GS9 group. This is a group that people who purchase a GS from one of the GS MasterShops in Japan are able to join. In addition to various events each member is provided with copies of the GS9 for a year. Issues are traditionally released twice per year. The Club GS9 is only open to membership for Japanese residents.

The first issue of the magazine was called CN.9 (Caliber Number Nine) before the name was changed to GS9. The name is a reference to the Grand Seiko calibres that all begin with nine such as the Quartz 9F, Spring Drive 9R and Mechanical 9S. The magazine contains articles on Grand Seiko history, key staff and associated lifestyle stories.

Author: N/A
Publisher: Seiko Corporation
Published:  2014 - Current
Pages: ~30
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 198 x 198 x 12 mm
Language: Japanese / English
Rarity: 3
Recommended: 3

CN.9 Vol. 1


  • Grand Seiko: Two trips to go around

  • isit Shiojiri where Grand Seiko is born


  • History: My GS talking about it

  • A Certain Day of GS: Makoto Tanijiri 4 DAYS in New York

  • MASTER OF JAPAN: Architect Toyo Ito

  • ART OF GS / GS OF ART – Mechanical Hi-Beat 36000 GMT, GS Selfdater etc.

  • Portrait of Technique “Hand Repair” Seiko Premium Watch Service Station

  • The Epoch Makers: Observatory Chronometer

  • NEWS CN9

  • Food: Restaurant – A dream dish of Kamakura vegetables

    • Place: Art Photo store IMA CONCEPT STORE

    • Product: Todd Snyders “New” dress shoes

    • Book: BAR RADIO Ozaki Koji’s love reading

  • Blessed Men in History

  • Master Shop in your city


GS9 Vol. 2


  • Grand Seiko: The way to mechanical revival

    • Mechanical Grand Seiko Road to Revival New and Old Developer Interview

  • History: My GS speechless

  • ART OF GS / GS OF ART – Historical Collection 62GS reissue design

  • MASTER OF JAPAN: Interview with Takeo Kikuchi Fashion Designer

  • Portrait of technique “Assembling Hands”

  • The Epoch Makers: First Automatic winding hi-beat 61GS

  • NEWS GS9

    • Food: Shaved Ice

    • Fashion: Evolutionary Royal Road jeans

    • From GS9 Club: GS9 Club launched

  • Blessed Men in History

  • Master Shop in your city


GS9 Vol. 3


  • Design of Tikara

    • The mystery of Seiko style

  • History: My GS speechless

  • A Certain day of GS: Seiji Nishihata 1 Week in Indonesia


  • The Epoch Makers: Origins of Seiko Style, Seiko 5

  • GS9 Club Information: GS9 Club Salon 2015 plan

  • NEWS GS9

    • Place: Café in the forest that appeared in Otemachi

    • Breakfast: A day beginning from the worlds breakfast

    • Fashion: Knit superb fit comfortable technique

  • Book: Yuya Yanagi Sanya’s reading love

  • Blessed Men in History

  • Master Shop in your city



GS9 Vol. 4


  • Reasons to be loved for a long time

  • What is Seiko service Centre? Self-maintenance course

  • History: My GS talking about it

  • Technical Papers “Hand to Design”


  • MASTER OF JAPAN: Director Miyamoto Amon

  • The Epoch Makers: Quartz Rolls Royce Caliber 9F

  • GS9 Club Information: GS9 Club Factory Tour 2015 Review

  • News GS9

    • Place: Kagurazaka’s Holiday Book Café

    • Cosmetics: Tsubame Sanjo Toothbrush

    • Fashion: Button-down shirt that the world envies

    • Book: Brewer Heizo Ichiro’s reading love

  • Blessed Men in History

  • Master Shop in your city


GS9 Vol. 5


  • Feature: Journey through Grand Seiko

  • My GS, spoken word

  • MASTER OF JAPAN: Interview with Mr. Tsuneyasu Miyamoto soccer leader


  • Portrait of technique "Hand holding a diamond"

  • The Epoch Makers: SBGX005 and others

  • GS9 Club Information: GS9 Club Salon 2016

  • News GS9

    • Sweets: Attraction of Beantouver

    • Place: Café in Kyoto long established vitality

    • Music: Speaker enjoying sound with eyes

    • Book: Shoeshine craftsman Yuya Hasegawa

  • Blessed Men in History

  • Master Shop in your city


GS9 Vol. 6


  • Let’s Go to the Adventure of Knowing GS

    • GS’s Past Present and Future

  • Art of GS / GS of ART

  • History arm in arm, GS talks

  • GS supporting SUGOUDE, a hand creative form

  • MASTER OF JAPAN: Jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara

  • The Epoch Makers: The first GS model

  • From GS9 Club

  • GS9 Favourites

    • Gourmet: Featured Shop with delicious space

    • Art: Exotic Artist Archimboldo Exhibition

    • Fashion: Reproducing the phantom “Russian Calf”

    • Place: Onsen Resort in Northern Forest

  • Blessed Men In History

  • Master Shop in Your City

Seiko Technology Notebooks

Cover - Seiko Technology Notebook - Waterproof

Japanese Title: セイコー技術手帳
Author: N/A
Publisher: Seiko Corporation
Published: 1963
Pages: ~40
ISBN-10: N/A
Size: 256 x 180 x 5mm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 4
Recommended: 3.5

Content: The “Technology Notebooks” were released in 1963 and were intended to showcase different technologies and make them easily understood by sales and support staff. They are relatively technical and explain how the different technology works but they explicitly state that this information is also intended for retail staff to be able to explain the technology to their customers.

These were released for a number of different topics including waterproof technology, automatic self-winding mechanisms and calendar functions.

Comments: There were likely other volumes released but these are the only ones that I am currently aware of.

Seiko Watch Catalogues

Cover - Seiko Watch Catalogue 1971 No. 2

For the Japanese market Seiko release a product catalog to retailers that contain their current model line-up. The catalogs are organized by watch category and are separated into men’s and women’s models. Each model is presented with a product shot and the product model number, list price, calibre, case number and strap or bracelet. 

Prior to 1966 the model information was provided to dealers via the Seiko News issues and smaller individual sheets. In 1966 the catalogs were first released in their current form. The catalogs are traditionally released twice per year. Some years there are supplemental issues released but these are not regular.

Author: N/A
Publisher: Seiko Corporation
Published: 1966 - Current
ISBN-10: N/A
Size: Varies
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 2-5 (Pre-1970 catalogs are much less common)
Recommended: 5

Years: 1966 - 1974 Vol. 1
Size: 185 x 254mm
Pages: approximately 125 (varies)
Contents: Images of watches with movement, case number and short description.

Years: 1974 Vol. 2 - Current
Size: 210 x 297mm
Pages: approximately 150 (varies)

Contents: Images of watches with movement, case number and short description. 
In the issues from 1976 Vol. 1 to 1993 Vol. 2 there is a rear section that includes indexes, movement tables, case material abbreviations, bracelet modification instructions and similar tech information. From 1994 onward this information was removed and a just simple model index with model and page numbers is included.

Comments: These catalogs are extremely useful as they can show the original watch design, bracelet or strap. The catalogs allow the simple cross reference of the movement and case number with the model number. 

Seiko News

Seiko News 1956 No. 1

Author: N/A
Publisher: Seiko Corporation
Published: ??? - Current
Pages: ~10-50
ISBN-10: N/A
Size: Varies
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 3
Recommended: 2-5 

Content: This is a newsletter that is provided to Seiko dealers and it contains information on new watch models, promotions, point of purchase items. There are also commonly interviews with store owners, display suggestions and general educational pieces on new technologies.

Comments: The format of the Seiko News has changed over the years but the general type of information contain within has remained consistent.

Published: mid 50’s – mid 60’s
Size: 173 x 250 x 2mm
Notes: The issues are sequentially numbered. I am unsure when the first volume was numbered, if they were released on a monthly basis then the first issue would have been in mid-1958 but it is unlikely that issues were initially released monthly. In the early to mid-60's there were annual binders that were released to store the years worth of issues and make it easier to refer back to the issues. These binders were made of a heavy card and had metal strips to secure the issues.

Published: mid 60’s – mid 1976
Size: 180 x 256 x 4mm
Notes: The cover design for these was an image and a white top quarter, in the early 70’s the design changed to a mainly black design. The volume numbering continued from the previous issues. I have not seen official company binders from this period.

Published: mid 1976 – 1995 Vol. 1
Size: 210 x 295 loose leaf
Notes: These sheets were identified by different color headers. Blue indicated Seiko, yellow for non-Seiko branded items (Disney Time, Tomony etc.), green for clocks and red for advertising.

Published: 1995 Vol. 2 - < 2000
Size: 180 x 255 x 4mm
Notes: The format returned to a multi-page stapled newsletter from the previous loose leaf format.

Suwa Seiko / Harmony

Cover - Suwa Seiko 1965 No. 11

Author: N/A
Publisher: Seiko Watch Corporation
Published: Suwa Seiko 1950’s - 1984, Harmony 1984 - Current
Pages: ~40
ISBN-10: N/A
EAN-13: N/A
Size: 183 x 258 x 3mm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 5
Recommended: 3.5

Contents: Suwa Seiko is an internal magazine / newsletter that was produced for the Seiko Suwa facility from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. The issues seem to have been released on a monthly basis. Each issue contains a range of topics such as new models released, general technology changes, internal policies such as QC, staff clubs and special interest group updates and staff marriages and children born. Just like the Seiko News issues the material varies from issue to issue so it is difficult to determine how useful any specific will be. In 1984 the publication title was changed to Harmony and this title continues to this day.
Comments: The rear page on each issue has a copy of the various current advertising campaigns.

Citizen Catalogues

Cover - Citizen Catalogue 1971 No. 8

Author: N/A
Publisher: Citizen Watch Co.
Published: 196?? - Current
ISBN-10: N/A
Size: Varies
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 2-5 (Pre-1975 catalogs are much less common)
Recommended: 5

Content: Citizen release product catalogues to dealers that showcases their product line up in the Japanese market. Traditionally these were released on a biannual schedule but in recent years Citizen has released only a single issue per year. The size of these changed from a smaller form factor to a larger size in 1977. The Citizen catalogues contain images of the watches as well as basic specifications and list prices. In the volumes between 1977– 1994-6 there are additional tables and details listed in the rear of the catalogues. There are also supplemental issues that have been released but these are not regular. 

Comments: The catalogues were initially sequentially numbered till 1976, this numbering would suggest the first release was in 1967. From 1976 the catalogs were released with a suffix that indicated the month of release e.g. 1976-6 indicates a 1976 June release or -1 indicates a January edition. Traditionally these are released as -1 and -6 but some years have -4 or -5. In 1996 the naming convention was changed so they were just named as year then Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. From 2008 onward only a single issue per year has been released. 

Published: 1967 - 1976-6
Size: 183 x 256 x ~5mm

Published: 1977-1 - Current
Size: 210 x 297 x ~7 - 15mm

Citizen Times

Cover - Citizen Times 1960 No. 39

Author: N/A
Publisher: Citizen Watch Co.
Published: 1957 ? - Current ?
Pages: ~20-40
ISBN-10: N/A
Size: 180 x 256 x 2mm
Language: Japanese
Rarity: 3
Recommended: 2-5 

Content: Similar to the Seiko Newsletters these are the official communications between Citizen and their dealers. These newsletters contain product announcements, interviews with staff, promotional campaigns, point of purchase displays and interviews with retailers.

Comments: The volumes I have between 1960 and 1965 are sequentially numbered and are normally released on a monthly basis. The earlier issues are released every couple of months so following the numbered issues they would have likely been first released in 1957 but may have been earlier. The covers of the issues occasionally feature Japanese models but often feature antique European watches and clocks. There were official binders produced that held approximately a years worth of issues.