M13 SEIKO Museum

♣ The SEIKO Museum (Tokyo)  


The Seiko Museum was established as the Seiko Institute of Horology in 1981, designed to assemble and preserve various research materials related to time and time-keeping instruments. The exhibits cover a range of subjects, including the evolution of time and time-keeping instruments, the history of Seiko products, sports timing instruments, and Japanese traditional clocks (Wadokei), and others.

URL:  http://museum.seiko.co.jp/en/

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The Seiko Museum gives us the precious knowledge about the story on the development of horology and precision machinery technology.

Accsess: Higashi Mukojima 3-9-7, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0032
8 minutes  walk from Higashi-Mukojima Station of Tokyo Skyline Railway
Tel: +81-3-3610-6248

For overseas visitors: Access: http://museum.seiko.co.jp/en/use/overseas/index.html

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360 degree of scene of the Seiko Museum is available by: http://museum.seiko.co.jp/virtual/en/virtual-tour/publish/595dfdbe-ad61-4fa8-a4c6-8f74dc2312f6/index.html

Collection of SEIKO Museum

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Shows you a collection of books on timepieces and calendars, as well as the books available at the Museum Shop.

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Shows you a number of Seiko exhibits and collections.

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Shows you colored woodblocks and calendars with illustrations of timepieces reminiscent of old times.

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Enjoy videos on Seiko products and the development episodes.

History of Clocks and Watches

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Visual VTR is available : History of Clock ans Watch:

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Miniature of the World’s First Escapement Clock

A 12-meter-high astronomical observation clock equipped with a water-powered wheel-type escapement. Constructed in 1092 during the Northern Sung Dynasty. A machine built inside integrates the astronomical observation instrument with the clock tower structure

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Lantern Clock with Double Foliot Balance (18c) (“Wadokei” in the Edo era)

This weight-driven clock automatically switches over two foliot balances at the transition between daytime and nighttime at sunrise and sunset. With conventional clock with a single-foliot balance, the weight of the balance must be repositioned twice a day at sunrise and sunset.

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Ukiyohanjyo Anasagashi (1877)

By Shinsai Kobayashi, an Ukiyoe artist of the Meiji period. The print depicts a giant octagonal clock with a hairspring balance.

Seiko History

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360 degree of scene of the Seiko Milstone is available by:  http://museum.seiko.co.jp/virtual/en/virtual-tour/publish/595dfdbe-ad61-4fa8-a4c6-8f74dc2312f6/index.html?panoId=f666c104-635f-4b4c-aee2-e63eaad9ebd6

Visual VTR is available : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD3Wq3D03N4

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Kintaro Hattori (Founder of Seiko)

Seiko has been committed to producing and distributing clocks and watches since its founding as a company aiming to “establish a Japan-made timepiece industry and contribute to social and industrial development through clocks and watches.”

Hattori’s biograhy is available directly at the Seko Museum and url:

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The dawn of Seiko, when the company dived into a bold project to modernize Japan’s clock industry and catch up with the West as early as possible.

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The period of innovation, when Seiko introduced the world’s first quartz wristwatch and standardized the Seiko method throughout the world.

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The current period of advancement, when Seiko seeks more accurate, more convenient watches by further evolving the quartz technology and taking advantage of today’s multi-functionalization(digital), power-generating, and communication technologies.

(Please Refer to the “Development of Clock and Watch” of this Web.

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