In 1881, Hattori Kintaro opened his first watch and clock repair shop in the heart of Tokyo. In 1892, he moved on to bigger pastures and set up the first Seiko timepiece factory. Who could have imagined that over 160 years later, Seiko would be a household name all over the world with a reputation and renown to rival the best of the best?
Whether it’s an everyday ladies wristwatch, men’s dress watch, or limited edition collector’s timepiece, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in Seiko’s extensive catalogue. This Japanese brand has been at the forefront of horological innovation for decades, and continues to push the boundaries of what good-quality watchmaking looks like.
If you’re a collector who’s interested in building up your selection of Seiko watches, here are the lines and collections you need to know.
The Seiko 5 series is the brand’s workhorse: durable, efficient, functional, and highly versatile for almost any and all occasions. Though the Seiko 5 is amongst Seiko’s more affordable options, that doesn’t mean you should underestimate its value as a collector’s item. Coming in dozens of designs that belie the sophisticated mechanisms underneath, you can wear a Seiko 5 as easily for a night out on the town as for a casual day out. This line is ideal for collectors who see the beauty in everyday simplicity.
Collectors who want to go a step further than the Seiko 5 can look towards the Seiko Presage. All Presage watches are mechanical, with a focus on Japanese-inspired craftsmanship and artisanship. The pieces in this series tend to be more intricate than the Seiko 5, with premium details such as calfskin bands. Collectors who want to dip their toes into affordable luxury might find the Presage to be what they’ve been looking for.
From the depths of the ocean to the heights of Everest, the Seiko Prospex excels with its focus on functionality, durability, and reliability even in the most extreme of circumstances. Notable sub lines within this collection include the Seiko Prospex Turtle, a dive watch powered by Seiko’s very own in-house 4R36 calibre. Explorers who prize watches that push the boundaries of the human spirit will undoubtedly find the Prospex a great place to start.
If your collection has a stronger focus on women’s watches or feminine designs, the Seiko Lukia will be an ideal addition. The Lukia is Seiko’s dedicated line of ladies watches inspired by Japanese fashion and the arts, and each watch is meant to channel the vivacious energy of Tokyo’s Ginza entertainment district. Sleek, sophisticated, yet powerful, each Lukia watch reflects Seiko’s dedication to blending everyday functionality with unparalleled style.
In 1969, Seiko launched the world’s first quartz watch in the form of the Seiko Quartz Astron – and kickstarted a new direction in watchmaking worldwide. Today the Seiko Astron is still pushing boundaries, but in a different way. Ever since 2012, the Astron line has revolved around GPS solar wristwatches with a keen focus on timekeeping accuracy and precision. If you’re striving to build a collection that honours technological advancement, cutting-edge innovation, and timekeeping precision, the Astron will be an ideal fit for you.
The first-ever Grand Seiko was released in the 1960s, and this line has continued to impress collectors and timepiece enthusiasts ever since. Made with the intention to elevate the reputation of Japanese watchmakers by competing with Swiss watchmaking giants, Grand Seiko timepieces are Seiko’s dedicated luxury line. Collectors will appreciate the detail-oriented intricacy of these watches , as each and every one possesses the same 9 design elements shared by the groundbreaking 1967 Grand Seiko 44GS.
Whether you’re eyeing the Presage, Prospex, or Lukia, discover the beauty of Seiko’s legacy when you shop with City Chain Singapore. Visit any City Chain store near you to see our watches in person before making your purchase, or buy the Seiko watch of your dreams online with zero fuss on our online watch shop.
With over 30 years of experience in timepiece retail, City Chain is a leading watch retailer in Singapore with a reputation for diversity and quality that precedes us. All of our products undergo a strict internal QC process to ensure that they are authentic and in pristine quality before reaching your hands, and we even offer post-purchase services at our City Chain Service Centre.