Sean Tirman. Category: Gear. Some time ago, it would have seemed laughable to think that a Japanese watch brand could not just stand the test of time, but become a household name and even garner respect in the watchmaking world equivalent to its Swiss counterparts. That year, a young entrepreneur by the name of Kintaro Hattori opened up a small shop in the center of Tokyo, out of which he began selling and repairing timepieces — ranging from standard wall clocks to pocket watches. And while all of that is enough to make Seiko a noteworthy marque, they also helped create a wealth of timekeeping firsts. So, as you can see, Seiko is a good deal more than just a budget-friendly watchmaking brand. And we hope this brief history and the following superb timepieces will help exemplify just how excellent they truly are.