Grand Seiko

Made by hand for those who value perfection.

Grand Seiko offers timepieces of distinction for all. Whether classic, traditional or for sport, every Grand Seiko offers the same high standards of precision, durability and legibility that are its hallmarks.

It was the determination to excel that brought about the birth of Grand Seiko in 1960. During its development and ever since, the idea that drove the designers and engineers was that Grand Seiko should be the ‘ideal’ watch with standards of precision, durability and beauty that would lead the world. Since 1960, a lion has been the symbol of Grand Seiko and has graced the case back of each Grand Seiko watch. Why a lion? The Grand Seiko team was determined to create the most advanced practical watch in the world, a timepiece that would be the “King of watches”.

The quiet revolution

In 1977, a young watch engineer decided to put to the test his belief that perhaps, after all, a watch manufacturer could realize the elusive dream of the ‘everlasting’ watch. He had the vision and the courage to conceive of a traditional watch, powered by a mainspring, that would deliver the one-second-a-day accuracy that electronic watches were then already able to deliver. This brilliant engineer, Yoshikazu Akahane, was a persistent and determined man. It took him over twenty years, during which he endured countless setbacks and created over 600 prototypes, but he and his team eventually succeeded. It required new technologies in every aspect of the watchmaker’s art, and they created them, one by one, year by year. In 1999, Spring Drive was born.

Do the planets shudder or ‘tick’ noisily as they cross the heavens? Of course not. Time is both continuous and silent, and it is by reflecting these essential characteristics of time itself that Seiko Spring Drive fulfills its promise as the only watch in the world to tell time as nature itself tells time.


As one of the very few fully integrated watch manufactures in the world, Grand Seiko possesses a mastery over the full breadth of the watchmaking process from the research and development of component materials to manufacture, assembly, adjustment, inspection and shipment.

Grand Seiko defines the essence of watchmaking in the elements of precision, beauty, legibility, durability and ease-of-use. As a world-leading watch manufacture, Grand Seiko embodies that very essence in the unrivaled quality in every Grand Seiko watch presented to the world.

— The Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio produces world-class mechanical watches with highly accurate movements and exquisite exterior design
— The Shinshu Watch Studio drives innovative ideas and novel technologies behind the ultimate quartz watches and Seiko’s exclusive Spring Drive watches

Each of these pre-eminent watch studios plays a pivotal role in combining the cutting-edge technology and masterful craftsmanship necessary to reach the pinnacle of quality represented by Grand Seiko.