Kintaro Hattori 1860 – 1934- Businessman, visionary and philanthropist –
When Seiko’s founder Kintaro Hattori was born in 1860 in central Tokyo, Japan was undergoing massive social and industrial changes as it took its place on the world stage after more than two centuries of self-imposed isolation. It was a time of opportunity and no-one grasped its significance more than Kintaro. At the age of just 17, he set up his own timepiece repair business at his home and, just four years later, he founded his own company, repairing, importing and selling clocks and watches. Under his leadership, his fledgling “start-up” grew to be Japan’s pre-eminent timepiece manufacturer. It was with good reason that he soon became known in Japan as the “King of watches in the East”.
A design that speaks of Seiko’s heritage
With its deep black tones, gold tone accents and high gloss bezel, the watch has a commanding presence on the wrist that befits its heritage. The watch case and bracelet are in titanium with a scratch-resistant hard-coating.
Zirconia ceramic bezel
The bezel is made from Zirconia ceramic and has sixteen facets, one for each decade since Kintaro’s birth.
A case back that tells the Kintaro story
The case back carries Kintaro’s name and three reminders of his legacy. The trademark “S” that he registered in 1900 occupies the center of the case back. His motto “One step ahead of the rest” appears above it and the name Seiko which was first used in 1924 takes pride of place on the rim. The words “Limited Edition” and the individual watch’s serial number (0001/2500-2500/2500) are inscribed on the case back.
Note: The case back direction might be different from the photograph.
A supplementary crocodile strap
The watch is accompanied in its presentation case by a supplementary crocodile strap which is easy to affix and perfect for those special, more formal, occasions.
The ‘S’ mark; Kintaro’s first trademark.
From 1900, Kintaro used this ‘S’ mark with both square and round rims on his products. It was registered as the trademark of his company, K. Hattori & Co. A commemorative lapel badge featuring this landmark design is offered with the watch.
A special presentation box
The watch is offered in a special presentation box with a commemorative “S” mark badge and includes a card carrying a message from Kintaro’s great-grandson and the company’s current Chairman & CEO, Shinji Hattori.
Caliber Number: 5X53
Movement Type: GPS solar
±15 seconds per month (without receiving a GPS signal and at temperatures between 5°C and 35°C )
Operating for approx. 6 months (when fully charged), power save: approx. 2 years
Case Material: Titanium (super hard coating) with ceramic bezel
Crystal: Dual-curved sapphire crystal
Crystal Coating: Super-clear coating
Lumibrite on hands and indexs
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Water Resistance: 20 bar
Thickness: 14.6mm Diameter: 42.8mm Length:50.3mm
An additional crocodile strap is included
Clasp with Smart Adjuster function
LIMITED EDITION on the case back
Screw case back
Serial number engraved on the case back
Automatic hand position alignment function
DST (Daylight Saving Time)
Function to prevent the GPS signal reception (in-flight mode)
GPS signal reception function (Time zone adjustment, automatic time adjustment, manual time adjustment)
Overcharge prevention function
Perpetual calendar to the February 28, 2100
Power reserve display
Power save function
Reception result display function
Satellite acquisition status display function
Time transfer function (Switching between the main-dial and sub-dial)