Seiko Museum - Photo Dump

Mar 17, 2023,13:21 PM

Here’s a big dump of photos from a trip to the Seiko museum in Ginza.

There is everything from the first clocks produced by Seikosha, to novelty clocks, to the early Grand Seikos (of which I’m a very big fan), to the quartz watches, kinetic Seikos of the 90s and of course spring drive.  

There are also some pictures of some notable sports watches, the 64 Tokyo Olympic stopwatch set and other timers. 

A great use of an hour of so.  The museum itself is somewhat compact, spread across single rooms on several floors.  


I didn’t take pictures of all of the vintage GS, here’s a little selection. 

Spring Drive and Kinetic watches from the 90s 

The first Seiko pocket watches and wristwatch (the Laurel). 

Some military timekeepers from the late 30s and 40s.

The first Japanese automatic watch, pre Grand Seiko. 

And a little later the first Grand Seiko.

How about this Sun and Moon.  Reminds me of the modern Cartier. 


A selection of interesting dials from the Seiko Chronos.

A watch I own myself in NOS condition.  World Time from 1964.  You can see the Chrono from the same time in the back left. 

A box full of colourful dials and faceted crystals.  All shapes and sizes here. 

If anyone recalls my Rolex post from last week with the ladies watches.  Here are some similarly micro sized vintage Seikos. 

Seiko brail watches. There was a pocket watch also but I didn’t take a picture.  It’s like an officers case back but rather on the crystal, which you lift up to touch the dials and hands. 

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 By: Jay (Eire) : March 17th, 2023-13:27
Love these timers from the 64 Olympics. I own one of these, the 1/10th second 15 minute timer, but would love to find more. Who remembers these guys? I recall which this one was first shown. Loved the look / design. And going way way back, to the beginnin...  

Not that I was looking specifically but…

 By: Jay (Eire) : March 17th, 2023-13:50
…I’ve seen a lot of vintage Seiko and vintage GS and I don’t recall ever seeing that model for sale anywhere. If I did, I’m pretty sure I would have bought it ! 😂 I actually like the modern Cartier very much, not enough to buy it, but enough to look at it... 

Several items caught my eye

 By: cazalea : March 17th, 2023-15:56
I have been to the previous museum location, but haven't been to the new place. It looks to have more items now than before. My thoughts: The Moon - I had at one time about 25 Seiko moonphase watches until I realized there are hundreds and I'd never get t...  

The Contra was much smaller than I expected.

 By: Jay (Eire) : March 18th, 2023-01:36
It definitely seemed very wearable. I had been to the older location many years ago. Definitely this one seems to have far more items on display.

It just didn't bend around my wrist in a comfortable way

 By: cazalea : March 18th, 2023-02:55
It was like wearing two small Bell & Ross watches on a single strap with a hinge in the middle. They are very square, no curve on the wrist. I have a 2-movement Hysek watch which is curved and comfortable. The execution is more thought-through than th...  

Yeah, that one i liked too when they released it.

 By: Jay (Eire) : March 18th, 2023-01:36
It just looks cool imo.