|Iron movement tower clock circa 1500|
The Seiko Museum is off the beaten path. You'll find no Seiko boutiques nearby (though there are Seikos for sale in the museum's gift shop.) There are no watch stores at all in the neighborhood. The Seiko Museum is the destination.
Pro tip: Tell your traveling companion that the Seiko Museum isn't just a place about Seiko watches. The first floor is all about old timepieces.) Tell them the museum offers a slice of Japanese history you won't find at other museums. (You'll learn about business, war, style, engineering, and design.)
There's no entrance fee, and there's no fee for an English or Japanese speaking guide. I very much recommend a guide, because that person will invariably know a thing or two about the history of timekeeping and Seiko you don't. Like how incense clocks were used. Your guide will also touch clocks and make them bing and clang, something you can't do on your own.
|An incense clock|
During World War I, Seiko sold boatloads of alarm clocks to England and France. Previously, those countries had imported alarm clocks from Germany, but the war put a stop to that, so Seiko stepped in.
The museum offers a fun, interactive three-dimensional (you have to wear polarized eyeglasses) exhibit where you can take apart and put together movements for mechanical, quartz and Spring Drive watches, without risking thousands of dollars.
|A marvel of engineering from 1967, the hi-beat Lord Marvel|
The museum also has the first Seiko Astron, the watch that
You'll learn how an old style Japanese seasonal clock worked. It was based on how the amount of light changes during the seasons, a pretty wild way to track time.
There's much more to say about the Seiko Museum, but what museum review can aptly describe what only your eyes can enjoy?
Download the Seiko museum pamphlet here.
Enjoy some more photos below:
|1967 Lord Marvels. The Lord Marvel paved the way for the Grand Seiko|
|The first Grand Seiko, the star of the show|
|Seiko and Disney have a long history of collaboration|
|The first watch with the Seiko name on the dial|
appeared in 1924
|Grand Seiko: Incomparable accuracy|
on your wrist
|Seiko makes great watches because of the people who|
work for Seiko
|Seiko's first wristwatch, the Laurel, traveling|
in time from 1913
|The Seiko Museum also has more modern Seikos and especially Grand Seikos on display|
|Grand Seikos and more Grand Seikos|