It surprises many people to learn that Japanese watch brand Seiko has roots dating back to the late 1800s. In fact, the company was founded by Kintaro Hattori who opened his watch shop in 1881 in the Ginza area of Tokyo. Not long after, he started creating clocks (named Seikosha) and eventually changed the name to Seiko (“Glory”). Seiko has always been a leader in pioneering technology and introduced the world’s first quartz watch, the Astron, in 1969. Today, it also is a leader in solar-powered watches with its Astron, and in professional dive watches with its Prospex line.