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Every Seiko innovation thus guarantees superior performance under the harshest of conditions and real rough use. Let’s see Seiko’s other groundbreaking technologies from a bit closer. It’s about added features and functions that enhanced the ordinary Seiko alarm chronograph watch, which is a platform like mechanical and quartz. This platform now includes several variations on the Kinetic concept and each one has its own unique features and functions. For example, the Kinetic Perpetual.

Anxiously Looking forward to more contributions, ideas, questions and examples.

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A complete history of Seiko's innovation would be pretty lengthy, but I can give a brief overview.

In the early 1960s, Seiko got the contract to time the Tokyo Olympics. This had two important consequences: Seiko developed a portable printer, the EP101, to be used to print results during the games. The EP101 is became the basis of all modern printers, and its commercial available successor, the EPSON (a play on the son of EP101), was so successful that the subsidiary that made it was renamed to include it. That division eventually merged with Suwa Seiko to create the modern Seiko Epson, the company that makes quartz and spring drive Seikos today.

The other major innovation was just as important. In 1963, Seiko released the QC951, the "crystal chronometer." This was the first portable quartz clock, really the prototype of all modern quartz time keeping dives. This led to the first quartz wall clock in 1968 and the first quartz watch, the Astron, in 1969. Virtually all modern time keeping devices are based on the technology in the QC951.

These are the two innovations that basically changed the world, not even just in watchmaking, but in computing and electronics.

Other significant innovations include the magic lever automatic winding mechanism, a very reliable and efficient system used in almost every automatic Seiko ever made, the Seiko Thermic, the world's only watch powered by body heat (or rather, the difference in temperature from the front and back of the watch), the first kinetic, the first LCD watch (a precursor to modern televisions today), first TV watch, the first e-ink display on a watch, the first watch designed specifically for space walk, and the first and only spring drive.
 
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