At Seiko, Innovation and Tradition Synchronize

Gear Patrol


In a small, sunlit room outside the wooded northern hamlet of Morioka, Japan, a dozen or so watchmakers wearing white coats and caps sit in monastic silence at custom-sized Iwayado wooden desks. Each one is studiously performing a task — assembling, adjusting, polishing — that will ultimately result in a wristwatch that has few peers in the hallowed realm of horology. This is the Shizuku-ishi workshop ofSeiko Instruments, where all Grand Seiko and Prospex mechanical watches originate. A glimpse into this space is a pulling back of the curtain on one of the most respected watchmaking traditions anywhere in the world, one that is rarely seen.



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