The Seiko quartz astron, the world’s first quartz wristwatch, her 40th birthday celebrated on December 25. The Seiko quartz astron, the world’s first quartz wristwatch, her 40th birthday celebrated on December 25. The clock has revolutionized our relationship at the time, because overnight the course deviation was no longer measured by wrist watches in seconds per day, but in seconds per year. Seiko’s quartz engagement began in 1959 with the project 59A in laboratories in Suwa, which are high up in the mountains of Japan. Ten years later, on Christmas day 1969, Seiko sold the quartz ASTRON for the first time and thus changed the entire time measurement. Although the Swiss watch industry their quartz wristwatch later brought onto the market, Seiko marketed its watches with a distinct advantage: the company was at that time almost all the components a watch even here, quartz oscillators and LCDs included, while in the Switzerland a great cottage industry with thousands of companies, specializing in the production of certain items. In times when the Swiss production often was delayed by supply problems with the parts, Seiko acted already entirely self-sufficient. The phenomenon of quartz timekeeping was not new, but Seiko’s engineers wouldn’t let go of the problem to miniaturize the parts, so that they fit into the housing a wrist watch.
“With success: 1958 the company had completed a practical quartz timepiece for broadcasters, it was Seiko, in 1962 to develop only a marine quartz chronometer” weighed 30 kg, and two years later as a portable quartz chronometer 3 kg on the scale. The 1964 developed quartz crystal chronometer QC-951 was the first quartz timepiece was ever used at the Olympic Games. “Then were working on the further miniaturization of technology in the framework of the project of 59A and manufactured small quartz watches for obtained competitions as well as versions in the bullet trains” were used in the Japanese car. With the introduction of the quartz astron, which was at that time as expensive as a car of the middle class, Seiko presented ground-breaking developments in the Quartz technology. Acquired numerous inventions of Seikos as the quartz oscillator in the form of tuning fork, the open step motor as well as the C-MOS IC, a novel integrated circuit have been within a very short time from other manufacturers and are still today recognised standards in the manufacturing of quartz watches.
By Seiko made these inventions available to other companies, the quartz revolution was an event that changed the entire world of timekeeping. The ASTRON of only one hundred were produced, applies as a springboard to Seikos more technical innovations such as the 1973 featured first LCD quartz watch of the world with six-digit digital display (caliber 0614), the first digital multi function watch in the world from 1975 (caliber 063), the kinetic watch from 1988, and in 2004 of the world’s first watch with elektrophoresischem display (caliber G510). On April 26, 2004 Seiko’s commitment in the quartz technology with the IEEE milestone award of the Institute was honored of electrical and electronic Inc. engineers. Innovations in the areas of be with the milestones”of the IEEE Recognized electronics, information and communication. The IEEE is a worldwide Professional Association of engineers in electrical engineering and computer science, headquartered in New York City.