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Date/Report Number …..040211.LC-UHSS2 Item: 1929-1930 HATTORI SEIKOSHA NATION MILITARY WRIST WATCH
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Description of item:  1929-1930 HATTORI SEIKOSHA NATION MILITARY WRIST WATCH IN CHROME PATING WITH KNOBBED BEZEL WITH GLASS CRYSTAL AND A MILITARY KANJI SIGNED OUTER CHROMED BRASS CASE WITH WIRE LUGS AND A TURNED KNOBBED BEZELWITH ITS OWN ACRYLLIC CRYSTAL. THIS NATION HAS THE ORIGINAL MILITARY DIAL WITH RED HAND PAINTED MILITARY 24 HR TIME AND  1 - 12 NUMBERS ARE RAISD FROM THE DIAL AND A HOB KNOB SECONDS CHAPTER RING IS ALSO RAISED FROM THE DIAL. BLACK SUB-SECONDS REGISTER AND BLUED STEEL "MOON" STYLE HANDS COMPLETE THE DIAL. THE OUTER CHROME PLATED BRASS PROTECTIVE CASE HAS A SOFT CRYTAL AND   A SILK FABRIC LINING. ATTACHED IS AN ORIGINAL JAPANESE MILITARY KANJI SIGNED MILITARY STRAP. CONDITION FINE.

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $ 2799.00


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Kintaro Hattori

  • 881 -- Kintaro Hattori opens the watch and jewelry shop "K. Hattori" (Hattori Tokaiten in Japanese; currently named Seiko Holdings Corporation) in the Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1892 -- Seikosha is established in Tokyo as the clock manufacturing arm of K. Hattori.
  • 1917 -- K. Hattori becomes a company (K. Hattori & Co., Ltd.).
  • 1937 -- The watch production division of Seikosha is split off as Daini Seikosha Co., Ltd. ( "Daini" = "The Second" Seikosha).
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    • 1942 -- Daiwa Kogyo, Ltd. is founded in Suwa, Nagano by Hisao Yamazaki.
    • 1943 -- Daini Seikosha establishes a factory in Suwa for manufacturing watches with Daiwa Kogyo.

FROM 1874 TO 1917,  JAPAN HAD SHED HER ANCIENT OUT-DATED WAYS AND MOVED WITH UNEXPECTED FORCE INTO THE MODERN WORLD.

JAPAN  HAD BECOME A BUILDER OF HER OWN ARMAMENTS, SHIPS, PLANES AND HAD EVEN  IMPROVED UPON THE ADVANCEMENTS OF THE MODERNIZED WORLD.

IN FACT, AFTER THE 1904-05 ANNIHILATION OF TWO VAUNTED AND POWERFUL RUSSIAN FLEETS, SHE HAD BECOME A WELCOME TREATY PARTNER OF THE USA, BRITAIN AND THE WORLD AT LARGE.

BY 1917,  DAINI SEIKOSHA WAS SEEKING WESTERN TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE THEIR  CAPABILITIES TO PRODUCE MODERN WATCHES. THEY INVITED SWISS AND AMERICAN WATCH COMPANIES TO JAPAN. THEY DID WHAT THE JAPANESE DO BEST. UNDER THE BANNER OF POSSIBLE EXPORTS, THESE COMPANIES WOULD, IN FACT, TEACH THE JAPANESE WOW TO MAKE WATCHES THAT, BY THE 1950'S, WOULD COMPETE TOE TO TOE, WITH THE ENTIRE GLOBAL WATCH COMMUNITY.


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IN 1917, JAPAN HAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE MOST ADVANCED COMPANIES IN SWITZERLAND AND THE UNITED STATES. THE ABOVE ADD IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THIS OFFER AND ITS HISTORY.

MANY EARLY SEIKOSHA MILITARY WATCHES HAD WALTHAM MOVEMENTS! IN ADDITION, SWISS TECHNOLOGY AND FINISHING TECHNIQUES CAN BE FOUND IN THE LIMITED ANTIQUE VINTAGE TIME PIECES, SUCH AS THIS 1929/30 SEIKOSHA NATION MOVEMENT WITH ITS "SWISS BARS" FINISH.

NOTE  "NATION" IS LISTED AS A SEIKO  ON PAGE 28 IN THE BOOK "Museum of Japanese Made Watches".  WHAT WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT SEIKO WAS NOT A SEPARATE  COMPANY IN 1929. IT WAS A BRAND. SO, TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS MEANS. READ THE FOLLOWING AND REMEMBER THE ADVERTISEMENT FROM WALTHAM ABOVE.

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In 1881, Kintaro Hattori opened a watch and jewelry shop called "K. Hattori" in Tokyo, Japan.

From 1892 to 1913, Hattori produced only WATCH FOBS, ALARM, MUSICAL and WALL CLOCKS under the name Seikosha.

The first WRIST WATCH ( NOT SEIKO) produced in Japan occurred in 1913.

Coinciding with the HIGHLY PUBLICIZED 1917 agreement with WALTHAM WATCH CO for WALTHAM MOVEMENTS AND WATCHES , K. Hattori & Co., Ltd. becomes a public company.

The first WRIST WATCH produced BY SEIKOSHA under the SEIKO BRAND (seiko is not yet a separate company) appeared in 1924. It was a design FAMILIAR WITH EARLY WESTERN WRIST WATCHES, it was, more or less, a pocket watch with lugs.

Not until 1937, a year after the Japanese repudiated their obligations of the World Navel Armament Treaties and walked out of 1936 negotiations -- both in the US and in Britain -- did Hattori Seikiosha watch production split off as Daini Seikosha Co., Ltd., an independent predecessor of today's Seiko Instruments Inc.

Thus Military and General watches built before 1937 are completely unique and were a mix of western and eastern technology. On the other hand, watches built AFTER 1937 were designed and produced with the experience and knowledge that the Japanese gleaned from western companies.

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SOME OF THE HATTORI-SEIKIOSHA "SEIKO NATION" BRAND WATCHES OF 1929/30 HAD "SWISS MADE" ON THE MOVEMENTS AND OTHERS HAD "SEIKIOSHA" AND SOME WERE NOT SIGNED AT ALL.



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THE NATION WATCH
IN THE LATE 1920'S, WITH JAPAN ON THE MOVE. HER EMPIRE ON THE BUILD -MOTIVATED BY THE RIGHT WING IMPERIAL MILITARY  WING)  WITH, AT THAT TIME, FULL SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY (THE  " RIGHT TO COLONIZE" KOREA WAS  OFFERED TO JAPAN AFTER THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR BY THE US-BRITISH AND FRENCH GOVERNMENTS) THE ONE AND ONLY POWERFUL SEIKOSHA COMPANY DECIDED TO PRODUCE A LINE OF STANDARD & MILITARY WATCHES (THERE WERE MILITARY ACTIONS IN KOREA, CHINA, MANCHURIA AND OTHER PLACES 24/7) WITH THE NAME "NATION"; SIGNIFYING THE JAPANESE NATION.

 

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THE ABOVE PICTURE IS DATED 1929-1930. YOU CAN SEE THE "SWISS BARS" FINISH ON THE MOVEMENTS -ALTERNATING LINES- YOU ALSO SEE THE WIRE LUGS AND TWO WITH PIN-LUGS.

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THE ABOVE PICTURE SHOWS THE MILITARY VERSION WITH RED 14 HR MIL TIME. THIS MODEL HAS A CHROMED CASE AND PIN/SPRING BAR LUGS.

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THE ABOVE PIC SHOWS VARIOUS CALIBRE. 

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THE ABOVE PIC SHOWS THE DATE AGAIN AS 1929 1930. WATCHES WERE VALUABLE COMMODITIES IN THE JAPANESE COMMUNITY. MANY ANTIQUE VINTAGE JAPANESE MILITARY CAPABLE WATCHES THAT REMAINED AFTER W.W.II, WERE ACTUALLY MADE FROM 1929 THROUGH 1936.



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 THIS NATION IS LIKE THOSE IN THE
HISTORIC PICS ABOVE
IT HAS

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THIS NATION HAS THE
ORIGINAL MILITARY DIAL
NOTICE
IT IS NOT A REDIAL
&
THE 24 HR TIME IS NOT STAMPED
RATHER
THE 24 HOUR MILITARY TIME
IS HAND PAINTED

NOTICE
THE 22 OFF THE # 10

EARLY ORIGINAL
JAPANESE MILITARY
WRIST WATCHES
HAD HAND PAINTED
24 HOUR NUMBERS

THE FONT
IS ALSO UNIQUE



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