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History of Seiko Instruments Singapore

The other day, someone sent me an email to ask about Sandoz Singapore. As you know, I only know about Seiko and have very limited knowledge of Sandoz Singapore although they make nice watches. In the end, I had to ask him to email Reto at Poor Man’s Watch Corner instead.
Talking about Seiko, here’s a short history of their watch manufacturing and marketing operations in Singapore that I found on their website:
Formerly known as Singapore Time Pte Ltd, the company was established on 12 September 1973, the first overseas subsidiary of the Seiko Instruments Inc., Japan. The Company started as a first fully integrated watch manufacturer which handled the complete manufacturing and assembling processes from the commercial raw material to the finished products. In 1974, a total of 89 employees were trained in the then Daini Seikosha of Japan on the different types of skills for the mass production of watches. The Company went into production towards the end of 1974. On 19 March 1976, the Company was officially opened by the then Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew. In 1988, the Company was renamed Seiko Instruments Singapore Pte Ltd (SIS) – reflecting an expanded outlook and the new corporate identity of the Seiko Instruments Group.

Initially, ladies’ watches, children’s watches and stop watches were assembled. With the passage of time, the sophistication of the industry is emphasized. The parent company, Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) Japan, has diversified interests in different products. Printers, Network Components and Scientific Instruments are examples of product diversification which joined the SIS family.

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I believe Seiko is the first company that manufactures watches in Singapore. They are the ones who should issue limited edition watches during our National Day instead of the Swiss companies. Maybe they should work with the Tourism Board to create a Uniquely Singapore watch.  


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