Top 100 business founders in the World No.91: Kintaro Hattori- Seiko Holdings Corporation

07-01-2017

(Worldkings)Kintaro Hattori (1860-1934) is a Japanese businessman and clockmaker who founded K. Hattori & Co., Ltd., the predecessor of what became the Seiko Corporation.

1860: Born in Uneme-cho, Kyobashi, Tokyo.

1874: Apprenticed to Kameda Clock Shop to become a clockmaker (age 13).

1881: Establishes K. Hattori & Co. (age 21).

1885: Starts a business with foreign trading firms in the Yokohama settlement focused on the wholesaling and retailing of western (imported) timepieces (age 25).

1892-1899: Established Seikosha Factory with the main products include wall-clock (since 1892), Pocket Watch (1895) and alarm clock (1899), was regarded as the largest clock dealer and manufacturer in Japan since 1901.

1905: opened the sale agents in Shanghai and Hongkong.

1924: Launched the SEIKO Brand.

1934: died at the age of 73.


Le Minh (source: seiko-museum)

 

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