Are Seiko Made in Japan Watches Really Made In Japan?
As many of you will know, there is huge controversy surrounding whether watches labeled ‘Swiss Made’ actually live up to that expectation, the regulations are very loose and allow large parts of the watch to be made in China, but the end product still be labeled as ‘Swiss Made’.
This is often overlooked with ‘Made In Japan’, and as hard as it is to say for me (as I am a HUGE Seiko fan), I have discovered that Seiko watches labelled ‘Made In Japan’ are not typically made in Japan.
This surprised me, and it surprises many others too, here is popular YouTuber (who we interviewed on TheWatchFace) J. Anthony’s view on the matter:
He noted in his video that his Seiko SARB stopped running which resulted in him opening the case back, only to find out that the case had an inner marking stating that it was made in China.
This got me interested as to how this could happen as I thought the SARB line, which is a japanese domestic model line, was made in Japan. I was wrong.
After some digging, I came across some articles on WatchUSeek, where forum members discussed this exact issue:
On these articles, members have reported on the Japanese laws which state that products manufactured outside of Japan can still be labeled ‘Made In Japan’ as long as the work is overseen by Japanese nationals. To me, this sounds rather misleading, but then again the watches are all made to the same quality standard by Seiko, so it shouldn’t make a difference on the watch. Although the ‘J’ variants (“Made In Japan”) usually sell for more on the second hand market!
I have to admit, this does bother me a little… it bothers me not because I dislike goods being made in China, I dislike it because of the misleading statement (at least in my eyes) that is on the dial. many people pay more for the ‘J’ labeled Seiko watches because they want their watch to be made in japan, but the reality is that they are made in the same factories as the ‘K’ watches.
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