Swiss Watches vs. Seiko

Seiko is often compared to Swiss watches in the world of luxury watches. Both brands are well-regarded for their functionality. Yet, what sets them apart?

Is it the manufacturing? The design? Preference? Or are they better than the other? But there is one fact: Seiko has been watchmaking since 1882. So, Swiss watches also have their own share of history too. Each manufacturer has its own brand of specialty.

Let’s see how the two watchmakers compare.

Watch Movement

Watch movement is one of the most important features of the timepiece. Any delay in the movement of the hands can be critical. In Swiss watches, they tend to be mechanical and automatic. It reflects in most of their line of products. For Seiko, their watches are typically quartz. The same material used became their trademark when it comes to their timepieces.

Quartz Watches

Quartz watches are the staple for Seiko watches. Introduced by the company in 1969, these watches rely on a battery that gives the energy. The energy is then used to power the hands of the clock with accurate precision. When it was released, it pushed Swiss watches to innovate in their own way. Until today, Seiko watches focus on functionality.

Mechanical Watches

Mechanical watches are the Swiss watch specialty. Compared to quartz watches, it relies on the movement of the wearer. Power is stored on the mainspring. Accuracy comes from the mainspring, but not all mainsprings are the same. Nevertheless, it shows the capability of a Swiss watch.

Quality Control

Seiko’s advantage is all parts in the watch are made in-house. It gives them total control over what will be manufactured. It could be a reason why they can sell more affordable products. In Swiss watches, they rely on outsourcing parts. It does not mean that they compromise their quality. At one production house, 70% of watches are rejected before it continues production.

Cost of the Watch

The cost of the watch varies between brands. For example, Seiko Philippines offers the Seiko 5 Sports SYMD89 at PHP5,850.00. It is one of many affordable watches they have. On the other hand, the cheapest Swiss watch, Rolex specifically, can cost you PHP41,541.00. It is a given that Swiss watches have higher prices since it emphasizes as a luxury product.

The price of the watch is subjective. It is up to you if you want to wear a luxury watch or a functional watch. Either way, they both tell the time in different approaches.


In short, Swiss watches, compared to Seiko, have their characteristics. As one brand emphasizes aesthetics, the other focuses on functionality. One thing in common is it shows the character of the wearer. The cost may be one factor, but they show that they have a place as luxury watches.

Author’s Bio:

Luther Abrams is quite a jack of all trades type of guy. He loves exploring new things and cultivating his knowledge every now and then. Today, he grows more and more interested in jewelry and watches and even writes about such things in his free time.