History

1881

  Establishment by Kintaro Hattori of K. Hattori & Co., Ltd., predecessor of today's Seiko Holdings Corporation.

1921

  Import and sales of optical frames started by the optical department of K. Hattori & Co., Ltd.,

1942

  Optical glass lenses launched under the brand name Vista

1964

  Nichibei Lens Center Co., Ltd., is established.

This company introduces the first true laboratory system in Japan and commences the polishing and manufacturing of glass lenses.

1973

  Frames under own brand Vista released

1975
   First domestically produced optical plastic lenses released

 

1980

  First domestically produced optical plastic progressive lenses released

1982

  Brand name for optical lenses changed from Vista to Seiko

1986

  ‘Senior 50’ lenses are launched. These are the first indoor progressive lenses in the world.

1989

  Launch of sales of “SEIKO Super MX,” the world’s first minus-power aspheric single vision lens.

Optical frames under the SEIKO brand released.

1990

  P-1 G brand lenses, the worldfs first aspheric progressive lenses, released.

1996

  SEIKO OPTICAL PRODUCTS CO., LTD founded Operation transferred from Seiko Holdings Corporation.

1997

  SS P-1 brand lenses, the worldfs first back-surface progressive power lenses, released.

1998

  SSV AtoZ brand lenses, the worldfs first double-sided aspheric lenses ,released.

2000

  Launch of sales of “SEIKO Prestige,” a super refractive index (1.74) aspheric single vision lens.

The ‘Seiko Comfortable Vision Lifestyle Cheering Squad’ is started.

2002

  Super Clean Coat (SCC), released.

2003

  SFCK brand lenses, progressive lenses for PC use, released

SSP-1 and SFCK series win good design awards in the design section for the year 2003 products. Furthermore, the Super P-1 series was also selected as a product for the universal design award, a special award.

2004

  PENTAX Corporation(Present Hoya Corporation) and optical lens sales business consolidated to sell lenses under the brand name PENTAX beginning January 1.

2005

  November 1: ‘Seiko Emblem’ lenses are launched. These are high-quality bifocal glass lenses that employ a ‘Back-surface progressive + Back-surface Aspheric Design.’

2006

  March 1: ‘Seiko Super P-1 (Neo)’ lenses are launched. These are tailor-made bifocal lenses.

July 10: The‘Seiko Orgatech’ series is launched. These are resistant against heat, damage, dirt, shocks and ultraviolet light, with their use of the organic AR coating.

2007

  October 1: ‘Seiko Widetech’ lenses are launched. These are high-performance lenses that employ Seiko’s unique ‘Panoramic Asymmetric-Aspheric Design.’

2008

  June 2: ‘Seiko Synergy WD’ lenses are launched. These employ ‘Back-surface progressive + Back-surface Aspheric Design’ and have been designed to widen the field of vision; close-by and in the distance.

2009

  April 1: ‘Seiko Superior P-1’ is launched. These are Seiko’s highest bifocal lenses. These lenses employ our ‘Back-surface progressive + Back-surface Aspheric Design’ and ‘superior system.’

Wins the 2009 Good Design Award

December 1: The ‘Super-Resistant-Coat’ is released. This is enhanced-durability coating that strongly blocks damage and dust.

2010

  September 1: “Seiko Indoor LD’ lenses are launched. These are new near-mid range custom lenses for everyday indoor use.

September 1: ‘Seiko Pursuit CV’ lenses are launched. These are new custom bifocal lenses.

November 18: ‘Seiko Pursuit EV’ lenses are launched. These are new-concept, comfortable custom lenses aimed at people in their 40s.

2011

  June 1: ‘Seiko A-Zone’ lenses are launched. These are Seiko’s highest single-focus lenses which use ‘Zone Design’ for the first time in the world.