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 full scale 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 world's 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 multi-focal 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 progressive 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 P1’ is launched. These are Seiko’s highest progressive 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 progressive 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.