Since the quartz boom, Japanese watches have been some of the most inexpensive, yet reliable watches in the world. This combination has made many of their watches massive successes.
Below is our list of the Top 7 Best Selling Japanese Watches.
For more on Japanese made watches check out our post on The Difference Between Swiss-Made and Japanese-Made Watches as well as Seiko Kinetic Movements: Japan’s Electrifying Watch Platform.
Most Popular Japanese Watches of All Time
1. Casio F-91W
Size: 33 mm
Movement: Japanese Quartz
The Casio F-91W is a massively successful watch from the 90’s. By massively successful I mean it’s STILL massively successful. It’s rumoured that the F-91W still sells over 3 million watches a year.
While there is a lot of 90’s nostalgia that comes with this watch, it’s remained a top seller for more than just buyers fondness for their childhood. The watch is incredibly reliable, keeping pace with even some of the most expensive timepieces, and with a number of functions – including water resistance, a stopwatch, and alarm – not to mention the low, low price, it’s easy to see why this continues to sell millions of copies each year.
2. Seiko SNK809
Size: 37 mm
Movement: 7S26 automatic winding
The SNK809 isn’t the most beautiful watch you’ll ever see. It just isn’t, but it’s simple design continues to provide reliability and ease of use which is why it continues to be one of Seiko’s top selling watches year after year. For just $48 it’s a steal for the quality it offers.
Size: 42 mm
Crystal: Anti-reflective Sapphire
Movement: Eco-Drive E650
Featuring Citizen’s atomic timekeeping Eco-Drive E650 movement this watch is radio-controlled in 5 time zones and has a power reserve indicator.
The Eco-Drive technology means that your watch will never need a battery and is powered by any light. Couple that with the construction from Super Titanium and it’s easy to see why this is one of the best selling Japanese made watches.
Size: 42mm x 33 mm
Movement: Japanese Quartz
In a time before smartphones the Casio CA53W-1 was one of the coolest/nerdiest watches out there. Marketed as giving the wearer the ability to accurately calculate a tip, this watch could be seen on many kids wrists from elementary school, to engineering classes in university.
While the phone you’re likely reading this on has made this watch more than obsolete, the nostalgia factor has kept this as one of the best selling watches of all time.
Size: 55 mm
Movement: Japanese Quartz Module 5081
The G-shock series of watches have become one of the best selling Japanese watches by focusing on durability. This is a watch that can take a beating and still perform in almost any conditions.