toki no waza The Artisan of Time

【Grand Seiko Assembly and Adjustment Technical Expert】

Grand Seiko Assembly and Adjustment Technical Expert, Tsutomu Ito

Joined Seiko in 1991 and immediately showed talent, earning several qualifications and distinguishing himself in national skills competitions. In 2000 he transferred to the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio, and began adjusting balance springs as a Grand Seiko assembly technician. Today he is involved in every aspect of the 9S movement, including assembly and adjustment. In 2013 he passed tests to earn the most difficult-to-obtain rank of "IW Meister" from Iwate prefecture for his professional expertise as a mechanical watch technician, proof of his incredible technique. Ito's abilities in assembly and adjustment will continue to lead the way for the Grand Seiko mechanical watches that are so loved around the world.