Seiko Watch Brand Ambassadors and Celebrity Fans. Established in 1881, Seiko is a Japanese watch company known for producing quartz and mechanical watches. It’s been the official timekeeper of several Olympic Games (the Tokyo 1964 and Barcelona 1992 Summer Games as well as the Lillehammer 1994, Nagano 1998, and Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games), various World Cups (1978 Argentina, 1982 Spain, 1986 Mexico, and 1990 Italy), and the IAAF Athletic World Championships in 1987 (Italy) and 1991 (Japan).
Seiko has had several popular figures in the world of sports, cinema, and other fields as its brand ambassadors. Here are some of them:
Jenson Button was a Seiko watch brand ambassador from 2006 to 2008. Here’s what he said about Seiko: “Since SEIKO became part of the team, I have had the pleasure of wearing many different SEIKO watches, and each has been better than the last! This new one is the best yet, and I thank Seiko for building such a great watch for our team.”
Landon Donovan: In the early part of this year, American football player was signed by Seiko to be its “celebrity face” in the United States.
Says Ken Hagiwara, President and CEO of Seiko Corporation of America, about their new sponsorship deal: “Synonymous with the essence of Seiko, Mr. Donovan shows a dedication to perfection and success that we commend. We look forward to working with him.”
For his part, Landon had this to say: “I am honored to be the first athlete to join the Seiko family as a Brand Ambassador, and anticipate celebrating their dedication to perfection and launch of the new, dynamic timepieces that will once again demonstrate that Seiko is the revolutionary frontrunner in watchmaking worldwide.”
Wang Leehom: This multi-talented Taiwanese-American is the Seiko watch brand ambassador for Asia particularly Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand and Japan.
Wang is a singer-songwriter, actor, filmmaker, and multi-instrumentalist (he plays piano, guitar, violin, bass, drums and percussion). Now, that’s what a multi-talented person really is, no?
Daniel Wu: Daniel is a Chinese American who went to Hong Kong in 1997 to see the historical handover of the former British colony back to China. He did some modeling following a sister’s suggestion and then went on to become a renowned Hong Kong actor, director, and producer. Daniel served as a Seiko watch brand ambassador in Asia. Here’s Daniel in a print ad for Seiko particularly it’s Criteria line.
Barcelona Football Club or Barca: Seiko and Barca inked a partnership deal in 2011 for the former to be the official watch for the world’s most successful football club.
From their Press Release: “SEIKO and FC Barcelona believe in the same things. Both are ambitious, both are proud of their long tradition of achievement and both are dedicated to perfection in their chosen art. Most of all, however, SEIKO and FC Barcelona share a conviction that excellence comes from in-house development.”
Here’s an advertisement for Seiko Sportura featuring some Barcelona FC football stars.
Richard Garriott: British-American video game designer and space explorer Richard Garriott wore a Seiko watch during his space adventure in 2008.
Here’s what he said about his Seiko: “During the flight, SEIKO Spring Drive Spacewalk has performed admirably for me. Even before the flight, Spring Drive Spacewalk had already provided great service and survived through some torturous training such as a nominal 4g and a ballistic 9g re-entry simulation in the centrifuge. While these extremes challenge the human body and have destroyed a competitors watch worn by my backup in this simulation, Spring Drive Spacewalk performed perfectly under all those conditions. I am proud to have the opportunity to wear it.”
Celebrities Wearing Seiko Watch: Kristen Stewart, one of the most famous Hollywood celebs in the world because of her starring role in the Twilight movies, is often seen wearing Seiko watches. Here’s Kristen with a Seiko SJB880 Watch.
Seiko in the Movies: Talented actress Sigourney Weaver wore a Seiko Speedtimer in the 1986 movie, Alien.
Meanwhile Ed Harris, one of the best actors in the world to not win an Oscar (he’s been nominated four times), is wearing a Seiko 6309-7049 Watch in the 1989 marine adventure movie, The Abyss. The movie, thankfully won an Academy trophy for best special effects.
Seiko Watch Brand Ambassadors and Celebrity Fans. Posted 30 October 2011. Updated 23 May 2017.