Our History

Since 1846, during Japan’s Edo Period, we ran a watch store in Osaka.

1846 (Edo Period), Mansuke Ishihara establishes the Ishihara Watch Company (石原時計司)in Minami Kyuhoji Machi. Along with Japanese watches, imported products such as watches, and scales were sold.

1875 (Meiji Period), Hisanosuke Ishihara follows Mansuke’s footsteps and establishes the Ishihara Watch Store (石原時計商舗), also in Minami Kyuhoji Machi. From a landmark, 3-story brick building with a striking watch tower, he focused on a wide variety of imported products including watches, clocks, bicycles, cameras, and musical instruments.

1889 (Meiji Period), Hisanosuke and other watch companies form the Osaka Watch Company, manufacturing wall, mantel and table clocks in a joint-venture with US manufacturers.

1895 (Meiji Period), the Osaka Watch Company makes Japan’s first domestic pocket watch.

1905, Hisanosuke acquires the Osaka Watch Company.
1915 (Taisho Period), the Ishihara Watch Store moves into a new building off the bustling Shinsaibashi bridge. The secession style building had a ball room hall on the 4th floor, and a watch tower, water fountain, and Japanese garden on the roof. Mahogany wood was used extensively. The store appears in Japanese modern architecture books as a pioneering example of steel-reinforced construction.

1931 (Showa Period), third generation Masazo Ishihara completes the Chuo Building just off the Yodoyabashi bridge (a financial district near the Bank of Japan). His exterior and interior designs are inspired by his 8 month trip through Europe and the United States.

1954 (Showa Period), the Chuo Building is renamed the Ishihara Building.

1964 (Showa Period), the current Ishihara Tokei (Ishihara Co., Ltd.) moves into the Ishihara Building.

2013 (Heisei Period), Minoru Ishihara compiles the company history into “The Story of Ishihara Tokei (Ishihara Tokei-ten Monogatari)”, published by Kaifusha.

2021 (Reiwa Period), Ishihara Tokei temporarily moves to Bakuromachi until the Yodoyabashi Redevelopment Project completes construction of a 28 story office building.

We expect to return to Yodoyabashi by 2025.