The Japanese Watch & Clock Industry in 2016
An Overview on Its Global Operation

Contents

Complete Watches

Complete Clocks

General notes for references : Japanese Global Operation (JGO) refers to business activities of Japan's watch & clock industry including overseas production and exports from overseas ports.

1-1 Development of Japanese Watch Export & Domestic Shipments in units

1-1 Development of Japanese Watch Export & Domestic Shipments in units

1-2 Development of Japanese Watch Export & Domestic Shipments in value

1-2 Development of Japanese Watch Export & Domestic Shipments in value

  • The 2016 shipments of Japanese complete watches under JGO decreased in units by 2% amounting to 67.7 million units, and decreased in value by 9% amounting to 260.6 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.
  • An analysis by type in units in comparison with the previous year shows ±0% for analog quartz, -5% for digital quartz and +1% for mechanical watches respectively.
  • For additional information, the 2016 total shipments of Japanese complete watches and watch movements under JGO decreased in units by 6% amounting to 487.6 million units, and decreased in value by 10% amounting to 323.4 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.

*Since numbers are rounded, calculated total is not always the same as indicated total number.

1-3 Development of Japanese Watch Exports by Type

1-3 Development of Japanese Watch Exports by Type

1-4 2016 World Distribution of Japanese Watch Exports

1-4 2016 World Distribution of Japanese Watch Exports

  • The 2016 exports of Japanese complete watches decreased in units by 2% amounting to 58.3 million units, and decreased in value by 8% amounting to 144.3 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.
  • Regarding destination of exported Japanese complete watches, Europe shows the same value as the previous year, but other areas show decrease in value in relation to the previous year.

*Exports of products include those from overseas facilities and ports.

1-5 Development of Japanese Watch Domestic Shipments by Type

1-5 Development of Japanese Watch Domestic Shipments by Type

  • The 2016 domestic shipments of Japanese complete watches in units was the same as the previous year amounting to 9.3 million units, and decreased in value by 10% amounting to 116.3 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.

*Since numbers are rounded, calculated total is not always the same as indicated total number.

2-1 Development of Japanese Clock Export & Domestic Shipments in units

2-1 Development of Japanese Clock Export & Domestic Shipments in units

2-2 Development of Japanese Clock Export & Domestic Shipments in value

2-2 Development of Japanese Clock Export & Domestic Shipments in value

  • Others refer to Instrument Panel Clock & clocks of a similar type for vehicles, aircraft, spacecraft, or vessels, and other clocks.
  • The 2016 shipments of Japanese complete clocks under JGO decreased in units by 3% amounting to 15.4 million units, and decreased in value by 1% amounting to 28.7 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.
  • An analysis by type in units in comparison with the previous year shows -5% for table clocks and -2% for wall clocks.
  • For additional information, the 2016 total shipments of Japanese complete clocks and clock movements under JGO decreased in units by 4% amounting to 18.0 million units, and decreased in value by 1% amounting to 29.9 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.

2-3 Development of Japanese Clock Exports by Type

2-3 Development of Japanese Clock Exports by Type

2-4 2016 World Distribution of Japanese Clock Exports

2-4 2016 World Distribution of Japanese Clock Exports

  • The 2016 exports of Japanese complete clocks (including those from overseas facilities and ports) increased in units by 2% amounting to 3.7 million units, and decreased in value by 8% amounting to 4.9 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.
  • Regarding destination of exported Japanese complete clocks, Europe shows increases in value to the previous year, but other areas show decrease in relation to the previous year.

*Exports of products include those from overseas facilities and ports.

*Since numbers are rounded, calculated total is not always the same as indicated total number.

2-5 Development of Japanese Clock Domestic Shipments by Type

2-5 Development of Japanese Clock Domestic Shipments by Type

  • The 2016 domestic shipments of Japanese complete clocks decreased in units by 4% amounting to 11.7 million units and increased by 1% amounting to 23.8 billion yen in value, in relation to the previous year.

*Since numbers are rounded, calculated total is not always the same as indicated total number.

General notes for references

  1. Figs. 1 through 8 and 9 through 16 are based on JCWA (Japan Clock & Watch Association) data.
  2. Value is FOB amount for export. For domestic shipments, it is the selling amount for domestic clients minus domestic taxes.
  3. AQ stands for Analog Quartz watches inclusive of Combination Quartz watches, DQ for Digital Quartz watches, and ME for mechanical watches.