The Japanese Watch & Clock Industry in 2009
An Overview on Its Global Operation

Contents

Complete Watches

Complete Clocks

Remark:

  1. Japanese Global Operation (JGO) refers to business activities of Japan's watch & clock industry including overseas production and exports from overseas ports.
  2. The calculation basis for the value of domestic shipments has been altered since 2008 for both watches and clocks.

1-1 Development of Japanese Watch Exports & Domestic Shipments by Type

1-1 Development of Japanese Watch Exports & Domestic Shipments by Type

* The figures of the value in 2008 and after are incomparable to those of previous years.

1-2 2009 Japanese Watch Exports & Domestic Shipments by Type & Component Ratio

1-2 2009 Japanese Watch Exports & Domestic Shipments by Type & Component Ratio

  • The 2009 shipments of Japanese complete watches under JGO decreased to 57 million units and 151.2 billion yen by 19% in unit and 23% by amount respectively compared to the previous year.
  • An analysis by type in units in comparison with the previous year shows -19% and -17% for alanog quartz and digital watches respectively, and -24% for mechanical watches.
  • As for the Component ratio, analog quartz accounted for 68%, digital quartz for 27%, and mechanical watches for 5% in terms of units, the same as the previous year.
  • For additional information, the 2009 total shipments of Japanese complete watches and watch movements under JGO decreased to 543 million units by 16% compared to the previous year, and the value amounted to 196.9 billion yen with the decline of 23%.

*Figures in parentheses in Fig.2 and 3 show variations in points by comparison with the previous year.

1-3 2009 Japanese Watch Exports by Type & Component Ratio

1-3 2009 Japanese Watch Exports by Type & Component Ratio

1-4 2009 World Distribution of Japanese Watch Exports

1-4 2009 World Distribution of Japanese Watch Exports

  • The 2009 exports of Japanese complete watches (including those from overseas facilities and ports) decreased in units by 20% to 50.4 million units, and in value by 27% to 87.1 billion yen respectively, in relation to the previous year.
  • Regarding destination of exported Japanese complete watches (including those from overseas facilities and ports), all destinations show decrease both in unit and value, in relation to the previous year.

*Figures in parentheses in Fig.4 through 7 show variations in points by comparison with the previous year.

1-5 2009 Japanese Watch Domestic Shipments by Type & Component Ratio

1-5 2009 Japanese Watch Domestic Shipments by Type & Component Ratio

  • The 2009 domestic shipments of Japanese complete watches decreased in units by 13% in relation to the previous year, amounting to 6.3 million units, and the value amounted to 64.1 billion yen with the decline of 18%.
  • The shipment share of radio controlled watches against all watches was 24% in units, and 39% in value.

2-1 Development of Japanese Clock Exports & Domestic Shipments by Type

2-1 Development of Japanese Clock Exports & Domestic Shipments by Type

* The figures of the valure in 2008 and after are incomparable to those of previous years.

2-2 2009 Japanese Clock Exports & Domestic Shipments by Type & Component Ratio

2-2 2009 Japanese Clock Exports & Domestic Shipments by Type & Component Ratio

  • Others refer to Instrument Panel Clock & clocks of a similar type for vehicles, aircraft, spacecraft, or vessels, and other clocks.
  • The 2009 shipments of Japanese complete clocks under JGO decreased to 15.6 million units and 28.1 billion yen by 14% in unit and 17% by amount respectively compared to the previous year.
  • An analysis by type in units in comparison with the previous year shows -10% for table clocks and -12% for wall clocks respectively.
  • As for the Component ratio, table clocks accounted for 58%, and wall clocks for 25% in terms of units.
  • For additional information, the 2009 total shipments of Japanese complete clocks and clock movements under JGO decreased to 20 million units by 17% compared to the previous year, and the value amounted to 28.6 billion yen with the decline of 18%.

*Figures in parentheses in Fig.13 and 14 show variations in points by comparison with the previous year.

2-3 2009 Japanese Clock Exports by Type & Component Ratio

2-3 2009 Japanese Clock Exports by Type & Component Ratio

2-4 2009 World Distribution of Japanese Clock Exports2-4 2009 World Distribution of Japanese Clock Exports

2-4 2009 World Distribution of Japanese Clock Exports

  • The 2009 exports of Japanese complete clocks (including those from overseas facilities and ports) decreased in units by 23% to 4.1 million units, and in value by 22% to 3.6 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.
  • Regarding destination of exported Japanese complete clocks (including those from overseas facilities and ports), all destinations show decrease both in unit and value, in relation to the previous year.

*Figures in parentheses in Fig.15through 18 show variations in points by comparison with the previous year.

2-5 2009 Japanese Clock Domestic Shipments by Type & Component Ratio

2-5 2009 Japanese Clock Domestic Shipments by Type & Component Ratio

  • The 2009 domestic shipments of Japanese complete clocks decreased in units by 11% in relation to the previous year, amounting to 11.6 million units, and the value amounted to 24.5 billion yen with the decline of 17%.
  • The shipment share of radio controlled clcoks against all clocks was 44% in units, and 58% in value.

*Figures in parentheses in Fig.19 and 20 show variations in points by comparison with the previous year.

General notes for references

  1. Figs.1 through 21 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.