The Japanese Watch & Clock Industry in 1999
An Outlook on its Global Operation

Contents

Chapter 1: Overview of Japanese & World Watch Industry

1-1 Japanese Watch Production & Exports in Global Operation

1-2 Japanese Position in World Perspective

Chapter 2: Overview of Japanese & World Clock Industry

2-1 Japanese Clock Production & Exports in Global Operation

2-2 Japanese Position in World Perspective

Chapter 1: Overview of Japanese & World Watch Industry

1-1 Japanese Watch Production & Exports in Global Operation

1-1-1 Development of Japanese Watch Production: By Type (Complete Watches & Movements)

1-1-2 1999 Japanese Watch Production: Type & Component Ratio (Complete Watches & Movements)

  • The 1999 total production of Japanese watches (complete watches and movements), including overseas production, decreased in quantity by 6 % amounting to 699 million units and decreased in value by 22 % to 230.1 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.
  • An analysis of the units of watches by type shows a decrease in analog quartz by 6% reversing an upward trend since the previous year, and a drop in digital quartz by 14 % and mechanical watches by 20% showing a continuous downtrend, in relation to the previous year.
  • As for component ratio by unit, analog quartz accounted for 93% of all the watches showing an increase of one point over the previous year's mark, whereas digital quartz for 6%, down by one point and mechanical watches for 1%, keeping the same level from the comparable figure last year.
  • Japanese Global Operation (JGO) refers to business activities of Japan's watch industry including overseas production and exports from overseas ports.
  • Figs. 1 through 3 are based on JCWA (Japan Clock & Watch Association) data.
  • Figures in parentheses in Figs. 2 and 3 show variations in points by comparison with the previous year.

1-1-3 1999 Japanese Watch Exports: By Type (Complete Watches & Movements)

1-1-4 1999 World Distribution of Japanese Watch Exports (Complete Watches)

  • The 1999 total exports of Japanese complete watches and movements (including those from overseas facilities and ports) decreased in quantity by 2% amounting to 658 million units and also decreased in value by 16% to 220.5 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.
  • Regarding destination of exports of Japanese complete watches, exports to North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle and Near East and Latin America decreased both in quantity and value, in relation to the previous year.
  • Figs. 4 through 7 are based on JCWA data.
  • Figures in parentheses in Figs. 4 through 7 show variations in points by comparison with the previous year.

1-2 Japanese Position in World Perspective

1-2-1 Development of World Watch Production: By Type [Estimates]

1-2-2 Japanese Position in 1999 World Watch Production [Estimates]

  • The 1999 world watch production is estimated to decrease in quantity amounting to 1,240 million units, owing to a decrease of analog quartz watches.
  • The world watch production by type is estimated to show a decrease in analog quartz by 6%, an increase in digital quartz by 3% and a decrease in mechanical watches by 6%, in relation to the previous year.
  • As for component ratio by type, units of analog quartz decreased in estimation by 2 points, digital quartz increased by 2 points and mechanical watches kept the same level as the previous year.
  • Japanese total watch production (consisting of complete watches and movements), including overseas production is estimated to account for 56% of the world total watch production, showing a decrease by 2 points in relation to the previous year. In the analog quartz business, Japanese watches are estimated to account for 77% of the world total, keeping the previous year's level.
  • JGO refers to Japanese Global Operation.
  • WP refers to World Production.
  • Note that there is no official data on world watch production. The above figures are estimates by JCWA.
  • Figures in parentheses in Figs. 9 through 11 show variations in points by comparison with the previous year.

Chapter 2 Overview of Japanese & World Clock Industry

2-1 Japanese Clock Production & Exports in Global Operation

2-1-1 1999 Japanese Clock Production: (Complete Clocks & Movements)

2-1-2 1999 Japanese Clock Exports: (Complete Clocks & Movements)

  • The 1999 total production of Japanese clocks (complete clocks and movements), including overseas production, decreased in quantity by 11% amounting to 40 million units and also in value by 9% to 40.8 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.
  • Total exports of Japanese complete clocks and movements (including those from overseas facilities and ports) decreased in quantity to 15 million units showing a drop by 16% from the previous year's mark. Exports in value decreased by 32% amounting to 6.1 billion yen, in relation to the previous year.
  • Japanese Global Operation(JGO) refers to business activities of Japan's clock industry including overseas production and exports from overseas ports.
  • Figs. 12 through 15 are based on JCWA data.
  • Figures in parentheses in Figs. 12 through 15 show variations in points by comparison with the previous year.

2-2 Japanese Position in World Perspective

2-2-1 Development of World Clock Production [Estimates]

2-2-2 Japanese Position in 1999 World Clock Production [Estimates]

  • The 1999 world clock production is estimated to decrease in quantity by 4% amounting to 410 million units.
  • Japanese total production of complete clocks and movements including overseas production is estimated to account for around 10% of the world total clock production, one point lower than the previous year's mark.
  • JGO refers to Japanese Global Operation.
  • Note that there is no official data on world clock production. The above figures are estimates by JCWA.
  • Figure in parentheses in Fig. 17 shows a variation in points by comparison with the previous year.