1932-1960 Founded – A pioneer in optical equipment made in Japan

  • September 1932

    Topcon was established based on the surveying instruments division of K.Hattori & Co., Ltd. (currently SEIKO HOLDINGS CORPORATION) in order to manufacture the optical instruments for Japanese Army, which are surveying instruments, binoculars and cameras.
    Corporate Name: Tokyo Kogaku Kikai Kabushikikaisha (Tokyo Optical Co., Ltd.)
    Head Office: 2, Ginza 4-chome, Kyobashi-ku, Tokyo
    Factories: Toshima-ku and Takinogawa-ku, Tokyo
    Paid-in Capital: 1million yen

  • April 1933

    Built head office and main factory at 180, Shimura-motohasunuma-cho, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo (current address) and moved head office functions there.

  • 1933

    Released TOHKOH Transit, TOHKOH Y-Level
    Marketing of Transit 5-inch, 4-inch, 3-and-half inch and 2inch, Y-Level 18-inch, 15-inch and 12-inch as civilian goods

  • July 1937

    Started manufacturing of the company's first camera, LORD.

  • November 1945

    With authorization by Tokyo governor to convert to production of civilian products, reopened factory closed upon end of World War II.
    Focused mostly on the production of binocular, most of which were exported on the Unit States, paving the way for Japanese binoculars to dominate the U.S. market. Contributed to the reconstruction and development of Japan in the post-war era, moreover, through the production of surveying instruments.

  • December 1946

    Established Yamagata kikai kogyo kabushikikaisha. (currently Topcon Yamagata Co., Ltd.) in Yamagata-shi, Yamagata Prefecture.

  • December 1947

    Started Ophthalmic and Medical Instruments business.
    Released the company's first lensmeter, Type I.

  • May 1949

    Topcon stock listed on the Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchanges.

  • May 1951

    Released the Japan's first refractometer.

  • May 1951

    Released the Japan's first refractometer.

  • May 1953

    Adopted the name of "TOPCON" and "TOHKOH" for the company's cameras.

  • 1957

    Released TOPCON R (the first prototype for the company's single-lens reflex camera)
    Awarded Honorary Award at 1958 Brussels World's Fair and commended by the Minister of International Trade and Industry

  • June 1958

    Company representative stationed in New York.

  • 1959

    Released Transit A
    The first tower cover type. (became the design base thereafter)

  • March 1960

    Became an affiliate of Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co., Ltd. (currently TOSHIBA CORPORATION).

  • 1961

    Released the company's first Auto Level AT.

  • October 1962

    Capital increase (Paid-in capital ¥150 million)

  • February 1963

    Released TOPCON RE SUPER
    The world's first single-lens reflex camera with a TTL full-aperture metering system.

  • November 1964

    Released TOPCON uni
    The world's first TTL lens shutter type 35mm single-lens reflex.

  • 1965

    Released Retinal Camera Type I.

  • November 1965

    Installed the company optical equipment in the Antarctic expedition vessel, "Fuji".

  • 1966

    Released Universal Measuring Microscope TUM-200.

  • May 1968

    Established the company's abbreviation name as Tokyo Kogaku, and trademark as TOPCON.

  • June 1968

    Commended by Minister of International Trade and Industry as company contributing to exports in FY1967.

  • October 1969

    Established Tokyo Kogaku Seiki Kabushikikaisha (currently TOPCON OPTONEXUS Co., Ltd.) in Fukushima Prefecture.