Watch imports from Japan represented 28% of total U.S. imports
in 1996, up from 26% in 1995.
The key product, to no retailer's surprise, was the quartz analog watch
made of steel or other non-precious metal. These accounted for 45% of the
total volume of quartz analog watch imports.
However, Japan's production of digital watches appears to be dropping
as watch companies manufacture and ship digitals from China and other areas
of Southeast Asia.