THE SEIKO ASTRON
SEIKO doesn’t only look to the past for inspiration. In fact, the SEIKO Astron GPS Solar is arguably one of the most advanced electronic watches today. Each day, the solar-powered watch will synchronise with four or more of the closest GPS satellites. There are 24 satellites which blanket the planet with GPS coverage, which means that there is a high chance the Astron GPS Solar will be able to link up with one successfully.
It takes only six seconds to synchronise the time, but 30 seconds to do so for a new time zone. With this feature, the watch has the same accuracy as a GPS system, which deviates by around one second every 100,000 years. It also boasts a perpetual calendar that can run without adjustment until the year 2100.
This year, SEIKO has made slight improvements to the design of the Astron GPS Solar, a year after its first introduction. The main change has been to move the 26 city names for the world time function into the ceramic bezel to improve legibility. The names had previously been squeezed onto the chapter ring of the dial, alongside the time zone hour numerals. Now both the city names and time zone hours are larger.
Several versions of the updated Astron GPS Solar have been unveiled in steel and titanium, with the option of a matching bracelet or rubber strap. The titanium models are notable for the ceramic insert on the central link of the bracelet in the same colour as the ceramic bezel.
To mark the 100th anniversary of SEIKO watchmaking – the company was originally founded as a watch retailer – the brand has created a luxe, limited edition of the updated Astron.
Named for SEIKO’s founder, the Astron Kintaro Hattori Special Limited Edition has a black-coated titanium case, with gold-plated detailing on the case and dial, including “TYO”, for Tokyo, filled in gold on the world time bezel.
On the back, the founder’s name is engraved along with a gold-plated medallion showing the first SEIKO logo registered by Hattori in 1900. The crown is topped with onyx, and the strap is crocodile hide. A blackcoated titanium bracelet is also provided with this limited edition of 5,000 pieces.
The SEIKO Astron GPS deviates by around one second every 100,000 years
To mark the 100th anniversary of SEIKO
watchmaking, the brand released the Astron Kintaro Hattori Special Limited Edition,
named after the company’s founder