THE SEIKO ASTRON

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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

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