SEIKO Astron Kintaro Hattori Special Limited Edition

In 2012, at Baselworld watch fair Seiko launched the Astron GPS Solar, a remarkable wrist watch, which connects to the GPS network and adjusts to the exact time in all 39 time zones on earth, using just the power of light. This hi-tech timepiece caught the imagination of watch enthusiasts worldwide and became an instant hit.

In 1969, the original Astron changed the watch industry forever, bringing quartz accuracy and reliability to the world. The new Astron takes this revolution a further and major step forward. If you can see the sky, you can know the local time, wherever you are on earth, to a precision of one second every 100,000 years, and no battery change is ever required.

2013 sees a further expansion of the Astron collection and the launch of a very special edition that commemorates 100 years of Seiko watch-making and honours the memory of its founder Kintaro Hattori. The Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition Astron GPS Solar carries some historical milestones in the history legendary watch brand.

Never before in Seiko’s history has a watch carried Kintaro’s name, nor the six words that define his vision, “One step ahead of the rest”.

This innovative, practical and easy to wear timepiece needs no more exposure to light to deliver perfect timekeeping anywhere on earth. The case is made of high-intensity titanium with black hard coating, its crown is tipped with onyx, the crystal is coated in Seiko’s proprietary anti-reflective finish and it is offered with a crocodile strap and an additional titanium bracelet. The case back evokes the century old tradition of Seiko’s watchmaking, with the original “S” mark engraving.

The Kintaro Hattori Special Edition is the first watch ever to carry Kintaro’s name and motto. They are set around the first ‘S’ mark logotype, registered by Kintaro in 1900. This extraordinary watch is offered in a limited edition of 5,000. It will be launched simultaneously all over the world in September 2013.

Technical details
Model: Astron Kintaro Hattori Special Limited Edition SAST100
Ref. RLS1304-01

Movement
Caliber 7X52
GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment
Hour, minute and second hands
Date calendar
Perpetual calendar correct to February 2100
Signal reception result indication
World time function (39 Time Zones)
Daylight Saving Time function
Power saving function
Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (without receiving a time signal and in temperatures between 5℃ and 35℃)

Case
Diameter: 47.0 mm, Thickness: 17.4 mm
High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with ceramic bezel
Water resistance: 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m

Strap
Both a crocodile strap and a titanium bracelet are attached
High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release

Glass
Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Only in this special edition is the crown tipped with onyx and the ‘TYO’ symbol in gold.

Approximate recommended retail price range in Europe
Euro 3,500

Production
Limited edition: 5,000 pieces

Astron collection 2013
In addition to this limited edition, the Astron collection for 2013 is enriched by the addition of no fewer than six new models, thus doubling the size of the range. While the functionality remains the same, the ease of use has been increased by the printing of 26 city names on the bezel where they are more legible. Three models are in steel and three in high-intensity titanium. The high- intensity titanium creations have a ceramic insert in the bracelet whose colour is echoed in the bezel.

Technical details
Movement
Caliber 7X52

SAST015, 017, 019
Case: High-intensity titanium with ceramic bezel
Diameter: 47.0 mm, Thickness: 16.5 mm
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Band: High-intensity titanium with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating

SAST021, 023, 025
Case: Stainless Steel with ceramic bezel (SAST021, 023)
Diameter: 47.0 mm, Thickness: 16.5 mm
Stainless Steel with black hard coating with ceramic bezel (SAST025)
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Stainless Steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release (SAST021, 023)
Extra-strength silicon strap with three-fold clasp with push button release (SAST025)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating

Approximate recommended retail price range in Europe
Euro 2,100 (SAST021, 023, 025)
Euro 3,000 (SAST015, 017, 019)

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