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SEIKO Astron GPS Solar Chronograph

Astron GPS Solar has been an outstanding success since its launch in September 2012, with its huge global acceptance giving proof positive of the global demand for a watch that adjusts to time zones. This year, the Astron collection is widened by the launch of a second-generation calibre that offers new functionality and new design possibilities. The Astron revolution is truly gathering pace by setting a new world standard in electronic watchmaking.

Seiko GPS Solar calibre 8X82, the new Astron calibre shares all the core characteristics of the hugely successful calibre 7X52. Using just the power of light, it connects to the GPS network and tells time with atomic clock precision, adjusting at the touch of a button to every time zone on earth. In addition, the new calibre offers four new features that have been developed in response to ideas suggested by retail partners and customers worldwide. The new calibre does not replace the current one. It is an addition, designed to attract new consumers to the fast-growing world of Astron.

The new caliber is offered in eight new variations, four in steel and four in titanium with super-hard coating. In addition, a flagship Limited Edition Astron is presented at Baselworld 2014. Featuring a titanium case with super-hard coating, white dial and faceted ceramic bezel, it is both recognisably Astron and yet distinctively new. It is offered with titanium with super-hard coating black ceramic bracelet or black crocodile strap, making Astron as versatile as it is unique. Just 7,000 pieces will be made in this Limited Edition, each with its own serial number engraved on the case back.

Now with two calibres and 26 models, the Astron revolution takes another important step forward in 2014. To add a chronograph and an electronic setting function in the crown, all in a smaller case size, demonstrates that Astron is re-defining the industry’s idea of what a watch can deliver.

Caliber Specifications
8X82, GPS Solar Chronograph
GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment
Chronograph up to 6 hours in 1/5 second increments
Perpetual calendar correct to the year 2100, Signal reception result indication
World time function (40 Time Zones), Daylight Saving Time function, Power save function
Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (without receiving a time signal and at temperatures  between 5℃and 35℃)

Specifications: SSE001
Case
Diameter 45.0mm, Thickness 13.3mm
Titanium with super-hard coating with ceramic bezel
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m

Band
Both a crocodile strap and a titanium bracelet are attached
Titanium with super-hard coating with black ceramic bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release

Glass
Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating

Price and availability
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 3,300
Limited edition: 7,000 pieces
Available from September 2014

Specifications: SSE003, 005, 007, 009

Case
Diameter 44.6mm, Thickness 13.3mm
Titanium with super-hard coating with ceramic bezel (SSE003, 005, 007)
Titanium with black hard coating with ceramic bezel (SSE009)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m

Band
Titanium bracelet with super-hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release (SSE003, 005, 007)
Titanium bracelet with black hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release (SSE009)

Price and availability
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 2,400
Available from September 2014

Specifications: SSE011, 013, 015, 017

Case
Diameter 44.6mm, Thickness 13.3mm
Stainless steel with super-hard coating with ceramic bezel (SSE011, 015)
Stainless steel with black hard coating with ceramic bezel (SSE013, 017 )
Glass: Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m

Band
Stainless steel with super-hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release (SSE011)
Stainless steel with black hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release (SSE013)
Extra-strength silicon with three-fold clasp with push button release (SSE015, 017)

Price and availability
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: Euro 1,900(SSE011, 013) and Euro 1,800 (SSE015, 017)
Available from September 2014

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