Japanese watchmaking empire Seiko unveils two new models from their popular Astron GPS Solar line. These new versions in Titanium house Seiko’s latest GPS movement Caliber 8X82.
Launched in September 2012, the Astron GPS Solar is the world’s first GPS Solar watch. At the touch of a button, it receives signals from four or more GPS satellites, identifies the location and adjusts to your time zone. In the Basel world watch fair 2014, Seiko unveiled the Astron GPS Solar Chronograph collection.
Caliber 8X82, which was launched in September this year, has made possible a 30% reduction in the size of the new designs. This size reduction has been achieved by a new advance in Astron’s energy-saving technology which allows the watch to connect to the GPS network with a smaller antenna. Another advantage of this new energy-saving caliber is that it has made possible the use of more dial colors, as one of these new creations demonstrates. In addition, the manual time zone selection is more intuitive thanks to the new electronic setting function of the crown.
The two new creations boast bright dials and striking colour accents. The white model has ten diamonds on the dial and a soft, well-padded crocodile leather strap. With this design, Astron reaches out for the first time to women. It’s the perfect watch for women who travel for business and leisure.
Both models are offered in limited editions. 1,000 of the white version are available and 3,000 of the black. The serial numbers are engraved on the case back of each and the watches are offered with a special presentation case.
Model: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition
Caliber 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℃)
Diameter 45.0mm, Thickness 13.3mm
Glass: Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Limited edition of 3,000 pieces
Titanium case with black hard coating with ceramic bezel
Titanium bracelet with black hard coating with ceramic parts, three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate retail price in Europe: Euro 3,100
Limited edition of 1,000 pieces
Titanium case with super-hard coating with ceramic bezel
Crocodile strap, three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate retail price in Europe: Euro 3,300