Friday, April 3, 2015

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time

Astron GPS Solar was launched with caliber 7X in 2012. In 2014, the collection was expanded with a second-generation caliber, 8X, featuring a chronograph. In 2015, the Astron revolution continues apace with the addition of a third caliber, designed specifically for the global traveller. The worldwide success of the Astron GPS Solar series is perhaps unparalleled in the prestige watch market in recent times and the arrival of the Dual-Time caliber offers yet more proof that GPS Solar is a technology platform that delivers real, practical advantages that are appreciated by all.

With the Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time, global travel could not be easier. Using just the power of light, Astron connects to the GPS network and tells time with atomic clock precision, adjusting at the touch of a button to your time zone. Now, with the new Dual-Time caliber, you can read not only the time where you are, but also the time in your home time zone on a simple 12 hour sub-dial with a separate AM/PM indicator. In addition, the day of the week is displayed in a retrograde display at the 2 o’clock position, with the date at the 4 o’clock position. The date is correct every day until February 28, 2100, thanks to Astron’s Perpetual Calendar and the operation of the watch is made simple by the electronic setting function in the crown. Travel is stressful. Travel with Astron is a bit less so.
The Dual-Time caliber is offered in a collection of eight main designs, all of which are distinctively and recognisably Astron. As with every Astron watch, the dials are clean, clear and easy to read. The cases are polished by hand, using Seiko’s unique Zaratsu technique, to be distortion-free, so that there is sharpness in every light reflection. The wide range of dial colors is made possible by Seiko’s mastery of energy management in watchmaking. These unique dials are the product of engineering excellence; Seiko’s own specially designed GPS module is so energy efficient that many different colors are possible. The bracelets are composed of individually designed links and are therefore tapered perfectly to the wrist for maximum comfort, however and wherever you may travel. There are five designs in titanium cases and three in steel.

The Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time Limited Edition
In addition to the eight models in the launch collection, the new Dual-Time caliber is showcased in a distinctive limited edition, whose dial is made of mother of pearl. Not only does this natural dial material lend the dial a unique look, but it bears powerful witness to the remarkable quality of Seiko’s GPS solar technology; the GPS module uses so little power that it obtains all the energy it needs from light absorbed through the dial, even though it is made from mother of pearl.
The bracelet, also in titanium, uses a series of individually sized links to ensure a comfortable fit on the wrist and has ceramic inserts that complement the unique ceramic rimmed case. Just 3,000 examples of this watch will be produced, and each one has its serial number engraved on the case back.

Caliber Specifications
8X53, GPS Solar Dual-Time
GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment
Dual-Time with AM/PM indication
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: SSE041, 043, 045, 047, 049

Case
Titanium with super-hard coating (SSE041, 043, 045, 047)
Titanium with black hard coating (SSE049)
Ceramic bezel
Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating
Water resistance 10 Bar. Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 45.0mm, Thickness: 13.3mm

Band
Ceramic and titanium with super-hard coating (SSE041, 043)
Titanium with super-hard coating (SSE045, 047)
Titanium with black hard coating (SSE049)
Three-fold clasp with push button release

Specifications: SSE051, 053, 055

Case
Stainless steel with super-hard coating (SSE051, 053)
Stainless steel with rose gold-color coating (SSE055)
Ceramic bezel
Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating
Water resistance 10 Bar. Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 45.0mm, Thickness: 13.3mm

Band
Stainless steel with super-hard coating (SSE051, 053)
Extra-strength silicone (SSE055)
Three-fold clasp with push button release

Specifications: SSE039   
The Dual-Time Limited Edition

Case
Ceramic and titanium with super-hard coating
Ceramic bezel
Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating
Mother of pearl dial
Water resistance 10 Bar. Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 48.7mm, Thickness: 13.2mm

Band
Ceramic and titanium with super-hard coating
Three-fold clasp with push button release

Limited Edition: 3,000 pcs

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