At this years Basel Fair, Seiko introduced a number of very interesting items. We were sure to share all the information (and pictures) we had at the time. Recently at the JCK watch and jewelry show, we had the opportunity to re-visit some of this years introductions before their US release this fall.
One of Seiko’s most popular releases this year was the new Seiko Astron GPS Solar. This timepiece is the 1st solar powered watch to receive updates from up to 4 GPS satellites to update accuracy, date and (most importantly) location. At the push of a button the Seiko Astron GPS will update your watch to display the time in whatever current timezone you are in. All have the quality build of Seiko Ananta for the case and bracelet, ceramic bezels and a sleep mode function that will allow the piece to go 3-4 years in the dark before running out of power. Prices will start at $2,300 retail (SAST009-pictured below) up to $3,850 (SAST001 Limited Edition of 2,500).
Seiko Ananta introduced 2 new hand painted black lacquered dials this year. One being SRQ015 Kumadori which uses the 8R28 movement found in most Ananta. Kumadori is the name for the face paint worn by Japanese kabuki actors, in which the red striping indicates the powerful hero role. You will see this characteristic in the dial of the Ananta, with the red striping surrounding the chronograph subdials. This piece will be limited to 800 pieces and retail for $5,000.
The second version of Ananta to come out with the hand painted black lacquer dial is the all new SSD001. This model introduces the 6S28 movement. The movement derives from the very popular 6S37, does not have a power reserve display, but does boast a 50 hour power reserve. This is the 1st time a 6S movement has been released to the US market. The squared subdials pay tribute to the 1970’s Seiko 5 Speedtimer, with the modern twist of black coating to the case. There will be only 800 produced and retail will be $5,400.
This years celebrates the 10 year anniversary for the first Grand Seiko with a GMT function. To honor this achievement, Seiko will be releasing 2 variations of Limited Editions, each with the beautiful GS deep blue dial and gold GMT hand. SBGM029 (bracelet) will be limited to only 700 pieces and retail for $6,700. SBGM031 (strap) will be limited to only 1,000 pieces and retail for $6,300. Both pieces use the 9S66 movement, but modified with a new titanium rotor with tungsten weight, only available in this limited edition.
With almost no information available on this next piece, it is incredibly popular. The new Grand Seiko Diver Limited Edition SBGA071 will be limited to only 150 pieces world wide. This model uses the same deep blue on the new GMT limited pieces and has a gold and blue second hand. It is a stainless steel case and bracelet with diver expansion clasp. US retail is going to be $8,000. These will certainly sell out in no time.
All of these products are due in October. We would like to formally announce that AZ Fine Time, will once again, be hosting the Grand Seiko Roadshow Friday October 26th to launch the debut of these amazing timepieces!