Seiko Astron GPS Solar – the 1st truly global watch

I’m sure many would ask, “What makes the Seiko Astron so special?”.  A simple reply would be, “Everything!”.  There are tons of unique and cool features of this watch.  The research and development took over 10 years, and in turn you have the worlds 1st watch that recognizes your location.  In case you missed yesterday’s blog post, we are honoring the release of the Seiko Astron GPS Solar by doing blog entries for the next week, solely on the Astron.  The 1st shipment (a preview) will be delivering Monday, which is the national release date for the Astron.  See more details HERE.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko has a long list of world 1st’s in the watch industry. The list is remarkable with tons of crowning achievements Seiko has managed to produce over the years.  The history of the 1st Astron, the Quartz Astron dates back to 1969.  This amazing break through was the worlds 1st quartz watch that was accurate to 5 sec a month and had a year of power reserve.  Back then, it was not only the worlds most accurate watch, but also had the longest power reserve.

Seiko Quartz Astron 1969

Seiko Quartz Astron 1969

Today, with the release of the Seiko Astron GPS Solar, Seiko has developed a watch accurate to one second every 100,000 years.  This isn’t a 1st….  Watches with Radio Control (RC) reception are also capable of this accuracy.  It is how the watch receives the signal that makes it so special.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST003

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST003

The Seiko Astron GPS Solar receives updates (manually or automatically) from 4 or more GPS satellites any where in the world to update it’s accuracy, date and even your location, all at the push of one button.  Now that is a 1st!  Seiko had to develop numerous new parts and technology to achieve a watch capable of doing all this.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST009

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST009

The watch is solar powered, but receiving GPS signal consumes A LOT of power.  Almost 200 times what it takes to receive RC.  For the watch to work, Seiko had to develop a new GPS receiver, with an ultra low power consumption, and a rechargeable battery system that can handle the energy needed.  I will further elaborate on this in our blog next week, so be sure to stay tuned.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

I have to say, Seiko has really impressed me with all the new technology they developed for this watch, and I’m sure it will impress you too!  For the time being, here are the models that will be delivering on Monday!  Be sure to check back with the AZ Fine Time Blog Monday to see the 1st review of the SAST001!

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST001

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST001

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: High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with ceramic bezel
Case diameter: 47.0 mm, thickness: 16.5 mm
Band: High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release=
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Limited edition: 2,500 pieces

-includes extra silicone strap w/ deployment clasp

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST003

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST003

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:High-intensity titanium with ceramic bezel
Case diameter: 47.0 mm, thickness: 16.5 mm
Band:High-intensity titanium with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST005

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST005

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:High-intensity titanium with ceramic bezel
Case diameter: 47.0 mm, thickness: 16.5 mm
Band:High-intensity titanium with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST007

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST007

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: High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with ceramic bezel
Case diameter: 47.0 mm, thickness: 16.5 mm
Band: High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release=
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST009

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST009

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:Stainless Steel with ceramic bezel
Case diameter: 47.0 mm, thickness: 16.5 mm
Band:Extra-strength silicon with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST011

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST011

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:Stainless Steel with black hard coating and ceramic bezel
Case diameter: 47.0 mm, thickness: 16.5 mm
Band:Extra-strength silicon with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Please call us at 1-800-486-3996 with any questions or to reserve your Astron today!

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Seiko Astron GPS Solar – Official International Launch

The New Seiko Astron GPS Solar was one of the hottest items to debut at the Basel Fair of 2012.  Today, in Japan, the OFFICIAL launch has begun!  In Ginza, home of the Seiko owned and world renowned Wako Building, they have lit their clock tower in blue to honor the release of Astron.  AZ Fine Time, will also be celebrating this release, in a slightly different way.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

To start, the watches have not delivered to the US dealers yet.  However, Seiko USA will be shipping out 1 of each variation Astron GPS to AZ Fine Time for Monday delivery!  This is the official US release date and only 3 stores in the country will be a part of it.  Please keep in mind, if you already have the Astron GPS on pre-order with us, our full initial shipment will be following shortly after, and are guaranteed to deliver by our Roadshow Oct. 26th, so your watches will be here soon.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

The Seiko Astron GPS Solar is truly an incredible timepiece.  It is the 1st watch in the world that will actually recognize your location and with the push of a button, update the watches time automatically to your current time zone.  There is no need to adjust cities, or manually set the watch.  All you need is a clear view of the sky, and the push of a button.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

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For the next week, in honor of the international release, the AZ Fine Time Blog will be doing daily posts, solely on the new Seiko Astron GPS Solar.  This will include, written reviews, pictures, video and information on these pieces unlike what any one has seen as of yet.  The watches are far more complicated than meets the eye, and Seiko has spent the last 10 years developing this “Smart Watch”, so we feel it is only appropriate to dedicate a full week as a tribute to this amazing technology.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Seiko Astron GPS Solar

For the start of Astron week, we are offering a free download of the Seiko Astron GPS Solar catalog.  I hope you all enjoy!

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR FREE SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CATALOG 

Stay tuned to the AZ Fine Time Blog for more in depth information on the Seiko Astron GPS.  Monday will bring the 1st review of the Limited Edition SAST001!

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G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A & GWA1000D-1A – New Arrival

Casio G-Shock is a brand with unbelievable following.  The brand is known for making incredibly durable, multifunctional, and (in most  cases) very fashionable watches.  The watches in today’s review are no exception, with the durability, immense functionality, and cool looks that appeal to most G-Shockers… The G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A & GWA1000D-1A.

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A

The new arrival G’s feature the new “Smart Access” technology from Casio.  This feature allows the user to adjust timezones simply by pulling out the electronic crown and rotating until the second hand points to the desired city.  The crown also has a unique locking system, that allows for speedy adjustment.  This is by far not the only function the watch has.  You can switch through 5 different modes by pushing the lower left button and the current mode will be displayed at the 6’oclock sub dial.  While in timekeeping mode, the sub dial will indicate the day of week.  Another cool feature of that mode is you can also check temperature by pushing the top right button.  In Fahrenheit (also reads Celsius), the hour hand indicates the hundreds, minute hand indicates the tens and the second hand indicates the single digit.  After about 5 seconds, the watch will jump back to keeping time.

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000D-1A

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000D-1A

The G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A & GWA1000D-1A also  have a world time mode, for another timezone which is also controlled by the crown.  You can enter this mode by pushing the lower left button until the sub dial at 6 o’clock points to “WT”  You can also adjust to UTC time with a push of the lower right button.  Pushing the top right button, will bring you to your home time, which is the selected city in timekeeping mode.

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A

The watches also have a 1/20th of a second chronograph which is indicated by the 6 o’clock hand pointing to “ST”.  The chronograph will measure the 1/20th of a second with the second hand, seconds with the minute hand, minutes with the hour hand, and hours with the sub dial at 12 o’clock.  It is also capable of doing elapsed and flyback timing by pushing either the upper or lower right button while running.

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000D-1A

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000D-1A

These aviation pieces also have a count down timer mode indicated by the “TR” at the 6 o’clock sub dial.  The count down timer can be set to a specific amount of time, within the range of 60 minutes.  You would just pull the crown out and set the minute hand for the desired amount of time (example- 6 o’clock would be 30 min).

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A

The final mode is the alarm, indicated as “AL” a the 6 o’clock sub dial.  This is even more simple to use than anything else.  After switching to this mode, you can pull the crown out and set the desired time for the alarm.  If you push the lower left button once, you can quickly adjust the hour hand independently, and if pushed again, the minute hand can be adjusted independently.  Once the crown is pushed in, you can turn the alarm on or off by pushing the top right button.

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000D-1A

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000D-1A

On top of everything else, and most importantly, the watch is solar powered and radio controlled.  The power level at a full charge will last up to 6 months in the dark.  The watch also has a power save mode, which should near quadruple the power reserve.  The radio control feature is indeed great to have.  The watch will either automatically or manually attempt to receive signal and then calibrate itself to the atomic clock.  These 2 features make for a worry free watch, but the real kicker is the new TRIPLE G RESIST which has new vibration resistance on top of the killer shock and centrifugal force resistance.  G-Shocks in general can be beat with  brute force and still perform without a glitch.  The only thing that seems to destroy them is when the dog finds them as their new chew toy.

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000D-1A

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000D-1A

The design of this watch is what seems to have people drooling.  They look awesome.  Big, sharp, and unique.  All fun attributes.  The GWA1000’s are built to be aggressive, and certainly look that way.  The lume is very strong and would make for an easy read in the cock-pit.  Overall, I think this is one of Casio’s greatest releases.  Priced out at $500 on the resin strap and $600 for the metal bracelet, it’s expensive compared to most G-Shocks, but worth every penny because of the functionality.

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000-1A

Feel free to check out both the GWA1000-1AGWA1000D-1A on AZ Fine Time.  Thanks for reading and please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 with any questions.

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000D-1A

G-Shock Aviation GWA1000D-1A

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Seiko Kinetic SKA555

Seiko leads the way when it comes to introducing new technology into watches.  The Kinetic 1st appeared in Seiko in 1987 and is still prevalently used today.  This year, Seiko introduced a new series consisting of both quartz and Kinetic movements, that while have no specific name to them, have acquired the nickname “Matrix”, due to their cool blacked out and futuristic type look.

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

The Seiko Kinetic SKA555 is one of several new pieces introduced in this line.  The case and bracelet are both stainless steel and black ion plated.  The finish does not seem black, but almost a gun metal type color, which looks very nice.  The quality in build is excellent for the money and the overall design is very cool.

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

The dial is black and recessed with bright blue accents that really grab the eye.  The numerals are 3 dimensional and stand tall above the dial.  The bright blue is also used as rings around the underside of the bezel as well as the 2 crowns.  I think these elements really make this an attractive piece and contribute a lot to it’s futuristic type design.

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

The movement is Seiko’s Kinetic Caliber 5M63.  Kinetic basically uses a rotor that swings with your body movement, and uses that energy to re-charge the battery.  The 5M63 is a 3 hand with date that will also display power reserve.  At a full charge, the movement will last 6 months without any movement.  To check the energy level, you would push the top right button, and the second hand will jump to display energy.  If the second hand lands near 12 o’clock, it is close to dead and needs a recharge.  If it lands closer to 6 o’clock, it will have close to 6 months of energy.  The accuracy rating is within 15 seconds a month deviation, but performance tends to be better when the watch is closer to a full charge.

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

The Seiko Kinetic retails for $395, but can be directly purchased through our site for $296.25 HERE.  This is another excellent, not to mention great looking, watch from Seiko this year.  Of course, if there are ever any questions, feel free to contact us at 1-800-486-3996.

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

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Seiko Kinetic SKA555

Seiko Kinetic SKA555

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Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

As most of you know, Mido is an incredible value brand.  It’s really difficult to find a watch that compares in quality near the same price point.  The Ocean Star Captain IV, probably our 2nd best selling after the Multifort series, has gained an incredible following over the last few years and it’s easy to see why.  The build is excellent, the movement is a workhorse, and the price is tough to beat in a 200m dive watch.  This year at the Basel Fair, Mido introduced a new series of Titanium OSC IV’s, and the 1st to deliver is the Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02.

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

The Ocean Star started out in 1959.  It was a unique case design that was one solid piece construction and could only be entered by removing the crystal.  This piece also introduced the Aquadura stem and crown sealing system, that basically was a cork insert to prevent water from entering the case through the crown, which is still used today.  The weird thing about the original Ocean Star is that now, the design is now called the Commander, and the Ocean Star series has a totally new dive inspired design.

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

The Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02 is all titanium case and bracelet.  The uni-direction 60 min bezel is also Titanium, with a rose gold plating that is slightly dulled by the titanium.  The combination looks very impressive and gives much character to a fairly simple watch.  Also adding to it’s character, the bracelet is a combination of brushed and polished finish, which is quite unique to find on titanium.

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

The black wave pattern dial is very simple and clean with rose gold accents on the Mido logo as well as all the indexes and second hand.  The luminescence glows a bright blue for clear legibility at night.  The dial is actually pretty wide considering the diver bezel.  The case itself is 43.5mm wide, 11.43mm thick and weighs in at a mere 121.7g.  The nice size combined with the light weight of the Titanium makes for a very comfortable wear.

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

Mido utilizes the ETA 2836-2 movement with a very nice polish and Geneva striping on the rotor.  The movement is your basic 3 hand with both day and date feature.  There is mineral crystal to expose the nicely done movement on the case back, and there is sapphire crystal on the front protecting the dial.  The overall build on this piece is very impressive, especially for the price.

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

Retail on the Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02 is $1,180, and continues to  prove the point that Mido is an outstanding value.  This wonderful addition to the Mido lineup just delivered to AZ Fine Time and is now available for order.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

Mido Ocean Star Captain IV Titanium M011.430.54.061.02

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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph Titanium SBGC005

One of the most difficult elements in mechanical watchmaking is achieving supreme accuracy.  Seiko spent near 30 years developing what is known today as one of the finest movements available on the market, Spring Drive.  Spring Drive has taken all of the attributes of fine watch making, and raised the bar in accuracy.  Apply this to a tool watch, like a chronograph, add some of the finest construction and finish, and you have the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

The SBGC005 is not an easy piece to come by.  In fact, there are generally less than 10 to come into the US in a years time.  Most interested in this piece have to wait 3-6 months for delivery on this item, and when we do receive them, they usually leave instantly to their new homes.  After many months of waiting, another SBGC005 has landed at AZ Fine Time, and we are very excited to see it here once again.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

The look of this piece is exquisite.  The black dial with gold indexes give the piece a very unique look.  It is incredibly legible and the hands and indexes sparkle like a diamond in even the most miniscule amount of light.  The chronograph layout makes for easy distinction with both chronograph sub dials on the right hand side of the face and the actual seconds counter on the left side, at 9 o’clock position.  There is also a white tipped hand which is the indicator for GMT, power reserve and date display.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

The case and bracelet are Seiko’s in-house proprietary alloy called Hi-Intensity Titanium.  The titanium is a slightly darker shade than stainless steel and compliments the dial beautifully.  This titanium is not only lighter and more durable than stainless steel, but also can be polished using their Zaratsu technique, giving the watch a mirror like finish that you really never see in other titanium pieces.  This wonderfully crafted case holds the most important part of this timepiece… The 9R86 Spring Drive movement.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

The quite revolution of Spring Drive has eliminated the traditional escapement for time keeping and replaced it with what as know as a tri-synchro regulator.  This uses a quartz crystal, an integrated circuit, and an electro-magnetic  brake to control a uni-directional wheel, that regulates the accuracy.  All of the energy in this watch derives from the mainspring making it unlike anything else out there today.  Applying quartz like accuracy in a mechanical watch is a perfect fit for this chronograph.  This way, you can rest assured, all your measurements are correct.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005 is also a GMT, as I mentioned before.  The GMT works as a true GMT, where you would adjust pull the crown out one click to adjust the hour hand as opposed to adjusting the GMT hand.  This allows the wearer to adjust time zones, with out ever deviating the near perfect accuracy of  Spring Drive.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC005

This is an incredible and very rare timepiece.  Retail is $12,000 and is the most expensive regular production Grand Seiko available in the US.  Needless to say, it is a value in comparison to other fine time pieces in that range that won’t even come close in quality.  Should you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-486-3996 and we will be happy to help.

Also, please don’t forget about the Grand Seiko Roadshow coming Oct. 26th.  If you wish to make a purchase for the event and have the master watchmaker autograph the box, now is the time to put in the order.

Grand Seiko Roadshow & Astron Release Party at AZ Fine Time

Grand Seiko Roadshow & Astron Release Party at AZ Fine Time

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Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

ICE SHARK!!!!  No… It’s not some low budget movie about a prehistoric shark that came back to life after being frozen in ice.  This is one awesome watch, and it’s made by Edox.  The watch is actually intended for use in free-diving, under the ice.  Hence the name Ice Shark.  Edox has partnered with Christian “Iceman” Redl, who set 2 ice dive depth world records, and have made 2 variations of watches to fit his needs in this extreme sport, the Iceman and Ice Shark.

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

The Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3 is a 1,000 meter diver with helium escape valve.  This ensures that the watch can withstand all the rigors of the ice dive.  The case is 316L stainless steel with PVD coating, 43mm wide and 16.2mm thick.  To me, this is a great size, not too large and not too small.  The uni-directional dive bezel is ceramic on top of steel and gives a very glossy, almost lacquer like look to the bezel.  The crown is large, but does not dig into your wrist.  It is actually very nice when unscrewing and setting the watch.  Obviously it is a screw down crown, but Edox also uses a double o-ring to add to the water resistance.

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

The dial on the Ice Shark is what makes this piece so special to me.  It is deep… and I mean deep!  The chapter ring almost appears to sit a 2-3 mm above it’s carbon fiber dial.  The carbon fiber adds even more depth to the dial giving the 3-D, almost floating, look to the numerals and indexes.  Another cool attribute is the numerals and indexes use a black super luminova really making it a “blacked out” watch.  Luckily, the hands are very easy to read as they use the normal whitish super luminova that really jump off of the deep dark dial.

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

The strap is a natural rubber, which is very comfortable and soft.  The rubber uses pin holes for an adjustable deployment clasp so there is no need to cut to size.  The clasp is very high quality.  It is also PVD coated, but Edox takes it to the next level by adding perlage to the inside of the clasp.  A very nice detail.

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

The movement is the automatic Edox 96, which is based on an ETA 2895-2.  The movement contains 27 jewels, has a rate of 28,800 bph, and displays hour, minute, small seconds and date.  The ETA 2890’s series are excellent movements.  They seem to have a much smoother winding (both manually and automatically) than other ETA’s like the 2824 or 2836 variations.

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

The Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3 is a very cool piece (no pun intended).  Only 200 of this particular model were made and each are engraved on the case side with the serial number.  AZ Fine Time is one of very few dealers in the US for Edox.  Should you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-80-486-3996.  We love to talk watches and are happy to do so.

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

Edox Ice Shark II Automatic Limited Edition 96001 37N NIN3

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