Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

 

With the release of the new Promaster Satellite Wave Air series from Citizen,  came 2 new models with a totally revamped design that is insanely cool, upgraded technology making for faster reception and eliminating the need for ceramics, and instead of being an incredibly rare limited edition, is finally available as a regular production item.  Today we review the DLC variation, CC1076-02E.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

 

The similarity to the original limited edition wave from a couple of years ago is minute.  The sense of a 3D hologram for the dial is really the only trait the new Wave’s have kept.  This time, the uniquely fashioned dial is made to resemble turbine jet engines fan blades, using 3 separate layers giving it a tremendous 3 dimensional effect.  The sub dials at 3:00 and 9:00 are fairly simple, with 3:00 being a 24 hour indicator (synced to the main time) and the 9:00 sib dial indicating day of the week, power reserve and is also used for adjustments for daylight savings.  The partially skeltonized date is located at 6:00.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

The roughly 50mm hollowed out case design is incredibly elaborate, and inspired by the wings of a bird and plane in the sky, signifying its usefulness in flight.  The other aspect element that adds to its bird like attributes are its proprietary super-titanium case, making it as light as a birds wing.  This model also has a dark gray DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating, making it very durable.  The hollow aspects of the case help in eliminating weight, making it 115g, and adding comfort, especially for such a large piece.  At a measurement of about 19mm thick, it surprisingly does not wear this way as most of that comes from the thick domed sapphire crystal, which allows light to pour through the dial from all angles.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

The strap on this model is what Citizen calls liquid rubber.  The new material is starting to make vast appearances in Citizen products this year, as it was introduced in the 2012 Concept model (the Citizen EYES).  The new Satellite Wave Air takes a slightly different approach as compared to other models using the same material, utilizing DLC coated titanium links actually wrapped inside the liquid rubber.  The overall comfort is incredible, very soft and durable, and just has an impressive look with the titanium inserts exposed in the 1st three “links” of the strap.  The wide buckle on this model is also DLC coated Titanium, keeping everything uniform.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

 

While the orange accents of this model give a beautiful look in the daylight, the watch is fully illuminated at night using luminova on all indexes and is also heavily applied to its large hands.  Legibility is key, and nigh-time reading on the Wave will be no problem at all.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

 

So on to the functionality…  The new and improved movement (the Eco-Drive H909) is made to connect to a single GPS satellite, updating the accuracy at least once every 3 days automatically when exposed to bright light.  The reception can also be manually received by holding the lower right button for more than 2 seconds, and you can see if signal was successful on your last attempt just by pushing the lower right button briefly.  With the H909, reception can happen as quick as 4 seconds, which is pretty amazing, and as long as 20.  The need for ceramics was also eliminated with this movement, due to a new type of antenna Citizen provided.  The watch is solar powered thank to Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology, and can go a maximum of 2 years in the dark before it needs to be recharged.  To change timezones, you simply pull the crown out 1 click.  Your second hand will indicate which city you are currently set for and you turn the crown either clockwise or counter-clockwise to adjust.  From there, the hands will set themselves, and you shouldn’t ever have to worry about date changes, as the watch also has a perpetual calendar.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

This newly released Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E is now in stock and can be purchased directly through our website for $2,650 HERE.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

 

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Citizen Promaster Altichron DLC BN5035-02F

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Altichron DLC BN5035-02F

One of the hottest items to hit the market this year from Citizen is their new Promaster Altichron series.  With a high quality build, impressive functions, and very cool design, it appears that Citizen has hit a home run with these models, even though they have barely started to hit the market.  There a two versions, on in a titanium finish (BN5030-06E), which is still yet to deliver, and the DLC finished version (BN5035-02F), which has finally landed at AZ Fine Time.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Altichron DLC BN5035-02F

The Altichron is a name that dates back to 1989, but today introduces a new set of functions for Citizen.  There is an altimeter as well as compass which are displayed analog, and the time is not effected when either are in use.  So basically, you can run the compass or altimeter and the clock will stay running and still display time, unlike other brands with similar features.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Altichron DLC BN5035-02F

The dial, while complicates, still remains legible and displays 10,000’s of feet at the 9:00 sub dial, 1,000’s of feet with the orange hand on the inner circle of the dial from 12:00- just past 5:00, and the 100’s of feet with the yellow hand pointing to its measurement on the outer edge of the dial.  The orange inner rotating bezel can be used to set a reference point where your altitude starts.  You will utilizes the upper right crown to turn the inner bezel.  This way if you’re hiking a mountain, the altimeter will measure the altitude continuous for the first 5 minutes, then the measurements will be updated every 3 minutes after for up to 12 hours.  Using the inner bezel, you can see how high you’ve gone on your hike.  The altimeter is simply started by pushing the lower left button with yellow ring.  The Altichron can measure anywhere from -1,000 ft to as high as 32,000 ft.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Altichron DLC BN5035-02F

The watches compass is also very easy to use by pushing the upper left button with orange ring.  This activates the electronic compass, which will always point to magnetic north.  The inner rotating bezel also comes to use with the compass feature as you can use it to see your bearings.  By adjusting the upper left crown to set the upside down triangle to where the compass is pointing, you can mark your scale.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Altichron DLC BN5035-02F

The large case on the Altichron measures out at about 50mm wide and 16mm thick, but only weighs an impressive 100g due to its titanium alloy case.  The DLC coating on this model gives it a matte color somewhere in between gun metal and black, and also adds to the scratch resistance.  The watch is incredibly comfortable thanks to its unique placement of crowns/buttons and its liquid rubber strap.  The soft and pliable rubber is a new material Citizen just introduced this year, and is a definite upgrade from the standard polyurethane.  The clasp is also DLC titanium with a large and secure design.  The crystal is a hardened mineral with anti-reflective coating.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Altichron DLC BN5035-02F

Overall the Citizen Promaster Altichron’s are truly impressive.  The BN5035-02F retails for $995, but can be purchased directly through our website for $746.25 HERE.  The BN5030-06E is scheduled to come in within the next couple of weeks.  To see our review on this model, please click HERE.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Altichron DLC BN5035-02F

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Grand Seiko Roadshow Returning to AZ Fine Time – December 13th

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

It’s that time of year and AZ Fine Time has finally confirmed the return of the GRAND SEIKO ROADSHOW!  This highly anticipated event will take place on Friday Dec. 13th from 3-7pm.  There is going to be a lot of great things at this event, so be prepared for a show even bigger than previous years!  For those who don’t know, the GS Roadshow is an event where Seiko brings one of their Grand Seiko master watchmakers all the way from Japan to AZ who actually builds one of the most precise watch movements in the world, here in our store.  We have this event every year and each year it gets better and better.  We’re doing some extra special things for this event and will, of course, have free food, drinks and cigars (by Diamond Crown).  One special note about the Roadshow this year is the return of master Spring Drive watchmaker, Mr. Junya Kamijo!

Master Grand Seiko Spring Drive Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Mr. Kamijo is considered to be one of Seiko’s top Spring Drive technicians.  The skill he has is incredible, as we learned during our 1st GS Roadshow when he attended in 2010.  A gold medalist in Japan skills competition, and capable of building a 416 part 9R86 Spring Drive chronograph movement in record time, we are very proud to have him return to our store.  Mr. Kamijo was also the 1st to introduce us to the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA011 “Snowflake”.  During his 1st visit, he wore the Snowflake with great pride and was the 1st to explain its background story as a dedication to their hometowns winters.  Needless to say, he is a big part of the reason the Snowflake is one of the most popular Grand Seiko models today.  Mr. Kamijo will be autographing watch boxes for purchases made during the event.  Due to limited availability of GS, it is recommended to plan ahead and reserve the Grand Seiko of your choice to be purchased during the Roadshow.  It is a great time to pull the trigger on a Grand Seiko and get an autograph from one of the most renowned watchmakers from Seiko.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Test Drive Event

During the Roadshow, we will also be hosting an event for the Seiko Astron GPS Solar.  Capable of connecting to multiple GPS satellites, and pinpointing your current location, the Astron GPS will adjust to the appropriate timezone at just the push of a button.  To all who attend, and “test drive” the Astron GPS, AZFT and Seiko will  actually give you a FREE Seiko XNY watch!  There will also be gifts with purchases of any Seiko product during the event, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

We’ll have other various members of Seiko USA and Seiko Japan joining us for the event, including the new president and chief executive of Seiko Corporation of America, Mr. Yosh Kawada.  Mr. Kawada has previously attended events with AZ Fine Time as senior VP of Seiko USA, and we are excited to have him back to visit in his new role!

If you’re in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, December 13th, we encourage you to come and attend this amazing event!    If you plan to fly out for the event, please contact us and we will be happy to help with arrangements at local hotels, resorts, restaurants, etc.  Here’s all the details below…

Grand Seiko Roadshow and Astron GPS Test Drive

Friday, December 13th 2013

from 3-7pm

AZ Fine Time

7830 E Gelding Dr Suite 100

Scottsdale AZ 85260

1-800-486-3996

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JeanRichard Launch Party Coming – November 14th

JeanRichard Launch Party at AZ Fine Time

 

On Thursday Nov. 14th, AZ Fine Time will be hosting a launch party for our newest brand, JeanRichard, here in our Scottsdale store.  The newly revamped line has some incredible timepieces, with unique looks, outstanding craftsmanship and proves to be a tremendous value.  The series of 1681, Aeroscope, Aquascope and Terrascope will all be on display and we will be presenting one of the 1st looks at the new limited edition Neroscope!  During the event, we encourage you to come and meet JeanRichard’s US Sales Director, Paul Erhardt.  Paul is incredibly passionate and knowledgable and will be explaining the intricate details of their brand including their history, quality build, mechanics and philosophy of life.  The launch party is sure to be a great event and everyone who attends will get a free gift from JeanRichard and AZFT.  During our launch of the JR’s, we will also be hosting a cigar tasting with Zino Platinum, by Davidoff and will be giving out free cigars to anyone who wishes to partake.  Zino will also be bringing out a cigar lounge party bus, where they set up a mobile outdoor lounge.  The weather will be great here in AZ and we encourage everyone who is in town to come and have a great time!

 

JeanRichard Launch Party

Thursday, November 14th 2013

from 3-7pm

AZ Fine Time

7830 E Gelding Dr Suite 100

Scottsdale AZ 85260

1-800-486-3996

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100

Kintaro Hattori is the founding father of what is known today as Seiko.  The humble beginning started in the Ginza area as a clock repair service in 1877 and evolved into the establishment of K Hattori in 1881.  By 1892, Kintaro Hattori purchased his 1st factory in Tokyo and the name Seikosha was born.  From there, they manufactured their first clocks, which eventually led to Seikosha manufacturing  Japan’s 1st wrist watch (the Laurel) in 1913.  The company continued to grow and be recognized throughout the globe, leading to an impressive list of world firsts in watchmaking.  One of their biggest achievements was the worlds 1st production Quartz watch, named the Seiko Astron.  43 years later, Seiko introduced another world 1st model, abel to connect to multiple GPS satellites to pinpoint your location and adjust the hands to the timezone you are standing in.  The introduction of the Astron GPS Solar has once again revolutionized timekeeping and for 2013, a limited edition model has been released, which is the first in Seiko’s history to bare the founders name… The Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100

The SAST100 utilizes the same 7X52 caliber found in all the Astron GPS models, so functionality is exactly the same.  The solar powered model has its solar panel found underneath its translucent black sunburst dial, and from a full charge, can go a maximum of over 2 years in the dark in sleep mode.  The bezel is made of ceramic with an in-house developed antenna ring hiding underneath, to ensure easy connection with GPS satellites and no metal blocking its path.  By holding the upper right button for 6 seconds, the watch will then connect to multiple satellites, configure your current location and adjust the hands accordingly to any of the worlds 39 different timezones.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100

The Astron GPS has a mode indicator between the 9:00 and 11:00.  The main placement for the mode indicator hand is for the power reserve indicating F for full and E for empty.  The daylight savings can be adjusted by pushing upper left button once and then holding down the lower right button.  The watch also has an “Airplane Mode” which will turn all GPS functionality on or off.  You can adjust this by pushing the upper right button once and holding down the lower right button.  You can also connect the watch to a single satellite strictly to correct the accuracy, not the timezone, by pushing the upper right button for 3 seconds, the mode hand will then point to the “1” in gold.  You shouldn’t have to do this too often as the watch has a smart sensor that recognizes bright light, and will automatically connect to a single satellite for accuracy adjustments  once a day.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100

You also have a “home time” sub-dial at the 6:00.  This can be adjusted by pulling out the crown one click and using the upper and lower right buttons to adjust.  This small clock does not adjust at all based off of the GPS updates.  It is an independent clock that reads in 24 hour increments comes in handy when wanting to know what time it is back home when traveling.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100

For the Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition, you have some special traits you will not find on other Astron GPS models.  It’s 47mm High-Intensity Titanium case has a black hard coating and engraved case sides (as found on the 1st LE from 2012 SAST001).  The yellow gold accents on the dial, ceramic jeweled crown and pushers are also unique to this model.  The city codes engraved in the ceramic bezel all in white except Tokyo, Hattori and Seikosha’s home city,  which is highlighted in gold.  Another great aspect is the updated hands on this model, which are wider and have more Lumi-Brite making for greater legibility.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100

The case-back on this model also has a golden original Seikosha logo in its center along with the quote “ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE REST” and the founders name, “KINTARO HATTORI” surrounding it.  The SAST100 is limited to 5,000 pieces for the world, 2,500 of which never left Japan and is engraved with an individual serial number on the case-back.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100

The piece comes on a beautiful crocodile strap with a deployment clasp, but also includes a High-Intensity black coated titanium bracelet.  While the croc strap gives it a slightly dressier appeal, the look of the bracelet adds sportiness and still remains very lightweight.  It is definitely an added bonus to have both strap options as when you change them out, it practically feels as if you have a whole new watch.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100

The Seiko Astron Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100 retails for $3,400 and can be purchased directly through our site HERE.  It is amazing to watch a company like Seiko grow and produce such unique items like the Astron GPS.  With over 10 years of development and over 100 patents, these incredible timepieces continue to impress.  One thing I know for sure is that these will not be the last “firsts” from Seiko.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition SAST100

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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake Special 18k Pink Gold SBGA092

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake Special 18k Pink Gold SBGA092

To conclude our series of reviews on the Grand Seiko Snowflake Special Editions in 18k gold, we today introduce the pink gold variation SBGA092.  As there were only one of each shade (white, yellow and pink) for the US market, these highly anticipated and beautifully crafted timepieces are truly collectible and in very limited supply.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake Special 18k Pink Gold SBGA092

The rarity of this model is something that any collector can appreciate, but the craftsmanship itself is enough to grab the attention of most avid watch connoisseur.  The level of finish is something that can easily be admired with the distortion free and high sparkle thanks to the katana blade finishing technique.  While its 39mm 18k pink gold case has this tremendous finish, the hands and indexes also partake in the same type of finishing, with diamond cut edges catching the smallest glimmer of light and reflecting, which adds to its legibility.  Its classic and simplistic design is complimented by a clean white dial that has far more detail than one can see from a distance.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake Special 18k Pink Gold SBGA092

The “Snowflake” dial is made to mimic the resting snow in the city of Suwa, in the Nagano prefecture of Japan, during their winter.  The 6 step process of manufacturing the Snowflake dial consists of patterning by a press, cutting, applying a silver plating and thin clear coating, then applying a thick clear coating, polishing, and then printing and applying the indexes.   This tribute to Suwa’s winters has sentimental value to the employees of Seiko’s Shinshu watch studio, as we learned at our 1st Grand Seiko Roadshow in 2010.  Master Spring Drive watchmaker, Junya Kamijo, wore the SBGA011 titanium snowflake with great pride and was the 1st to share this beautiful watch hands on with our store.  Today, the SBGA011 is one of the best selling models of Grand Seiko, and the 18k versions pay tribute to its success.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake Special 18k Pink Gold SBGA092Precious metals are not the only attribute of the 18k Special Editions that make these models so unique.  The use of Seiko’s 9R15 caliber is something very uncommon throughout the entire Grand Seiko series, as it is only used in the most special Spring Drive models.  Seiko literally manufactures every part and component for this movement (as they do with all Grand Seiko’s), but one of the more unusual items they produce in house is their high-grade quartz crystals.  With the 9R15, the in-house grown quartz crystal selected keeps an even higher rate of precision than your typical Spring Drive.  On the 9R65 (standard GS Spring Drive movement), the accuracy rating of these are +/- 15 seconds a month (equivalent to 1 second a day), but always out performs this rating tremendously.  The 9R15 succeeds the 9R65 with a monthly deviation rating of +/- 10 seconds, which makes it even more accurate than the most accurate mainspring powered watch in the world!

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake Special 18k Pink Gold SBGA092At an MSRP of $19,000, it is not inexpensive.  In comparison to other brands in the high-end watch world, however, it is incredibly reasonable for an 18k gold cased timepiece.   It’s over the top accuracy and very limited availability make this piece well worth every penny and still proves to be an excellent value as compared to competitors.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake Special 18k Pink Gold SBGA092

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With the celebration of some of the world’s finest timepieces coming here to AZ Fine Time, we would now like to formally announce the return of the GRAND SEIKO ROADSHOW!

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 AZ Fine Time

On Friday, December 13th 2013, Arizona Fine Time will once again be hosting the Grand Seiko Roadshow here in our store.  If you haven’t heard or seen the GS Roadshow in the past, we will have a master Grand Seiko watchmaker here actually building one of their prestigious mechanical watch movements.  There will be more staff from Seiko (both US and Japan) and if you would like to purchase a GS watch during the event, you can have the watchmaker, and/or others, from the event autograph the box for your watch.  For our customers who cannot attend, we do offer pre-orders to be held for the event so you can obtain an autograph from one of the most skilled craftsmen in the industry.  It is always best to call ahead to make sure we will have the watch in stock for the event as they are still small production items.  We’ll also have live feed of the event, pictures and other videos to help make you feel as if you were there for the event (if you cannot attend).  One thing I know for sure is that this is the BIGGEST event we have all year, and it is well worth attending!  We will have free food, drinks, and cigars by Diamond Crown, should you choose to indulge.  If you plan to fly in for the event, we are more than happy to help in making your arrangements (finding a close hotel, places to eat, etc), so please call us at 1-800-486-3996 with any questions.  See below for our details…

AZ Fine Time

7830 E Gelding Dr Suite 100

Scottsdale AZ 85260

Friday, December 13th 2013 from 3-7pm.

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